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HTMLAnother Week, Another Keystone Related Vote
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on March 6, 2015
As expected, President Obama vetoed legislation authorizing building of the Keystone XL pipeline. The veto, however, isn't the end of the legislative odyssey of the much-debated pipeline.

 

HTMLThe Duty to Report Data Leaks
Jacomijn Christ, Hans Urlus; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on March 5, 2015
On Feb. 1, 2015, the Dutch House of Representatives voted in favor of a legislative bill introducing a duty to report data leaks. The bill, titled Duty to Report Data Leaks and the Expansion of the Administrative Penalty Competence of Dutch Data Protection Authority (Dutch DPA), will amend the...

 

HTMLKentucky Senate Approves Shared Lottery Games Measure
Eric D. Frank; Duane Morris LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on February 13, 2015
The Kentucky Senate today approved a measure to amend Kentucky’s lottery laws to add “shared lottery games” tying lottery ticket sales and horse races together. Senate Bill 74 permits proceeds from lottery ticket sales to be used to place pari-mutuel wagers by the Kentucky Lottery...

 

HTMLSenate Debates Climate Change
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on January 23, 2015
The question of climate change has been a contentious one - at least among politicians - which is why it is surprising whenever you can get a vote on the issue to garner the support of 98 of the Senate's 100 members. This week, however, during the debate on the Keystone XL pipeline, that's exactly...

 

HTMLWill NSA Reform Happen?
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on March 6, 2015
Since Edward Snowden made national headlines, the question about how broad the National Security Agency's (NSA) ability to collect data has been a huge issue for lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Despite all of the debate about the pros and cons of the NSA’s data collection, there has been no change...

 

HTMLBipartisan Group of Senators Push Medical Marijuana
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on March 13, 2015
Bipartisanship is increasingly rare in hyper-partisan DC, but this week Republican Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) joined with Democrats Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in introducing legislation to change the classification of marijuana. Marijuana has long been classified in the...

 

HTMLWhen is Whistleblowing Not a Protected Activity?
Michael R. Blum; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on January 27, 2015
Whistleblowing has received considerable attention recently. Not only has there been an explosion of lawsuits claiming violations of whistleblower protection laws, but whistleblowing is encouraged by the government as evidenced by the U.S. Senate’s declaration of July 30, 2014 as...

 

HTMLWhat if the West Coast Ports Shut Down by Lockout or Strike? Is it Time to Invoke Taft-Hartley?
Harold P. Coxson; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on February 10, 2015
Since the expiration of a labor contract in July 2014, negotiations for a new contract have dragged on between management representatives of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA)—a multi-employer bargaining association representing terminal operators, stevedores, and shipping...

 

HTMLAttorney Fees Awarded Only After Party Obtains Injunctive Relief
Leslie A. Dickinson; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on January 27, 2015
The Michigan Supreme Court recently overruled over 30 years of Court of Appeals case law about recovering attorney’s fees under the Open Meetings Act (OMA.) In Speicher v Columbia Township Board of Trustees, No. 148617, the defendant township changed its regular meeting schedule, but failed...

 

HTMLEmployers Beware: Significant Penalties May Be Assessed for Reimbursement of Individual Health Insurance Policy Premiums
Mindi M. Johnson; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on December 18, 2014
Employers, including municipal employers, have historically struggled to develop a health insurance benefit program for their employees that provides quality benefits and is cost-effective. After the Health Insurance Marketplace opened for business, many employers recommended that their employees...

 


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