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On June 12, 2017, the Supreme Court issued an opinion in Henson v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc., Case No. 16-349. In his first opinion since joining the Supreme Court, Justice Gorsuch wrote for a unanimous panel finding that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) did not apply to ...

On June 12, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion in Microsoft v. Baker, Case No. 15-457.  In an 8-0 opinion, the Court reversed and remanded a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision regarding class certification on the basis that the appeals court lacked ...

The Supreme Court issued an anticipated holding in Midland Funding, LLC, v. Johnson earlier this week. In a 5-3 decision authored by Justice Breyer, the Court held that a proof of claim filed on a time-barred debt does not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Additionally ...

On May 2, 2017, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) a proposed rule that would repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the United States Rule (“WOTUS Rule”). The WOTUS ...

On May 11, 2017 President Donald Trump signed an executive order to bolster the government's cybersecurity and protect critical infrastructure from cyber-attacks, marking his first significant action to address what he had previously called a top priority.

President Donald Trump has proposed budget cuts that could slow or even stop work at CERCLA Superfund sites throughout the country. Waste officials estimate that the proposed cuts, which would cut the Superfund program’s budget by about 30%, would eliminate an average of four full-time ...

Victims of a ransomware attack may now have alternatives to paying the ransom to a cyber-criminal as a result of the No More Ransom project.  Recognizing the enormous amount of harm that ransomware creates for the enterprise, No More Ransom was started by Europol, the Dutch National ...

On April 5, 2017, the New York City Council passed legislation prohibiting employers from making salary history inquiries or relying on salary history to determine a prospective employee’s salary. The law will go into effect 180 days after it is signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is ...

On April 3, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposed rule to further delay the effective date of the Risk Management Program (RMP) rule amendments from June 19, 2017 to February 19, 2019.  During the delay, the EPA will likely consider several petitions for ...

A recent court decision could mean higher remediation costs for parties liable under the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act (“Spill Act”) for discharges that occurred prior to 1977. This week, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that the State of New Jersey cannot be held ...

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