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FEATURED ARTICLES

Clean power, Government, Trump, Obama, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, Clean Power Plan, Executive Order,
On March 28, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order that directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately take steps... Read More >
Immigration, Controversial H-1B Lottery Upheld
A few weeks before H-1Bs will be filed subject to a random lottery, an Oregon judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the H-1B lottery system, granting... Read More >
Baseball, Agents Convicted for Smuggling Cuban Baseball Players
The criminal conviction of two sports agents for smuggling Cuban baseball players into the United States in an attempt to sign them to lucrative... Read More >
Trump, President Trump Strikes Down Federal Contractor Blacklisting Rule
As anticipated, on March 27, 2017, President Trump repealed the so-called “blacklisting” rule that required federal contractors to... Read More >
Food Packaging, California Bill Targets Food-Contact Paper
Following on the heels of a study by the Silent Spring Institute suggesting that fast food paper and paperboard may contain poly or... Read More >
Obamacare, Health Reform Benched By Republican Leadership
Legislative Activity Health Reform Benched By Republican Leadership Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been the goal of... Read More >
Trumpcare, Health Care Reform Update – American Health Care Act Shelved
The American Health Care Act (“AHCA”), the legislation intended to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (“ACA... Read More >
Sears
Sears Holding Corps’ “going concern” filing has vendors and their insurers running for cover as the venerable American department... Read More >
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file cabinets, uscis, backlog
Processing times at the various U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) service centers... Read More >
gavel icon, lafe solomon, nlrb
Employers should assess the impact of this decision in any NLRB case that was prosecuted by former... Read More >
Over the last few months, we’ve reported on various government contracts decisions that illustrate... Read More >
pipeline closeup, keystone pipeline
On March 24, the U.S. State Department’s Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs issued a... Read More >
frothing water, runoff water, construction activities
Spared by the Office of Management and Budget from the Trump Administration’s regulatory freeze,... Read More >

Federal Court News

rainbow flag, sex orientation discrimiantion, second circuit

In a three-member panel decision in Christiansen v. Omnicom Group, Inc., the Second Circuit revived a homosexual employee’s claims under Title VII on the theory of sex discrimination...

gun, ITAR, DC Circuit

On March 14, 2017, the D.C. Circuit dismissed a law firm’s challenge to the State Department’s application of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) Part 129 brokering provisions...

whistle outline, whistleblowing, SOX

On February 1, 2016, the Northern District of Indiana ruled in a case brought under the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) that whether a whistleblower has fulfilled relevant administrative...

stick dude caught, bid rigging, antitrust

A grand jury has indicted three foreign currency exchange spot market dealers for alleged violations of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1, in a case brought jointly by the DOJ’s Antitrust Division and the...

bankruptcy petition, tenth circuit, inaction

The filing of a bankruptcy case puts in place an automatic injunction, or stay, that halts most actions by creditors against a debtor. But can a creditor violate the automatic stay by not acting? The Tenth...

State Court News

batteries, washington state, energy storage

The Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission (the “WUTC”) has issued a Draft Report and Policy Statement on Treatment of Energy Storage Technologies in Integrated Resource Planning and...

construction hat, colorado, anti indemnity statute

Choice of law provisions are often a negotiated term in construction contracts. Oddly enough, Colorado’s anti-indemnity statute makes at least this one term easy for the parties to agree on. C.R.S. 13-...

glass of water, massdep,

On January 26, 2017, MassDEP announced that it had developed and is seeking comment on a Fact Sheet entitled “Guidance on Sampling and Analysis for PFAS at Disposal Sites Regulated under the...

INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS

UK, We’ve Heard it all Before: re-running arguments in bankruptcy proceedings

The UK Court of Appeal in Harvey v Dunbar Assets plc [2017] EWCA Civ 60 has confirmed that parties cannot re-litigate failed arguments...

What have Lord Snowdon, House M.D., Dan Snow and the Winklevoss twins got in common?

They have...

fintech, england, new community

The Bank of England’s FinTech Accelerator launched a new community on 17 March 2017 which brings together FinTech-related organisations. The community has three aims: to share developments, trends and insights; to make sure the...