Public Policy

  • October 15, 2021

    2nd Circ. Lets NYC Teacher Vax Mandate Stand

    A Second Circuit panel on Friday rejected claims from a group of New York City educators who argued that the city's COVID-19 vaccine requirement for public school teachers is unconstitutional, affirming a lower court's decision that preserved the mandate. 

  • October 15, 2021

    Attys Hope For Clarity With Justices' Interest In Fraud Claims

    Whistleblowers and contractors have struggled for more than a decade with inconsistent standards across the country for bringing forward fraud allegations, but the U.S. Supreme Court's recent interest in a case that appears to overcome deficiencies in previous petitions could bring clarity.

  • October 15, 2021

    Biden Admin. Says 'Remain In Mexico' May Restart Next Month

    The Biden administration told a Texas federal judge Thursday that if Mexico agrees, the U.S. will be ready to restart the Trump-era "Remain in Mexico" policy by mid-November, unleashing a storm of protest from human rights advocates warning that the policy will lead to "immense human suffering."

  • October 15, 2021

    5th Circ. Says CFPB Payday Loan Regs Must Wait For Appeal

    The Fifth Circuit has stepped in to extend a stay on Consumer Financial Protection Bureau payday lending regulations that are being challenged by two industry trade groups, giving small-dollar lenders a reprieve from an expected June compliance deadline.

  • October 15, 2021

    US Argues Detained Immigrants Don't Require Bond Hearings

    The Biden administration has told the U.S. Supreme Court that the Third and Ninth circuits botched decisions saying the law requires bond hearings for immigrants who have been detained for more than six months with final deportation orders.

  • October 15, 2021

    Ireland Shares Favorable Public Views On OECD Tax Overhaul

    Ireland's government shared public comments received as it was negotiating to join the global deal on revamping corporate taxation, showing industry groups, social justice advocates, auditing firms, banks, insurers and even two political parties had backed the push.

  • October 15, 2021

    Biden Group Split Over Draft Report Knocking Court-Packing

    A draft report criticizing court-packing proposals has divided President Joe Biden's bipartisan commission studying possible reforms to the U.S. Supreme Court. Liberal commissioners were caught off guard by the draft report, while conservatives thought it didn't go far enough in condemning the idea.

  • October 15, 2021

    DOJ Lands 1st Indictment Of Many Expected In 737 Max Probe

    The criminal indictment of The Boeing Co.'s former chief technical pilot for allegedly duping federal safety regulators during their review of the 737 Max is the first of what's likely to be many, as the U.S. Department of Justice vows to vigorously prosecute individuals undermining public safety.

  • October 15, 2021

    DC Circ. Urged To Void House Panel's Bid For Trump Docs

    A subpoena from a congressional committee seeking certain financial documents from former President Donald Trump's longtime accounting firm implicates significant separation-of-powers concerns that justify voiding the request, his attorneys told the D.C. Circuit.

  • October 15, 2021

    Police Union Sues Over Allegheny County Vaccine Mandate

    Allegheny County's police union claimed the government can't threaten to fire officers who don't get a COVID-19 vaccine, and asked a Pennsylvania court to bar the county's employee vaccine mandate permanently.

  • October 15, 2021

    Texas Justices To Hear Houston Drainage Fee Dispute

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether to revive a proposed class action against Houston and its leaders brought by property owners who say they are owed reimbursement for a drainage fee that was misleadingly imposed on residents of the city.

  • October 15, 2021

    11th Circ. Denies Strip Club's Bid For Extended Alcohol Sales

    The Eleventh Circuit denied a former Atlanta-area strip club's efforts to extend the hours when it can sell alcohol, saying the club doesn't have a vested right to serve drinks into the wee hours despite a city ordinance barring late-night sales.

  • October 15, 2021

    Biden Officials Say Tracking Is Key To Enviro Justice Efforts

    The Biden administration is working on ways to keep track of its progress on environmental justice objectives, including through a scorecard for the various arms of the federal government, senior officials said Friday.

