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Vermont Legislative Update 1-5-18 - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

The merger between the Department of Labor and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development as proposed by the Scott Administration is off the table, but work that was spawned by consideration of the idea has gathered...more

Proposed Guest Worker Visa Could Expand Access to Permanent Foreign Employees for Agriculture Companies

On October 25th, the House Judiciary Committee passed, by the narrow margin of 17-16, proposed bill H.R. 4092, the Agricultural Guestworker Act, which would implement a new program called the H-2C Guest Worker Program. As...more

Apple’s X-Cellent Response to Sen. Franken’s Queries Regarding Facial Recognition Technologies

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Recently, I wrote an article outlining the growing body of state legislation designed to address and mitigate emerging privacy concerns over facial recognition technologies. It now appears that the issue will be examined at...more

Fate of House bill to change class action procedures could be barometer for CFPB arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On February 9, 2017, the House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 19-12 passed the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017, a bill that would make significant changes to the procedures for class actions in federal...more

Who is Neil Gorsuch and Where Does He Stand on Labor and Employment Issues?

by Littler on

President Donald Trump has promptly nominated a potential successor—Judge Neil M. Gorsuch—to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Justice Scalia’s unexpected death nearly a year ago. Since Scalia’s death, the High Court...more

News from the Vermont State House - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - January 2017 #2

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Treasurer Will Build Public Pension Plan for Small Business - State Treasurer Beth Pearce on Wednesday asked the Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee to create the framework for a...more

SC Public Policy Update - January 2017 #2

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

What's New - SENATE - The Senate spent the week working at the committee level in an effort to move bills to the floor for debate. Members will return to meeting in regular session on Tuesday, January 24th....more

Important Changes to HEAR Act Preserve New York’s Demand and Refusal Rule (For Now)

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery (HEAR) Act of 2016 has been pending for several monthsnow, and was recently recommended favorably by the Senate Judiciary Committee in September. The bill would create a uniform...more

Senate Judiciary Introduces CREATES Act To Expedite Access To Affordable Drugs

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Following months of public outcry and Congressional probes into significant drug price increases, the Senate Judiciary Committee introduced legislation targeting “behavior that blocks competition and delays the creation of...more

HEAR Act: Senate Judiciary Committee Considers Nazi-Looted Art Statute of Limitations Bill

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing this week (video available here) on the Holocaust Art Recovery Act (the “HEAR Act”) that drew welcome attention to the ongoing challenges to the restitution of Nazi-looted art. We...more

The FCC’s Broadband Privacy Proposal – Hit from All Sides

by Reed Smith on

Initial Comments are due on May 27, 2016 regarding the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) released last month by the FCC in its broadband privacy proceeding. The rules proposed in the NPRM have already been the subject of...more

SC Public Policy Update - March 2016 #3

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

What's New - SENATE - The Senate spent the week on the floor working on a compromise to S .997, a bill by Senator Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg) that would track refugees that are located in South Carolina. Senators...more

Senate Judiciary Committee Issues Report in Support of Defend Trade Secrets Act

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Senate Judiciary Committee recently released Senate Report 114-220 regarding the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”). A background on and recent developments of the DTSA are discussed more fully on our blog....more

Forum Shopping in Patent Litigation

by Fish & Richardson on

This month, both the Federal Circuit and the Senate Judiciary Committee took up the issue of “forum shopping” in patent infringement suits. Right now, a patent plaintiff can essentially file suit in the district court of its...more

President Obama Nominates Merrick Garland For Supreme Court Vacancy

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On March 16, 2016, President Obama announced his nomination of Merrick Garland, Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, to replace the late Justice Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. Chief Judge Garland’s...more

Congress Considers Landmark Trade Secret Reforms

by Morgan Lewis on

If enacted, the legislation would represent the most significant trade secret reform in many years. Major federal trade secret legislation is receiving strong bipartisan support and consideration in the US Congress. The...more

Finally a Federal Cause of Action for Trade Secrets? Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 Passed by Senate Judiciary

by Fish & Richardson on

On Thursday, January 27, 2016, the Senate Judiciary passed a voice vote in favor of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016. The bill, which was spearheaded by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Chris Coons (D-Del), continues the...more

New Safe Harbor Deal Possible by February 1

Companies anxiously watching their calendars to see if a new Safe Harbor program will be introduced before the end of January may get their wish: on January 28, 2016, a European Commission official announced that the...more

Tying it all together: Safe Harbor and Security-Related Data Flows

One of the fascinating aspects of the privacy-related negotiations between the EU and the US over the past couple of years has been the EU’s efforts to decouple trade (e.g, TTIP) and security-related negotiations from the...more

Happy Data Protection Day! ICO and Senate Committee’s spotlight on data protection

by Reed Smith on

In preparation for European Data Protection Day on 28 January, the ICO commissioned a survey on attitudes towards data protection. The YouGov poll revealed growing public concern over data privacy and security. Of more...more

Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Meeting About Passage of the DTSA

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On January 21, 2016, in Washington, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a meeting to consider S. 1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (“DTSA”). The passage of the DTSA would provide a federal civil cause of action...more

Senate Committee Considers Legislation To Address Theft Of Trade Secrets

by King & Spalding on

On December 2, 2015, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing entitled “Protecting Trade Secrets: the Impact of Trade Secret Theft on American Competitiveness and Potential Solutions to Remedy This Harm.” The hearing...more

Congress Considering Federal Trade Secrets Act

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On December 2, 2015, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing regarding the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (DTSA). If passed, the DTSA would create a federal private right of action for theft of trade secrets....more

Update on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Hearing on the Protection of Trade Secrets

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Earlier today, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing regarding the protection of trade secrets through the creation of a federal civil cause of action, which would allow trade secret victims to sue for trade secret...more

IPO Sends Letter to Senate Leaders in Support of Defend Trade Secrets Act

Yesterday, the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary expressing "strong support" for the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (S....more

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