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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS updates
USCIS announced on Friday, February 15,, 2019, that it will resume premium processing on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 for H-1B petitions ... Read More >
Equal Pay Equal Work
First introduced in Congress in 1997, and several times since, the Paycheck Fairness Act is again under consideration by Congress (S. 270/H.R. 7... Read More >
HIPAA Enforcement, Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced that 2018 was a significant year in Health... Read More >
Immigration Processing Times
USCIS released telling data containing average processing times per form and petition type for fiscal years 2014 to 2018. While the normal... Read More >
Environmental Protection Agency EPA, PFAS Action Plan
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.EPA) acting Administrator, Andrew Wheeler, held a press conference at EPA Region III in... Read More >
European Union and UK Environmental Policy
The Environment Bill is published, setting out post-Brexit environmental governance. The most discussed aspects of the Bill are the... Read More >
Artificial Intelligence Trump EO
On February 11, 2019, President Trump signed an Executive Order on “Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence.” ... Read More >
Legislation may affect Generic Pharmaceutical Companies
In the first month of the 116th Congress, three bills have been introduced (or re-introduced) that have potential to impact generic pharmaceutical... Read More >
Government Accountability Office GAO logo
The Equifax and Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandals, coupled with the proliferation of state... Read More >
United States Trade Representative USTR, List 3, Section 301 duties
Congress, in its Joint Explanatory Statement (JES) that accompanied the legislation signed today by... Read More >
robocalls, unwanted calls, unanswered phone calls, Federal Communications Commission FCC
On February 14, 2019, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau released its first report... Read More >
caller ID spoofing, caller authentication system, Federal Communications Commission FCC,
Since Chairman Ajit Pai took office, combatting illegal robocalls and malicious spoofing has become... Read More >
Buy American, Hire American, United States goods and services, Executive Order
If your company receives money from the federal government, take note: President Trump signed... Read More >

Federal Court News

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs OFCCP

In August 2018, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued Directive 2018-04, which notified...

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is poised to decide a case which may create new estoppel concerns for AIA petitioners under 35 USC § 315(e)(2).   The appeal resulted from a Hatch-Waxman litigation in BTG v. Amneal, in which...

Fair Credit Reporting Act FCRA, disclosure form

A disclosure form that included other, state-mandated disclosure information violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act’s (FCRA) standalone document requirement, the Ninth Circuit held. Gilberg v. Cal. Check Cashing Stores, LLC...

rumor, gossip, harassment, alleged sexual relationship

Employers may be liable under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act for failing to effectively address and stop gossip and rumors of an alleged sexual relationship between a female employee and a male supervisor, the federal...

attorney fee provisions

Employee restrictive covenant agreements often contain fee-shifting provisions entitling the employer to recover its attorneys’ fees if it “prevails” against the employee. But “prevailing” is a term of art in this context....

reassignment as accommodation

In 2019, we are poised to learn where the Fourth Circuit stands on reassignment as an accommodation—an issue that has split the Circuits.

Before discussing where courts are divided, let’s start with...

State Court News

CBD, cannabidiol, marijuana, food, dietary supplement

The Agriculture Act of 2018 legalized hemp and hemp-derived cannabidiol, or "CBD," on the Federal level by removing both substances from the definition of "marijuana" under the Controlled Substances Act of 1972.

West Virginia Omnubus Education Bill, teacher pay, charter school

Legislative Action by the Numbers:

1124 bills introduced in the House of Delegates
618 bills introduced in the State Senate
101 ...


European Securities Markets Authority ESMA , securities offering value threshold

On February 8, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a document listing the thresholds relating to the value of an offering of securities to the public below which such an offer does not require a...

fca plan increase competition

On February 4, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a Policy Statement on further remedies to promote competition in the asset management sector, following its asset management market study (AMMS) (see the June 30...

carbon reform update

Last year saw significant efforts to either impose a price on carbon or reform existing programs, and in some cases roll those programs back. The Paris Agreement advanced a critical step, but without settling on rules for...