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|Employment-Based Permanent Residence Process|
Rehan Alimohammad; The Law Office of Rehan Alimohammad P.C.;
October 28, 2014, previously published on October 2014According to the US Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs, "Every fiscal year (October 1st - September 30th), approximately 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas are made available to qualified applicants under the provisions of U.S. immigration law." This can be a...
|New York State Lobbyists Required to Complete Training Before End of 2014|
Mark F. Glaser, Joshua L. Oppenheimer; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
October 28, 2014, previously published on October 7, 2014As a result of broad ethics reform legislation enacted in 2011, the New York State Legislative Law mandates that the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE or the Commission) “provide an online ethics training course for individuals registered as lobbyists.” The law...
|Tenth Circuit Stays EPA’s Rejection of Wyoming Regional Haze Rule|
Holland Hart LLP;
October 27, 2014, previously published on October 1, 2014The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit recently blocked EPA’s demand that Wyoming’s large coal-powered generators reduce pollution over national parks and wilderness areas. The decision was based on the state’s likelihood of success on appeal, as well as the irreparable...
|Obama to Wait On Attorney General Nominee|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 17, 2014This week, sources in the White House confirmed that President Obama will wait until after the November mid-term elections to announce his choice to succeed Eric Holder as Attorney General.
|California Takes Significant Strides Toward Design-Build|
A. Haviva Shane, Wendy Y. Wang; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 20, 2014The adoption of Senate Bill 785 signifies strong movement toward authorizing design-build procurement in California at the state and local agency levels. SB 785, effective Jan. 1, repeals several design-build statutes previously adopted by the Legislature for the purpose of testing the...
|GM Weighs In On Net Neutrality|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 17, 2014Cell phone carriers got a surprising new ally this week in their fight against stricter net-neutrality laws: General Motors (GM). The car company sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission earlier this month urging the agency not to impose tough rules on wireless Internet service....
|October 2014 Update on Federal Budget Sequestration Affecting Build America Bonds and Other Direct Pay Bonds|
Joe E. Forrester, Christie Lombard Martin, Antonio D. Martini; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 2014As described in previous client advisories, direct pay bond subsidy payments are subject to sequestration through fiscal year 2024 unless Congress takes action to modify or eliminate the sequester. In a release issued on October 16, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service confirmed that the...
|California Attorney General Clarifies Oversight Board Member Compensation Rules|
Amit Palta; Best Best Krieger LLP;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 21, 2014Local entities making appointments to oversight boards are prohibited from compensating the appointee, or reimbursing expenses incurred as a result of the service on the oversight board, the California Attorney General confirmed in an opinion issued last week. However, if the appointee is an...
|DOJ to Increase Scrutiny of False Claims Act Cases for Possible Parallel Criminal Proceedings|
Melissa H. Harris, Gerard E. Wimberly; McGlinchey Stafford;
October 22, 2014, previously published on September 30, 2014The Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that it would begin reviewing all new whistleblower lawsuits filed under the civil False Claims Act, to determine whether a parallel criminal investigation might be appropriate. This marks a significant departure from past...
|District Court Dismisses State Parties’ Challenge to SEC Rule 206(4)-5|
Matthew Bobys, Kenneth A. Gross, Ki P. Hong, Melissa L. Miles, Patricia M. Zweibel; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP;
October 22, 2014, previously published on October 8, 2014On September 30, 2014, Judge Beryl A. Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a challenge to the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Rule 206(4)-5 (Rule) for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. The court found that jurisdiction for review of the Rule lies...