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February 11, 2019, Covington Alert

On February 1, 2019, China’s National Information Security Standardization Technical Committee (“TC260”) released a set of amendments to GB/T 35273-2017 Information Technology – Personal Information Security Specification (“the Standard”) for public comment. The comment period ends on March 3.

February 11, 2019, Covington Advisory

The Federal Election Commission has announced contribution limits for 2019-2020. The new “per election” limits are effective for the 2019-2020 election cycle (November 7, 2018 – November 3, 2020), and the calendar year limits are effective January 1, 2019.


At the invitation of the UAE Ministry of Artificial Intelligence, Lee Tiedrich participated in the Global Governance of AI Roundtable ("GGAR") and World Government Summit held in Dubai. The GGAR brought together governmental, business, civil society, academic, and other leaders in AI from around the globe to discuss frameworks for implementing AI. Also at the ...

February 6, 2019, Covington Alert

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) is seeking comments on its draft project on securing sensor networks for the Internet of Things (“IoT”). Organizations and individuals concerned with the security of IoT sensor networks are invited to comment on the draft through March 18, 2019.

February 6, 2019, Covington Alert

On January 25, 2019, the Texas Supreme Court decided the latest insurance appeal arising from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and blowout of the Macondo Well on April 20, 2010.

February 6, 2019, Briefing Call

Following the recent surge in Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) enforcement by the U.S. Department of Justice, Robert Kelner and Brian Smith held a briefing call to discuss the updates on FARA, which included: an overview of FARA registration, reporting, and compliance requirements; discussion of key, recently released DOJ FARA advisory opinions ...

February 4, 2019, Covington Alert

With potential liabilities in excess of $30 billion stemming from a series of deadly wildfires that ignited across Northern California in 2017 and 2018, Pacific Gas and Electric Company and its holding company PG&E Corp. (PG&E) filed for Chapter 11 relief in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California on Tuesday.

February 1, 2019, Covington Alert

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a new rule yesterday proposing to revise the Anti-Kickback Statute safe harbor at 42 C.F.R. § 1001.952(h) to explicitly exclude manufacturer rebates and other price reductions on prescription drugs paid to Part D plans, Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs), or ...