Friday, October 24, 2014

House Republicans Seek to Deny EPA Use of Appropriated Funds for Climate Programs

The House July 27 approved a measure that would halve funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas reporting registry in fiscal year 2012 and another that would transfer $50 million from EPA’s Climate Change Program to the Great Lakes Restoration initiative, two of a series of amendments being offered to a bill (H.R. 2584) to fund EPA and related agencies…

BNA INSIGHTS: IP Addresses for IP Attorneys: A Primer on Emerging Issues

By Julia Anne Matheson and Michael R. Justus, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, Washington, D.C. IP attorneys: meet IP address ownership, the next-generation property dispute. Every device that connects to the internet, from laptops to smart phones, is assigned a unique address called an internet protocol address. The IP address allows the device to communicate […]

BNA INSIGHTS: High-Profile Breaches Spur Congressional Activity on Privacy, Data Security Policy

With a Republican-controlled House opposite a Democratic-controlled Senate, and presidential and congressional elections looming in less than sixteen months, few proposals of significance are capable of advancing to become law…

Court Vacates SEC’s Proxy Access Rule on Basis of Inadequate Economic Analysis

In yet another blow to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s rulemaking efforts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit July 22 struck down the agency’s proxy access rule, saying it acted arbitrarily by failing adequately to assess the regulation’s economic impact…

BNA INSIGHTS: Due Process, Transparency and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

On July 21, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and thereby created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau…

California Air Agency Proposes Rules to Tighten Vehicle Emissions Standards

New passenger cars sold in California in 2025 would emit 75 percent less smog-forming pollution than today’s vehicles, under a proposal outlined by the California Air Resources Board at a July 19 workshop…

FERC Declines to Act on Smart Grid Rule, Cites Lack of Consensus

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decided not to conduct a rulemaking on the first group of proposed technical standards for the smart grid, citing a lack of consensus among electric utilities, telecommunications companies, and equipment manufacturers…

BNA INSIGHTS: Treatment of Business Method Patents in Pending Patent Reform Legislation: Bilski Backlash?

Business method patents have often attracted negative attention, and even after the Supreme Court decision in Bilski v. Kappos, those concerns persist…

SEC Has $453 Million Fund for Awards of Whistleblower Bounties

The Securities and Exchange Commission has $453 million in a fund that will be used to award bounties under its new whistleblower bounty program, Sean McKessy, head of the new Whistleblower Office in the agency’s Enforcement Division, said July 13…

New Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to Begin Exams of More Than 100 Large Banks July 21, 2011

July 22, 2011 in BNA's Banking Report · Leave a Comment 

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will examine 111 large banks with assets of more than $10 billion when it begins operations on July 21, the Treasury Department said in a July 12 statement outlining the new agency’s supervision plans…

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