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HTMLShowdown over the Patriot Act
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
May 28, 2015, previously published on May 15, 2015
Early this week, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who is seeking the GOP nomination for President, told a New Hampshire paper that he would filibuster any attempt to reauthorize the sections of the Patriot Act that allow the National Security Agency to run its mass data-collection programs.

 

HTMLDeal Reached On Trade Authority
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
May 28, 2015, previously published on May 15, 2015
It was a wild week in the Senate on the issue of trade. On Tuesday, the Senate fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance legislation that would have granted the White House "fast track" authority to steer the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other accords through Congress by majority vote...

 

HTML21st Century Cures Initiative
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
May 28, 2015, previously published on May 15, 2015
With a commitment to an aggressive timeline, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) held a subcommittee markup of his 21st Century Cures Initiative on Thursday. Upton hopes to have a bill on the president’s desk by the end of the year.

 

HTMLCall Answered: Supreme Court to Decide if Offer of Judgment Moots TCPA Class Action and Scope of Gov’t Contractor Liability
Keith J. Barnett, Thomas M. Byrne, Juan C. Garcia, Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy, Phillip E. Stano; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 22, 2015, previously published on May 21, 2015
On May 18, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez,1 a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action. The case raises two related questions that are the source of frequent litigation and circuit conflict in class actions: (1) whether a Federal Rule of Civil...

 

HTMLLessons from the SEC’s First “Pretaliation” Whistleblower Enforcement Action
Timothy J. Fitzmaurice, Joshua P. "Josh" Gunnemann; Rogers & Hardin;
Legal Alert/Article
May 22, 2015, previously published on Aprill 2015
On April 1, 2015, the SEC brought the first “pretaliation” whistleblower enforcement action, finding that a confidentiality agreement used by KBR, Inc., a Houston-based technology and engineering firm, violated whistleblower anti-retaliation rules the Commission enacted pursuant to the...

 

HTMLB.C. Government Announces Agreement for Petronas LNG Terminal
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 21, 2015, previously published on May 20, 2015
The Globe and Mail reports that the British Columbia government has signed a project development agreement with Pacific NorthWest LNG (PNW LNG), a joint venture led by Malaysian state oil company Petronas. The agreement provides the steps needed for development of the PNW LNG export terminal on...

 

HTMLFlorida Legislative Leaders Issue Official Call for June 1-20 Special Session
Colodny Fass P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 20, 2015, previously published on May 16, 2015
Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner (R-Orlando) and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) reached an agreement today, May 15, 2015, on a joint proclamation or "call" for a June 1-20 Special Session to complete the State Legislature's work on a balanced budget.

 

HTMLHouse Democrats Signal Willingness to Compromise on MSHA Subpoena Authority
Henry Chajet, Bradford T. Hammock, Mark Savit; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 20, 2015, previously published on May 15, 2015
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives want to hand subpoena authority to the Mine Safety and Health Administration, and appear willing to try to pass mine safety amendments to reach a bargain.

 

HTMLMaryland Legislative Update
Matthew C. Nelson; Pessin Katz Law, P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 15, 2015, previously published on May 1, 2015
On April 13, 2015 after the release of the traditional sine die balloons and streamers, the first General Assembly of the newly elected Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. concluded with much success.

 

HTMLBirdseye and Privilege
Katie Jackson; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 15, 2015, previously published on May 12, 2015
Obtaining information, and then being able to use it, brings obvious benefits to those seeking to put right errors in the will drafting process or the administration of an estate (or trust). Often that information is held by solicitors who can claim privilege. Overcoming that obstacle may be...

 


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