Regulation

David Hantman, Head of Global Public Policy at Airbnb, discussing the regulation of the “sharing economy,” on Capitol Hill.  December 8, 2014.

Is It Time to Regulate the 'Sharing Economy'?

By Andrew Ramonas |

David Hantman, the chief lobbyist for home-rental business Airbnb Inc., on Monday cautioned government regulators against imposing new rules on members of the so-called "sharing economy" without conclusive data that justifies the regulations.

Joe Arpaio.

Feds Ask Judge to Dismiss Sheriff’s Immigration Lawsuit

By Mike Scarcella |

The U.S. Justice Department is urging a federal district judge in Washington to deny Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s request for an injunction to block the Obama administration’s execution action on immigration. Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., contends the administration overstepped its authority.

Hyundai, Kia to Pay $100M Over Clean Air Claims

By Zoe Tillman |

Hyundai and Kia have agreed to pay a record $100 million in civil penalties to resolve allegations they violated the federal Clean Air Act by misstating the fuel efficiency of their vehicles.

WMATA Settles Whistleblower's Fraud Claims for $4.2M

By Jimmy Hoover |

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has agreed to pay $4.2 million to the feds for allegedly giving out uncompetitive software contracts that used federal funding, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

Mick Jagger.

'Can't Always Get What You Want,' Court Tells Tea Party Group

By Jenna Greene |

In an opinion sprinkled with references to the Rolling Stones, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that Tea Party organization Stop This Insanity Inc. "will get no satisfaction" in its bid to use an all-but-obsolete campaign-finance provision to bypass disclosure requirements.

Antonin Scalia.

Justices Limit EPA's Greenhouse-Gas Regulations

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday limited some aspects of the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate greenhouse gases from new stationary sources, but retained the agency's ability to scrutinize sources that already emit traditional pollutants.

Amazon Prime Air drone.

Lawyers, Hobbyists Bemoan New Drone Rules

By Jimmy Hoover |

Entrepreneurs like Jeff Bezos looking to incorporate drones into their business practices will have to wait a little longer, according to a proposed rule from the Federal Aviation Administration about safety procedures for the operators of unmanned aerial systems. The message was clear: hobbyists only.

D.C. Tour Guide Regs Unconstitutional, Appeals Court Rules

By Zoe Tillman |

Regulations requiring tour guides in the District of Columbia to pass a 100-question exam about the city are unconstitutional, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled on Friday.

Airlines Say TSA Fee Hike Will Make Ticket Prices Soar

By Andrew Ramonas |

Advocates for American Airlines Group Inc., United Air Lines Inc. and other air carriers are contesting a U.S. Transportation Security Administration directive that they say inappropriately increases security fees for travelers.

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo - Photo dated Dec. 4, 2012, shows workers carrying ore in a tin mine around 100 kilometers south of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Photo by Takeshi Kuno) (Kyodo via AP Images)

A Conflict Minerals Dilemma

By Jenna Greene |

As the fight over conflict minerals heats up again in court, companies on the sidelines are caught in limbo — with any legal lifeline potentially coming too late to offer much assistance.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

FCC Punts on Net Neutrality

By Jenna Greene |

Commission chairman charts a course that satisfies no one.

Federal Communications Commission.

Antitrust Laws Win The Day At Net Neutrality Hearing

By Jimmy Hoover |

In light of an appeals court decision early this year, the Federal Communication Commission has its work cut out for it in tweaking how it regulates broadband connectivity—an issue commonly referred to as “net neutrality.”

Emission Rule Will Spark Legal Challenges, Lawyers Say

By Todd Ruger |

The Environmental Protection Agency's newly proposed carbon-emissions rule will spark legal challenges that could shape its authority to regulate the energy industry under the Clean Air Act, environmental law experts said.

Edith Ramirez.

FTC Report on Data Brokers Calls for More Regulation

By Andrew Ramonas |

The Federal Trade Commission has joined a growing drive to regulate data brokers, releasing on Tuesday a much-anticipated report that calls for improved consumer protections for personal information gathered and shared by the shadowy data-services industry.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Trial Tests FTC's Power to Sanction Lax Data Security

By Jenna Greene |

In a challenge to the Federal Trade Commission's power to go after companies for data security breaches, lawyers for medical-testing company LabMD Inc. called the government’s allegations against it "far-reaching and ludicrous."

Divided FCC Goes Ahead With Weakened Net-Neutrality Rule

By Jenna Greene |

In a 3-2 party-line split, the Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to move ahead with rules that could allow Internet service providers to charge more for faster content delivery but would also add protections for consumers.

A DuPont technician examines Kevlar brand fibers. Kevlar, often used in vehicles and bullet-resistant body armor, is the centerpiece of  trade-sectrets lawsuit DuPont filed in Virginia.

