Compliance

  • February 13, 2024

    Biden Admin Drops Appeal Over Trump 'Conscience Rule'

    The Biden administration will not pursue a Ninth Circuit appeal of two lower court decisions that struck down Trump-era regulations addressing the conscientious objection rights of healthcare providers, citing new rules that moot the case.

  • February 13, 2024

    Kroger Says Its Past Shows Albertsons Deal Will Drop Prices

    Kroger has shared some statistics that it says show its merger with the country's second-biggest grocery chain, Albertsons, won't be a bad thing, pointing to evidence that prices usually drop at a grocery chain after being acquired by Kroger.

  • February 13, 2024

    Comer Says FTC Is Stalling On Oversight Committee Worries

    House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., continued Tuesday to hammer away at the Federal Trade Commission and Chair Lina Khan, assailing the frequent target of Republican criticism for failing to "fully address" lawmaker inquiries into the FTC's handling of due process and federal ethics law.

  • February 13, 2024

    Antitrust Issues To Watch In Sports Giants' Streaming Venture

    Few details were provided in last week's announcement of a joint venture under which ESPN, Fox and Warner Bros. Discovery will combine their vast live sports portfolios into a single app. But as the companies work out the details of a project they hope to roll out this autumn, one thing is clear: The Justice Department is almost certain to take a look.

  • February 13, 2024

    LaPierre Defends TV Spots, Celeb Ties As NRA Trial Nears End

    Former National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre told jurors in New York state court in the final week of trial Tuesday that he went on television and rubbed elbows with celebrities not out of a desire for the spotlight but to anchor the gun group in "mainstream American culture."

  • February 13, 2024

    EU Says Apple IMessage, Microsoft Bing Not Gatekeepers

    European enforcers have found that Apple's iMessage and several Microsoft services do not qualify for "gatekeeper" designations under the Digital Markets Act, but the companies nevertheless must abide by new rules giving users more choice and freedom with other products.

  • February 13, 2024

    FCC Member Seeks Probe Of Apple's Message App Shutdown

    A member of the Federal Communications Commission is calling on the agency to investigate Apple's move to stifle an app that would have integrated iMessage and Android messaging and eliminated degradation issues that cause Android messages to show up as hard-to-read green bubble texts and grainy videos on iPhones.

  • February 13, 2024

    Biden Administration Beats Big Pharma Texas Medicare Suit

    A Texas federal judge said he could not entertain Big Pharma's challenge to the Biden administration's prescription drug pricing program since the only Texas-based trade group fighting the lawsuit failed to first bring its constitutional complaint to U.S. healthcare authorities.

  • February 13, 2024

    NY AG Inks $750K Deal In College Board Data Privacy Case

    New York Attorney General Letitia James said her office had reached a $750,000 settlement with the College Board, the nonprofit that administers the SAT and PSAT exams, to resolve claims that the organization illegally harvested students' data and sold it to colleges and scholarship programs.

  • February 13, 2024

    Conn. Agency Loses Sanctions Bid In Worker's Noose Suit

    A Black employee of Connecticut's energy and environmental regulator who claims he found a noose in his workplace in 2018 will not face new sanctions for deleting the alleged photo evidence, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in declining to end the hostile workplace lawsuit midtrial.

  • February 13, 2024

    Carl Icahn Sets Sights On JetBlue, Scooping 10% Share

    Activist investor Carl Icahn has revealed in a securities filing that he has amassed a nearly 10% stake in JetBlue Airways, a disclosure that sent the airline's stock price soaring more than 20% on Tuesday. 

  • February 13, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    A pizza chain, an energy company, a medical-device maker and a Manila casino were all hit with book-and-record demands last week in Delaware's Court of Chancery. A shoe company also walked away from a shareholder suit, two cryptocurrency companies tallied the costs of a broken merger, and three cigarette giants argued over Florida settlement payments.

  • February 13, 2024

    Ex-IRS Contractor Appeals 5-Year Sentence For Tax Info Leak

    A former IRS contractor sentenced to five years in prison for stealing and leaking former President Donald Trump's tax returns — and those of thousands of other wealthy people — to the media told a D.C. federal court he will appeal his final judgment.

