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Littler Survey Reveals Employers Caught in a Tangled Web of Federal, State and Local Laws

Littler Survey Reveals Employers Caught in a Tangled Web of Federal, State and Local Laws

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Littler’s sixth annual survey of more than 1,200 employers finds growing uncertainty as a new administration and various technological and social changes reshape the workplace,

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Lawyer Says Texas Law Banning ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Has Serious Constitutional Problems

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A trial and appellate lawyer says a recently passed Texas “sanctuary cities” ban set to take effect Sept. 1 is vulnerable to a Constitutional challege.

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U.S. Accuses UnitedHealth of Medicare Advantage Fraud

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The accusation against the company is the latest, following separate lawsuits in two separate whistleblower lawsuits against the country’s largest health insurer, reports Reuters.

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The Nation’s First Legislative Fracking Ban Is on the Books

The Nation’s First Legislative Fracking Ban Is on the Books

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In an episode of Kane Russell Coleman Logan’s energy law podcast, director Tom Ciarlone discusses the nation’s first legislative fracking ban.

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Trump’s Losing Streak in Courts Is Traceable to Conservative Judges

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The Trump administration’s losing streak in courts around the nation has in large part been a product of precedents established by conservative judges in the Obama era, reports The New York Times.

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EPA Announces Methane Rule Reconsideration, Adding to List of Obama-Era Rules Under Review

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Authors Whit Swift and Brittany Pemberton write that the Methane Rule applies to oil and gas facilities for which construction, modification, or reconstruction started after September 18, 2015.

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The SEC Doesn’t Like Your Employment Agreements

The SEC Doesn’t Like Your Employment Agreements

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Companies should examine their employment agreements to ensure compliance with the SEC’s Rule 21F-17, writes Evan Gibbs for Above the Law.

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Roy Moore’s Suspension Upheld By Alabama Supreme Court; Decision Next Week on Senate Race

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Moore was suspended over his administrative order against the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples, reports AL.com.

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Trump’s Trademark Continues Its March Across the Globe, Raising Eyebrows

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This business enterprise poses legal and moral perils to the president, even though that business now is run by his two sons.

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Ex-U.S. Attorney Links Firing to Trump Team’s ‘Helter-Skelter Incompetence’

Ex-U.S. Attorney Links Firing to Trump Team’s ‘Helter-Skelter Incompetence’

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Preet Bharara, the former U.S. attorney in Manhattan, calls the way his firing was handled a direct example of “helter-skelter incompetence.”

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Removal of Energy ‘Burdens’ Could Have Huge Impacts

Removal of Energy ‘Burdens’ Could Have Huge Impacts

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A provision of the “energy independence” executive order signed by President Trump is so broad in scope that legal experts say it could affect numerous government responsibilities far beyond those that deal directly with energy and climate change, according to a post by Climate Central.

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Democratic Supreme Court Opposition Grows; Schumer Warns GOP

Democratic Supreme Court Opposition Grows; Schumer Warns GOP

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Senate Democratic opposition to Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee swelled Friday as Democrats neared the numbers needed to block Judge Neil Gorsuch with a filibuster, reports the Associated Press.

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Trump Appoints One of His Lawyers to Review Mergers

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Companies are hoping that the new Republican administration will be more permissive with mergers than the Obama administration was, The New York Times reports.

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Blue State Attorneys General Leading the Resistance to Trump’s Agenda

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With Democrats outnumbered in Congress, a coalition of blue state attorneys general has emerged as the strongest resistance to Donald Trump’s conservative agenda, according to an article published by Bloomberg Businessweek.

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Leon Cooperman Ordered to Trial in Insider-Trading Case

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A billionaire investor could face trial on allegations that he reaped more than $4 million in illegal profits after conversations with a company insider, Bloomberg reports.

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Texas May Face Federal Supervision After Judges’ Ruling on Congressional Districts

Texas May Face Federal Supervision After Judges’ Ruling on Congressional Districts

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A Dallas attorney says Texas may have to ask for permission to change election laws after a panel of federal judges ruled the maps drawn for three congressional districts violate federal statutes, according to a post on the website of Androvett Legal Media & Marketing.

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The U.S. Tax Reform and the Energy Sector

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Reforms in the U.S. tax code proposed being considered in Congress could have significant implications for the energy industry in the U.S., and worldwide, according to an article published on the website of Hogan Lovells.

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Tillerson May Face Deposition About ‘Wayne Tracker’ Alias Emails

Tillerson May Face Deposition About ‘Wayne Tracker’ Alias Emails

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Tillerson sent the most sensitive messages to and from company board members, including communications about the risks associated with climate change, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.

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House Poised to Pass Bills Overhauling Civil Litigation

House Poised to Pass Bills Overhauling Civil Litigation

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The far-reaching bills address class actions, asbestos cases and attorneys who file “frivolous” suits, reports Bloomberg BNA.

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China’s ZTE Pleads Guilty, Settles With U.S. Over Iran, NKorea Sales

China’s ZTE Pleads Guilty, Settles With U.S. Over Iran, NKorea Sales

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Reuters is reporting that Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp has agreed to pay $892 million and plead guilty to criminal charges for violating U.S. laws that restrict the sale of American-made technology to Iran and North Korea.

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