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HTMLHouston’s Equal Rights Ordinance is Part of a Larger Trend Toward Local Government Action
Joseph W. Gagnon; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on February 19, 2015
Citing the absence of federal action, an increasing number of states and cities are enacting statutes and ordinances providing for greater workplace protections than those afforded by federal laws such as Title VII and the FMLA. This can create heightened compliance burdens for employers, as...

 

HTMLOFAC and BIS Issue Revised Cuba Regulations
Sean Thomas Boyce, Michael P. Gurdak, Fahad A. Habib, Paul C. Hines, Johanna Oliver Rousseaux; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on January 2015
On December 17, 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama announced a historic shift in U.S. policy toward Cuba and pledged that in the coming months, the United States would reestablish diplomatic relations and ease certain aspects of its long-standing trade embargo against Cuba. Last week, the United...

 

HTMLThe New US Policy Toward Cuba: The Business Implications
Carol J. Bilzi, Simeon M. Kriesberg, Mickey Leibner; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on December 18, 2014
President Obama has announced that he is “charting a new course on Cuba,” including re-establishing diplomatic relations and easing the five-decade-long economic embargo. The President also directed the Secretary of State to review Cuba’s designation as a “state sponsor of...

 

HTMLPresident Obama Continues Push on Cybersecurity
Todd S. McClelland, Michael G. Morgan, Mauricio F. Paez, Katherine S. Ritchey, Gregory P. Silberman; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on February 2015
On February 13, 2015, President Obama spoke to attendees of the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection held at Stanford University. Calling the digital world a "sort of Wild Wild West," Obama and many corporate representatives announced developments intended to...

 

HTMLNew Telecommunications Privacy Rules for U.S. Broadband Providers
Bruce A. Olcott, Mauricio F. Paez, Preston N. Thomas; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on February 2015
Turn-of-the-century common carrier regulation is about to be imposed on providers of broadband internet services in the United States; all that remains to be determined is the details, and there are a lot of them in dispute. On February 4, 2015, Chairman Tom Wheeler of the Federal Communications...

 

HTMLCADE Updates Effects Test for Jurisdiction in Merger Control in Brazil
Michael A. Molano; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on December 10, 2014
Brazil’s Council for Economic Defence (“CADE”) recently issued a decision in which it once again had to determine whether transactions that are carried out in different jurisdictions are required to be submitted to CADE when objective turnover thresholds are met, but where the...

 

HTMLFAA Issues New Proposed Rules for Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones)
Alais L. M. Griffin, Jordan D. Grotzinger, Adam Siegler; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on February 20, 2015
The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 addressed the integration of civil unmanned aircraft systems, also known as UAS or drones, into the national airspace system. The Act requires the Secretary of Transportation to develop, among other things, a comprehensive integration plan and rules...

 

HTMLU.S. Senate to Conduct Hearings Directly Affecting Community Banks and Credit Unions
Jon J. Lieberman; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on February 09, 2015
Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH), will hold public hearings during the week of February 9, 2015 of great relevance to community banks and credit unions nationwide. The...

 

HTMLUS Congress Expands Sanctions against Russia
Carol J. Bilzi, Simeon M. Kriesberg, Mickey Leibner; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on December 19, 2014
In response to Russian actions in Ukraine, the United States has imposed progressively stronger sanctions against Russia over the past several months, both by legislative and by executive action. The latest step was taken on December 13, 2014, when Congress unanimously passed the Ukraine Freedom...

 

HTMLThe US Department of Energy Releases Loan Guarantee Solicitation for Up To $12.5 Billion for Advanced Nuclear Energy Projects
J. Paul Forrester, Cameron S. Hamrick; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on December 19, 2014
The US Department of Energy (the “DOE”) has released a solicitation for new loan guarantees under Section 1703 of Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act for up to $12.5 billion for innovative nuclear energy projects in the United States that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases....

 


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