Public Policy

  • March 04, 2024

    Mich. Defeats Challenge To Dead Voter Deletion Process

    A Michigan federal judge has tossed a nonprofit's suit claiming that the state violated federal election laws by failing to remove deceased residents from its voter rolls, finding that the state made thorough efforts to remove voters after they died.

  • March 04, 2024

    Divisive Housing Law A 'Great Test' For New Mass. AG

    A high-stakes legal showdown over Massachusetts' requirement that communities served by public transit build affordable housing presents a significant test for state Attorney General Andrea Campbell that could come back to hurt her politically, experts told Law360.

  • March 04, 2024

    Feds Urged Not To Let Mobile Cos. 'Centralize' Airwaves

    Mobile networks should not be allowed to amass so much of the airwaves that they inadvertently crowd out national security technologies or sideline shared spectrum models, a group of experts told the U.S. Commerce Department.

  • March 04, 2024

    Thomas, Alito Say Campus 'Speech Police' Case Worth A Look

    U.S. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito objected Monday to their colleagues' decision to dismiss as moot claims that Virginia Tech's now-defunct protocol for reporting controversial speech violated the First Amendment, arguing the court must decide whether universities can police student speech.

  • March 04, 2024

    Maine Slams Trade Secret Claim In Lobstermen's Tracking Suit

    The Maine state government is pushing back against lobstermen who want a federal court to block a state requirement to have tracking devices on their boats, slamming arguments that the monitoring will reveal fishing patterns and locations they consider trade secrets.

  • March 04, 2024

    Defunct Conn. Nursing School Hit With 2nd $5M Placeholder

    Connecticut Attorney General William Tong's office secured a $5 million prejudgment remedy against a shuttered nursing school over the weekend, leaving the defunct for-profit Stone Academy on the hook for $10 million in total as it continues to battle claims including breach of contract and unfair trade practices in separate lawsuits.

  • March 04, 2024

    FCC Inks Anti-Scam Partnership With UK Counterpart

    The Federal Communications Commission said Monday it will work formally with its U.K. counterpart to combat scam robocalls and robotexts, an announcement that came days after reaching a similar agreement with Britain's data privacy enforcer.

  • March 04, 2024

    FAA Audit Flags Boeing 737 Max 9 Production Lapses

    Boeing and its key supplier, Spirit AeroSystems, failed to comply with manufacturing quality control requirements across several departments, according to findings from a Federal Aviation Administration audit of the 737 Max 9 jets after January's harrowing Alaska Airlines midair panel blowout.

  • March 04, 2024

    Feds' Lack Of Payments Hampers Services, Tribal Groups Say

    The National Congress of American Indians and tribes are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold lower court rulings ordering the federal government to reimburse the San Carlos Apache and Northern Arapaho tribes for millions of dollars in administrative costs related to their delivery of health programs.

  • March 04, 2024

    Murdaugh Prosecutor To Join Capitol Police On March 11

    Johnny James, who was part of the team that successfully prosecuted former South Carolina prominent attorney Alex Murdaugh for murder, will start March 11 as a federal prosecutor in California with the U.S. Capitol Police and a U.S. attorney's office as part of the federal government's efforts to address the increasing number of threats around the country to members of Congress.

  • March 04, 2024

    Colo. Justices Censure Ex-Judge, Order Him To Pay Fees

    A former state court judge has been censured by the Colorado Supreme Court and ordered to pay nearly $5,000 in legal costs to a disciplinary board that recommended he be reprimanded for exploiting his judicial position for the benefit of his brother-in-law after an alleged domestic violence incident.

  • March 04, 2024

    Ban Lifted On Fed Courts' Admin Staff Engaging In Politics

    The administrative arm of the federal judiciary is allowing the majority of its workers to participate in political activity in their free time, responding to a 2022 D.C. Circuit ruling that prior restrictions were unconstitutional.

  • March 04, 2024

    Conn. Trial Attys Slam Proposed Offsets For Jury Awards

    Connecticut lawmakers on Monday considered a bill that could reduce economic damages awarded to personal injury and wrongful death plaintiffs when a collateral payment source, such as an insurer, has a right of subrogation, a measure that trial lawyers panned as an insurance industry perk that would undo precedent.  