Momentum For Trade Secrets Bill

By Todd Ruger |

Federal lawmakers last week unveiled their latest effort to give companies a new track to fight trade-secrets theft — the federal courts.

A DuPont technician examines Kevlar brand fibers. Kevlar, often used in vehicles and bullet-resistant body armor, is the centerpiece of  trade-sectrets lawsuit DuPont filed in Virginia.

Momentum For Trade Secrets Bill

By Todd Ruger |

Federal lawmakers last week unveiled their latest effort to give companies a new track to fight trade-secrets theft — the federal courts.

pombarbie

Pom Takes Mattel Path

By Jenna Greene |

Pom Wonderful LLC has made litigation an integral part of its business strategy, filing more than 20 federal suits since 2005 to protect its trademarks and attack its rivals' marketing.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Lawyers Land Two Top Jobs at SEC Muni Securities Office

By Jenna Greene |

Municipal securities law expert Rebecca Olsen has been named chief counsel of the Office of Municipal Securities at the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Jessica Kane has been promoted to deputy director of the office.

 Trainer with Orca in SeaWorld, San Diego

SeaWorld Loses Appeal in Death of Killer Whale Trainer

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday upheld an agency's findings that SeaWorld violated federal law by exposing killer whale trainers to hazardous working conditions.

Aereo chief Chet Kanojia displays his company’s antenna and an antenna block.

Prominent Litigators Lining Up on Either Side of Aereo Battle

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Supreme Court on April 22 will hear arguments in American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo Inc. — what some observers have called the most important copyright challenge to reach the high court in a decade.

Aereo chief Chet Kanojia displays his company’s antenna and an antenna block.

Prominent Litigators Lining Up on Either Side of Aereo Battle

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Supreme Court on April 22 will hear arguments in American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo Inc. — what some observers have called the most important copyright challenge to reach the high court in a decade.

Aereo chief Chet Kanojia displays his company’s antenna and an antenna block.

Prominent Litigators Lining Up on Either Side of Aereo Battle

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Supreme Court on April 22 will hear arguments in American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo Inc. — what some observers have called the most important copyright challenge to reach the high court in a decade.

A man poses for a photograph with a mock Bitcoin outside the ANXBTC store in Hong Kong, China.

Regulation of Bitcoin Is Up for Grabs

By Jenna Greene |

Following a series of multimillion-dollar thefts and losses, federal regulators want to step up their oversight of virtual currency bitcoin. But bitcoin — a nationless digital money that uses cryptography to control its creation and transactions — doesn't fit neatly in any regulatory box.

Labor Lawyers Predict NLRB Fumble on Football Decision

By Jenna Greene |

Labor lawyers are skeptical that a decision by a National Labor Relations Board official in Chicago giving football players at Northwestern University a green light to unionize would survive judicial scrutiny.

Labor Lawyers Predict NLRB Fumble on Football Decision

By Jenna Greene |

Labor lawyers are skeptical that a decision by a National Labor Relations Board official in Chicago giving football players at Northwestern University a green light to unionize would survive judicial scrutiny.

HUDSON CRASH: The pilot’s widow recovered $14.2 million—the largest individual payout.

U.S. Cuts Legal Tab in Half

By Jenna Greene |

The federal government spent about half as much to resolve lawsuits as it did during 2012, doling out $1.7 billion from the Judgment Fund — an open-ended account that the Treasury Department uses to pay legal judgments and settlements.

HUDSON CRASH: The pilot’s widow recovered $14.2 million—the largest individual payout.

U.S. Cuts Legal Tab in Half

By Jenna Greene |

The federal government spent about half as much to resolve lawsuits as it did during 2012, doling out $1.7 billion from the Judgment Fund — an open-ended account that the Treasury Department uses to pay legal judgments and settlements.

An adult greenback cutthroat trout.

'Sue & Settle' Cases Under Fire

By Jenna Greene |

When the Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado in 2012 for violating the Endangered Species Act, government lawyers didn't put up a fight.

Fourth Circuit Judge Andre DavisApril 29, 2009.

Court Lets FTC Keep Its Big Gun

By Jenna Greene |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit last week kept intact a key part in the Federal Trade Commis­sion's "arsenal," upholding a $163 million judgment against a woman who allegedly helped dupe consumers into buying computer-security software.

Fourth Circuit Judge Andre DavisApril 29, 2009.

Court Lets FTC Keep Its Big Gun

By Jenna Greene |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit last week kept intact a key part in the Federal Trade Commis­sion's "arsenal," upholding a $163 million judgment against a woman who allegedly helped dupe consumers into buying computer-security software.

EPA Finds Friends at High Court

By Tony Mauro |

Any hope among industry advocates that the U.S. Supreme Court might ban Environmental Protection Agency regulation of greenhouse gases altogether went up in smoke, so to speak, during more than 90 minutes of spirited argument last week.

