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May 2, 2017, BNA's Federal Contracts Report

Peter Lichtenbaum and Fred Levy are quoted in a Federal Contracts Report article regarding the dispute, which is on appeal in the Fourth Circuit, between South Korea and BAE following the failure to finalize a deal to upgrade the F-16 jet. According to Lichtenbaum, the contracting community would expect the Fourth Circuit not to enforce the BAE-South Korea ...

April 29, 2017, Inside Privacy

In Perry v. Cable News Network, the Eleventh Circuit dealt another loss to putative class-action plaintiffs seeking to use the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”) as a weapon against free online video services. The court affirmed that to be a “subscriber” of a video service—someone who can sue under the VPPA—one must have a genuine … Continue Reading

April 28, 2017, Global Policy Watch

Just one week after launching a national security investigation of steel imports under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, President Trump has announced plans to institute a similar investigation regarding aluminum. In a memorandum of April 27, 2017, President Trump announced that the Secretary of Commerce had initiated an investigation under Section ...

April 28, 2017, Inside Privacy

By Matt DelNero and David Bender In a widely anticipated step, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has released a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) on the legal framework that governs broadband providers and related net neutrality questions. Most notably from a privacy perspective, the draft NPRM proposes to find that broadband Internet access service is … Continue ...

April 28, 2017, Inside Government Contracts

Alex Acosta was confirmed by the Senate to be the next Secretary of Labor.  He now takes responsibility for several high-profile issues with critical implications for government contractors. As we have previously written, the Labor Department was an exceptionally active regulator from 2013 through the end of the Obama Administration.  Although few of us expect … ...

April 28, 2017, Global Policy Watch

Summary This week was a committee week and a mini-plenary in the European Parliament, during which some interesting votes took place. On Tuesday, the European Parliament’s Culture and Education Committee (“CULT”) passed its report on the draft for a revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive proposed by the European Commission in May 2016.  While some have … ...

April 28, 2017, Cov Financial Services

On April 26, 2017, the CFPB announced it had entered into a consent order (the “2017 Order”) with Security National Automotive Company, LLC (“SNAAC”).  The consent order, for the first time, imposes a $1.25 million fine for the violation of a prior CFPB consent order.  In October 2015, the CFPB issued a consent order against … Continue Reading

April 28, 2017, Inside Energy & Environment

A recently-published NAFTA arbitration award in Windstream Energy LLC v. Government of Canada illustrates the perils of investing in clean energy projects in jurisdictions with ever evolving regulatory and policy frameworks.  The case is also a good reminder of the importance of investing in foreign jurisdictions through vehicles incorporated in countries that ...

April 28, 2017, Covington Alert

In a widely anticipated step, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has released the text of a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) proposing to change the legal framework that governs broadband providers, eliminate the “Internet conduct standard” for evaluating broadband provider practices on a case-by-case basis, and seek comment on whether to keep, modify, or ...

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