  • February 13, 2024

    Ky. Alleges Kroger Had 'Outsized' Role In State's Opioid Crisis

    Kentucky Attorney General Russell Coleman accused the Kroger Co. and two subsidiaries of ignoring red flags and suspicious orders as opioids devastated the state, alleging in a new suit the massive grocery and pharmacy chain violated nuisance and consumer protection laws.

  • February 13, 2024

    Bourbon Co. Says Ky. City Caved To Whiskey Fungus Fear

    A bourbon-maker has sued the city of Williamstown, Kentucky, and its top officials in federal court after they backed out of a deal to help build a set of warehouses to age liquor in response to concerns from residents that ethanol from the facility could feed the spread of so-called whiskey fungus nearby.

  • February 13, 2024

    Rancher Accuses Biden Admin Of Abusing Antiquities Act

    A sixth-generation Arizona rancher has slapped the Biden administration with a complaint in Arizona federal court, accusing the president of abusing the Antiquities Act to designate a million acres of land in the state as a national monument.

  • February 13, 2024

    DOL's Benefits Arm Reports $1.4B In Recoveries In 2023

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration announced Tuesday that it recovered more than $1.4 billion in payments to plans, beneficiaries and participants in fiscal year 2023, an amount that is essentially level with the agency's total recoveries from the previous year.

  • February 12, 2024

    'Pig Butchering' Scheme Took Down Small Bank, Fed IG Says

    The July collapse of a Kansas community bank appears tied to a type of crypto scam known as pig butchering, enabled by a failure of internal controls that allowed its former CEO to allegedly siphon off enough money to force the bank's closure, according to a new report by a bank regulatory watchdog.

  • February 12, 2024

    Fired Wells Fargo Exec Nabs Partial Win In Retaliation Suit

    A California magistrate judge on Monday granted a partial win to a former Wells Fargo executive who sued the bank for allegedly firing him because he was a whistleblower, rejecting arguments that the bank is preempted by a provision of the National Banking Act.

  • February 12, 2024

    Bank Trade Chief Warns Of Rules 'Masquerading As Guidance'

    The American Bankers Association's chief executive fired off a warning shot at federal regulators on Monday over their use of agency guidance, cautioning that several recent documents addressing certain bank fees and other practices are no substitute for formal rulemaking.

  • February 12, 2024

    SEC Says Long Islander Aided $2M 'Free Riding' Scam

    A Long Island 25-year-old has agreed to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission allegations that he played a key role in a $2 million "free riding" scheme to take advantage of "instant deposit" credits offered by broker-dealer firms.

  • February 12, 2024

    DC Circ. Probes FERC Review Of La. Natural Gas Terminal

    A D.C. Circuit panel on Monday questioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's refusal to formally characterize a Louisiana liquefied natural gas export terminal's contributions to climate change, with one judge indicating that regulators' reluctance to make determinations creates unnecessary challenges in deciding the project's fate.

  • February 12, 2024

    EPA Scientist Rips Fluoride IQ Links As 'A Lot Of Uncertainty'

    A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scientist testifying in a California federal bench trial Monday over fluoride's risks criticized studies showing links between fluoride exposure and IQ drops, saying repeatedly there's "a lot of uncertainty" regarding the studies' data and the "evidence is weak."

  • February 12, 2024

    Ohio Judge Refuses To End Pause On Social Media Age Law

    An Ohio federal judge has extended a temporary hold on a new state law requiring social media platforms and other sites to get parents' consent before opening accounts for children under 16, issuing a preliminary injunction after finding the law unconstitutional.

  • February 12, 2024

    Private Cos. Back Gov't Move to Toss $40B Ligado Suit

    Ligado Networks hasn't been allowed to launch its long-planned and controversial 5G foray into the L-Band because it would be dangerous, not because of any secret government conspiracy, a coalition of companies and aviation groups have lined up to tell the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Expert Analysis

  • Unraveling The Bundled Benefits Of Retail Memberships

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    The recent prevalence of paid retail memberships and the associated findings of a consumer survey suggest that assessing consumer preferences and welfare may be important when considering resolution mechanisms in antitrust contexts, say Rosa M. Abrantes-Metz at Berkeley Research Group, Mame Maloney at The Brattle Group and Jeff Brazell at the University of Utah.

