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November 24, 2017, Covington Alert

Earlier this month, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”) released the draft Administrative Measures for Enterprise Outbound Investment (“Draft ODI Rules”) for public comment. Comments are due on December 3, 2017.  

November 21, 2017, Inside Privacy

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced today that at its December 14 open meeting, the FCC will vote on an overhaul of the net neutrality framework adopted by the prior Administration in 2015.  The full text of the draft order will be released tomorrow, but Chairman Pai has made certain key details known today.  The order...… Continue Reading

November 21, 2017, Inside Government Contracts

The Department of Defense (“DoD”) has issued two Class Deviations that provide defense agencies with greater flexibility when procuring in times of crisis. These Class Deviations allow for the use of simplified acquisition procedures and excuse certain procurement obligations when DoD is responding to a cyber-attack or providing relief in support of domestic or ...

November 21, 2017, Covington Alert

In a July 7, 2017 post to the FDA Voice blog, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced that FDA would be releasing a “comprehensive regulatory framework” for regenerative medicine products. On November 16, 2017, FDA issued four guidance documents outlining certain aspects of that framework. This alert summarizes each of the guidance documents and highlights ...

November 20, 2017, Inside Government Contracts

Earlier this Fall, the Armed Service Board of Contract Appeals dismissed an appeal for lack of jurisdiction because the certified claim lacked a proper signature. Appeal of NileCo General Contracting LLC, ASBCA No. 60912 (Sept. 22, 2017). This simple oversight proved decisive. Although this case does not chart a new course in Contract Disputes Act...… Continue ...

November 20, 2017, Cov Financial Services

On November 16, 2017, the CFPB filed suit in Montana federal court against Think Finance for activities connected to its tribal-affiliated internet lending business.  Think Finance worked with lenders owned by Native American tribes to offer small-dollar loans to consumers that the Bureau alleges are void under state law.  This suit came on the same...… Continue ...

November 20, 2017, Webinar

November 20, 2017, Automotive News

John Veroneau participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Washington International Trade Association and is quoted in this Automotive News article regarding the future of NAFTA. Veroneau suggested that President Trump might put the ball in Congress' court, as he did with the Iran nuclear deal. Such a move would be a political act without any real statutory ...

Pro bono: Never enough

Media Mention

November 20, 2017, The Law Society Gazette

Helena Milner-Smith and Morag Peberdy participated in a roundtable hosted by The Law Society Gazette to discuss the importance of pro bono work. According to Milner-Smith, clients previously receiving poor paid-for advice is a major problem in immigration cases. Commenting on a briefing she received before working on her first immigration case, Milner-Smith ...

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