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Regulatory Round Up 4.20.12

Significant gains in the development of renewal resources occurred in the past 5 years. Here’s a warning not to blow the advances in wind (get it?, of course you do), solar and other alternative energies. A new danger for government contractors operating in war zones: increased suspensions and debarments. So much for non-lawyer owned law … Continue Reading

New Federal Research Conflict of Interests Regulations

This post was written by Lane Kneedler and Pakapon Phinyowattanachip. On September 26, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued new regulations governing the disclosure by faculty members and research staff of significant financial interests related to certain federal grants, and the reporting of “financial conflicts of interest” to certain federal … Continue Reading

Market Manipulation – Traders Beware: What Does the CFTC’s Triple Threat of MF Global, Dodd-Frank and Enforcement Pressure Mean for Traders?

This post was written by Efrem M. Grail, Elizabeth S. Fenton, and Andrew P. Cross. Public outcry, political pressure and new regulations enacted pursuant to the Dodd-Frank legislation have empowered the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to step up its investigative and enforcement efforts. Commodities traders, derivatives brokers, and energy professionals beware; your regulators are ready … Continue Reading

Regulatory Round Up 11.21.11

***Warning*** Falling Puns: Here’s a bright idea. (For those of you who followed the link, I know what you’re thinking: “Come on Mike, you’re better than this.” Turns out I’m not.) While it’s still a little early for Jolly ‘ole St. Nick to be making his list, the SEC is publishing its naughty list, and … Continue Reading

The Rise of the Mega-PAC

First there were PACs. Then there were Super PACs. Now there are…”Mega-PACs”? One of the largest sources of controversy in the 2010 election cycle was the rise of Super PACs (also known by the Federal Election Commission’s (“FEC”) far blander name, “Independent Expenditure-Only Committees”). These Super PACs were approved in FEC Advisory Opinions 2010-09 and … Continue Reading

CPSC Stymies Congress

This post was written by Stephen P. Murphy. Manufacturers and importers of children’s products in the United States were emboldened to think that the third party testing burden imposed by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (“CPSIA”) would be reduced by HR 2715, signed into law by the President on August 12, 2011. … Continue Reading