Public Policy

  • April 08, 2024

    Feds Say Cannabis Cos. Can't Challenge CSA Pot Ban

    The U.S. government is urging a Massachusetts federal court to throw out a suit by several cannabis companies alleging the ban on cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act is unconstitutional, saying they don't have standing to sue because their activities aren't being prosecuted.

  • April 08, 2024

    Farmers Want USDA Barred From 'Discriminatory' Aid Choices

    A group of Texas farmers asked a federal judge to bar the U.S. Department of Agriculture from prioritizing minority groups as a part of a distribution scheme for the agency's disaster assistance and pandemic relief programs, saying the programs continue to cause harm to them and the public.

  • April 08, 2024

    DC Judge Urged To Let GOP States Try To Save Asylum Limits

    A coalition of 20 Republican state attorneys general is urging a D.C. federal judge to allow five additional states to intervene in a lawsuit to defend the Biden administration's rule limiting asylum amid settlement talks to resolve the litigation.

  • April 08, 2024

    Immigrant Children Settle ICE Border Separation Claims

    Three immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2018 have settled their lawsuit seeking compensation from the U.S. government for the trauma they endured in federal detention, according to a court filing.

  • April 08, 2024

    Atlantic City Hotels Say Gov't Backing Can't Save Pricing Suit

    Atlantic City casino-hotels continue to push a New Jersey federal judge to toss room rate price-fixing allegations they say get no help from a U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission intervening brief that argued algorithmic collusion is just as liable under antitrust law.

  • April 08, 2024

    Trump Allies Rip 'Odor Of Mendacity' In Pushing Willis DQ

    A Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group has urged the Georgia Court of Appeals to remove Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis from prosecuting former President Donald Trump and other defendants in the 2020 election interference case, saying her romantic relationship with a since-resigned special prosecutor created "an odor of mendacity."

  • April 08, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Last week, a much-watched Chancery Court Match.com decision got reversed, a Philip Morris motion got stubbed out, and a long-frozen Blue Bell Creameries suit started churning again. Delaware's Court of Chancery also saw new suits filed for legal fees, arguments over multibillion-dollar pay packages, and a judge flummoxed over Truth Social.

  • April 08, 2024

    Trump Seeks Appeal On 1st Amendment Grounds In Ga. Case

    Former President Donald Trump and his remaining 13 co-defendants asked a Georgia state court judge for permission to appeal a decision in which he refused to drop the criminal charges leveled against them in the state's election interference case on free speech grounds.

  • April 08, 2024

    Ex-IRS Criminal Investigations Head Joins Crypto Data Firm

    A newly retired chief of the Internal Revenue Service's law enforcement arm is taking his skills to blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis, where he'll help federal agencies and crypto firms leverage Chainalysis' data and solutions to combat financial crime.

  • April 08, 2024

    FTC Defends In-House Judges' Role In H&R Block Case

    H&R Block wrongly claimed that the Federal Trade Commission's administrative law judges should be disqualified from overseeing an administrative proceeding accusing the tax preparation company of deceptive advertising, FTC lawyers told the agency, arguing the judges don't have illegal job protections.

  • April 08, 2024

    Menendez Seeks To Block Info On Lifestyle, Political Donors

    U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez is seeking to have evidence about his and his wife's lifestyle and spending habits and information about his campaign donors excluded from the bribery trial that the couple and two business associates are facing on May 6, according to court documents.

  • April 08, 2024

    EU Tax Single Filing Would Aid Small-Biz Trade, Official Says

    A proposal allowing small businesses in the European Union to file a single tax return with the administration of the business' head office as opposed to with every member country where the entity does business would cut compliance costs and encourage trade, an EU official said.

  • April 08, 2024

    Doctors Say MSU Vax Mandate Suit Needs High Court Review

    Three doctors urged the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a case challenging Michigan State University's vaccine mandate after the Sixth Circuit backed the suit's dismissal, arguing that the circuit court should have applied a stricter standard when considering whether the government could interfere with patients' medical decisions.

  • April 08, 2024

    Cannabis Co. Says DEA Administrative Procedure Is Illegal

    A Rhode Island cannabis company sued the U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration claiming the agency is subjecting it to an illegal proceeding before an administrative judge.

