Environmental and energy issues were in the headlines for much of 2023.
A major new research paper has concluded what many doctors had long believed was true – that patients can be switched between reference (or name brand) biologics and biosimilars with no issues involving the safety profiles or immunogenicity rates of the two drugs.
The City of Chicago has passed a Paid Leave and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance entitling covered employees up to 10 days of paid leave per year: 40 hours of leave for any reason (Paid Leave) and an additional 40 hours of Paid Sick Leave.
On November 29, the US Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a final rule extending the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) deadline to file initial beneficial ownership information (BOI) reports for entities created or registered in 2024.
With the recent passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 254 and AB 1697, California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA) will extend privacy protections to reproductive and sexual health information on mobile applications and internet websites.
Headlines that Matter for Companies and Executives in Regulated Industries
On July 1, 2020, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was implemented. A clear and significant negotiation objective was to position the North American vehicle and parts industries with a competitive advantage in a fast-growing global marketplace. Now, in its fourth year, Washington is seeking public feedback to determine if this objective is being realized.
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On November 8, 2023, nearly thirty (30) labor groups including the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the United Auto Workers (“Labor Groups”) sent a letter to the Secretary of Transportation and the Acting Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”)
On October 27, the Biden-Harris Administration announced new initiatives across various governmental agencies to support and encourage the conversion of high-vacancy commercial buildings in downtown urban environments to residential use.
A first-of-its-kind environmental justice (EJ) lawsuit filed by a group of Louisiana churches and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) was dismissed this week.
On November 7, 2023, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit concluded in National Association of Wheat Growers v. Bonta, that California’s Proposition 65 (Prop 65) cancer warning for glyphosate, a product primarily used as an herbicide and crop desiccant, violates the First Amendment.
In an early test of the interplay between artificial intelligence (AI) and copyright law, the US District Court for the Northern District of California recently allowed a copyright infringement claim to proceed against an AI developer.
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a flurry of new bills at the end of the legislative session, including numerous bills that will impact employers across various industries across the state.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) significantly increased the lifetime estate and gift tax exemption from $5.6 million to $11.18 million for individuals, with adjustments for inflation starting in 2018.
Everyone loves recycling. However, when it comes to plastic, questions about how recycling occurs and whether it can meaningfully occur generate a fair amount of controversy.
In June 2023, a federal judge in the Northern District of Illinois denied Aon Corp.’s request for a temporary restraining order against Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. and nine former Aon employees after they allegedly poached 26 other Aon employees and misappropriated Aon’s trade secrets.
A recent Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii decision permitted climate-related claims against major petroleum and gas companies to proceed toward trial.
On October 27, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), the lead agency that implements Proposition 65, introduced its third attempt to amend the “short form” warning provisions of this widely enforced consumer protection statute.
Recent guidance from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) reflects its continued focus on corporate compensation structures to promote compliance.
On November 8, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its intent to delay enforcement of the requirements for cosmetic product facility registration and cosmetic product listing.
Governor Newsom signed SB 616 on October 4, 2023. SB 616 expands California’s sick pay law in several important ways.
The event will be held on November 17, 2023, to explore the intersection of broadband connectivity and maternal health.
The use of artificial intelligence (AI) has already enhanced and has the potential to further expand and improve preK through 12th grade education. However, educators and school leaders are struggling to keep up with the many constantly evolving AI and generative AI (GenAI) tools.