  • October 15, 2021

    Sacramento County Is Hit With $42.9M Sewage Discharge Suit

    A nonprofit environmental group has hit the County of Sacramento and its sewage and water departments with a $42 million suit alleging that the county has been improperly discharging sewage into surrounding U.S. waterways since 2018.

  • October 15, 2021

    FTC Reaches Deal In Suit Over Alleged Inmate Call Plan Scam

    A California federal judge on Thursday approved the stipulated settlement agreement between the Federal Trade Commission and a man it accused of running a $1.2 million scam advertising fake unlimited inmate calling plans.

  • October 15, 2021

    Treasury Issues Sanctions Compliance Guide Aimed At Crypto

    The Office of Foreign Assets Control on Friday published a compliance guide for digital asset companies as part of its ongoing efforts to crack down on ransomware attacks and the use of cryptocurrencies to avoid sanctions.

  • October 15, 2021

    FCC Republicans Call For More Efficient Spectrum Use

    The Federal Communications Commission's two Republican members on Friday shared ideas to free up mid-band spectrum for 5G transmissions, emphasizing the need for stalwart agency leadership in the face of federal government pushback and calling attention to poorly designed wireless devices that may clutter the airwaves.

  • October 15, 2021

    British Asset Manager Wins Signoff For Bitcoin ETF

    Jacobi Asset Management said Friday it received approval from Guernsey regulators to launch a bitcoin-based exchange traded fund, which would be among the first such ETFs in the world and comes before any American counterpart has hit the market.

  • October 15, 2021

    Texas Justices Reverse Course To Hear Bullet Train Fight

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday reversed its previous denial of review and decided to take up claims that the private developers of a high-speed passenger train from Dallas to Houston can't use eminent domain to survey and take land for the project.

  • October 15, 2021

    Pa. Senate Bill Would Legalize, Tax Cannabis

    A bipartisan pair of Pennsylvania senators introduced legislation that would legalize adult recreational marijuana use in the state and impose a tax that could generate as much as $1 billion in annual revenue.

  • October 15, 2021

    ND Tribe Members Suing Over Oil Spill May Seek Only $1

    A North Dakota federal judge axed the majority of a Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation family's lawsuit accusing companies of spilling oil on their land and attempting to remediate it without permission, ruling that because the landowners flouted discovery procedures, they could seek only one dollar in damages.

  • October 15, 2021

    Calif. Court OKs Warrant For PetroSaudi Arbitral Win

    The U.S. Department of Justice finally secured a warrant for portions of a PetroSaudi unit's $380 million arbitration award that federal prosecutors say is linked to $1 billion allegedly stolen from Malaysia's sovereign wealth fund.

  • October 15, 2021

    DOL Plan Could Make ESG Retirement Investing Hip — Again

    A new U.S. Department of Labor proposal would rip down Trump-era barriers that discouraged ESG investing by employee retirement funds, but it may only be the latest volley in a fiery debate over whether such investments are economically relevant — and whether they benefit or harm investors.

  • October 15, 2021

    Texas Justices Won't Revisit PUC Purview In Injury Suit

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday rejected utility CenterPoint's request to reconsider its June decision that the Public Utility Commission of Texas doesn't have exclusive jurisdiction over an injury lawsuit filed against the company.

  • October 15, 2021

    Travel Trade Association Denied Tax-Exempt Status

    A trade association that promotes travel and tourism does not qualify for tax-exempt status because it isn't operated exclusively for tax-exempt purposes, the Internal Revenue Service said in a letter ruling released Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • Proposed Mass. Enviro Regs Prompt Compliance Questions

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    The proposed amendments to the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act would introduce new assessments for determining unfair or inequitable environmental burden on marginalized populations, but the lack of guidance and a looming implementation deadline leave developers in the dark on how to apply new regulatory concepts, say attorneys at Holland & Knight.

  • Extension Of The HSR Waiting Period Increases Acquirer Risk

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    Attorneys at K&L Gates look at the Federal Trade Commission's recent extension of the merger-review waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, and its effect on pending transactions, broader public policy and the Biden-era M&A market.

