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Securities/Commodities: FT Special Report on Commodities, by Jonathan Rusch

For those interested in commodities issues, the Financial Times has put out a special report on the subject with a variety of articles and analyses. This post was originally published on the legacy ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Notice and Comment blog, which merged with the Yale Journal on Regulation Notice and […]

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Antitrust/International Law: Canadian Competition Bureau Plans Consultations on Revising Merger Enforcement Guidelines, by Jonathan Rusch

On September 7, the Canadian Competition Bureau announced that “it will hold a series of roundtables to explore the merits of revising the Merger Enforcement Guidelines.” Those Guidelines, which were issued in 2004, set out the framework that the Competition Bureau uses to evaluate the potential competitive effects of mergers. The announcement also stated that […]

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Environment/Energy: BP Issues Internal Investigations Report on Deepwater Horizon Accident, by Jonathan Rusch

On September 8, BP issued its internal investigations report into the accident on the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico on 20 April 20. In brief, BP stated that “[t]he investigation found that no single factor caused the Macondo well tragedy. Rather, a sequence of failures involving a number of different parties led […]

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Communications/International Law: U.K. Ofcom Issues Consultation Paper on Net Neutrality, by Jonathan Rusch

On June 24, Ofcom, the independent regulator and competition authority for the United Kingdom communications industries, issued a consultation paper on traffic management and net neutrality. An Ofcom statement reported that the purpose of the consultation paper is to open up a discussion on how existing and future powers “might be used to address traffic […]

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Trade Regulation/International Law: Australia Enacts New National Consumer Protection Law, by Jonathan Rusch

On July 13, the Australian Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) Bill (No. 2) 2010 received final assent. According to the summary by the Australian Parliament, the lengthy bill (402 pages total) “amends: the Trade Practices Act 1974, Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 and Corporations Act 2001 to implement a national consumer law […]

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Veterans Benefits: VA Proposes Plain-Language Rewrite of Service-Connected and Other Disability Compensation Regs, by Jonathan Rusch

On September 1, the Veterans Administration announced that it “proposes to reorganize and rewrite in plain language its regulations concerning service-connected and other disability compensation.” The VA proposed the revisions as part of its “reorganization of all of its compensation and pension regulations in a logical, claimant-focused, and user-friendly format.” The VA stated thet “[t]he […]

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Securities/Commodities: SEC Announces Temporary Rule Requiring Registration of Municipal Advisors, by Jonathan Rusch

On September 2, the Securities and Exchange Cmomission announced that it “has adopted a temporary rule requiring municipal advisors to register with the SEC by October 1.” The SEC stated that this deadline “was established by the newly-enacted Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.” Subject to certain exemptions, Dodd-Frank defines “municipal advisors” — […]

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Intellectual Property: Patent and Trademark Office Issues New Obviousness Guidelines, by Jonathan Rusch

On September 1, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published in the Federal Register an update to its examination guidelines “concerning the law of obviousness under 35 U.S.C. 103 in light of recent precedential decisions of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued since the 2007 decision by the United […]

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Securities/Commodities: CFTC Issues New Rules on Retail Forex Trading, by Jonathan Rusch

On August 30, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced the publication in the Federal Register of final regulations concerning off-exchange retail foreign currency transactions. According to the announcement, the rules “implement provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008.” In brief, “[t]he […]

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International Trade: President Obama Sets Out Substantial Changes in Export Control System, by Jonathan Rusch

On August 30, the White House issued a statement reporting that on August 31, President Obama would announce “a major step forward in the Administration’s efforts to fundamentally reform the export control system and will outline the foundation of our new export control system.” According to the statement, the Administration’s planned changes would address four […]

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Trade Regulation: ABA Files D.C. Circuit Brief on “Red Flags” Rule, by Jonathan Rusch

On August 20, the American Bar Association filed its brief in the D.C. Court of Appeals in ABA v. Federal Trade Commission, No. 10-5057. The ABA, as appellee in the case, successfully challenged at the district court level the application of the FTC’s so-called “red flags rule,” which the brief states “imposes substantial obligations [on […]

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Veterans Benefits: VA Secretary Shinseki Announces Changes to Regulations for Agent Orange Claims, by Jonathan Rusch

On August 30, Veterans Administration (VA) Eric Shinseki announced on the White House Blog that the VA is issuing a new regulation creating presumptions that there is a service connection between exposure to Agent Orange and three diseases: Parkinson’s disease, hairy cell and other chronic B-cell leukemia, and ischemic heart disease. In the announcement, Secretary […]

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International Trade/Export: Commerce Secretary Announces 14 Proposals to Strengthen U.S. Trade Law Enforcement, by Jonathan Rusch

On August 26, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke announced 14 proposed measures – especially focused on illegal import practices from non-market economies – that, according to the Secretary, “will strengthen trade enforcement and help keep U.S companies competitive.” The 14 measures, summarized in the release, are intended to help strengthen the administration of U.S. […]

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Dispute Resolution/Environment: Gulf Coast Claims Facility Begins Receiving Claims Applications, by Jonathan Rusch

On August 23, the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF), the independent fund administered by Kenneth Feinberg to handle the $20 billion being placed in escrow by BP PLC to address claims arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, began to receive claims applications at its 35 facilities across the Gulf Coast. The GCCF website contains […]