March 16, 2017National Security

Record-Setting Settlement Underscores Trend Toward All-of-Government Approach to Sanctions Enforcement; Offers Cautionary Tale

Last week, it was announced that ZTE Corporation—a large Chinese telecommunications equipment firm—agreed to plead guilty to criminal export-control violations and accept a combined penalty from U.S. regulators that could total as much as $1.19 billion. According to the Department of Justice (DOJ) press release, ZTE will admit to having engaged in a long-running criminal ...›

What’s Ahead in Retail Financial Services Enforcement and Litigation?

Agencies with jurisdiction over financial services, particularly the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), have taken aggressive enforcement actions following the financial crisis. These federal regulators have exercised authority across the board to make new regulations governing financial services markets, including many regulations under the Dodd-Frank Act. Following the financial crisis there was also increase in ...›

The Financial Choice Act

Various scenarios have been played out regarding potential outcomes for financial regulators, in particular the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), under the new administration. The Financial Choice Act, which was introduced in the House of Representatives last year and contained many provisions that would roll back, or repeal, parts of the Dodd-Frank Act, also contained ...›

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 ...›