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DOJ Expands FCPA-Violation Self-Disclosure Incentive to the Health Care Industry

WLF Legal Pulse - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 9:00am
Featured Expert Contributor, White Collar Crime & Corporate Compliance Gregory A. Brower, a Shareholder with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP in Las Vegas, NV and Washington, DC, with Erin M. Eiselein, a Shareholder in the firm’s Denver, CO office. It has been a busy few months for the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice …

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Chairman Chabot Receives Champion of Small Business Investing Award

House Small Business Committee News - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON – Today, House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) received the Champion of Small Business Investing Award from the Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA) for his support of small business access to capital.

I am honored to receive an award helping small businesses gain the capital they need to start and grow their companies. Often when small business owners are struggling to finance their companies, the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program steps in to provide another source of capital that they might not otherwise have access to,” said Chairman Chabot.

Chairman Chabot has been an incredible advocate for investment in America’s small businesses through his support of the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program and his work leading the House Small Business Committee,” said SBIA President Brett Palmer. Small business investors empower growth and job creation across the country, and the legislative work of our Small Business Champions in Congress has been instrumental to facilitating greater capital access for Ohio’s entrepreneurs.”

"It's an honor to present the Champion of Small Business Investing Award to Chairman Chabot," said Rodger Davis, Managing Partner of Northcreek Mezzanine. "His leadership and commitment to small businesses and support of the SBIC program has given us the capital to invest locally in Southwest Ohio. Thanks to his work, we've been able to create thousands of jobs in the region." 

Chairman Chabot received the award during a roundtable he held in Warren County, OH, to discuss the SBIC program. The SBIC program was created by the Small Business Administration (SBA) in 1958 to provide another source of financing for small businesses.

The President signed H.R. 2333 into law, the Small Business Investment Opportunity Act (now Public Law 115-187) introduced by Committee member Steve Knight (R-CA). The law will increase the amount of leverage made available to small business investment companies. 

The State of Our Salmon

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), chairman of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and the Coast Guard, will convene a hearing titled “The State of Our Salmon,” at 10:30 a.m. ADT/2:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska. This hearing will review the health of Alaska’s salmon fisheries and examine the current data and information necessary for maintaining healthy and sustainable stocks.   

Witness Panel I:

  • Mr. Sam Cotten, Commissioner, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Mr. Chris Oliver, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Witness Panel II:

  • Dr. Milo Adkison, Professor and Chair, Department of Fisheries, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Dr. Betsy Baker, Executive Director, North Pacific Research Board
  • Ms. Karen Gillis, Executive Director, Bering Sea Fisherman’s Association
  • Ms. Katrina Hoffman, President and CEO, Prince William Sound Science Center
  • Ms. Mary Sattler Peltola, Executive Director, Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

*Witness list subject to change.

Hearing Details:

Saturday, October 20, 2018
10:30 a.m. ADT/2:30 p.m. EDT
Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and the Coast Guard
Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center
600 W 7th Ave
Room 4, Second Floor
Anchorage, Alaska 

Witness testimony and opening statements will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov. Media interested in attending the event should contact Matt Shuckerow, matt_shuckerow@sullivan.senate.gov. 

HHS Drug Price Advertising Proposal Reveals Sweeping View of Government Power over Private Speech

WLF Legal Pulse - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 11:02am
Featured Expert Contributor, First Amendment By Megan Brown, a Partner with Wiley Rein LLP, with Bert Rein and Steve Obermeier, Partners with the firm. Ed. Note: This is Ms. Brown’s inaugural post as the WLF Legal Pulse’s latest Featured Expert Contributor. _____________________ The Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a new rule to …

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Nelson: Kia, Hyundai CEOs asked to appear before Congress

WASHINGTON – The CEOs of Kia and Hyundai have been asked to appear before Congress next month to answer questions regarding a series of vehicle fires affecting the automakers, according to Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL).

The move comes in response to a growing number of complaints filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) involving non-collision-related fires in Kia and Hyundai vehicles.  The Center for Auto Safety reported last week that 103 fire complaints had been filed with NHTSA since June 12, an 85% increase. To date, there has been at least one non-collision fire-related fatality when an Ohio man burned to death last year after getting in his mother’s 2014 Kia Soul.  

“We’ve got to get to the bottom of what’s causing these fires,” said Nelson.  “Car owners need to know if their vehicles are safe.”  

The Senate Commerce Science & Transportation Committee intends to hold the hearing on Wednesday, November 14.

