DOJ Environmental Criminal Enforcement is Back

Betty Q. Hixson

Thursday, December 16, 2021 This week, two senior U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Environment and Natural Resource Division (ENRD) officials used their remarks to the American Bar Association’s annual National Environmental Enforcement Conference to convey a clear message: environmental enforcement, and in particular criminal enforcement, is back. Companies and individuals […]

2022 Employment Law Updates for New Jersey Employers

Betty Q. Hixson

Although COVID-19 may have caused last year to feel like a long extension of 2020, 2021 saw several significant changes to New Jersey’s employment law landscape that have nothing to do with face coverings or vaccinations. By way of highlight and summary, New Jersey’s 2021 employment-related measures include: the enactment […]

Year after passage, state Republicans renew call for criminal justice reform law’s repeal | Crime and Courts

Betty Q. Hixson

TAYLOR VIDMAR SPRINGFIELD — Nearing one year since Democratic state lawmakers pushed through controversial criminal justice reform legislation, Illinois House Republicans are renewing their call for the law to be repealed.  State Reps. Patrick Windhorst, R-Metropolis; Tony McCombie, R-Savanna; and Jackie Haas, R-Kankakee, at a press conference Wednesday morning criticized House […]

Recent Anti-Money Laundering Act Updates

Betty Q. Hixson

Wednesday, January 5, 2022 The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 became law early in 2021, after a congressional override of then-President Trump’s veto.  Division F of the NDAA consists of the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 (“AMLA”).  The AMLA expands numerous Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) requirements, and […]

Food and Drug Administration Recap of 2021

Betty Q. Hixson

Wednesday, January 5, 2022 It is, somewhat amazingly, the beginning of January again. During this time of year we typically publish a series of blog posts that recap the most interesting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) activities over the prior 12 months and consider what the agency is likely to […]

BAL Promotes Josiah Curtis and Maria DeLapp to Partner | Texas

Betty Q. Hixson

DALLAS, Jan. 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — BAL, the world’s leading corporate immigration firm, is pleased to announce the promotions of Josiah Curtis and Maria DeLapp to the partnership. “Practicing corporate immigration during these unprecedented years has required passion, creativity, and fortitude, qualities both Josiah and Maria exhibit in abundance,” said Managing Partner […]