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FTC Announces Revised HSR Thresholds for 2019

Feb 21 2019
On February 15, the FTC announced its annual adjustments to the HSR Act filing thresholds for deals signed in 2019. These new thresholds represent a 6.6% increase over the 2018 thresholds and are expected to be published in the Federal Register during the week of February 18, 2019.

CAN-SPAM Rule Stands

Feb 20 2019
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has elected to retain its CAN-SPAM Rule in its present form without changes. The CAN-SPAM Rule implements the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act of 2003.

SCOTUS Will Review Ninth Circuit Decision on Scope of Clean Water Act Jurisdiction

Feb 19 2019
The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided to take up review of a circuit court conflict regarding the jurisdictional reach of the Clean Water Act (“CWA”). On February 19, 2019, the Court partially granted a petition for writ of certiorari filed by the County of Maui. The Supreme Court will ostensibly determine whether discharges of pollutants to surface waters via groundwater and/or soil are regulated by the CWA. The Supreme Court’s decision is certain to have far-reaching implications for permitting and enforcement pursuant to the CWA.

EPA Announces PFAS Action Plan

Feb 18 2019
On February 14, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its PFAS Action Plan. The Plan identifies immediate and long term actions EPA will take regarding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

SC Torts Claims Act Increases Liability Limits

Feb 13 2019
South Carolina lawmakers are debating legislation that, if passed, would greatly affect liability burdens on government-run healthcare providers as well as affecting the limits recoverable against charitable hospitals and healthcare providers.
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