Monday, October 20, 2014

EPA Will Pursue Cases With Widest Impact, Tackle More Sophisticated Investigations, Official Says

October 21, 2011 in World Climate Change Report · Leave a Comment 

The Environmental Protection Agency is aggressively pursuing enforcement with the widest impact, an EPA official told a legal conference Oct. 14…

U.S., Japan Sign Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement; E.U. Abstains

While representatives from eight governments, including the United States, signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in Japan Oct. 1, other parties, namely the European Union, expressed their support for the agreement but declined to sign at this time…

BNA INSIGHTS: Did Patent Reform Level the Playing Field for Foreign Entities?

The author suggests that the recently enacted America Invents Act has left foreign entities better off than they were under previous U.S. law…

California Becomes Seventh State With Law Limiting Credit Report Use In Employment

Just before a midnight deadline, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) Oct. 9 signed a bill (A.B. 22) that limits employer use of credit reports to evaluate employees or applicants, making California the seventh state with such a law on the books…

Obama Executive Order Revamps Federal Classified Data Security

An executive order that was issued by President Obama to create new mechanisms for safeguarding sensitive and classified information on federal computer networks, but that only mentions privacy issues in passing, was published Oct. 13…

SEC, Banking Regulators Propose Rule To Ban Proprietary Trading By Banks

October 21, 2011 in BNA's Banking Report · Leave a Comment 

Federal banking regulators Oct. 11 issued a controversial and long-awaited proposalto bar, with certain exemptions, banking entities from engaging in proprietary trading, and to limit their investment and sponsorship of hedge and private equity funds…

Hedge Fund Manager Rajaratnam Receives Record 11-Year Sentence On Insider Trading Charges

Former Galleon Management LLC principal Raj Rajaratnam was sentenced Oct. 13 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to 11 years in prison—the lengthiest term ever imposed on an individual for insider trading violations…

EPA Developing Framework to Measure Carbon Emissions from Biomass Fuels

October 13, 2011 in World Climate Change Report · Leave a Comment 

The Environmental Protection Agency is developing calculations to account for greenhouse gas emissions from biomass-based fuels burned by industrial facilities, according to a report prepared by the agency…

Greater Authority for FERC on Transmission Siting Praised by Clean Energy, Opposed by States

October 13, 2011 in World Climate Change Report · Leave a Comment 

An idea floated by the Obama administration to consolidate electricity transmission siting authority within the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as a way to overcome obstacles hindering construction of interstate transmission lines has renewed the long-running debate over federal-state jurisdiction…

BNA INSIGHTS: Third Party Challenges to Patentability under the America Invents Act

Proceedings in the Patent and Trademark Office offer third parties a number of ways to challenge the patentability of pending or issued claims. One goal in providing such proceedings has been to offer a fast and effective alternative to litigation.

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