January 11, 2017Energy + Environment

Midnight Rules May Face Rude Awakening Under the Congressional Review Act in the 115th Congress

President-elect Donald Trump has promised to make rolling back certain aspects of the Obama Administration’s domestic policy, including environmental and other rules and regulations issued by federal agencies, a first order of business after taking office in January 2017.  This blog post will explore some ways President-elect Trump and Congress may seek to make good ...›

January 10, 2017Transportation + Infrastructure

Who Controls the Controllers: Trump and Privatizing America’s Air Traffic Control System?

Between September 2015 and September 2016, approximately 716 million enplanements occurred in the United States alone.[1]  Despite this statistic meaning that, on average, every American citizen took one round-trip flight last year, the last fatal commercial airline crash in the United States occurred in 2009.[2]  In fact, looking at all commercial airline flights that occurred ...›

January 4, 2017Transportation + Infrastructure

What Should be the Key Objectives for the Next Secretary of Transportation?

Katie Thomson offers her unique perspective on what the next secretary of transportation, Elaine Chao, should focus on during her time in office. Katie’s key areas of concern include infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and sustainability, and safety management systems. Katie urges the new secretary to use her skills to create transportation solutions and hold Congress accountable. ...›

December 30, 2016Data Privacy + Cybersecurity

Cyber Becomes Mainstream

One need not look any further than the 2016 U.S. presidential election to witness the evolution of cyber risk and its impact on our daily lives.  The risk, once limited to business-to-consumer and technology companies, is now a chief concern of individuals, governments, and companies across industry sectors worldwide. Several cyber risk trends emerged or ...›

How will Trump’s Presidency Impact Investment Management?

President-elect Donald Trump said little about the regulation of the investment management industry during the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. Two recent developments offer insight into what the future may have in store of investment companies, investment advisers, and fund directors under the new administration As noted in our recent client alert, Trump’s transition team offers ...›

December 6, 2016Intellectual Property

Trump and IP: is Change Afoot?

President-elect Trump has not made a strong public stand on intellectual property rights and patent policy, but his staunch pro-business stance could indicate that he favors strong U.S. intellectual property rights. A recent article by Morrison & Foerster’s Colette Reiner Mayer and Diek Van Nort identified two possible areas of reform: Patent Office Funding Venue ...›

December 6, 2016Transportation + Infrastructure

Logistics Management Talks Transportation with Morrison & Foerster’s Katie Thomson

In a recent interview with Logistics Management, Katie Thomson, head of Morrison & Foerster’s Transportation Industry Group, shared her thoughts on the future of infrastructure development with an incoming new administration. Thomson stressed the importance of a long-term comprehensive fix. To see any material changes in the nation’s infrastructure, the focus of any reforms should stray ...›

FinTech companies granted opportunity to become special purpose national banks by the OCC

On December 2, 2016, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry confirmed that the agency will begin considering applications from FinTech companies to become special purpose national banks, saying that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) will charter “financial technology companies that offer bank products and services and meet our high standards and ...›

Questions emerging: what does the future hold for PHH litigation proceedings and the CFPB director?

The potentially explosive combination of the D.C. Circuit’s October decision in PHH v. CFPB and the outcome of the presidential election have spurred a host of questions about how the PHH litigation may proceed and about the future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) under the leadership of CFPB Director Richard Cordray. Many questions ...›

November 30, 2016Transportation + Infrastructure

Trump Win Signals Substantial Changes for Transportation and Infrastructure

While President-elect Donald J. Trump has released few details about his upcoming administration’s policy agendas, we anticipate that the early days of his nascent presidency will bring sweeping changes to the policies and regulations that monitor the transportation sector. In addition, large-scale infrastructure projects that have been in limbo because of funding issues also may ...›