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|The Tenth Circuit Interprets Scope of Government Employee Speech Under First Amendment|
Gillian Dale, Thomas J. Lyons; Hall & Evans, L.L.C.;
December 2, 2015, previously published on November 11, 2015On September 24, 2015, the Tenth Circuit issued a published opinion interpreting the scope of employee speech under the Garcetti/Pickering analysis following the Supreme Court's decision in Lane v. Franks. The plaintiff in Holub was an internal auditor for a school district and raised concerns that...
|President Obama Terminates Liberian Sanctions Program|
Sean Thomas Boyce, Laura L. Fraedrich, Michael P. Gurdak, Fahad A. Habib, Donald G. Yeargin; Jones Day;
December 2, 2015, previously published on November 2015President Barack Obama recently issued an Executive Order terminating the U.S. sanctions program targeting Liberia. The program began in 2004 and was intended to deprive former Liberian President Charles Taylor and others of arms and funding for West African conflicts. President Obama cited the...
|New Sanctions Program Further Increases Risk for U.S. Companies in Africa|
Renato Antonini, Javade Chaudhri, Laura L. Fraedrich, Michael P. Gurdak, Fahad A. Habib; Jones Day;
December 2, 2015, previously published on November 2015On November 23, 2015, President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order targeting parties contributing to the ongoing unrest, violence, and political repression in Burundi. As a result, Burundi joins the list of African countries considered to be higher risk from a U.S. sanctions perspective. Other...
|Do the Words 'United Kingdom' include Jersey and the Isle of Man?|
Paul Hewitt; Withers Bergman LLP;
December 2, 2015, previously published on November 30, 2015You may have seen reference in the press to the success of our client, The Royal Society, in securing offshore funds belonging to its benefactor the late Mr Crowley-Milling.
|Website Accessibility Regulations Delayed Again! (For At Least Three Years!!)|
Sherry Akande Nielsen, David H. Raizman; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
November 27, 2015, previously published on November 25, 2015In a surprise announcement with major repercussions for businesses and their websites, on November 19, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced in its Fall 2015 Statement of Regulatory Priorities that it is delaying—by at least three years—its proposed regulations on the standards for...
|Department of Justice Delays Development of Title III Web Accessibility Rule Until 2018|
Alisa N. Carr; Leech Tishman;
November 27, 2015, previously published on November 23, 2015On November 19, 2015, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) published its Statement of Regulatory Priorities advising that there will be additional delays in the long awaited promulgation of a rule, and technical standards, for web sites of public accommodations. (1)
|While Marijuana Makes Headlines, Industrial Hemp Quietly Grows Legal|
Richard M. Blau; GrayRobinson, P.A.;
November 27, 2015, previously published on November 17, 2015Thanks to changes legislated in the U.S. Farm Bill of 2013, numerous land grant universities across America currently sponsor and conduct research into agricultural and industrial hemp. The legality of such research depends on whether the state in which the university resides has formally approved...
|Texas and New York Whistle Different Tunes on Vanguard Whistleblower|
Open Weaver Banks, Samantha K. Trencs; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
November 26, 2015, previously published on November 25, 2015The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and the New York Courts have treated a former in-house attorney turned whistleblower very differently—Texas made a substantial payment to the individual, and New York kicked him to the proverbial curb.
|Texas’ Open Carry Law: 3 Steps Hotels Should Take Before the New Year|
John G. Harrison; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
November 26, 2015, previously published on November 13, 2015The Texas statute allowing the open carrying of guns by licensed holders will become effective on January 1, 2016. Prior to this effective date, Texas hotel properties should consider following these three steps in an effort to comply with the law.
|Tiberi to Chair Health Subcommittee|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
November 25, 2015, previously published on November 20, 2015In a press statement released on Wednesday, Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH) announced that he would take the gavel as the chairman of the Health Subcommittee of Ways & Means.