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|PWG TRIA Report Released; Prices Remain Low, but Uncertainty Continues|
Zachary N. Lerner; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
April 23, 2014, previously published on April 21, 2014 On April 17, 2014, the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets (“PWG”) released its report (the “Report”) to Congress on the state of terrorism risk insurance, as required under the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (“TRIA”). The PWG is composed of...
|Iowa Supreme Court Splits over What Kinds of Criminals Can Vote|
Ryan G. Koopmans; Nyemaster Goode, P.C.;
April 23, 2014, previously published on April 16, 2014We didn’t have to wait long for the Supreme Court to decide its most important case of the term. Last Tuesday, the justices heard arguments over whether a second OWI offense is an “infamous crime” under the Iowa Constitution. Yesterday-one week after the oral argument-the Iowa...
|Recent Developments in Aggregate State Contribution Limits After Supreme Court’s Decision in McCutcheon v. FEC|
Matthew Bobys, Kenneth A. Gross, Ki P. Hong, Melissa L. Miles, Patricia M. Zweibel; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP;
April 22, 2014, previously published on April 17, 2014On April 2, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down the aggregate limits imposed on individual contributions under federal law. Although this decision cannot necessarily be read to automatically strike down all aggregate limits that may exist under...
|FTC and DOJ Issue Antitrust Policy Statement on Sharing Cybersecurity Information|
Robert P. Davis, Lisa Jose Fales, Jason R. Wool; Venable LLP;
April 22, 2014, previously published on April 2014On April 10, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a policy statement clarifying that the Agencies "do not believe that antitrust is - or should be - a roadblock to legitimate cybersecurity information sharing." But while the policy statement may...
|Governor of Massachusetts Proposes the Elimination of Non-Competition Agreements in Massachusetts|
Justin F. Keith, Michael E. Pastore, Jamey L. Tesler, David G. Thomas; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
April 22, 2014, previously published on April 17, 2014On April 10, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick unveiled legislation to prohibit Massachusetts companies from requiring employees to sign non-competition agreements as a condition of their employment. This proposal is part of a greater economic development bill entitled An Act to Promote Growth and...
|The Cybersecurity Race: Executive Branch Takes The Lead While Congress Watches From The Bleachers|
Alexander W. Major; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
April 22, 2014, previously published on April 18, 2014The federal government sector has been abuzz lately with whispers and shouts about pending cybersecurity regulations, frameworks, and requirements. This attention is not particularly surprising, especially given the recent high-profile data breaches, the litigation threats surrounding those...
|Fifth Circuit Decision Limits State and Local Governments’ Abilities to Regulate Offshore Drilling Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf|
J. Scott Miller; Morris Polich & Purdy LLP;
April 21, 2014, previously published on April 1, 2014A new Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision effectively limits the ability of states and local governments to regulate offshore drilling and mineral extraction operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). According to the Fifth Circuit, the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of...
|European Parliament Adopts Product Safety and Market Surveillance Proposals—Mandatory Origin Labeling Still A Long Way Off|
Sébastien F. Louvion, Jean-Philippe Montfort, Madelein Perrick, Paulette Vander Schueren; Mayer Brown International LLP;
April 21, 2014, previously published on April 18, 2014 The European Parliament (EP) adopted proposals for a Regulation on Consumer Product Safety (CPSR) and for a Regulation on the Market Surveillance of Products (MSR) during the plenary session of 15 April 2014. The press releases are available as follows:
|California Authorizes Alternative Procurement Method for Public Construction Projects|
Linda R. Beck, Tyree K. Dorward, Seth Merewitz; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
April 17, 2014, previously published on April 7, 2014Effective January 1, 2014, all California counties are expressly authorized to use the “construction management at risk” project delivery method (CMAR) for any building projects over $1 million. This alternative procurement process has been in use by the private sector and other public...
|New ALR Bill: Zone Defence|
Conrad Rego; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
April 17, 2014, previously published on April 14, 2014Following a core review of the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) by B.C. Energy Minister Bill Bennett and months of reports of an upcoming bill, the B.C. Government has introduced Bill 24 which divides the ALR in two zones purporting to recognize the Province’s regional differences.