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|Showdown over the Patriot Act|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
May 28, 2015, previously published on May 15, 2015Early 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.
|Deal Reached On Trade Authority|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
May 28, 2015, previously published on May 15, 2015It 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...
|21st Century Cures Initiative|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
May 28, 2015, previously published on May 15, 2015With 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.
|Call 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;
May 22, 2015, previously published on May 21, 2015On 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...
|Lessons from the SEC’s First “Pretaliation” Whistleblower Enforcement Action|
Timothy J. Fitzmaurice, Joshua P. "Josh" Gunnemann; Rogers & Hardin;
May 22, 2015, previously published on Aprill 2015On 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...
|B.C. Government Announces Agreement for Petronas LNG Terminal|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
May 21, 2015, previously published on May 20, 2015The 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...
|Florida Legislative Leaders Issue Official Call for June 1-20 Special Session|
Colodny Fass P.A.;
May 20, 2015, previously published on May 16, 2015Florida 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.
|House Democrats Signal Willingness to Compromise on MSHA Subpoena Authority|
Henry Chajet, Bradford T. Hammock, Mark Savit; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
May 20, 2015, previously published on May 15, 2015Democrats 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.
|Maryland Legislative Update|
Matthew C. Nelson; Pessin Katz Law, P.A.;
May 15, 2015, previously published on May 1, 2015On 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.
|Birdseye and Privilege|
Katie Jackson; Withers Bergman LLP;
May 15, 2015, previously published on May 12, 2015Obtaining 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...