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HTMLCongress Tackles Concussions
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
January 20, 2016, previously published on January 8, 2016
On Tuesday, House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) announced that three of his subcommittees will partner on a comprehensive review of head injuries. The review will bring partners in from the medical community, the military, athletes, and other stakeholders to provide the broadest...

 

HTMLSenate Democrats Plan to Force Vote on Trump Muslim Ban
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
January 20, 2016, previously published on January 15, 2016
There has been a lot of "happy talk" from leadership in both chambers and in both parties about how much Congress can get done this year. This week, however, the reality of life in a presidential election year reminded many in DC of just how difficult it is for Congress to get anything...

 

HTMLThe Herculean Task of Congress: Pass all 12 Spending Bills
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
January 20, 2016, previously published on January 8, 2016
It hasn't been done since 1994, and getting anything done in a presidential election year is notoriously difficult, but - nonetheless - Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) says that passing all 12 spending bills is a top priority for this year.

 

HTMLHouse Getting Early Start on Budget
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
January 20, 2016, previously published on January 15, 2016
This week, Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), a member of both the House Budget Committee and the House Appropriations Committee, said the Budget Committee aims to mark up a budget on February 25, just 16 days after the White House is expected to release the president's budget proposal.

 

HTMLCongress Tackling Injury Standards in Class Actions (Again)
B. Jeffrey Brooks, William B. Gaudet; Adams and Reese LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 15, 2016, previously published on January 7, 2016
Concerns over state courts allowing class actions to proceed, the impact on the U.S. economy, and the undue pressure on companies to settle for significant sums spurred Congress to pass the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, expressing these same...

 

HTMLThe Number of Serious Incident Reports Published by Charities is on the Rise
Alison Paines, Chris Priestley; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 15, 2016, previously published on January 6, 2016
In December, the Charity Commission published its report; 'Tackling Abuse and Mismanagement 2014-15'. The report highlights that, whilst only a very small proportion of registered charities are subject to a compliance case or investigation by the Commission (less than 0.7%), all charities can be...

 

HTMLMore Announcements on Changes to Fundraising Self-Regulation
Alison Paines, Chris Priestley; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 15, 2016, previously published on January 6, 2016
In November 2015, the Government announced the appointment of Lord Michael Grade as interim chair of the new Fundraising Regulator. Lord Grade would be responsible for bringing Sir Stuart Etherington's vision of the new Fundraising Regulator to life. Just before Christmas, Lord Grade appointed...

 

HTMLCharity Commission Consults on Revised Fundraising Guidance
Alison Paines, Chris Priestley; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 15, 2016, previously published on January 6, 2016
The Charity Commission has published a revised draft of its fundraising guidance for consultation with the final version to be published in the Spring. As would be expected following the recommendation of the review carried out by Sir Stuart Etherington, the revised guidance places a more detailed...

 

Adobe PDFBridging the Divide: Cuba Today
Maria del Carmen Ramos; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 14, 2016, previously published on Autumn 2015
For the last half century, the United States and Cuba have been separated by more than just the 247 miles between the Port of Miami and Puerto de la Habana. Because of the economic embargo in place for much of that time, the two countries have been worlds apart.

 

HTMLFederal Clemency Grants Focus on Crack Cases and Mandatory Minimums
Bruce E. Reinhart; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
January 13, 2016, previously published on January 4, 2016
In April 2014, the Obama Administration announced an initiative to greatly expand the use of the President’s clemency power. On December 18, 2105, the President granted clemency to 95 federal prisoners. That action brought to 171 the number of prisoners granted clemency under the initiative....

 


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