  • NC TikTok Order Holds Lessons On Handling State AG Probes

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    Earlier this month, a North Carolina appeals court compelled TikTok to give the state attorney general information relating to 98,000 recorded Zoom meetings, reminding companies that successful civil litigation strategies may have the opposite effect in the state or regulatory investigation context, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • CFPB's Proposed Overdraft Rule Evokes A Dickensian Tale

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    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new proposed rule, declaring overdraft credit to be under Truth In Lending Act protection, creates tension between vigorous agency action and judicial concerns about administrative overreach that calls to mind Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities," say Eric Mogilnicki and David Stein at Covington.

  • Despite HHS Opinion, Gift Card Giveaways Require Caution

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    Though the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General recently determined that a healthcare consulting firm's gift card plans do not violate the Anti-Kickback Statute, the opinion does not suggest blanket approval for providing gift cards in exchange for referrals, say Ragini Acharya and Matthew Deutsch at Husch Blackwell.

  • Takeaways From SEC's Aggressive Cybersecurity Moves

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's intensifying policy on cybersecurity and securities violations in the wake of a data breach — like its enforcement action against SolarWinds and its security officer — has emboldened shareholders to file related suits, creating a heightened threat to public companies, say attorneys at Baker McKenzie.

  • How Merck Settlement Can Inform Cyberinsurance Approach

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    This month's settlement in Merck v. ACE spotlights how cyber exclusions have evolved since the significant decision in the case — allowing for insurance coverage despite the presence of a policy war exclusion — and where else corporate risk managers may look for coverage in case of a cyberattack, say attorneys at McGuireWoods.

  • Parsing Treasury's Proposed Clean Hydrogen Tax Credit Rules

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    Regulations recently proposed by the IRS and the U.S. Department of the Treasury concerning two types of tax credits for clean hydrogen production facilities should resolve many of the most pressing questions around qualification for the credits — albeit in a relatively stringent manner, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Employee Experience Strategy Can Boost Law Firm Success

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    Amid continuing business uncertainty, law firms should consider adopting a holistic employee experience strategy — prioritizing consistency, targeting signature moments and leveraging measurement tools — to maximize productivity and profitability, says Haley Revel at Calibrate Consulting.

  • Opinion

    CFPB Must Clarify When Anti-Fraud Benefits Offset Harms

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    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's ill-explained orders against two banks, concerning legitimate unemployment accounts that were frozen in attempts to control COVID-era fraud, illustrate an urgent need for bureau guidance on when the systemwide benefits of a potentially unfair practice outweigh the risk of harming a minority of consumers, says Jonathan Joshua at Joshua Law Firm.

  • What Cos. Can Learn From 2023 Export Enforcement Report

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    A January report summarizing key actions and policy changes undertaken at the Office of Export Enforcement in 2023 is a valuable indicator of future government priorities and the factors companies should consider as they conduct export operations amid what may be a turbulent international trading environment in 2024, says Thaddeus McBride at Bass Berry.

  • What EU And UK Corp. Corruption Reform Means For US Cos.

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    Legislative developments in the U.K. and European Union have signaled that the prosecution of fraud and corruption is becoming a greater priority, and large U.S. companies with a global presence should view them as an opportunity to create and revise their global compliance programs, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

  • How Consumer Product Cos. Can Keep Up With Class Actions

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    Recent cases show California's federal courts and the Ninth Circuit remain the preferred arena for consumers pursuing false advertising and trade deception claims against companies — so manufacturers, distributors and retailers of consumer products should continue to watch these courts for guidance on how to fight class actions, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • Series

    Competing In Triathlons Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    While practicing law and competing in long-distance triathlons can make work and life feel unbalanced at times, participating in the sport has revealed important lessons about versatility, self-care and perseverance that apply to the office as much as they do the racecourse, says Laura Heusel at Butler Snow.

  • Series

    In Focus At The EEOC: Preserving Legal System Access

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    The track records of and public commentary from U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission leaders — including two recently confirmed Democratic appointees — can provide insight into how the agency may approach access to justice priorities, as identified in its latest strategic enforcement plan, says Aniko Schwarcz at Cohen Milstein.

  • What's In NY's Draft Guidance On AI Use In Insurance

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    Last week, the New York State Department of Financial Services released proposed guidance for insurers on the use of artificial intelligence systems and external consumer data and information sources for underwriting and pricing purposes, and these standards will likely help form the basis of an eventual nationwide insurance regulatory framework on AI, say attorneys at Sullivan & Cromwell.

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