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HTMLPresident Issues Keystone Veto
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on February 27, 2015
On Tuesday, President Obama made good on his promise to veto legislation that would have approved the Keystone XL pipeline. The 1,179 mile pipeline would run from Alberta, Canada into the U.S. and pump up to 830,000 barrels of oil a day.

 

HTMLHouse Immigration Effort Fails in Senate
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on February 6, 2015
The House-passed Department of Homeland Security funding bill failed to overcome a procedural vote this week, getting only 51 of the 60 votes needed to stay alive in the Senate. The measure, which is filled with provisions aimed at rolling back much of President Obama’s executive action on...

 

HTMLObama Will Continue Effort to Re-Shape Judiciary
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on January 16, 2015
Despite facing the new political realities of a GOP-controlled Senate, President Barack Obama plans to continue his efforts to re-shape the judiciary, an effort that could be one of the most significant and long-lasting of his Presidency.

 

HTMLIssa Eyes Patent Reform
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on February 6, 2015
The House is preparing to once again debate the issue of patent-reform. Rep. Daryl Issa (R-CA), who chairs the House Judiciary Committee’s Courts, Intellectual Property and Internet subcommittee, is one of 19 original cosponsors of the Innovation Act that was introduced on Thursday.

 

Adobe PDFU.S. Economic Sanctions - Recent Developments
H. Rodgin Cohen, Elizabeth T. Davy, Mitchell S. Eitel, Jared M. Fishman, William I. Friedman; Sullivan & Cromwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on December 24, 2014
In December, new sanctions involving the situation in Ukraine and targeting certain Venezuelan government officials came into force, and an initiative to ease certain elements of the Cuban sanctions program was announced. With regard to the situation in Ukraine, on December 18 the Ukraine Freedom...

 

HTMLAttorney General Nominee, Loretta Lynch, Clears Senate Judiciary
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on February 27, 2015
Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch’s nomination for U.S. Attorney General by a 12 to 8 vote. The full Senate is expected to hold a vote on her confirmation within the next two weeks.

 

Adobe PDFKentucky Federal Court Allows State Common Law Claims
Christopher G. Foster; Morris Polich & Purdy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on January 8, 2015
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky has held that state common law claims for nuisance, trespass, and negligence are not preempted by the federal Clean Air Act (CAA). In Little v. Louisville Gas & Electric Co., (Case No. 3:13-CV-01214-JHM), plaintiffs, a group of...

 

HTMLFinal Anti-Trafficking Rule to Impose New - and Uncertain - Obligations on Contractors
Derek R. Mullins; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on February 25, 2015
In late January, the FAR Council issued its long-awaited final rule amending the FAR to strengthen the U.S. Government’s policy against human trafficking. As discussed below, the amendments may have far-reaching compliance implications for government contractors.

 

HTMLFCC Approves Highly Controversial Net Neutrality Rule
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on February 27, 2015
Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed its highly anticipated net-neutrality rule by a 3 to 2 vote. The new regulations will broadly increase the U.S. government’s ability to police the Internet.

 

HTMLDemocrats Look to Focus on Middle Class
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on January 16, 2015
Democrats' populist economic messaging took clearer shape this week as Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) unveiled a plan detailing middle-class tax breaks that would impose a greater burden on the wealthy.

 


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