  • March 04, 2024

    Feds Escape $603K In Atty Fees Despite Customs' Loss

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has found that Customs officials reasonably, albeit wrongly, determined that an importer skirted tariffs on Chinese saw blades, holding that the importer can't foist the $603,000 legal bill it incurred in an ultimately successful fight onto the government.

  • March 04, 2024

    North Carolina Grievance Process Fixes Would Empower Attys

    The North Carolina State Bar's grievance process could soon be revamped to include new standing requirements and open-file discovery for the accused under a slate of proposals proffered Monday by a group of lawyers and judges on the State Bar Review Committee.

  • March 04, 2024

    Md. House OKs Local Property Tax Credit Options

    Local governments in Maryland could award tax credits for certain properties that are used for housing homeless people or have undergone health and safety improvements under legislation passed by the state House of Delegates.

  • March 04, 2024

    Pa. Court Won't Unveil Votes In 2020 Election Info Fight

    An electronic database showing every vote in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, is the digital equivalent of the "contents of a ballot box" and was therefore exempt from being released to members of the public seeking information on the 2020 election, a divided state appellate court ruled Monday.

  • March 04, 2024

    Menendez Loses Bid To Exclude Gold Bars From Bribery Case

    A New York federal judge on Monday refused to exclude explosive evidence — including gold bars, cash and an engagement ring — the federal government unearthed in its second bribery case against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and his associates, reasoning that the omissions the embattled New Jersey Democrat targeted in prosecutors' affidavits weren't material.

  • March 04, 2024

    Ohio Agency Puts Discovery On Hold In FirstEnergy Probes

    The Ohio utilities commission will hold off discovery for its just-unfrozen investigations arising from FirstEnergy Corp.'s notorious bribery scandal after the state attorney general's office warned that compelling testimony from anyone allegedly involved in the scheme could make them immune from criminal prosecution.

  • March 04, 2024

    9th Circ. Says Mexican Man's Torture By Gov't Facility Unlikely

    The Ninth Circuit refused to revive a Mexican man's bid for deportation relief, agreeing with the Board of Immigration Appeals that the man failed to show he'd likely be tortured by healthcare providers in Mexico's state-run mental health facilities.

  • March 04, 2024

    5th Circ. Order May Let Migrant Arrest Law Take Effect

    The Fifth Circuit on Saturday stayed a federal judge's injunction on a Texas law that authorizes the arrest and deportation of migrants, but gave the Biden administration one week to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case.

  • March 04, 2024

    Justices Say States Can't Keep Trump Off Ballot

    The U.S. Supreme Court found that states can't bar Donald Trump from running for reelection this year based on a 14th Amendment provision, with justices on Monday reversing a Colorado high court decision that barred Trump from the state's primary election ballot.

  • March 04, 2024

    Trump's Former Finance Chief Pleads Guilty To Perjury

    Allen Weisselberg, the longtime former financial chief of Donald Trump's real estate business empire, admitted Monday to lying under oath in the New York attorney general's civil fraud case as part of a plea deal to serve five months in jail.

  • March 01, 2024

    Gov't Says AI Patent Gap Between US And China Is Growing

    A report by a U.S. federal agency says that people living in China have been granted more patents than people living in the U.S., and the latest figures suggest an especially widening gap in patents issued over artificial intelligence.

  • March 01, 2024

    Wash. Judge Doubts Public Was Shut Out Of Shelter Plan

    A Washington state appellate judge on Friday asked opponents of a plan to turn a hotel near Seattle into a shelter for homeless people why a pair of community meetings weren't enough to meet King County's obligation to listen to public feedback. 

Expert Analysis

  • Employers, Prep For Shorter Stock Awards Settlement Cycle

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    Companies that provide equity compensation in the form of publicly traded stock will soon have one less day to complete such transactions under U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Nasdaq rules — so employers should implement expedited equity compensation stock settlement and payroll tax deposit procedures now, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Complying With Enforcers' Ephemeral Messaging Guidance

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    Given federal antitrust enforcers’ recently issued guidance on ephemeral messaging applications, organizations must take a proactive approach to preserving short-lived communications — or risk criminal obstruction charges and civil discovery sanctions, say attorneys at Manatt.

