Legal Alerts

Legal Alerts

  • June 14, 2024
    New U.S. Law Bans Imports of Russian Uranium for Nuclear Fuel

    On May 13, 2024, President Biden signed into law a bill that bans imports of Russian uranium for use as nuclear fuel in the United States. The new law, titled the "Prohibiting Russian Uranium Imports Act," H.R. 1042, 118th Cong., § 2 (2024), aims to cut off a significant source of revenue for Russia and to reduce U.S. dependence on Russian nuclear fuel. The ban unlocks a significant increase in federal funding to grow the country’s uranium industry. As a result of the ban, some companies will need to apply for waivers for utilities, which they must do by January 1, 2028.

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  • June 13, 2024
    Colorado Nearly Triples Damages Caps for Cases Filed in 2025, Allows Siblings to File Wrongful Death Claims

    On June 3, 2024, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed HB24-1472 to increase the damages caps for personal injury and wrongful death claims. The law nearly triples the amounts available to plaintiffs, which will continue to increase for inflationary adjustments beginning in 2028 and every two years thereafter. These new damages caps affect not only claims that accrue in 2025 and beyond, but they also change the caps for any civil cases filed on or after January 1, 2025. This law was enacted as a compromise to a ballot measure that would have removed any cap on damages.

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  • June 11, 2024
    The Fifth Circuit Blocks the SEC’s Aggressive Private Fund Rules Agenda

    On August 23, 2023, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted a controversial new rule designed to enhance the regulation of private fund advisers. Private Fund Advisers; Documentation of Registered Investment Adviser Compliance Reviews, 88 Fed. Reg. 63206 (Aug. 23, 2023). The rule, which passed by a narrow 3-2 vote, aimed to protect investors who directly or indirectly invest in private funds by increasing transparency, establishing requirements to address potentially harmful practices, and prohibiting certain activities deemed contrary to the public interest. Id. at 63209. However, on June 5, 2024, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit dealt a fatal blow to the SEC's efforts, vacating the rule in its entirety. See Nat'l Ass'n of Private Fund Managers v. SEC, No. 23-60471, slip op. at 25 (5th Cir. June 5, 2024) (Because the promulgation of the Final Rule was unauthorized, no part of it can stand.”)

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  • June 10, 2024
    CMS Publishes Final Rule Setting Minimum Staffing Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities

    On May 10, 2024, the Department of Health and Human Services for the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services published its final rule establishing minimum staffing standards for Long-Term Care (LTC) facilities. The final rule is part of the Biden administration’s focus on nursing home reform. In this alert, we break down the key provisions of the rule

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  • June 07, 2024
    OFAC Clarifies Regulations Around Technology Sales to Iran

    On May 17, 2024, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) issued a final Rule (2024 Rule) that clarified its regulations pertaining to Iranian sanctions. In large part, these changes expressly clarify what technologies can be provided to Iran. Although the regulations remain largely restrictive, the changes also provide some new opportunities for businesses trading with Iran, since OFAC’s new rule expressly permits the import/export of certain technologies, and therefore gives assurances to businesses that their conduct is permissible. An additional new opportunity is that OFAC will accept licenses for service providers to permit providing unlisted hardware and software to Iranian entities if those applications can meet OFAC’s policy considerations.

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  • June 04, 2024
    US Doubles Down on Import Tariffs on Strategic Goods from China

    On May 14, 2024, the U.S. substantially increased tariff rates – in some cases by as much as fourfold – on imports of an array of strategic products from China. The tariff surge builds on high tariffs already in place under an international trade law remedy imposed in 2018. The decision to raise the tariff rates resulted from continuing trade friction with China over intellectual property violations, trade imbalances, and national security and human rights concerns. Businesses with an interest in the designated imports should pay close attention to these changes and their implications for U.S. commerce.

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  • June 03, 2024
    EEOC Sues 15 Employers For Failure to File EEO-1 Reports

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is stepping up enforcement actions related to EEO-1 Reports. The EEOC has sued 15 employers across the nation for failing to submit workplace demographic data reports to the Commission in compliance with mandatory federal reporting requirements, alleging that these employers failed to submit EEO-1 Component 1 annual data reports for the years 2021 and 2022.

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  • May 31, 2024
    Southern District of Texas Further Bolsters Transportation Brokers Facing Negligent Hiring Claims

    Close on the heels of a favorable decision for transportation brokers out of the Eastern District of Texas, the Southern District of Texas has issued a similar ruling that is favorable to transportation brokers facing state law tort claims, holding that such claims are preempted by the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act (“FAAAA”), 40 U.S.C. § 14501(c)(1).

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