Michelle Lee, Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, described the administration's plan, including adoption of common terms of art to bring clarity to patent language and avoid

Patent Bar Underwhelmed by Obama's Reform Initiative

By Todd Ruger |

The Obama administration last week expanded its effort to improve the patent system and curb abusive legislation, but intellectual property lawyers said the initiative's limited scope suggested that any major reforms must come from Congress.

Michelle Lee, Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, described the administration's plan, including adoption of common terms of art to bring clarity to patent language and avoid

Patent Bar Underwhelmed by Obama's Reform Initiative

By Todd Ruger |

The Obama administration last week expanded its effort to improve the patent system and curb abusive legislation, but intellectual property lawyers said the initiative's limited scope suggested that any major reforms must come from Congress.

SEC Argues Whistleblowers Can Report Internally

By Jenna Greene |

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission today filed an amicus brief stressing that whistleblowers are entitled to the Dodd-Frank Act's full protection against retaliation whether they report their employers' wrongdoing internally or go straight to the agency.

FCC To Craft New Net Neutrality Rules

By Jenna Greene |

Hoping the third time will be the charm, the Federal Communications Commission announced Wednesday it will craft new rules for net neutrality that will pass muster with the courts.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission building

FTC Cracks Down on False ‘Safe Harbor’ Privacy Claims

By Jenna Greene |

The Federal Trade Commission continued its recent crackdown on companies that misrepresent their privacy compliance credentials, settling charges today with children’s online game company Fantage.com Inc.

Former FTC Head Says CFPB Poses 'Mortal Threat'

By Jenna Greene |

The Federal Trade Commission faces a "mortal threat" from the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, former FTC chairman Timothy Muris said during a panel discussion today.

SEC chairman Mary Jo White

Five Cooks in Volcker Kitchen

By Jenna Greene |

As five federal agencies begin implementing the massive — and massively complex — Volcker Rule, financial institutions have one overriding question: Who will they answer to?

U.S. Federal Trade Commission building

FTC's Long Winning Streak Ends

By Jenna Greene |

The Federal Trade Commission's 19-year winning streak is over. The agency's four commissioners ruled today in a split decision that pipefitter McWane Inc. did not collude to fix prices in the water works fittings market.

Reeltender Mo Laussie helps install fiber-optic cable in Louisville, CO.

Challenges Ahead for FCC Over Internet Rules

By Jenna Greene |

The Federal Communications Com­mission once again has come up short in its attempt to regulate broadband Internet service providers, but the decision last week by a divided panel of federal appellate judges in some ways also strengthened the agency's hand — and sets the stage for a potentially epic showdown over new rules.

Senior judge Paul Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Judge Tosses Suit Over IRS Health Care Law Regulation

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal judge in Washington today dismissed a legal challenge to the Internal Revenue Service's enforcement of a section of the federal health care law.

Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission Edith Ramirez

Apple to Refund $32M to Settle FTC Charges

By Jenna Greene |

Apple Inc. will pay at least $32.5 million in consumer refunds to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that it wrongly billed parents millions of dollars for unauthorized charges incurred by their children in kids’ mobile apps.

Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission Edith Ramirez

Apple to Refund $32M to Settle FTC Charges

By Jenna Greene |

Apple Inc. will pay at least $32.5 million in consumer refunds to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that it wrongly billed parents millions of dollars for unauthorized charges incurred by their children in kids’ mobile apps.

Artisanal miners dig for gold outside of Mongbwalu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Court Grills SEC Over Costly Conflict Minerals Rule

By Jenna Greene |

One of the most controversial — and costly — rules in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission history is under scrutiny by a panel of federal appellate judges, who questioned whether the requirement that publicly traded companies disclose the use of certain minerals from the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo violates the First Amendment.

Artisanal miners dig for gold outside of Mongbwalu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Court Grills SEC Over Costly Conflict Minerals Rule

By Jenna Greene |

One of the most controversial — and costly — rules in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission history is under scrutiny by a panel of federal appellate judges, who questioned whether the requirement that publicly traded companies disclose the use of certain minerals from the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo violates the First Amendment.

Second Thoughts on False Claims

By Andrew Ramonas |

The False Claims Act has proven one of the most lucrative civil enforcement tools for the U.S. Department of Justice, but critics now are pushing reforms on Capitol Hill and arguing the law is ineffective in preventing fraud. In the push for change, one voice is standing out: David Ogden.

Banks Draw Out Their Knives

By Jenna Greene |

When federal financial regulators last week adopted the massive Volcker Rule, it didn't mean their work was finished. If anything, lawyers say the work is just beginning.

Banks Draw Out Their Knives

By Jenna Greene |

When federal financial regulators last week adopted the massive Volcker Rule, it didn't mean their work was finished. If anything, lawyers say the work is just beginning.