Public Policy

    • 19 Oct 2018

    Chief Justice Pauses Kids' Climate Suit Ahead Of Trial

    Chief Justice John Roberts issued an administrative stay on Friday in a lawsuit accusing the federal government of failing to protect future generations from climate change, in a move that could delay an Oregon federal trial currently set for Oct. 29 ...read more
    • 19 Oct 2018

    Billions In Saudi Arms Sales At Stake Amid Lawmaker Furor

    Growing condemnation of Saudi Arabia stemming from its alleged killing of a journalist could see Congress exercise its authority over foreign military sales to cut off billions of dollars in military trade with the Middle Eastern kingdom, setting up a ...read more
    • 19 Oct 2018

    Md. Asks Justices To Revive Generic-Drug Price-Gouging Law

    Maryland’s attorney general on Friday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether it violates the commerce clause for states to regulate the price of drugs manufactured outside of their borders, with the hopes of reviving an anti-price gouging law ...read more
    • 19 Oct 2018

    Drug Law Change Not Retroactive For Immigrant: 5th Circ.

    The Fifth Circuit ruled Friday that a U.S. permanent resident convicted of possessing synthetic marijuana cannot be deported based on that crime because the drug had not yet been added to the federal controlled substances list when he committed the offense ...read more
    • 19 Oct 2018

    BigLaw Firms Quiet About Lobbying Ties To Saudi Arabia

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP is the only major U.S. law firm to walk away from its lobbying relationship with Saudi Arabia after growing condemnation of its alleged involvement in a journalist's death, as five other major law firms are keeping quiet ...read more
    • 19 Oct 2018

    Opportunity Zone Regs Could Still Leave Openings For Abuse

    Guidance released Friday by the U.S. Department of the Treasury on the deferral of taxable gains under the opportunity zone program leaves potential avenues for abuse by investors, who may be able to take advantage of uncertainty over the treatment of ...read more
    • 19 Oct 2018

    3 States Say Controversial Water Rule Infringes Their Rights

    Three states told a Texas federal court that an Obama administration rule that broadened the reach of the Clean Water Act and was widely contested by other states and industry groups should be thrown out, saying it conflicts with Supreme Court precedent ...read more
    • 19 Oct 2018

    Sessions To Eye 'Duress' Defense For Persecutor Asylum Bids

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions referred another Board of Immigration Appeals case to himself on Thursday so he can review its findings, focusing this time on whether individuals deemed to be persecutors may duck deportation by arguing they were under ...read more
    • 19 Oct 2018

    Trump Looks To Ease Burdens On Western Water Projects

    President Donald Trump on Friday directed two federal agencies to look for ways to make it easier for developers to complete water infrastructure projects in California, Washington and Oregon, including streamlining procedures that are in place to protect ...read more
    • 19 Oct 2018

    FDA Scraps Demands On Clinical Trial Falsity Reports

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has abandoned a controversial proposal to force drug and device makers to disclose data manipulation in clinical trials, saying the move isn’t needed to protect patients. ...read more
    • 19 Oct 2018

    Vinson & Elkins Adds Former DOJ Enviro Pro

    Vinson & Elkins LLP has brought on board a George W. Bush-era assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division, adding an experienced partner to its environmental and white collar practices ...read more
    • 19 Oct 2018

    Feds Charge Troll Farm Accountant With Midterm Meddling

    Federal prosecutors on Friday announced charges against a Russian accountant accused of helping a Moscow-based disinformation group use fake social media accounts to sow discord in the U.S. ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. ...read more
    • 19 Oct 2018

    High Court Urged Not To Review 9th Circ. Preemption Ruling

    The California homeowner behind a proposed class action over Bank of America's alleged violation of a California state mortgage escrow interest law has urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to review a Ninth Circuit decision that held the state law isn ...read more
    • 19 Oct 2018

    EPA Withdraws Obama-Era Uranium Mining Safety Rule

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday withdrew an Obama-era proposal for new health and environmental protection regulations for uranium ore extraction that would have required stricter groundwater quality and monitoring standards. ...read more
    • 19 Oct 2018

    Texas Foster Care Would Imperil Indian Children, Tribes Say

    Four Native American tribes pressed a Texas federal judge Friday to put a hold on his ruling that the Indian Child Welfare Act is unconstitutional, saying that a Fifth Circuit decision the previous day showed that putting Indian children in the state ...read more
    • 19 Oct 2018

    Pa. State Senator Pushes Bill To Limit Plastic Straw Use

    A Pennsylvania state senator on Friday announced legislation to curb the environmental impact of plastic consumption by seeking to ban plastic straws at eateries and retailers, a move that comes after a Commonwealth city adopted a similar ordinance earlier ...read more
    • 19 Oct 2018

    FWS Not Posting Elephant, Lion Trophy Records Online: Suit

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is violating federal statutes by failing to publicly post information on the permits it issues to those seeking to import elephant and lion body parts into the United States as trophies, several animal rights organizations ...read more
    • 19 Oct 2018

    GCs Should Take Hack Issues To The Feds, DHS Official Says

    Jeanette Manfra, a top cybersecurity and communications official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, tells Law360 why she's inviting general counsel to trade information about cyberthreats with her office and discusses the department's ...read more
    • 19 Oct 2018

    Gov't Asks 9th Circ. To Revive New Birth Control Rules

    The Trump administration asked the Ninth Circuit on Friday to lift a nationwide ban on new rules that exempt employers with moral or religious objections from providing birth control coverage otherwise required by the Affordable Care Act, saying employers ...read more
    • 19 Oct 2018

    NAB Challenges FCC On Nominet As TV White Space Manager

    The National Association of Broadcasters has asked the Federal Communications Commission to revoke its approval of Nominet as an administrator of technology that directs unlicensed devices to unused gaps on the TV-band airwaves, at least until the company ...read more
    • 19 Oct 2018

    FERC Redo Of Grid Rate Reviews May Pull Plug On Disputes

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's recent overhaul of how it will determine acceptable investor returns for electricity transmission companies could reduce the number of rate disputes the commission must referee by significantly raising the ...read more
    • 19 Oct 2018

    DOJ Trying to Reboot Sanctuary City Fight, Calif. Says

    California has told a federal judge that the Trump administration hasn't given up hopes of blocking sanctuary cities from obtaining federal public safety grants and is instead trying to dodge the court's ruling that the policy unconstitutionally ...read more
    • 19 Oct 2018

    Manafort, Ailing In Jail, Faces February Sentencing Date

    Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will be sentenced in February for his conviction on charges of subscribing to false tax returns, bank fraud and failing to disclose offshore bank accounts, a Virginia federal judge ordered Friday, after attorneys ...read more
    • 19 Oct 2018

    SEC Launches 'FinHub' Office To Guide Startups On Fintech

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday it launched a new office intended to improve communication with entrepreneurs and their advisers about regulations relating to the booming field of financial technology, including blockchain and ...read more
    • 19 Oct 2018

    EU Approves €306M In State Aid For Greek Highway

    The European Union’s competition watchdog on Friday gave its seal of approval for the use of €306 million ($352.3 million) in Greek public funds to construct a portion of a motorway in the country’s central region, saying the funding falls in line with ...read more