Public Policy

  • February 20, 2024

    FBI Looks Within In Naming Its Next GC

    The FBI said Tuesday that it has elevated one of its attorneys, who has worked in the government sector for a large part of his career, to serve as the agency's general counsel in Washington, D.C.

  • February 20, 2024

    Ex-Elections Chief Chose To Leave Job, NJ Gov. Says

    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has urged a New Jersey state court judge to toss allegations from the Garden State's former elections chief that his civil rights were violated when he was pushed to resign in retaliation for a satirical article, arguing that he never suffered any loss because he voluntarily retired.

  • February 20, 2024

    FCC Panel To Focus On AI's Consumer Impact

    The Federal Communications Commission set a consumer advisory panel back into motion Tuesday, with the impact of artificial intelligence on the telecom industry as a top priority.

  • February 20, 2024

    Pennsylvania Ballots Need Correct Dates, 3rd Circ. Told

    Republican organizations seeking to enforce a Pennsylvania requirement that mail-in ballots have a date and signature on their outer envelope urged the Third Circuit on Tuesday to rule that a district court judge who found more than 10,000 undated or misdated ballots to be valid too broadly applied the materiality provision of the Civil Rights Act.

  • February 20, 2024

    Navalny's Death Pushes Biden To Ramp Up Russian Sanctions

    The White House said Tuesday that it will introduce new sanctions on Russia later this week in response to Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's death in custody, saying Russian President Vladimir Putin was ultimately responsible.

  • February 20, 2024

    High Court Passes On Rent Stabilization Probe, For Now

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined to investigate two challenges to specific aspects of New York's rent stabilization law Tuesday after refusing to hear a facial challenge to the same law in September, but left the door ajar for future litigation.

  • February 20, 2024

    Justices Won't Touch UBH Mental Health Coverage Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined Tuesday to hear United Behavioral Health's challenge to a Tenth Circuit decision that found the company violated federal benefits law by refusing to cover a teenage girl's inpatient mental health treatment claims.

  • February 20, 2024

    Justice Alito Rips 'Dangerous' Denial Of Admissions Case

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito slammed his colleagues' refusal to wade into a dispute over a Virginia high school's use of race in admissions decisions Tuesday, calling a Fourth Circuit decision upholding the policy "patently incorrect and dangerous" and the high court's willingness to let it stand "hard to understand."

  • February 20, 2024

    High Court Declines To Review Trump Attorney Sanctions

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined Tuesday to review onetime Trump lawyer Sidney Powell's and six other attorneys' claims that they were wrongly sanctioned and referred for bar discipline for filing a frivolous challenge to Michigan's 2020 presidential election results.

  • February 16, 2024

    Old Rules Face New Risks As Justices Hear Truck Stop's Case

    A North Dakota truck stop's long-haul quest to save on bank card fees reaches the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in a case that could hand businesses a double-edged sword with which to hack away at even decades-old regulations.

  • February 16, 2024

    Trump Campaign Slams Ex-Aide's Adult Survivor's Act Suit

    Donald Trump's presidential campaign asked a New York judge Friday to throw out a former aide's lawsuit alleging she was raped by her campaign supervisor, saying she can't revive time-barred claims under the Adult Survivor's Act because she isn't a New York resident and the alleged assault didn't happen there.

  • February 16, 2024

    Bid To Ax Calif. Kids' Digital Safety Law Gets Diverse Backing

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Civil Liberties Union, more than a dozen media organizations and a slew of other business and consumer advocacy groups are urging the Ninth Circuit to preserve a ruling temporarily halting a new California law that requires social media platforms to bolster their privacy protections for children.

  • February 16, 2024

    Unshackled Calif. Privacy Agency To Bring Enforcement Heat

    California's privacy regulator is expected to not waste any time responding to a recent ruling that cleared the way for the fledgling agency to begin immediately enforcing the rules it's crafted under the state's data protection law, making it vital for businesses and employers to adjust their compliance efforts to meet the accelerated timeline. 

  • February 16, 2024

    DOI Announces Final Rule On Class III Indian Gaming

    The U.S. Department of the Interior on Friday announced its final rule on changes to Class III Indian gaming compacts, updating the federal regulation to provide better guidance and transparency for tribes and states to negotiate those agreements under the Indian Gaming and Regulatory Act.

