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Solyndra Executives Invoke Fifth Amendment, Leave Loan Guarantee Questions Unanswered

September 29, 2011 in World Climate Change Report · Leave a Comment 

Solyndra executives invoked their Fifth Amendment rights during a House hearing Sept. 23, declining to provide lawmakers with answers about why the solar panel manufacturer went bankrupt after receiving a $535 million loan guarantee…

Energy Department Cancels Guarantees for Two Solar Projects in Wake of Solyndra

September 29, 2011 in World Climate Change Report · Leave a Comment 

The Energy Department has canceled loan guarantees for two solar energy projects, in an action that one of the companies attributed to increased scrutiny by the department in the wake of the Solyndra bankruptcy…

BNA INSIGHTS: Patent Litigation at the PTO under the America Invents Act of 2011

On Sept. 16, President Obama signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (H.R. 1249) into law. The signing followed the Sept. 8 passage in the U.S. Senate of the House bill by vote of 89-9, without amendment…

BNA INSIGHTS: The Federal Trade Commission’s Proposed Amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule and General Audience Websites

September 29, 2011 in Privacy & Security Law Report · Leave a Comment 

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Sept. 15 issued its long-awaited proposed amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (Rule) in the wake of tremendous technological change, including growth in the use of mobile devices and online social networking…

BNA INSIGHTS: Regulators Ramp Up China Reverse Merger Scrutiny

The Securities and Exchange Commission is increasing its scrutiny of China-based companies with securities traded on U.S. stock exchanges…

Industry Experts Fear Big Banks Will Withdraw if U.S. Swaps Rules Too Strict

September 29, 2011 in Banking Report · Leave a Comment 

Several financial industry experts said Sept. 22 that one of their key fears as regulators implement the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is that bigger industry participants with the means to do so will decide to conduct business in jurisdictions outside the United States with friendlier regulatory environments…

Obama Signs Patent Reform Legislation; Attention Turns to PTO Funding, Rulemaking

Patent reform is now law. At a signing ceremony in front of veterans of the patent reform debate, as well as with teenagers with budding entrepreneurial aspirations, President Barack Obama signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act Sept. 16 in Alexandria, Va…

In First NLRB Social Media Ruling, ALJ Holds Facebook Posting Firings Violated Labor Act

September 22, 2011 in Privacy & Security Law Report · Leave a Comment 

An upstate New York nonprofit violated federal labor law when it fired five employees for griping on Facebook about a co-worker, a National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge decided in an opinion released Sept. 6…

OMB Clears Confidential Information Rule for Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

September 22, 2011 in World Climate Change Report · Leave a Comment 

—The White House Office of Management and Budget Sept. 15 cleared a proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency that will guide electronics manufacturing and seven other broad industrial sources of greenhouse gas emissions on whether their data will be considered confidential and thus not released to the public.

FDIC Clears Final Rules on ‘Living Wills,’ Sets Flexible Implementation Schedule

September 22, 2011 in Banking Report · Leave a Comment 

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Sept. 13 cleared a final rule on so-called living wills mandated for certain large banks and critical nonbank financial firms, along with some extra time to put those plans in place…

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