February 18, 2018

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 Stoneman Douglas Gun Control NRA funding
This weekend the Stoneman Douglas community rallied in Florida, grieving over Wednesday's attack in Parkland which was the deadliest US school... Read More >
Mueller Russian 2016 Election Interference Indictment Election Rally
Robert Mueller’s office released 37 page  indictment of 13 Russian individuals and three Russian organizations for interference in the... Read More >
highway, infrastructure plan
Earlier this week, President Trump released the outline of his infrastructure plan, which includes over three dozen proposals intended to reduce... Read More >
Solar panels, Energy Storage, California
Energy storage has frequently been cited as the critical missing link in an electric infrastructure designed to maximize the benefits of cheap,... Read More >
Amazon, Pesticide, CAFO
On February 14, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Amazon Services LLC (Amazon) entered into a Consent Agreement and Final... Read More >
ADA, house vote, compliance, lawsuits, barriers
On Feb. 15, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the ADA Education and Reform Act (H.R. 620). H.R. 620 is intended to address the increasing... Read More >
Ivanka Trump, Marco Rubio, paid time off, social security benefits
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and first daughter Ivanka Trump have teamed up to develop a paid parental leave program in the United States.... Read More >
Immigration, Congress
Rising to the president’s challenge of addressing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) participants in the United States and... Read More >
superfund cleanup, EPA, biohazard
EPA released a four-year “strategic plan” on February 12 that continues to emphasize the Superfund... Read More >
Compliance, Regulations
The United States Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”)... Read More >
finra, finra 4210, batch, online, REX system, extension
On February 14, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) published a Regulatory Notice... Read More >
bipartisan bill, spending, budget, fiscal year, healthcare
Following a brief shutdown of the federal government, on February 9, Congress passed and President... Read More >
SEC, budget, 2019, Fiscal year, 3.5 percent increase
On February 12, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a press release announcing its budget... Read More >

Federal Court News

look back period, repeat violation, OSHA, excavation standard

The Second Circuit offered no valentines to employers on Wednesday when it affirmed a citation issued to Triumph Construction Corporation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for a repeat violation of an...

patent, ipr, litigation, Apple, Huawei

Listed below are all new filings before PTAB of petitions for inter partes review (IPR) and covered business methods review (CBM).  Also listed are any newly-posted requests for ex partereexamination at the...

rejected, IP

At this point, several cases have examined the appealability of the Board’s institution decisions in inter partes review (“IPR”) proceedings. See, e.g., Cuozzo Speed Techs., LLC v. Lee, 136 S. Ct. 2131, 2142 (...

State Court News

South Carolina, surety, arbitration, mandatory provision

Sureties may be bound by mandatory arbitration provision in a principal’s contract per a recent ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.

Surety claim representatives must...

Austin, Texas, PSL, Ordinance

In the early hours of February 16, 2018, the Austin City Council passed a new ordinance on earned sick time that affects employers in Austin, Texas. The ordinance will not take effect until October 1, 2018, and is likely to be...

hurdle, cures bill, title iii

The House of Representatives passed a bill on February 15, 2018, that requires Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title III plaintiffs to provide businesses with notice and an opportunity to cure any barriers before filing...


AIFMD, survey, EU, European commission

On February 8, the European Commission published an online survey about the functioning of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). Article 69(1) of the AIFMD requires the EC to have commenced by July 22,...

EU, MifidII, wholesale market, key requirements

On February 12, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a report on algorithmic trading compliance in wholesale markets. The report highlights key requirements in the revised Markets in Financial...

EU manager, ESMA, financial risk

On February 14, the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) published a recommendation (dated December 7, 2017) on liquidity and leverage risks in investment funds managed by regulated EU managers (specifically open-ended...