  • February 16, 2024

    FCC Needs Enforcement Ombudsman, Ex-Agency Atty Says

    The Federal Communications Commission should consider a wide range of enforcement-related reforms, including creating an ombudsman's office to help companies navigate disputes that crop up during FCC investigations, a former agency general counsel has argued in a new industry-backed paper.

  • February 16, 2024

    CFPB Broadens Supervisory Appeals Process

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Friday updated its process for financial institutions that appeal supervisory findings, issuing a new procedural rule that expands the types of matters that can be appealed and the options for resolving appeals.

  • February 16, 2024

    Wyndham CEO Reports 'Expansive' FTC Query Into Takeover

    Wyndham Hotels and Resorts says that the Federal Trade Commission's "expansive" request for more information has "only increased" its concerns about the wisdom of Choice Hotels International's attempt to buy out the company without the board's blessing.

  • February 16, 2024

    Industry Group Slams FDIC's Exit Bid In NSF Fees Challenge

    An industry group has shot back at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s bid to exit a suit over recent guidance warning banks about charging repeated nonsufficient funds fees, saying the guidance was issued without observing Administrative Procedures Act requirements and exceeds the FDIC's statutory authority.

  • February 16, 2024

    Trade Dispute Reform Draft Emphasizes Mediation

    A draft agreement for overhauling the World Trade Organization's dispute settlement process circulated Friday proposes a new emphasis on the institution's alternatives to the formal litigation process that the U.S. has criticized as exclusionary and inefficient.

  • February 16, 2024

    Texas County Says State's Migrant Arrest Law Will Raise Costs

    Texas' Harris County urged a federal court to grant the Biden administration's bid to block an impending state law that would allow Texas to arrest and deport migrants, saying the law, if enforced, would lead to increased jail-related costs.

  • February 16, 2024

    NC's Stein Supports Abortion Drug Manufacturer In W.Va. Case

    North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein said Friday that he has jumped in to support an abortion drug manufacturer in its case against West Virginia's restriction of mifepristone, telling the Fourth Circuit that states can't enforce rules on the medication that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has already dropped.

  • February 16, 2024

    VanEck Pays SEC $1.75M Over Influencer Role In ETF Launch

    Financial product issuer VanEck agreed to pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission a $1.75 million penalty over allegations it failed to disclose how it paid influencer Dave Portnoy to boost the launch of its social media-tied fund to the product's board.

  • February 16, 2024

    Jewish Teacher Says Bias Suit Dismissal Flouted Case Law

    A Jewish middle school teacher who claims she faced unfair treatment at work due to her religion and repercussions for posting on Facebook about an assault by a student has urged a federal judge to rethink an early win granted to her school district against her retaliation and bias claims.

  • February 16, 2024

    The Congressman Who Reps Cannabis Reform On Capitol Hill

    Rep. Earl Blumenauer speaks to Law360 about the prospects for Congress enacting marijuana reform, why he supports moving cannabis to Schedule III and some of the drug policy triumphs and setbacks in his home state of Oregon.

  • February 16, 2024

    Union Can't Intervene In Fight Over NY Farm Laborers Law

    The United Farm Workers can't intervene in a case over a state law covering protections for agricultural workers, a New York federal judge ruled Friday, saying the union's interests in organizing and upholding the statute won't be harmed.

Expert Analysis

  • How 2 CFPB Advisory Opinions Affect Reporting Agencies

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    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued two advisory opinions last month that demonstrate a continued commitment to address inaccuracies in background check reports and consumer file disclosures through broad interpretation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, expanding on a coordinated federal agency effort, say attorneys at Cooley.

  • A Close Look At The FCC's Revised SIM Card Fraud Rules

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    Carolyn Mahoney and John Seiver at Davis Wright break down recently proposed revisions to the Federal Communications Commission's customer proprietary network information and local number portability rules for wireless providers, discuss the revisions' implications on artificial intelligence regulation, and provide tips to prevent SIM swap and port-out fraud.

  • CFTC Moves May Boost Interest In Voluntary Carbon Markets

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    As companies try to reduce their net greenhouse gas emissions, many have been cautious about embracing voluntary carbon credit markets — but recent moves by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission to regulate this sector may address some of its well-known challenges, say Deborah North and Laura Daugherty at Cleary.

