Current Legal News for Attorneys

Antitrust & Competition

TOP STORY: Justice Department charges more contractors with bid-rigging
The news is the latest in a barrage of bid-rigging cases tied to U.S. military contracts. A federal grand jury in Atlanta, Georgia returned an indictment charging military contractors with an alleged fraudulent scheme involving the rigging of bids on government military contracts totaling over $7 million, the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division has announced . The charged contractors, Envistacom LLC, its President Alan Carson and a vice presi...

Banking & Consumer Finance

TOP STORY—Banks pass stress tests, showing enough capital to withstand severe recession
The Fed envisioned a tougher hypothetical scenario this year than it did in 2021. All large U.S. banks have passed the Federal Reserve’s annual stress test for this year, showing they would be able to continue lending to households and businesses in the event of a severe recession. All the banks tested remained above their minimum capital requirements, even with projected losses of $612 billion, the Fed said in releasing the 2022 Federal Reserve ...

COVID-19 Resources

TOP STORY—W.D. Mo.: Legislative aide who advocated for mask mandate entitled to trial on First Amendment claim
By Kathleen Kapusta, J.D. The employee alleged he was wrongfully terminated from his employment with the state house of representatives because of his emails advocating for a mask mandate in the Capitol building. Although most of the emails sent by a legislative specialist employed by the Missouri House of Representatives focused on his concern about his own return to the workplace in the absence of a mask mandate during the COVID-19 pandemic, th...

Cybersecurity & Privacy

DHS Spending Bill With Increases for Cyber Advances in House
Legislation that would give the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency more funding for cybersecurity initiatives today cleared the House Appropriations Committee by a vote of 32-25. The committee approved the FY 2023 Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill , which would increase CISA’s budget to $2.9 billion, $334 million more than it received in fiscal year 2022 and $417 million above the administration’s request. “From dr...

Healthcare

TOP STORY—U.S.: Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, limits abortion access
The final 6-3 opinion closely mirrors the leaked draft opinion and gives the states, not the court, the power to allow or limit abortions. The 6-3 U.S. Supreme Court opinion has held that the federal Constitution does not protect abortion as a right and that individual states have the power to set limits on or to disallow abortion. The decision overturns both Roe v. Wade (Roe ) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (Casey ), the 1992 decision reaffirmi...

Intellectual Property

TOP STORY: Senate subcommittee hears views on PTAB reform legislation
Witnesses told Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Intellectual Property of the need to adjust PTAB procedures to promote a strong patent system, but not all agreed on which approach to take. At a Senate subcommittee hearing on recently proposed legislation to reform the procedures used by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to decide whether to institute inter partes review (IPR) proceedings pursuant to the America Invents Act (AIA)...

Labor & Employment Law

TOP STORY—7th Cir.: Doctor fails to get preliminary injunction for reinstatement after refusing COVID-19 vaccine on religious grounds
The pediatric critical care specialist failed to show irreparable harm after losing his job for noncompliance with the hospital’s vaccine mandate. After objecting to his employer’s vaccine mandate on religious grounds and subsequently losing his job, a doctor brought this suit alleging religious discrimination in violation of Title VII, seeking a preliminary injunction and reinstatement to his former position. The Seventh Circuit affirmed the low...

Products Liability & Insurance

TOP STORY—MOTOR VEHICLE EQUIPMENT—Ga. Sup. Ct.: High court answers ‘seatbelt statute’ evidentiary issue raised in products liability lawsuit
Evidence of an occupant failing to wear a seatbelt is wholly excluded under Georgia state law, but a vehicle manufacturer can introduce evidence of seatbelts with respect to the passenger restraint system and compliance with federal safety standards. In response to certified questions raised in a design defect lawsuit filed against a pickup truck manufacturer, the Georgia Supreme Court clarified that under state statute O.C.G.A. § 40-8- 76.1, whi...

Securities

TOP STORY—Report by House FSC Democrats urges market reforms to address extreme market volatility
The House GOP’s rebuttal alleged that the majority report relied on “conspiracy theories” about Citadel-Robinhood collusion while overlooking the strength of retail investors versus institutional investors during the January 2021 market volatility event. Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee released a majority report that largely blames payment for order flow (PFOF) and a new “superbroker” business model for the extreme market vola...