  • April 08, 2024

    Key Congressional Leaders Float Sweeping Data Privacy Bill

    The heads of the U.S. Senate and House commerce committees have taken a major step toward enacting a comprehensive federal consumer data privacy framework, reaching a long-awaited deal on proposed legislation that would minimize the personal data companies can gather, allow consumers to bring lawsuits and eliminate a growing patchwork of state laws.

  • April 05, 2024

    Ind. Can't Undo Abortion Law Injunction In Jewish Org's Case

    An Indiana law banning most abortions in the state remains blocked for certain people with sincerely held religious beliefs, after a state appeals court largely upheld — in a sometimes sharply worded opinion — a preliminary injunction issued in a lawsuit brought by a Jewish reproductive rights group and other individual plaintiffs.

  • April 05, 2024

    'Take The Win,' Judge Tells Texas In HHS Abortion Pill Suit

    Texas' lawsuit challenging the Biden administration's guidance to require pharmacies to dispense abortion medication is moot following revised U.S. Department of Health and Human Services guidance clarifying that access to the drug isn't for abortion purposes, a federal judge ruled Friday, saying the state "should take the win."

  • April 05, 2024

    DC Circ. Says Gov't Changing Its Defense In Chinese Visa Row

    A D.C. Circuit judge said Friday the federal government seemed to be changing its tune late in its defense of a district court judge's dismissal of a suit filed by three Chinese investors who'd tried to move ahead in the queue for EB-5 visas reserved for investors in infrastructure projects.

  • April 05, 2024

    COVID App Takes Another Shot At Apple With Justices

    App developers are again seeking U.S. Supreme Court intervention against the Ninth Circuit's refusal to revive antitrust allegations over Apple's rejection of COVID-19-tracking and bitcoin apps, decrying "fundamental error" lower courts made misreading pleading requirements, proffered market definition and more.

  • April 05, 2024

    Baltimore Bridge: Biden's Visit, Recovery, Supply Chain

    Nearly two weeks after the Francis Scott Key Bridge's collapse, government and legal maneuvers are taking shape as the Biden administration pledged to fully reopen the Port of Baltimore before June, while the owner and operator of the ship that caused the collapse sought to limit its financial liability.

  • April 05, 2024

    Trade Court Backs Commerce's Dates For Turkish Rebar Sales

    The U.S. Court of International Trade rebuffed Turkish rebar producers seeking to unwind tariffs on their products based on the U.S. Department of Commerce's designated date of sale for their U.S. imports, holding that evidence backed the agency.

  • April 05, 2024

    Parents Seek Justices' Review Of Private School Funding Law

    Five Michigan families want the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their challenge to a Michigan constitutional provision that they say prevents them from using tax-advantaged education savings accounts to pay for religious school tuition, alleging the law amounts to religious discrimination.

  • April 05, 2024

    5th Circ. Blocks Biden Admin's Predatory College Loan Rule

    The Fifth Circuit has ordered a preliminary injunction blocking the Biden administration's changes to a program providing student loan forgiveness to borrowers defrauded by higher education institutions, finding that the plaintiff representing for-profit colleges demonstrated a likelihood of suffering irreparable harm without the injunction.

  • April 05, 2024

    Top 3 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    The Federal Communications Commission heard from policy advocates more than 200 times in March, as the agency fielded concerns on net neutrality rules, bulk billing for internet service, broadband deployment, school connectivity and more.

  • April 05, 2024

    New Judges Inadequate Fix For Immigration Board Backlog

    Attorneys have welcomed the Board of Immigration Appeals' five-member expansion as a step in the right direction for chipping away at the board's record backlog of cases, but say the move likely won't be enough to solve the problem.

Expert Analysis

  • How The FAA Is Embracing Simplified Flight Controls

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    The Federal Aviation Administration's openness to approving simplified flight controls as part of its forthcoming refresh of regulations governing light-sport aircraft and sport pilot certificates is valuable and welcome — and the same approach can be brought to general aviation aircraft, says Paul Alp at Adams and Reese.

  • Banks Should Continue To Prep For CFPB Data Rule Rollout

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    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau-supervised banks should not expect industry pressure to delay the rollout of proposed Section 1033 open banking rules, which regulate how consumer financial information flows between financial institutions, and prepare their required data access portals and compliance procedures now, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • FERC's Updated Settlement Policy Comes With Risks For Cos.

