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DOL files brief in challenge to Obama overtime rule

Glenn Minnis Jul. 12, 2017, 12:06pm

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed notice with U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, asserting that the government has presently “decided not to advocate” for a specific salary level in its ongoing dispute with states over what workers should be eligible for overtime pay.

Acosta, Trump’s pick to head DOL, says he will follow order to review fiduciary rule

Jessica Karmasek Mar. 27, 2017, 11:51am

R. Alexander Acosta, President Donald Trump’s labor secretary nominee, faced members of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, or HELP, Committee during his confirmation hearing Wednesday.

Sponsor of asbestos ‘double-dipping’ bill seems confident he has Trump’s support

Jessica Karmasek Mar. 2, 2017, 8:32am

A spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, says the president doesn’t have “a reason not to” support the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency, or FACT, Act.

When, how or will Trump change consumer protection bureau's leadership

Jessica Karmasek Feb. 27, 2017, 8:06am

Richard Cordray, a former Ohio attorney general, remains the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, considered a thorn in the side of many Republicans. Some experts say they are surprised President Donald Trump hasn’t yet given Cordray the boot.

Advocacy groups file lawsuit over Trump’s ‘one-in, two-out’ regulation executive order

Jessica Karmasek Feb. 16, 2017, 3:12pm

The groups take issue with President Donald Trump’s Jan. 30 order, “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,” which calls for rescinding two government regulations for every new rule introduced, along with interim guidance issued by the Office of Management and Budget, or OMB, Feb. 2.

Texas federal judge upholds DOL’s fiduciary rule, denies motion to stay case

Jessica Karmasek Feb. 10, 2017, 4:17pm

Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn, in a detailed 81-page order released Wednesday, shot down each of the plaintiffs’ major arguments, most notably deciding that the rule does not exceed the U.S. Department of Labor’s authority.

Trump order seeks review of DOL’s fiduciary rule

Jessica Karmasek Feb. 3, 2017, 3:41pm

The president’s order, signed Friday, instructs the U.S. Department of Labor to conduct a new study to determine whether the rule is likely to harm investors and the financial industry, and if it does, the rule can be rescinded or revised.

Attorneys: ‘By-the-book,’ ‘apolitical’ Rosenstein is ‘beyond qualified’ for deputy AG role

Jessica Karmasek Feb. 2, 2017, 10:14am

According to reports, President Donald Trump plans to nominate Rosenstein, the longtime U.S. attorney in Maryland, for the No. 2 job at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Attorney: ‘Very likely’ CFPB will finalize proposed arbitration rules before Obama’s departure

Jessica Karmasek Dec. 29, 2016, 9:01am

President-Elect Donald Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence are to be inaugurated Jan. 20. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is expected to issue its final set of rules prohibiting arbitration clauses that prevent class action lawsuits by then.

Asbestos firm's political donations draw attention as trial lawyers eye Democratic Senate

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 3, 2016, 10:08am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - As trial lawyers seek a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, as well as a Democratic president, a major asbestos firm in Massachusetts is catching flak for doling out bonuses to its attorneys that match their contributions to various political campaigns -- mostly Democratic.

Clinton email contractor Platte River Networks says it acted only as a broker

Legal News Line Nov. 2, 2016, 2:15pm

DENVER (Legal Newsline) — Platte River Networks, email contractor for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, has never managed information any more than a car salesman fixes cars.

Hillary-supporting trial lawyer says she's up for 'dream job' at Clinton White House

Jessica Karmasek Oct. 28, 2016, 9:31am

LAS VEGAS (Legal Newsline) - Last week, at the largest gathering of mass torts plaintiffs attorneys in the nation, prominent Dallas attorney Lisa Blue Baron announced she is interviewing for her “dream job” at the White House as a member of a panel that would help vet federal judges.

Romney: Legal system needs to encourage innovation

Ann Maher Oct. 26, 2016, 3:25pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney took aim at an ineffective Congress that he says lacks the will to tackle perpetual challenges including the national debt, income inequality, poverty and foreign threats. Yet, he said he remains optimistic.

Hillary lawyer had trouble with email while working for Bill

Legal News Line Sep. 27, 2016, 12:58pm

WASHINGTON – Cheryl Mills, personal counsel to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former deputy counsel to President Bill Clinton, bore a judge’s blame for a bad search of email at the White House in 1998. 

Could copyright infringement claims be made against Melania Trump?

Rebecca Campbell Aug. 7, 2016, 11:42am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, recently delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in support of her husband’s nomination with many pointing out striking similarities to First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention (DNC) speech she gave in support of then-candidate Barack Obama. 

U.S. House falls short of votes needed to override Obama’s veto of fiduciary rule resolution

Jessica Karmasek Jun. 23, 2016, 12:30pm

The vote was taken about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, breaking up a sit-in protest by Democrats pushing for better gun-control measures.

U.S. Senate passes resolution to block DOL’s fiduciary rule

Jessica Karmasek May 25, 2016, 1:07pm

The rule, sometimes referred to as the conflicts of interest rule, mandates financial professionals who service individual retirement accounts, including IRAs and 401(k) plans, to serve the “best interest” of the savers and disclose conflicts of interest.

Tort reform bill, passed by U.S. House, unlikely to become law

Jacob Bielanski Mar. 29, 2016, 9:15am

The Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2016, which passed the House along largely partisan lines in January, most likely will be blocked by the Senate. If it does pass, it almost certainly will be vetoed by President Barack Obama.

U.S. SC sides with states, halts EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Jessica Karmasek Feb. 10, 2016, 7:59am

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton hailed the high court’s decision to stay the agency’s new rule, calling it a “major victory” for Americans. The White House disagreed with the court’s order, but said it is confident the agency will prevail in the court challenge.

Law professor: Bill targeting class action abuse simply would improve certification compliance

Jessica Karmasek Feb. 4, 2016, 10:06am

Jason Johnston, who teaches at the University of Virginia, says the Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2015 -- passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last month -- would ensure federal judges are more thorough and consistent in certifying classes.