Final Regulations Issued On Contraceptive Coverage, Religious Organizations

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury recently released final regulations on the exemption from providing coverage for contraceptive and certain other preventive services that is available to certain religious organizations. The final regulations apply to plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2014.

Proposed Energy Bill Approximately $4 Billion Less Than President’s Request—$911 Million Cut to Renewable Energy Research

Recently, the House Appropriations Committee released its fiscal year 2014 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill (“Energy Bill”). In doing so, it proposed to cut renewable energy research and development spending by approximately $911 million, which is approximately fifty percent (50%) below the fiscal year 2013 level.

Google’s Fair Use Defense Takes Priority Over Author Class Certification

In the latest development in The Authors Guild v. Google book saga, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the district court’s certification of the class was premature in light of Google’s assertion of a fair use defense and the absence of a ruling by the district court on the substance of Google’s fair use defense.

Small Business Association Publishes Final Rule Implementing New Size Representation Requirements and Penalties for Small Business Size Misrepresentations

By | Focus on Regulation | July 2, 2013
Small Business Association Publishes Final Rule Implementing New Size Representation Requirements and Penalties for Small Business Size Misrepresentations

On June 28, 2013, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released a final rule amending the SBA program regulations regarding the requirements for representing small business size and eligibility status, and the penalties that can be imposed on a concern that willfully misrepresents itself as a small business in order to receive an award. 

The Other Side of the Paula Deen Story

The Other Side of the Paula Deen Story

Last week, I had lunch with my good friend attorney/litigator Susan Minsberg. Over salmon salad with blackberries, our discussion drifted to the Paula Deen media storm. I told her I had only been marginally following the story, and listed the corporate sponsors who had already jumped ship and dropped her brand, due to the allegations of racism brought by former employee, Lisa Jackson.