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    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's newly streamlined enforcement settlement policy may increase investigation subjects' regulatory risk, so they should consider measures to protect themselves, such as periodically assessing compliance programs and mitigating any weaknesses, say attorneys at Willkie.

  • Tips For CCOs Submitting Annual Compliance Reports

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    Recent settlement actions by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, coupled with statements made by both CFTC and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission leadership, demonstrate why this year's chief compliance officer annual report filing is no ordinary exercise, and highlight the increasing importance of the report and its usage, say attorneys at Steptoe.

  • Legal Considerations For Circular Economy Strategies

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    As circular economy goals — generating revenue at multiple points in a product's life cycle — become nearly ubiquitous in corporate sustainability practices, companies should reassess existing strategies by focusing on government incentives, regulations, and reporting and disclosure requirements, say Rachel Saltzman and Erin Grisby at Hunton.

  • Decline In Same-Industry M&A Tells A Nuanced Policy Story

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    In light of newly available Hart-Scott-Rodino Act data suggesting that intraindustry mergers are down overall and pharmaceutical and hospital intraindustry transactions tend to face greater antitrust scrutiny than in the past, attorneys at Morgan Lewis explore whether Biden administration enforcement policies may be curbing pro-competitive strategic M&A.

  • SEC's Final Climate Disclosure Rules: What Cos. Must Know

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    While the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's scaled-back final rules requiring public companies to disclose certain climate-related information still face challenges in court, companies should begin preparing now to comply with the rules, say Celia Soehner and Erin Martin at Morgan Lewis.

  • Golf Course Copyright Bill Implications Go Beyond The Green

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    A new federal bill, the BIRDIE Act, introduced in February would extend intellectual property protections to golf course designers but could undercut existing IP case law and raise broader questions about the scope of copyright protection for works that involve living elements or nonhuman authorship, say attorneys at Bradley Arant.

  • Preempting Bottled Water Microplastics Fraud Claims

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    Food products like bottled water are increasingly likely to be targets of consumer fraud complaints due to alleged microplastics contamination — but depending on the labeling or advertising at issue, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act can provide a powerful preemption defense, say Tariq Naeem and Brenda Sweet at Tucker Ellis.

  • Insurance Implications Of Trump's NY Civil Fraud Verdict

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    A New York state trial court’s $450 million judgment against former President Donald Trump and affiliated entities for valuation fraud offers several important lessons for companies seeking to obtain directors and officers insurance, including the consequences of fraudulent misrepresentations and critical areas of underwriting risk, says Kevin LaCroix at RT ProExec.

  • Opinion

    NY Gubernatorial Absence Provision Is Obsolete And Harmful

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    An outdated provision in the New York Constitution means that the governor loses power whenever they leave the state, creating legal uncertainty and undermining confidence in the rule of law — but fortunately, the solution is straightforward, say Liam Turner and John Rogan at Fordham Law School.

  • Opinion

    European Union Criticisms Of The FCPA Are Misguided

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    Some in the European Union have criticized U.S. enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for what they perceive as jurisdictional overreach, but this appears to overlook the crucial fact that jurisdiction is voluntary, and critics should focus instead on the lack of equivalent laws in their own region, say John Joy and YuTong Wang at FTI Law.

  • What Fed's Credit-Linked Note FAQ Means For Capital Relief

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    U.S. banks that seek to mitigate their loss of liquidity under the Basel III capital requirements by issuing direct credit-linked notes should turn to recent Federal Reserve FAQs for insight into how this new use of synthetic securitizations may reshape risk and regulation in the U.S. market, says Cris Cicala at Stinson.

  • Wildfire Challenges For Utility Investors: Regs And Financing

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    For investors in public utilities, wildfire liability considerations include not only regulatory complexities, but also bankruptcy claims resolution, financing judgments and settlements, and how to leverage organizational structures to maximize investment protections, say David Botter and Lisa Schweitzer at Cleary.

  • Fintech Compliance Does Not Always Equal Bank Compliance

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    Recent enforcement actions are a reminder for banks working with financial technology providers — whether as partners to extend their reach or as internal resources to support existing operations — that few areas of risk need more frequent attention than Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering compliance, says Christopher Couch at Phelps Dunbar.

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