DOJ Issues New Guidance on Corporate Monitors Reflecting More Pragmatic Approach

WLF Legal Pulse - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 9:00am
White Collar Crime & Corporate Compliance Gregory A. Brower, a Shareholder with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP in Las Vegas, NV and Washington, DC., with Stanley L. Garnett, a Shareholder in the firm’s Denver, CO office. In an October 12 speech at the NYU School of Law last Friday, the head of the Department of …

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1 In, 12 Out: Chairman Praises Administration’s Regulatory Rollback

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON – Today, House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) released the following statement after the United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced that President Trump’s regulatory reform efforts have saved Americans $23 billion in FY 2018.

“As Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, I have been diligently working with the Administration to identify the impact new regulations have on small businesses, so we can effectively reduce unnecessary costs and burdens. For every new regulation issued, the Administration has eliminated 12, which has resulted in $33 billion in net regulatory savings in the last two years. It’s time we implement a common sense regulatory agenda so that American business owners are able to invest in their American dream without needless regulatory burdens on their shoulders.”

The Committee created an online resource, Regulatory Watch, for small businesses that want to participate in the regulatory development process, but do not have time to monitor federal agencies’ activities. The webpage is updated regularly to highlight proposed regulations that could impact small businesses. Each regulatory proposal is summarized, and a link is provided to a webpage where a small business owner can provide comments to the appropriate federal agency. 

Litigation Funding Slides Downmarket

WLF Legal Pulse - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 4:36pm
Featured Expert Contributor, Litigation Strategies Joe G. Hollingsworth, Partner, Hollingsworth LLP, with Donald R. McMinn, a Partner with the firm. Through their investments in a lawyer’s case(s), litigation funders have fomented economically shaky litigation while making that litigation’s resolution more difficult by disguising the settlement decision maker.  Now litigation funders are entering a new market—one …

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Sullivan Announces Field Hearing to Review Salmon Fisheries in Alaska

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), chairman of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and the Coast Guard, will convene a hearing titled “The State of Our Salmon,” at 10:30 a.m. ADT/2:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska. This hearing will review the health of Alaska’s salmon fisheries and examine the current data and information necessary for maintaining healthy and sustainable stocks.   

Witness Panel I:

  • Mr. Sam Cotten, Commissioner, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Mr. Chris Oliver, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Witness Panel II:

  • Dr. Milo Adkison, Professor and Chair, Department of Fisheries, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Dr. Betsy Baker, Executive Director, North Pacific Research Board
  • Ms. Karen Gillis, Executive Director, Bering Sea Fisherman’s Association
  • Ms. Katrina Hoffman, President and CEO, Prince William Sound Science Center
  • Ms. Mary Sattler Peltola, Executive Director, Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission 

*Witness list subject to change. 

Hearing Details:

Saturday, October 20, 2018
10:30 a.m. ADT/2:30 p.m. EDT
Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and the Coast Guard
Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center
600 W 7th Ave
Room 4, Second Floor
Anchorage, Alaska 

Witness testimony and opening statements will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov. Media interested in attending the event should contact Matt Shuckerow, matt_shuckerow@sullivan.senate.gov.

Supreme Court Poised to Overturn Ninth Circuit Ruling Granting Bond Hearings to Criminal Aliens

WLF Legal Pulse - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 10:49am
The October 10 Supreme Court oral argument in Nielsen v. Preap demonstrated that the justices continue to be sharply, ideologically divided over the federal government’s authority to detain criminal aliens pending completion of removal proceedings. But contrary to some early post-argument commentary, the oral argument left little doubt about the likely outcome: Chief Justice Roberts, …

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U.S. Makes Unprecedented Arrest of Chinese Government Official Accused of Economic Espionage

WLF Legal Pulse - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 10:14am
Featured Expert Contributor, White Collar Crime & Corporate Compliance Gregory A. Brower, a Shareholder with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP in Las Vegas, NV and Washington, DC, with William E. Moschella, a Shareholder in the firm’s Washington, DC office. The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced an indictment charging a Chinese government official with attempting …

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SBC Observes National Cyber Security Awareness Month

House Small Business Committee News - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON – Today, House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) released the following statement to recognize October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month:

“Digital technology allows small businesses to sell their products and services all over the world and plays a vital role in our nation’s economy. With 81 percent of small businesses concerned by a potential cyber-attack, but only 63 percent having the most basic cybersecurity measures in place, it’s imperative we are vigilant about leveraging resources to protect small businesses owners and their intellectual property.”

This year, the House Committee on Small Business held several hearings to examine how small business owners are confronting cyber threats from numerous bad actors. In addition to phishing scams and ransomware attacks, one of the most significant cyber threats small business owners face is the theft of intellectual property through cyberespionage. Small businesses are often the most underequipped participants in high-tech supply changes, making them the biggest targets for cyber-attacks. Earlier this year, Chairman Chabot introduced H.R. 4668, the Small Business Advanced Cybersecurity Enhancements Act of 2017 in an effort to help small businesses respond to cyber-attacks more effectively.

