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In this installment of the Five Questions, Five Answers podcast, Birgit Matthiesen and Antonio J. Rivera talk with Steve Griffith, Senior Industry Director of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), about what vehicle component manufacturers need to know.
On March 3, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 (the “Act”). The Act voids pre-dispute arbitration agreements that require a party to arbitrate sexual assault or sexual harassment claims.
Last week, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) each held a hearing on the US Intelligence Community’s (IC) 2022 Annual Threat Assessment, a mandatory annual report prepared by the various US intelligence agencies.
The Fifth Circuit has permitted the Biden Administration to resume using its preferred metric for calculating the “social cost of carbon.”
Adding to seemingly ever-shifting paid sick leave requirements in different places, the San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) has issued updated guidance under the San Francisco paid sick leave ordinance. The City approved the nation’s first paid sick leave ordinance in 2007.
On March 9, 2022, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rescinded a rule promulgated by the Trump Administration and revived California’s Clean Air Act waiver, allowing the state to set its own greenhouse gas emissions for cars and establish a zero-emissions vehicle program.
On February 22, 2022, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that vaccinated health care workers with documented recent infection will be allowed to defer booster shot by up to 90 days from infection.
Last fall, we wrote about the EPA’s strategic roadmap regarding its goals for investigating, regulating, and remediating Per- and Polyfluroalkyl Substances (PFAS).
On March 11, 2022, the President issued Executive Order 14068 (EO 14068) Prohibiting Certain Imports, Exports, and New Investment with Respect to Continued Russian Federation Aggression.
On March 7, 2022, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), operating under its New Animal Drug Authority, took a new, important regulatory step forward in assessing genome editing in animals. Specifically, the Agency announced a “low risk” determination and exercise of enforcement discretion.
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Smartmatic’s defamation lawsuit against Fox News for its coverage of Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” may proceed to discovery after a New York judge denied Fox News’s motion to dismiss, citing the “litany of outrageous claims” about Smartmatic that Fox News propagated.
New legislation often starts a cat-and-mouse game between the executive branch and regulated entities related to how statutory language is implemented. While we often write about environmental statutes, the procedural mechanisms governing how statutes may be implemented are generally similar.
Federal Agencies Ordered to Consider a National Digital Currency, Financial and Criminal Regulations. 
The Review Board of the US Copyright Office recently ruled, in its first decision of the year, that a two-dimensional artwork entitled “A Recent Entrance to Paradise” could not be registered for copyright protection because it was authored by artificial intelligence without creative input.
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In a coordinated effort, on March 2, 2022, the White House announced another round of broad trade controls and sanctions against Russia and now Belarus in response to Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine.
ArentFox Schiff sanctions advisors Kay Georgi and Matthew Tuchband talk with WorldSmart co-hosts Hunter Carter and Malcolm McNeil about greatly expanded export controls, blocking sanctions, and banking sanctions in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, hospitals and other health care providers are facing a separate challenge: “Ivermania”—the wave of lawsuits filed against hospitals by guardians of COVID-19 patients seeking court orders compelling the administration of Ivermectin.
On February 23, 2022, in what is being heralded as a significant victory for health care providers, a federal court in Texas vacated portions of the Biden Administration’s rules governing the arbitration procedures to resolve surprise billing disputes under the federal No Surprises Act (the Act).
On March 3, starting at 10:00 am EST, the FCC’s Connect2Health Task Force (Task Force) will host a virtual event titled: “The FCC Digital Health Symposium: Advancing Broadband Connectivity as a Social Determinant of Health.”
On February 25 and 28, 2022, the US Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued its fifth and sixth actions against Russia.
The “major questions” doctrine is likely to substantially affect environmental law.