Artificial intelligence (AI) burst into the public consciousness less than one year ago, with OpenAI’s highly successful public release of ChatGPT.
Proposed Bipartisan Legislation on Opportunity Zones and Qualified Opportunity Funds Would Extend the Investment and Gain Deferral Period By Two Years and Permit Investment in a Fund of Funds
On September 27, 2023, H.R. 5761, the “Opportunity Zones Transparency, Extension and Improvement Act” was introduced as bipartisan legislation in the US House of Representatives.
On October 8, 2023, in an effort to improve the diversity of venture capital investment in the state, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill No. 54 (SB 54) into law.
In August, with its ruling in Wendt Corp., the National Labor Relations Board overruled a landmark case, Raytheon Network Centric Systems, which gave unionized employers broad latitude to make discretionary changes to employment terms and conditions during a contractual hiatus and negotiations for a first contract.
All or Nothing – FTC Intends to Hold Sellers Accountable for Cherry Picking and Manipulating Consumer Reviews
The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) comment period for a rulemaking to promulgate a trade regulation titled “Rule on the Use of Consumer Reviews and Testimonials” concluded on September 29.
Anyone who thinks they understand what is happening in the economy – and what will happen – should think some more. The post-pandemic state of the economy is somewhat of a mystery, but a mystery worth exploring.
Environmental Justice Update: EPA Provides Toolkit to State and Local Governments on Community Engagement
Sometimes where to begin is the hardest part. The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recently released Toolkit is intended to help local and state governments start their environmental justice (EJ) journey through community engagement.
On October 4, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco addressed the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and announced a new Department-wide Mergers & Acquisition (M&A) Safe Harbor policy.
On October 4, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a virtual roundtable discussion to understand the impact of generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) on creative fields.
In the latest episode of Fashion Counsel, AFS Chairman Anthony V. Lupo is joined by Thomas Crispi, AFS Product Liability and Mass Torts Practice leader, to discuss how retailers and manufacturers can anticipate potential product issues and have a plan in place to handle US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) inquiries, class actions, and probable liability.
When an employer “discharges” an employee, California Labor Code section 201(a) provides that “the wages earned and unpaid at the time of discharge are due and payable immediately.”
On September 28, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted a final rule that will require any entity that has manufactured or imported per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in any year since 2011 to report detailed information on PFAS usage.
The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), enacted in August 2022, appropriated billions of dollars in additional funding to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Persistent turmoil in the debt and equity markets continues to impact the hospitality industry. This article addresses the state of the hospitality market as we enter into the final months of 2023 and look forward to 2024.
At It Again: New Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Petitions on Aluminum Extrusions from Fifteen Countries
On October 4, 2023, the US Aluminum Extruders Coalition and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union (USW) filed antidumping duty (AD) petitions on Certain Aluminum Extrusions.
Effort Supports $1 Billion Commitment to Facilitate Deployment of Wireless AgTech Networks
On September 29, 2023, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Harassment in the Workplace, which presents a legal analysis of the standards for harassment and employer liability applicable to claims of harassment under the statutes enforced by the EEOC. The proposal is open to public comment until November 1, 2023.
No More Surprise Medical Bills: Biden Administration Issues New Rule Governing Arbitration Fees and Takes First Step to Restarting Arbitration Process
Caroline Turner English, Alison Lima Andersen, D. Austin Rettew, David S. Greenberg, Jack R. Bierig, Aphrodite Kokolis
On September 21, 2023, the US Departments of Treasury (DOT), Labor (DOL), and Health and Human Services (HHS) (the Departments) issued new rulemaking governing the administrative fee required to access the arbitration process established under the No Surprises Act (the Act). Under the proposed rule, the new fee would be set at $150.
On September 12, 2023, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law convened a hearing to discuss potential legislation focused on AI models, the third in a series of hearings by the subcommittee analyzing issues in AI oversight. A key discussion topic was the Bipartisan Framework for US AI Act introduced by Senators Richard Blumenthal and Josh Hawley.
Snapshot: New Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Petitions on Aluminum Lithographic Printing Plates from China and Japan
On September 28, 2023, Eastman Kodak Company filed antidumping duty (AD) petitions on Aluminum Lithographic Printing Plates from China and Japan, and a countervailing duty (CVD) petition on the same product from China.
Following its enforcement action against Impact Theory, LLC, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) commenced an administrative proceeding charging Stoner Cats 2, LLC (SC2) with conducting an unregistered offering of securities in the form of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in violation of the Securities Act of 1933.