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Ninth Circuit’s "federal defendant" intervention rule in NEPA cases finally meets its end: Wilderness Society v. United States Forest Service
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • USA
  • February 22 2011

In a significant decision issued in mid-January 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (en banc) abandoned its categorical rule that a party may not intervene of right in the merits of a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) case.

Health insurance exchanges - national versus state-level marketplace
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • February 18 2010

Both the House health reform bill, H.R. 3962 (Affordable Health Care for America Act), and the Senate health reform bill, H.R. 3590 (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act), include provisions establishing one or more health insurance marketplaces (exchanges).

Gaming: House Speaker Cretul declares impasse in seminole gaming negotiations, requests federal action
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • USA
  • October 26 2009

In a letter to the National Indian Gaming Commission dated October 21, 2009, House Speaker Larry Cretul (R-Ocala) stated that the state’s negotiations with the Seminole Tribe of Florida over a proposed gaming compact had reached an impasse that could be remedied only through federal intervention.

New York to regulate credit default swaps as insurance
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • September 24 2008

The New York Insurance Department (the “NYID”) has announced that effective January 2009 it will regulate credit default swaps (“CDS”) as insurance contracts.

Congress extends terrorism insurance backstop: other bills must wait for ‘08
  • Jorden Burt LLP
  • USA
  • April 15 2008

In one of its final acts before adjourning for the year, Congress cleared a seven-year extension of the nation’s terrorism insurance backstop that makes few changes to the existing program, which was set to expire at year’s end.

Adam J. Rogers
  • McDermott Will & Emery

Drew C. Ensign
  • Latham & Watkins LLP