  • New FinCEN Guide Provides Useful BOI Context For Banks

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    Financial institutions should review a new Financial Crimes Enforcement Network compliance guide for helpful details about how the agency's beneficial ownership database should be used, though questions remain about the access rule and whether it will truly streamline bank borrowers' Corporate Transparency Act due diligence, says George Singer at Holland & Hart.

  • Demystifying IRS' Claims Of $851B Return On Investment

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    The IRS' recently released analysis, estimating a $851 billion return on the government’s $80 billion investment in the agency, represents a huge increase over its 2022 estimate and that of the Congressional Budget Office and may be best viewed as a best-case scenario, says Joyce Beebe at the Baker Institute.

  • Conn. Data Privacy Enforcement Takeaways For Cos.

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    In light of the Connecticut attorney general's recently released report on its enforcement of the Connecticut Data Privacy Act, which focuses on companies' privacy policies, protections of sensitive data and more, businesses can expect increased enforcement scrutiny — especially in areas that are the subject of consumer complaints, say Paul Pittman and Abdul Hafiz at White & Case.

  • How Firms Can Ensure Associate Gender Parity Lasts

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    Among associates, women now outnumber men for the first time, but progress toward gender equality at the top of the legal profession remains glacially slow, and firms must implement time-tested solutions to ensure associates’ gender parity lasts throughout their careers, say Kelly Culhane and Nicole Joseph at Culhane Meadows.

  • Opinion

    NY Shouldn't Pair 421-a Restoration And Good Cause Eviction

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    The good cause eviction system of rent control should not be imposed in New York, nor should its legislation be tied to renewal of the 421-a tax abatement program, which New York City desperately needs, says Alexander Lycoyannis at Holland & Knight.

  • Opinion

    OFAC Should Loosen Restrictions On Arbitration Services

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    The Office of Foreign Assets Control regulations should be amended so that U.S. persons can provide arbitration services to sanctioned parties — this would help align OFAC policy with broader U.S. arbitration policy, promote efficiency, and effectively address related geopolitical and regulatory challenges, says Javier Coronado Diaz at Diaz Reus.

  • Proposed RCRA Regs For PFAS: What Cos. Must Know

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    Two rules recently proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would lead to more per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances being regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and would increase the frequency and scope of corrective action — so affected industries should prepare for more significant cleanup efforts, say attorneys at Alston & Bird.

  • 7 Common Myths About Lateral Partner Moves

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    As lateral recruiting remains a key factor for law firm growth, partners considering a lateral move should be aware of a few commonly held myths — some of which contain a kernel of truth, and some of which are flat out wrong, says Dave Maurer at Major Lindsey.

  • Basics Of Bank Regulators' Push For Discount Window Use

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    As the Federal Reserve and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency emphasize short-term liquidity risk management as central to preventing spring 2023-style bank collapses, banks should carefully tune into regulators’ remarks encouraging use of the Fed’s discount window, which some policymakers identify as a key component in the evolution of liquidity regulation and backstop lending, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Proposed Hydrogen Tax Credit Regs May Be Legally Flawed

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    While the recently proposed regulations for the new clean hydrogen production tax credit have been lauded by some in the environmental community, it is unclear whether they are sufficiently grounded in law, result from valid rulemaking processes, or accord with other administrative law principles, say Hunter Johnston and Steven Dixon at Steptoe.

  • No AI FRAUD Act Is A Significant Step For Right Of Publicity

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    The No Artificial Intelligence Fake Replicas and Unauthorized Duplications Act's proposed federal right of publicity protection, including post-mortem rights, represents a significant step toward harmonizing the landscape of right of publicity law, Rachel Hofstatter and Aaron Rosenthal at Honigman.

  • How Broker-Dealers Can Prepare For New Remote Work Rules

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    Securities regulators recently expanded broker-dealers' ability to permit flexible remote working arrangements through the introduction of residential supervisory locations, a welcome change that better allows broker-dealers to attract and retain talent, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • Series

    Cheering In The NFL Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Balancing my time between a BigLaw career and my role as an NFL cheerleader has taught me that pursuing your passions outside of work is not a distraction, but rather an opportunity to harness important skills that can positively affect how you approach work and view success in your career, says Rachel Schuster at Sheppard Mullin.

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