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Gavel to Gavel: Oklahoma and the American Rule

by McAfee & Taft on

Oklahoma made national headlines this spring when it “accidentally” abolished the American Rule — the rule that generally both parties to a lawsuit pay their own lawyers. This would have made Oklahoma the only loser-pays...more

WEB EXCLUSIVE: The ABC’s Of AEDs

by Fisher Phillips on

Every time a natural disaster hits, we learn of at least one person who tragically died of a heart attack when placed in a stressful or unusual situation. Sadly, we hear little about the hundreds of thousands of other deaths...more

California Bill Deadline Is Today

by Allen Matkins on

Former New York Surrogate Gideon J. Tucker would be happy today. Pursuant to Joint Rule 61(a)(15), today is the last day for California’s legislature to pass bills. Today, also marks the beginning of the legislature’s...more

Government Agency Action Accelerates on Drone Operations

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Drone Report discusses FAA’s statement on the success of Part 107 (its regulations governing commercial uses of small drones), the status of drone-related rulemakings, DOD’s guidance on...more

Worth Another Look: Affordability of Higher Education

In January of 2017, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) published a list of the top 10 issues that will be before state legislatures across the nation this year. While we’re just over a quarter of the way...more

Worth Another Look: Fending Off Cyberattacks

In January of 2017, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) published a list of the top 10 issues that will be before state legislatures across the nation this year. While we’re just over a quarter of the way...more

Worth Another Look: Transportation Infrastructure

In January of 2017, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) published a list of the top 10 issues that will be before state legislatures across the nation this year. While we’re just over a quarter of the way...more

Blockchain's Steady March to Legitimacy

by White & Case LLP on

Four separate events during the second half of July signal that virtual currency and blockchain are steadily becoming part of mainstream financial services. The interconnected histories of Bitcoin (the most common virtual...more

Texas’ 2017 Environmental Legislation Summary

The Texas Legislature meets every two years, and, as befits a large state with varied interest and concerns, typically enacts hundreds of new laws during these sessions. The 85th Regular Session of the Legislature has...more

State Legislature Reaches Agreement on Extension of the Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Program; Stops the Bay Area Air Quality...

by Downey Brand LLP on

As posted in CEQA Chronicles, on July 17, 2017 the California legislature approved an extension of the state’s greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program from 2020 to 2030. Cap-and-trade is a key program in the state’s efforts to...more

2017 N.C. Legislative Session in Review

by Smith Anderson on

The N.C. General Assembly worked into the early morning hours on June 30 to finish its business for the 2017 legislative session. The session officially began January 11 and ran for six months for a total of 93 legislative...more

Florida Legislature Updates And Modernizes Florida's Fictitious Name Act

by Akerman LLP on

Florida Statute §865.09, known as the "Fictitious Name Act," requires any person or entity doing business in Florida under a name other than the person's legal name to register the alternate name, or "fictitious name", with...more

California Holds Fast to GHG Reduction in the Face of the Trump Administration

The inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017, brought with it levels of angst and concern not felt for some time within the environmental community. While some welcome the...more

Efforts to Shore up MassHealth Should Favor Simplicity and Avoid Potential Conflict with Federal Law

In an effort to make up for a funding shortfall in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Medicaid program, state policymakers have proposed solutions that include a “play-or-pay” option under which employers who fail to offer...more

House Passes American Health Care Act

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On May 4, 2017, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill that will repeal and replace the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Republican-backed American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed in the...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - April, 2017 #4

by Brooks Pierce on

Dozens of bills passed through both the House and Senate this week as Legislators worked overtime to beat the "crossover deadline." Crossover is the date by which a bill that does not impact taxes or appropriations must pass...more

Virginia, Tennessee and New Mexico Are the Latest States to Amend Breach Notification Laws

by BakerHostetler on

Breach notification statutes remain one of the most active areas of the law. Seldom does a month go by without a new bill or amendment addressing privacy or data security, and this month is no exception. The state of...more

Proposed TN Legislation Requires Restraint System on School Buses - Legislative Update - Tennessee General Assembly

Next week the Senate Education Committee and House Transportation Committee is expected to hear legislation requiring any school bus ordered or purchased on or after July 1, 2018, to be equipped with a restraint system....more

Officials’ Top 10 Things to Remember About Public Participation in Local Government

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As the national political climate heated up recently, some local governments are facing spillover effects, with local and sometimes even out-of-town activists and provocateurs attending city council, school board and other...more

California Again Updates Equal Pay Act

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

After amending its Equal Pay Act to address gender-related wage differentials effective January 1, 2016, the California legislature enacted nearly identical language to also preclude wage differentials based on race or...more

Top Developments/Headlines in Trade Secret, Computer Fraud, and Non-Compete Law in 2016

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Continuing our annual tradition, we present the top developments/headlines for 2016 in trade secret, computer fraud, and non-compete law. Please join us for our first webinar of the New Year on February 2, 2017, at 12:00 p.m....more

NCSL Task Force on SALT Meets in Anticipation of Active Legislative Sessions

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On Saturday, January 14, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Task Force on State and Local Taxation (Task Force) met in Scottsdale, Arizona to discuss many of the key legislative issues that are likely to be...more

Happy New Biennium!

by Allen Matkins on

“Biennial” is a confusing word. The Nevada legislature meets biennially, i.e., every other year while the California legislative session is biennial, i.e., lasting two years. “Biennial” should not be confused with “biannual”...more

Tennessee Government Update

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

It's the dawn of a new day in American politics. Defying polls and the expectations of political experts, Donald Trump was successful in his bid to become the 45th President of the United States of America. He will be in...more

2016 California Election Preview: What We’ll Be Watching in Tuesday’s Election Returns

California Voter Turnout - A record number of Californians, more than 19.4 million, are registered and eligible to vote on Tuesday. That’s 1.2 million more eligible voters since the last presidential election in 2012,...more

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