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Register for the Healthcare Enforcement Compliance Institute

Register for the Healthcare Enforcement Compliance Institute

Event, Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 2017
The event will give participants the opportunity to go beyond legal analysis, learn how to implement systems that ensure the law is followed, and gain practical advice from experts in a one-of-a-kind forum

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How Supreme Court Justices Could Avoid Issuing a Verdict on Trump’s Travel Ban

How Supreme Court Justices Could Avoid Issuing a Verdict on Trump’s Travel Ban

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Getting rid of the case would allow the justices to avoid second-guessing the president on a matter of national security or endorsing an especially controversial part of Trump’s agenda, the AP reports.

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Ethics Expert on Trump Lawyer’s Steakhouse Disclosures: He Blew It

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“Incompetent,” “unethical” and “bizarre” were some of the words lawyers and ethics experts used to characterize a loud, public conversation Trump lawyer Ty Cobb had in a restaurant about the Russia investigation.

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ADA Website Wars Coming to a Retailer Near You

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A federal judge in Florida found that a grocery chain’s website was inaccessible to visually impaired individuals and thus violated the ADA because features such as the website’s online coupons and pharmacy could not be accessed using a screen reader.

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Despite EPA’s Insistence, Clean Power Plan Remains ‘The Law Of The Land,’ Democratic State Officials Insist

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The battle over the Clean Power Plan has intensified as Democratic state officials are publicly locking horns with the U.S. EPA over the legal advice that he has given to states that oppose the Obama-era carbon-cutting plan, reports Forbes.

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Church-State Debate Surfaces in Hurricane Harvey’s Wake

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Three small Texas churches recently sued the Federal Emergency Management Agency, alleging the government’s disaster relief policy violates the Constitution by denying faith groups the right to apply for funds.

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Federal Judge Excoriates Sen. Menendez Prosecution Team

Federal Judge Excoriates Sen. Menendez Prosecution Team

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The judge overseeing the bribery trial of Sen. Robert Menendez ripped into prosecutors Thursday for trying to focus on what he called “tabloid’’ details, reports The Washington Post.

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Trump Lawyers Urge Supreme Court to Rule for Colorado Cake Maker Who Turned Away Gay Couple

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The brief filed Thursday is likely to bolster the cake maker’s case, and is in line President Trump’s repeated promises to protect “religious liberty,” according to The Los Angeles Times.

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CEOs See a ‘Sad Day’ After Trump’s DACA Decision

CEOs See a ‘Sad Day’ After Trump’s DACA Decision

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Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, tweeted that his company would fight for the people affected by Trump’s action to be “treated as equals.”

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DOJ Investigating Whether Uber Violated Foreign-Bribery Laws

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The privately-held ride-hailing giant is being investigated for possibly violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, reports Business Insider.

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VW Engineer Sentenced to 40-Month Prison Term in Diesel Case

VW Engineer Sentenced to 40-Month Prison Term in Diesel Case

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A federal judge in Detroit sentenced former engineer James Liang to 40 months in prison for his role in Volkswagen AG’s multiyear scheme to sell diesel cars that generated more pollution than U.S. clean air rules allowed, Reuters is reporting.

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Mueller Uses Classic Prosecution Playbook Despite Trump Warnings

Mueller Uses Classic Prosecution Playbook Despite Trump Warnings

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Bloomberg Law describes how special counsel Robert Mueller is following a time-tried strategy for looking into the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia

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Stays of Contract Award and Performance

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An article in the Government Contracts Insights blog on the website of Morrison Foerster discusses stays of award and performance during the pendency of a bid protest.

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Mueller, Several Team Members Gave Up Million-Dollar Jobs to Work on Special Counsel Investigation

Mueller, Several Team Members Gave Up Million-Dollar Jobs to Work on Special Counsel Investigation

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Robert S. Mueller and other former WilmerHale lawyers who left the firm to work on the Russia investigation left behind incomes ranging as high as $5.8 million, according to The Washington Post.

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Trump’s Real Personnel Victory: More Conservative Judges

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While the public watches President Trump churn through White House staff members, his Administration is humming along nicely in filling federal judgeships, with the enthusiastic assistance of the Republican majority in the Senate, points out Jeffrey Toobin in The New Yorker.

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Could State Subsidies for Renewable Energy Face Legal Challenges?

Could State Subsidies for Renewable Energy Face Legal Challenges?

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The latest developments in federal courts indicate that state subsidies for renewable energy, including renewable-energy portfolio standards and mandated procurement programs, are safe from challenges, at least for now, according to an O’Melveny & Myers article.

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PwC to Pay $1 Mln to Settle Merrill Lynch Audit Complaint

PwC to Pay $1 Mln to Settle Merrill Lynch Audit Complaint

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Reuters is reporting that accounting company PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP will pay $1 million to settle a civil complaint alleging it conducted a flawed audit into Merrill Lynch’s compliance with federal brokerage customer protection rules.

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New U.S. Rule on Class Actions Survives First Challenge

New U.S. Rule on Class Actions Survives First Challenge

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Reuters reports that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s rule abolishing “mandatory arbitration clauses” was released on July 10, and was immediately threatened by Republicans in Congress and President Donald Trump’s administration

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Once Again, Trump DOJ Busts Convention, Splits Government in High-Profile Employment Case

Once Again, Trump DOJ Busts Convention, Splits Government in High-Profile Employment Case

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The case of Donald Zarda, a skydiver who claimed his employer violated Title VII when it fired him after finding out he was gay, illustrates how the U.S. Department of Justice and the Equal Opportunity Commission can sometimes operate at cross purposes in litigation.

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BLM Proposes Rescission of 2015 Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

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The Bureau of Land Management has announced its recommendation that the hydraulic fracturing rule from 2015 entitled, “Oil and Gas; Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands,” be rescinded, reports Fox Rothschild.

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