  • How Canceling The Border Wall Affects Gov't Contractors

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    President Joe Biden's cancellation of the border wall project has left some federal contractors in the lurch, but including protective flow-down termination clauses in their contracts can guard against subcontractor liability and ensure recovery, says Adrien Pickard at Shapiro Lifschitz.

  • 4 Antitrust Risk Areas To Watch For Government Contractors

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    To plan for the increased likelihood of detection and stiff penalties for antitrust violations following the anticipated passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, compliance efforts should focus on joint bidding, dual distribution, legal certifications, and hiring and compensation, say Andre Geverola and Lori Taubman at Arnold & Porter.

  • Pandora Papers Reveal Need For Greater Tax Enforcement

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    The recent Pandora Papers leak is a reminder of the importance of transparency laws and proper funding for enforcement efforts against tax evasion as bad actors increasingly operate in the shadows, says Daren Firestone and Kevin Crenny at Levy Firestone.

  • Girardi Scandal Provides Important Ethics Lessons

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    The litigation and media maelstrom following allegations that famed plaintiffs attorney Thomas Girardi and his law firm misappropriated clients' funds provides myriad ethics and professional responsibility lessons for practitioners, especially with regard to misconduct reporting and liability insurance, says Elizabeth Tuttle Newman at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • How Health Care Cos. Can Untangle Web Of Vaccine Mandates

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    While health care companies anxiously await further guidance from various federal agencies on overlapping COVID-19 vaccine mandates, there are several steps industry employers can take to tackle the compliance conundrum and prepare for accommodation requests, staffing shortages and other likely challenges, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • Takeaways From CFPB's Fair Debt Collection Rule Changes

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    James Sandy at McGlinchey Stafford examines the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's upcoming amendments to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and offers compliance considerations for debt collectors with respect to new communications methods and safe harbor provisions.

  • Takeaways From DC Circ. Medicare Overpayment Ruling

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    The D.C. Circuit's recent decision in UnitedHealth v. Becerra, reinstating a rule that requires Medicare Advantage organizations to refund certain overpayments, is a near-complete victory for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, but arguably abandons the rule's negligence standard, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Jabil GC Talks Compliance Preparation

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    Tried-and-true compliance lessons from recent decades can be applied to companies’ environmental, social and governance efforts, especially with regard to employee training and consistent application of policies — two factors that can create a foundation for ESG criteria to flourish, says Robert Katz at Jabil.

  • Tips For Cos. On Ga. College Athlete Endorsement Law

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    Georgia recently joined many other U.S. states in adopting a statute enabling collegiate athletes to profit from their names, images and likenesses, but some of the law's restrictions diverge from typical expectations of celebrity endorsements and similar arrangements, so potential sponsors must proceed with caution, say attorneys at BCLP.

  • Opinion

    Bankruptcy Venue Reform Bill Needs Amending

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    The Bankruptcy Venue Reform Act, currently pending in Congress, goes too far in limiting Chapter 11 filings to jurisdictions where a debtor's principal assets or headquarters are located; we propose a more targeted solution that considers the current reality of complex corporate structures, say Kenneth Rosen and Philip Gross at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • 3 Ways CLOs Can Drive ESG Efforts

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    Chief legal officers are specially trained to see the legal industry's flaws, and they can leverage that perspective to push their companies toward effective environmental, social and governance engagement, says Mark Chandler at Stanford Law School.

  • Qui Tam Order Shows Concern Over FCA Plaintiffs' Leverage

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    In Jehl v. GGNSC Southaven, a Mississippi federal court's recent decision to sidestep the question of False Claims Act liability in a health care fraud case questions the fairness and appropriateness of the significant leverage provided to plaintiffs in FCA qui tam actions, say Jack Selden and Kya Henley at Bradley Arant.

  • Opinion

    Why Congress Should Pass Whistleblower Protection Law

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    It’s crucial that lawmakers enact the Whistleblower Protection Reform Act — which remedies the Dodd-Frank Act’s weak safeguards for those who report federal securities law violations — to ensure courageous tipsters continue to step forward when they spot wrongdoing, say Jason Zuckerman and Matthew Stock at Zuckerman Law.

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