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January 24, 2020, Covington Alert

U.S. federal policymakers continued to focus on artificial intelligence (“AI”) and the Internet of Things (“IoT”) in the fourth quarter of 2019, including by introducing substantive bills that would regulate the use of such technology and by supporting bills aimed at further study of how such technology may impact different sectors. In our fourth AI & IoT ...

January 21, 2020, Covington Alert

This e-alert is part of a series of e-alerts summarizing publicly available FDA enforcement letters (i.e., warning letters and untitled letters) relating to the advertising and promotion of prescription drugs, medical devices, and biologics.

January 17, 2020, Covington Alert

On January 15, 2020, President Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He signed the much-anticipated “Phase One” trade agreement between the U.S. and China. Set to take effect no later than February 14, 2020, the “Economic and Trade Agreement Between the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China” (the “Agreement”) is the first formal accord ...

January 15, 2020, Covington Alert

On January 10, 2020, President Trump issued a new Executive Order (“January 10 Executive Order”) that provides authority for the imposition of sanctions with respect to certain additional sectors of Iran’s economy, including Iran’s construction, mining, manufacturing, and textiles sectors. The January 10 Executive Order introduces both property-blocking ...

January 14, 2020, Covington ALert

On December 28, 2019, China released a second draft of the PRC Export Control Law (“Second Draft”), which contains significant revisions to the initial draft released in June 2017 (“First Draft”; see our summary here).  

January 14, 2020, Covington Alert

The institutional transformation of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS” or “the Committee”) that commenced more than two years ago with the introduction in Congress of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) now is largely complete with the issuance of the highly anticipated final regulations implementing ...

January 13, 2020, Covington Alert

On December 20, 2019, the President signed the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020. Effective on that day, Section 610 of Division N of this Act contains provisions previously introduced in various bills as “the Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples Act” or “CREATES Act.”

January 8, 2020, Covington Alert

In United States v. Blaszczak,[i] a divided panel of the Second Circuit held that the federal wire fraud statute and a rarely used securities fraud statute criminalize insider trading beyond the reach of what is covered by the statute historically used to prosecute the offense. The decision may lead to an increase in insider trading prosecutions, including those ...

January 7, 2020, Covington Alert

In late December, Congress passed and the President signed into law the TRACED Act, which is aimed at curbing unwanted robocalls. The new law also directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to revise certain rules under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to accomplish this objective, but those revisions are not expected to change typical TCPA ...