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A New Direction for the National Labor Relations Board

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Sworn in less than a month ago, National Labor Relations Board’s new General Counsel Peter B. Robb is wasting little time setting a new direction for the NLRB. On Dec. 1, 2017, Robb issued General Counsel Memorandum 18-02...more

The Numbers Don’t Lie: The SEC Pursues a More Streamlined Enforcement Agenda

One of the most eye-catching items in the recently released 2017 Annual Report of the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or the Commission) is the significant decline in enforcement activity...more

Retail payments oversight framework: Summary

by Dentons on

We previously provided a summary of the new federal oversight framework for retail payment systems (the Oversight Framework) proposed by the Department of Finance Canada (the Department) in a paper titled, “A New Retail...more

Environmental Notes - December 2017

by Williams Mullen on

A prominent characteristic of the Obama EPA was its close relationship with national environmental groups. The most controversial EPA rulemakings seemed to be the by-product of litigation settlements when environmental groups...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Time Inc. announced yesterday that it’s sold itself as part of a roughly $3 billion all-cash transaction to Meredith Corporation. Meredith, which publishes Family Circle and Better Homes and Gardens, among other glossies, is...more

IRS’S 2017-2018 Priority Guidance Plan Reflects Executive Orders On Regulations

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Treasury Department and the IRS released their 2017-2018 Priority Guidance Plan, which prioritizes various tax issues that should be addressed through regulations, revenue rulings, revenue procedures, notices, and other...more

Regulators Share Agendas and Insight on Consumer Protection Enforcement - Highlights from "Navigating the 'Age of Uncertainty'...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Holland & Knight, the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) and the National Bar Association Commercial Law Section on Nov. 8, 2017, held an informative, half-day seminar featuring presentations and a panel discussion...more

Cain Takes the Reins as Chief of SEC’s FCPA Unit

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

With the official announcement that Charles Cain will replace Kara Brockmeyer as head of the SEC’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Unit, it is more likely that we will see a return to the enforcement trends and outcomes...more

DOT and FAA's Unmanned Aircraft System Pilot Integration Program: seeking applications from State, Local and Tribal Nation...

by DLA Piper on

Yesterday, the US Department of Transportation introduced its new Drone Integration Pilot Program that was initiated by an October 25, 2017, Presidential Memorandum to the Secretary of Transportation....more

Reminder of the Impacts of Air Pollution on Public Health

by Burr & Forman on

The issue of climate change has become the focus of air emission regulations and prompted deep division in the process. The last Presidential election brought the issue to the fore in the sense that those who are now...more

Q&A: What to Expect from the “New” SEC

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

David Tittsworth and Jeremiah Williams are Counsels in the Washington, D.C. office of Ropes & Gray. David served as President and CEO of the Investment Adviser Association for 18 years prior to joining Ropes in 2015. Before...more

Israeli Regulators to Decide Regulatory Fate of ICOs in December

by Goodwin on

On August 30, 2017, the Israeli equivalent of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Israeli Security Authority (“ISA”) announced it had formed a committee to study whether, and how, to apply Israeli securities laws...more

Treasury Announces 2017-2018 Regulatory Agenda for Employee Benefits

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has recently published updates to its guidance plans for the coming months. - On October 20, 2017, the US Department of the Treasury and the IRS released their 2017-2018 Priority Guidance...more

Bridging the Week - October 2017 #5

UK-Based Subsidiary of US Bank Fined UK £34.5 Million for Not Reporting Certain Derivatives Transactions As Required: UK-based Merrill Lynch International consented to the imposition of a fine of £34.5 million (the equivalent...more

White House Orders DOT to Establish a UAS Integration Pilot Program

This week, the White House issued an anticipated Memorandum directing the Department of Transportation (DOT) to establish the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (the “Pilot”). The Memorandum suggests a...more

Presidential Memorandum Launches New Pilot Program to Test Drone Operations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The White House has issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to launch a three-year Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot...more

The End of Tip Pooling Cases Against Hospitality Industry?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Late yesterday, various press reports signaled what could be the beginning of the end for 2011 Department of Labor guidance that had greatly expanded legal claims against restaurants. The 2011 rule barred businesses...more

Fintech Week in Review – October 2017

by Perkins Coie on

Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past week. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of...more

Rethinking Regulations: Treasury Report Targets Regulations to Reduce Burden

On October 2, 2017, the Treasury Department (Treasury) released a report identifying certain significant regulations for full withdrawal, partial revocation or substantial revision and noting that over 200 additional...more

Georgia campaign finance commission signals intent to be active in 2018 election

by Dentons on

In recent weeks, the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (Commission) has undertaken a pair of important actions that indicate the agency's desire to play a more expansive regulatory role on...more

Treasury Issues Report on Capital Markets

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On Friday, October 6, the Treasury Department issued a report to the President on streamlining and reforming U.S. capital market regulation. The report covers recommendations on nine topics across the U.S. financial...more

California’s Countdown to Legal Cannabis: Facing Regulatory and Permitting Uncertainty

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

As of January 1, 2018, it will be legal for adults in California to buy and sell cannabis for recreational purposes. That’s the simple version. But as is true for virtually every other “legal” enterprise in the state, the...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - October 2017 - Issue 7

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details on ESMA's updated Q&As on the Benchmark Regulation and European Commission delegated...more

Alberta provincial government releases its proposed cannabis framework

by Dentons on

On October 4, 2017, the Alberta government released its draft “Alberta Cannabis Framework,” which outlines the province’s proposed approach with respect to the pending federal legalization of recreational cannabis in July...more

Energy Update - September 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

We are pleased to release the latest issue of our client newsletter, Energy Update, designed to inform clients and friends of the firm about important developments affecting U.S. and international energy markets. Please...more

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