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Cheers and Jeers from Angelo Paparelli

Thumbs up for the proposed regulation change that could reunify many families; thumbs down for the recent hit job from web-based pseudo-journalism. Angelo Paparelli, Jan. 7, 2012 .

Dodd-Frankenstein

You would expect that a publication with a libertarian tilt like The Economist would not look favorably at the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act . They call it Too big not to fail . Being The Economist , the article argues with the facts on its side. Dodd-Frank: 848 pages...

Immigration Detainers at Forefront in Travis County [Austin, TX] Sheriff Race

"In Travis County, which many consider the liberal hub of Texas, a controversial immigration-enforcement policy is at the forefront of the sheriff’s race." - Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune, May 7, 2012 . [The issue is whether the detainer regulation, 8 C.F.R. 287.7 , is a...

Regulatory Challenges Regarding Self-Insured Groups: Failures Prompt New Regulation

By John Stahl, Esq. An April 2012 International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) report entitled “ Self-Insured Groups for Workers’ Compensation: Effective Regulatory Strategies ” on obtaining workers’ compensation coverage through a Self-Insured...

Regulatory Challenges Regarding Self-Insured Groups: Failures Prompt New Regulation

By John Stahl, Esq. An April 2012 International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) report entitled “ Self-Insured Groups for Workers’ Compensation: Effective Regulatory Strategies ” on obtaining workers’ compensation coverage through a Self-Insured...

Managing Risks Posed to Mutual Fund Industry Participants by Increasing Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Activity

Over the last ten years, the far-reaching examination of the trading practices of the mutual fund industry, numerous enforcement actions by the SEC against prominent broker-dealers and fund complexes, and scores of civil lawsuits resulted in very significant costs to the mutual fund industry. Additionally...

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8 CFR 204.5(m)(4) and (11) Ultra Vires: Shalom Pentecostal Church v. Beers

"Because the Regulation is ultra vires, Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment is GRANTED to the extent it seeks to strike 8 C.F.R. §§ 204.5(m)(4) and (11). ... Here, Defendants’ sole basis for denial of the petition was the Regulation, which this Court has struck, and they...

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Babst Calland: Ohio House Of Representatives Proposes Increase In Severance Tax

By Benjamin J. Bolinger A bill to increase the severance tax on oil and gas drilling has been proposed in the Ohio House of Representatives. House Bill 375 would increase the severance tax for horizontal shale wells to 1% for the first five years of production, and to 2% after five years, if production...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: No Petition Needed for TN Visa for Mexicans

"The Department of State amends its regulation pertaining to The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), by removing the petition requirement for citizens of Mexico applying for nonimmigrant visa classification as NAFTA professionals. The rule reflects changes to documentary requirements authorized...

DOS Final Rule: No Petition Needed for Mexican TNs

"The Department of State amends its regulation pertaining to The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), by removing the petition requirement for citizens of Mexico applying for nonimmigrant visa classification as NAFTA professionals. The rule reflects changes to documentary requirements authorized...

Babst Calland: Permitting for Using Diesel in Hydraulic Fracturing Revised by EPA

By Scott McKernan The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released revised permitting guidance for underground injection control (UIC) under the Safe Drinking Water Act for wells using diesel fuels during hydraulic fracturing activities, reports The State Journal . EPA has...

Babst Calland: West Virginia Cracker Plant Could Have Multibillion Dollar Impact on State Economy

By W. Brian Nickerson As reported in the Pittsburgh Business Times , the proposed ethane cracker plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia, could potentially have a multi-billion dollar positive effect on the state’s economy. Emeritus Professor of Economics Tom S. Witt of West Virginia University...

Bitcoin Regulation - Addressing Compliance & Risk Issues for Financial Institutions [WEBINAR]

In 2009, a talented programmer (or group of programmers) released the first virtual currency protocol, known as Bitcoin. The Bitcoin protocol, essentially a robust P2P payment system , has now spun several other virtual currencies (Litecoin, Dogecoin, etc..) and has the potential to transform existing...

Thinking About the Criminalization of American Business

One trend in recent years that has been impossible for anyone following the business pages to miss has been the steadily increasing numbers of huge monetary settlements that companies have reached with U.S. regulators and prosecutors. These settlements often involve staggeringly large amounts of money...

Babst Calland: Ohio DNR Opens Comment Period for Draft Rules on Well Pad Construction

By Michael T. Altvater The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has opened the comment period on its draft rules for the construction of horizontal well sites. All interested parties may submit comments in writing by the close-of-business on Monday, October 06, 2014 to dogrm.rules@dnr.ohio.gov . ...

Babst Calland: EPA Inspector General Continues Review of Fracking Rules Over Objections from Senate

By Holly A. Pisanelli The Inspector General (IG) for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Arthur Elkins, has vowed to continue to evaluate the effectiveness of state and federal regulations of hydraulic fracturing. The IG recently responded by letter to early October correspondence from...

Preliminary Injunction Denied in H-4 EAD Lawsuit

"Save Jobs has an obvious interest in protecting its members from additional competition in an already crowded job market, particularly given the circumstances of their terminations from SCE. However, DHS has a strong interest in moving ahead with a program years in the making, and the court is...

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP: ‘Such a Fact Pattern Does Not a $5 Million Penalty Make’

By Doron Ezickson , Thomas Millar and Katherine Vorhis Or so says one dissenting FERC Commissioner in the recent Maxim Power enforcement proceeding. 1 On May 1, 2015, FERC issued an order assessing civil penalties (the “Order”) of $5 million against Maxim Power Corporation and its named...

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP: CFTC Issues Proposed Order to Exempt Certain SPP Transactions from Regulation Under Most Provisions of the CEA and CFTC Rules

By Paul Pantano , Sohair Aguirre and Lamiya Rahman On May 19, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“ CFTC ” or “ Commission ”) issued an order in response to an application from Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (“ SPP ”) proposing to exempt three categories...

Babst Calland: EPA Issues New Rule on Definition of Waters of the United States

By Abigail Faulkner Jones On May 27, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) released the long-awaited final rule redefining the extent of the agencies’ jurisdiction over “waters of the United States” (WOTUS...

U.S. EPA – Next Generation Enforcement – Already Here With More Coming Soon

The 2016 budget focus for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“U.S. EPA”) is on continued implementation of its “Next Generation” enforcement initiative, and this could mean big costs for manufacturers who choose to adapt their environmental compliance practices...

USEPA Announces Changes to Self-Audit Policy

Besides researching and writing environmental rules, such as the mercury power plant rule recently addressed by the US Supreme Court, the USEPA must also spend a lot of effort enforcing rules – to ensure they are fairly and evenly complied with. Besides the “stick” of fines, potential...

Details Emerge on I-140 EADs - Greg Siskind

Greg Siskind, Dec. 25, 2015 - "While the long-anticipated I-140 EAD rule has not yet been published, the basic outline of the proposed policy changes have emerged. The proposed new I-765 employment authorization form instructions explains what will be required to be eligible for the new benefit...