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Former Energy Commissioner Honorable Joins Reed Smith

Former Energy Commissioner Honorable Joins Reed Smith

By Rebecca Kern, Bloomberg BNA Colette Honorable, who left the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last month, has joined the global law firm Reed Smith to help start up a FERC-focused regulatory team, the firm announced today. Honorable served as a Democratic FERC commissioner appointed by President Barack Obama from January 2015 until her term expired

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More Companies Cite Activism as a Risk in Financial Disclosures

By Shira Stein, Bloomberg BNA Sixty-five public companies cited “shareholder activism” as a risk factor in SEC filings during the first six months of 2017, more than five times as many during the same period three years ago, according to a Bloomberg BNA analysis. Companies are showing increasing awareness and concern about the potential costs

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Frivolous Patent Case Fighter Newegg Wins Attorneys’ Fees

By Tony Dutra, Bloomberg BNA Newegg Inc. won attorneys’ fees in a July 5 federal appeals court ruling that struck at the practice of winning settlements by suing many parties for infringing the same patent. Computer-mounted camera patent owner AdjustaCam LLC settled its lawsuits with about 50 defendants, but Newegg — an online retailer known

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SEC Staff Moves to Ease IPO Registration Process

By Phyllis Diamond, Bloomberg BNA The Division of Corporation Finance will now permit all companies to submit draft registration statements for initial public offerings for review on a non-public basis, the Securities and Exchange Commission said June 29. The new process, effective July 10, will be available for IPOs as well as most offerings made

Views Of The Capitol As Senate Adopts Budget With Cuts That Don't Privatize Medicare

White House Picks William Emanuel for Labor Board

By Lawrence E. Dubé, Bloomberg BNA President Donald Trump today nominated labor lawyer William J. Emanuel (R) to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board, the White House announced. The announcement comes after Trump June 19 nominated attorney Marvin E. Kaplan (R) to fill a separate vacancy on the five-member board. If confirmed

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Immigration Lawyers Move Conference in Wake of Texas ‘Sanctuary’ Law

By Genevieve Douglas, Bloomberg BNA The American Immigration Lawyers Association canceled plans to hold its 2018 annual conference in Grapevine, Texas, because of a new state law that bans “sanctuary cities.” Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott (R) May 7, the Republican-passed SB4 requires all local government and law enforcement officials to follow federal immigration laws

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Dorsey & Whitney Partner on Cybersecurity and Data Breaches (Video)

By Jimmy H. Koo, Bloomberg BNA Having “perfect” cybersecurity is almost an impossible task, but having a culture of awareness of the risks is half the battle for companies doing business in the modern world, Bob Cattanach of Dorsey & Whitney LLP told Bloomberg BNA in a video interview.   Companies often struggle with attuning their culture to be sensitive

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Trump to Nominate Big Law and Government Lawyer for Labor Board Spots

By Josh Eidelson, Chris Opfer and Ben Penn, Bloomberg BNA The Trump Administration has submitted attorneys Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel for FBI background checks, and it plans to nominate them by June to fill the two vacant slots on the National Labor Relations Board, sources briefed on White House plans confirmed to Bloomberg today.

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Labor Secretary Hires Sidley Austin Associate As Counselor

By Ben Penn and Chris Opfer, Bloomberg BNA Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta hired Washington attorney Paul Ray as his counselor, the first known personnel move since the secretary was sworn in, Labor Department spokeswoman Jillian Rogers told Bloomberg BNA. Ray was most recently an associate at international law firm Sidley Austin LLP, after clerking for

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