Additionally, H.R. 3170, the Small Business Development Center Cyber Training Act of 2017, led by Chairman Chabot, passed the House on May 8, 2018. This legislation would provide cyber certification for Small Business Development Center counselors.

The Race to 5G: A View from the Field

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled “The Race to 5G: A View from the Field,” at 3:00 p.m. CDT on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Carnegie Town Hall in Sioux Falls, S.D.. This hearing will focus on identifying existing barriers to broadband deployment of next generation wireless technology deployment and ways to streamline broadband infrastructure siting and encourage investment in next generation communications services.  

 
Witnesses:

  • The Honorable Brendan Carr, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
  • The Honorable Paul TenHaken, Mayor, City of Sioux Falls
  • Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, President, Dakota State University
  • Mr. Robert Fisher, Senior Vice President, Federal Government Affairs, Verizon
  • Mr. Justin Forde, Senior Director, Government Relations, Midcontinent Communications
  • Mr. Mark Shlanta, Chief Executive Officer, SDN Communications, Sioux Falls, SD

*Witness list subject to change. 

Hearing Details:

Friday, October 12, 2018
3:00 p.m. CDT/ 4:00 p.m. EDT
Full Committee
Carnegie Town Hall
235 W. 10th Street
Sioux Falls, S.D. 

Witness testimony and opening statements will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov. The hearing will be livestreamed on YouTube.

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Good afternoon.   

Today, I’ve convened this hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee to explore ways to maintain global leadership in the race to 5G, while ensuring the benefits of remarkable new wireless technologies reach rural America.

Over the past two years, I have convened several hearings in Washington D.C. aimed at identifying barriers to the deployment of next generation services and what we can do in Congress to help lower them.  

I am pleased that today, we will be able to discuss these very important issues here in South Dakota.

We’ve heard from stakeholders throughout the country who represent American businesses that are on the ground building and maintaining our communications networks, deploying the infrastructure, and bringing to market cutting edge technologies like autonomous vehicles, precision agriculture, and remote health care services that will transform our everyday lives.  

We have also heard from the community and tribal leaders, small businesses, hospitals, schools, and everyday Americans that will benefit from this important technology.

The race to 5G has begun and the United States has the technology to win it. 

But as I’ve said before, technology is only part of the equation.  

We must ensure that wireless providers have spectrum on which their systems can operate and they must be able to deploy those networks in a reasonable and timely manner.

The MOBILE NOW Act, my legislation which was enacted earlier this year, addressed both spectrum and infrastructure needs.  But more work needs to be done.

In July, the Committee examined ways to free up more spectrum for 5G.   

I’m pleased to see the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration are taking critical steps this year to make more spectrum available for wireless use.

And our Committee will continue to encourage innovative approaches to using spectrum more efficiently. 

Indeed, spectrum is critical to winning the race to 5G, but removing barriers to infrastructure deployment is the final piece of the puzzle.

Earlier this year, I introduced the STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act on a bipartisan basis with Senator Schatz.

The STREAMLINE Act reflects more than a year of hard work with stakeholders – including many here today – to eliminate needless barriers to deploying 5G and to bring the benefits to American consumers.

In fact, just last week, we received a letter of support for the STREAMLINE Act signed by 25 groups representing a range of stakeholders from health care to agriculture, the automotive and manufacturing industries, internet companies, consumer technologies, and more. 

I am confident that our legislation will allow Americans across the country, no matter where they live, the ability to reap the benefits of 5G leadership while at the same time respecting the important role State and local governments play in deployment decisions. 

Additionally, I am very pleased that the FCC, as part of an effort led by Commissioner Carr, has just taken an important step to modernize its siting rules consistent with the goals of the STREAMLINE Act. 

As Mayor TenHaken knows, making infrastructure siting easier is particularly important for those of us in rural America, where the business case for deployment is different than in larger metropolitan areas.  

Lowering deployment costs is especially important in more rural communities, where we simply don’t have the population density to justify deployment if barriers are high.

Excessive fees, delays, and uncertainty can ruin the case for deployment of 5G in a community.

I am proud that our home state of South Dakota is leading the way in 5G. 

Dr. Griffiths and Dakota State University are training the young men and women who will design and protect our 5G networks and the services they will offer.  

Mayor TenHaken and Commissioner Carr are leading the way with their work to establish rules and policies that encourage 5G deployment.

And Justin Forde from Midco, Mark Shlanta from SDN Communications, and Robert Fisher from Verizon are working to deploy the 5G networks and related infrastructure that will bring South Dakota the next generation of wireless communications. 

I thank all of you for being here, and I look forward to hearing from you today.  

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