  • EEO-1 Ruling May Affect Other Gov't Agency Disclosures

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    By tightly construing a rarely litigated but frequently asserted term, a California federal court’s ruling that the Freedom of Information Act does not exempt reports to the U.S. Department of Labor on workplace demographics could expand the range of government contractor information susceptible to public disclosure, says John Zabriskie at Foley & Lardner.

  • Sentencing Shift Might Not Help Most White Collar Defendants

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    Many have lauded the new zero-point offender adjustment in the U.S. sentencing guidelines, which may provide a pathway for noncustodial sentences for first-time offenders — but given the types of cases federal prosecutors often pursue, it likely won't offer much relief to white collar defendants, says Saurish Appleby-Bhattacharjee at BCLP.

  • Key Maritime Law Issues In 2024: Election-Year Unknowns

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    In the final installment of this three-part article reviewing the top challenges for the maritime industry this year, Sean Pribyl at Holland & Knight examines how the uncertainty surrounding the forthcoming U.S. election may affect the maritime sector — especially companies involved in offshore wind and deep-sea mining.

  • Opinion

    High Court's Gifts Problem Taints Public Corruption Cases

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    A history of U.S. Supreme Court justices failing to disclose luxurious gifts from wealthy donors coincides with a troubling line of court precedent overturning jury convictions in public corruption cases, indicating that perhaps justices aren't presently fit to be making these decisions, says Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.

  • The Legal Industry Needs A Cybersecurity Paradigm Shift

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    As law firms face ever-increasing risks of cyberattacks and ransomware incidents, the legal industry must implement robust cybersecurity measures and privacy-centric practices to preserve attorney-client privilege, safeguard client trust and uphold the profession’s integrity, says Ryan Paterson at Unplugged.

  • Key Maritime Law Issues In 2024: Environmental Challenges

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    In the second installment of this three-part article examining key concerns for the maritime sector this year, Sean Pribyl at Holland & Knight considers how the industry will be affected by environmental concerns — including the growing push for decarbonization, and regulatory scrutiny around greenwashing and ESG issues.

  • The State Of Play In NIL, Compensation For Student-Athletes

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    Recent NCAA developments — including name, image, and likeness legislation and a governance and compensation proposal — reflect a shift from the initial hands-off approach to student-athletes' NIL deals and an effort to allow colleges to directly compensate student-athletes without categorizing them as employees, say attorneys at Pillsbury.

  • 5 Reasons Associates Shouldn't Take A Job Just For Money

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    As a number of BigLaw firms increase salary scales for early-career attorneys, law students and lateral associates considering new job offers should weigh several key factors that may matter more than financial compensation, say Albert Tawil at Lateral Hub and Ruvin Levavi at Power Forward.

  • SEC Registrants Likely Won't Get Cyber Disclosure Delays

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's sweeping cybersecurity disclosure final rules, its SolarWinds enforcement action and recent U.S. Department of Justice guidance show the pressure is on registrants to disclose incidents timely and accurately, but the circumstances in which an extension will be granted are extremely rare, say attorneys at Pillsbury.

  • Following Banking Regulators' Breadcrumbs To 2024 Priorities

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    Through blog posts, speeches, and formal guidance and regulations, prudential and other federal and state financial regulators laid out a road map last year pointing to compliance priorities that should be reflected in financial institutions' planning this year, say Laurel Loomis Rimon and Gina Shabana at Jenner & Block.

  • Health Policy Legislative Landscape May Remain Frozen

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    With Congress again delaying the full resolution of fiscal year 2024 federal spending legislation, there is now an additional window in which Congress could work through several priority issues for healthcare stakeholders, though these issues are unlikely to be resolved in time, say attorneys at Faegre Drinker.

  • Key Maritime Law Issues In 2024: Geopolitics And Sanctions

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    Major challenges are on the horizon for the U.S. maritime sector in 2024, including geopolitical tensions in the Red Sea and ever-evolving sanctions targeting Iran and Russia — which may lead to higher shipping costs and greater compliance burdens for stakeholders, says Sean Pribyl at Holland & Knight.

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