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NBCUniversal Inc. is feeling the heat from congressional Democrats after comedian Julia Louis-Dreyfus's on-air use of an electronic cigarette during the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday left them fuming. Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Sherrod Brown... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2014 at The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) are taking aim at retailers with new legislation intended to improve safeguards for consumer information, following recent revelations about data breaches at Target Corp. and Neiman Marcus Group Ltd. The Data Security... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2014 at The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
FBI Director James Comey Jr. turned to a former colleague from Bridgewater Associates LP and the George W. Bush administration to serve as the FBI's general counsel. James Baker joined the FBI after two years as associate general counsel at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
Immigration and tax reforms, as well as fiscal stability and increased international investment and trade, are at the top of Business Roundtable's agenda this year, the Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group announced Wednesday. Business Roundtable, which represents more than 200 chief... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
Pablo Chavez, a top Google Inc. official in Washington, D.C., is clicking over to LinkedIn Corp. Jan. 28 to serve as the social networking website's first in-house lobbyist in the nation's capital. Chavez, director of public policy and government affairs... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
The Federal Communications Commission has secured senior Senate Intelligence Committee staffer Clete Johnson as its lead cybersecurity lawyer, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced Friday. Johnson, who was the panel's top staffer on financial intelligence matters and the cybersecurity point-person for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
More Jobs: The legal industry in December picked up 800 jobs, The Am Law Daily reports. Sharon Condolences: President Barack Obama and other U.S. leaders were cautious in the condolences they offered for former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon who... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
The Internal Revenue Service office that answers personnel-classification questions from companies and workers needs more staffers and a self-help website for the public to help reduce a backlog of thousands of cases and lessen taxpayer hardship, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2014 at The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
Chris Lu, a former aide to President Barack Obama and onetime Sidley Austin lawyer, is the president's nominee for the No. 2 post at the U.S. Department of Labor, the White House announced Wednesday. Obama intends to nominate Lu as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2014 at The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
Norton Rose Fulbright lost former Federal Trade Commissioner Pamela Harbour to Baker & Hostetler, her new firm announced Wednesday. Harbour, who served as an independent on the commission from 2003 to 2010, has joined Baker & Hostetler as a partner... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2014 at The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and the broader U.S. legal system remain in the crosshairs of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2014, Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
Arent Fox has picked up a senior attorney-adviser at the U.S. State Department for the firm's Washington office. Lee Caplan, who spent almost 10 years at the State Department's Office of the Legal Adviser, has joined Arent Fox as a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
A total of two-dozen federal agencies on Tuesday published their semiannual regulatory agendas in the Federal Register, giving a glimpse at their plans for the coming months. At the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Labor, Department of the Treasury... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
Less than a year after stepping down as Federal Communications Commission chairman, Julius Genachowski returned to the corporate world to take a post at The Carlyle Group, the investment firm announced Monday. Genachowski, a former IAC/InterActiveCorp general counsel who led... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
Pro Bono Hot List: Which attorneys stand out for the time they volunteered for nonprofit causes in 2013? The National Law Journal takes a look in its annual pro bono report. Courts Join NSA Fight: The U.S. Supreme Court may... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
Stronger Economy: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Friday painted a sunny picture for the U.S. economy in 2014, saying that numerous obstacles to growth in the past year seem to be subsiding, The Associated Press reports. Federal Circuit: The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
Companies looking for a former member of Congress or an ex-congressional staffer to lobby on Capitol Hill have a new list of hundreds of potential candidates to review. A total of 250 former congressional employees, including 72 former House members,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
Following the revelation this month about Target Corp.'s data breach, Democratic Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Robert Menendez of New Jersey plan to put companies' fraud and identity theft-prevention practices under the microscope. Warner and Menendez on Monday urged... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
Yelp Inc. has joined the Washington lobbying community, registering its first lobbyist with Congress. The business review website has deployed its public policy official, Laurent Crenshaw, to advocate on intellectual property and telecommunications issues, among other matters, according to lobbying... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2013 at The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
Lawful: A federal judge in New York ruled Friday that the Nation Security Agency's gathering of information about all telephone calls placed in, to and from the United States is lawful, the New York Law Journal reports. U.S. District Judge... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2013 at The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
NSA Reforms: President Barack Obama said Friday that he would look over the National Security Agency's surveillance activities during the holidays and would make a "pretty definitive statement" in January about potential reforms, The Washington Post reports. Speaking at a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
'Twas a handful of days before Christmas and all through Washington, not a House member was stirring, not even a Republican. The members were nestled all snug in their districts, with visions of the House Ethics Committee and the gifts... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
Driven by an animus against homosexuals, Scott Bloch, a former head of the Office of Special Counsel in the George W. Bush administration, improperly reassigned a group of Washington employees to Detroit, according to a government report released Wednesday. Bloch,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
Cameron Kerry has taken visiting scholar jobs at the Brookings Institution and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after stepping down as the U.S. Commerce Department's general counsel in September, the two institutions announced Tuesday. Kerry, who became the Commerce Department's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times
Business leaders on Tuesday urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to include fee shifting in legislation it is debating to combat abusive litigation from patent trolls. Speaking at a hearing the panel held on patent lawsuit reform, representatives of the Credit... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2013 at The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times