February 23, 2017Enforcement

Repeal of Resource Extraction Disclosure Rule

On February 14, 2017, President Trump approved Congress’ joint resolution to repeal the SEC’s resource extraction disclosure rule.  That action effectively brings to a conclusion the SEC’s efforts to implement a resource extraction disclosure rule mandated more than six years ago by the Dodd-Frank Act.  The SEC adopted the latest version of the rule in ...›

What Does the Future Have in Store for Rail, Motor Vehicles, and Pipelines

As the U.S. infrastructure system continues to age, enhancing and securing safety across our rails, motor vehicles and pipelines will be a key challenge will over the next few years. A new approach, which has worked well in the aviation industry, involves proactively gathering and analyzing data to identify and mitigate risks before an accident ...›

February 13, 2017Government Contracts

Winds of Change: IT Contractors Should Prepare for Uncertainty

 The Trump administration promises to be a boon to IT contractors:  the President has vowed to strengthen the country’s cybersecurity defenses, which almost certainly will require significant software and hardware investments, and he has championed an ambitious infrastructure plan that will rely on new technologies to update our national transportation systems.  As stated in the ...›

February 7, 2017Data Privacy + Cybersecurity

FTC Report Reinforces the Rules for Cross-Device Tracking

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released a report on cross-device tracking, the process by which companies attempt to ascertain that multiple Internet-connected devices are linked to the same person. Drawing on takeaways from a November 2015 FTC workshop, in which panelists, FTC staff and FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez all remarked that cross-device tracking is ...›

February 3, 2017Transportation + Infrastructure

What Legal Challenges are Raised by the Use of Autonomous Vehicles?

The Trump Administration will likely face a series of decisions stemming from ongoing developments in the transportation and infrastructure system. Among them are policies and regulations concerning the growing use of autonomous vehicles. Autonomous vehicles present three challenges for the new administration, and more specifically the incoming Department of Transportation: Safety Standards Privacy and Cybersecurity ...›

February 2, 2017National Security

Sanctions Against Sudan Eased

Due to the progress of diplomacy between the U.S. Government and the Government of Sudan over the past six months, the Obama Administration issued an executive order on January 13, 2017, which substantially relaxed sanctions against Sudan that had been in place since the 1990s.  In conjunction with this executive order, the Treasury Department Office ...›

January 30, 2017Energy + Environment

Golden State Forges Ahead With Sweeping Climate Change Regulatory Regime

With federal climate change regulations facing an uncertain future, the California Air Resources Board recently released a far-reaching new plan to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan Update (Scoping Plan) proposes a 10-year extension of the state’s carbon cap-and-trade program, in addition ...›

January 26, 2017Antitrust + Competition, Enforcement

DOJ and FTC Release Updated Antitrust Guidelines for International Enforcement and Cooperation

On January 13, 2017, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated the Antitrust Guidelines for International Enforcement and Cooperation. The updated guidelines include two notable changes that support the DOJ’s international cartel enforcement agenda: a new section on how the U.S. antitrust enforcement agencies interact with antitrust agencies ...›