Welcome back to another week of LexBlog’s Top 10 in Law Blogs! This week’s assortment features a post from Hogan Lovells’ Amy Roma & Sachin Desai John Mansfield on state policies towards nuclear power; a farewell from Pam Woldow’s At the Intersection; and Scot Ganow of Taft Law discusses how to cope with the data breach era.

Year in Review – A New Generation of State Policies Towards Nuclear Power – By Nuclear power has had a busy year in 2017.  One of the most important trends for preserving the existing fleet of operating nuclear power plants has been the financial commitment by US states to support nuclear power operating in their states and preserve their largest source of carbon-free power—and the thousands of jobs that go with it. View Full Post
Mulvaney reported to announce CFPB staff additions from Trump administration By According to media reports, Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s designee as CFPB Acting Director, has told CFPB staff that he plans to add six new staff members who currently work in the Trump administration.  The new staff members reportedly include View Full Post
A Farewell to Arms By This is the last post of At the Intersection.  As 2017 ends, so will this blog. We are going to stop the presses. Bank the fires. Wind it up. Cease and desist. All that. For over a decade now, At the Intersection has concerned itself with two interrelated quests: helping law firms make more money, and helping legal departments spend less money.  View Full Post
Just Chill: Why the Credit Security Freeze May be Your Best Defense in the Data Breach Era By With this year’s high profile breach at a large consumer reporting agency and credit cards ringing up balances during this holiday season, I have been fielding numerous calls from people in both a professional and personal capacity on what they should be doing to “truly” protect their identity and their credit accounts. View Full Post
San Diego Smackdown, the Final Chapter? By The jury has spoken. After a saga worth of Homer, Comic-Con is a valid trademark. The battle began when, the organizers of San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), the 50-year old grandaddy of fan conventions, sued the producers of Salt Lake Comic Con for infringement. View Full Post
Excise Tax Relief for Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries By The new tax law formerly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, provides a temporary reduction in alcohol beverage excise taxes for US brewers, winemakers, distillers and beverage importers. Temporary tax relief is available for beer, wine and spirits removed from a US manufacturing facility or released from Custom’s custody after January 1, 2018, and prior to December 31, 2019. View Full Post
How to Survive Transition Shock in a Family Business By Otis Baskin, a consultant of the Family Business Consulting Group, recently authored a post in Family Business Magazine, reiterating the importance or preparation and planning in family business success. Mr. Baskin coined a new term, however, to describe that not-uncommon state of the unprepared family business facing succession issues View Full Post
The Case of the Double-Dipping, Creative-Editing Plaintiff By This week saw the birthdays of two folks who were sort of prominent in our youth.  First, Uri Geller, the Israeli ‘psychic’, turned 71.  He showed up on our tv constantly in the 1970s and 80s, bending spoons with his mind.   View Full Post
Whistleblowers Save Taxpayers $3.4 Billion By  Last week, the Department of Justice announced that it collected $3.7 billion in settlements and judgments from False Claim Act (FCA) cases against the government in 2017. The FCA is a statute that allows individual whistleblowers, called relators in this context, to file lawsuits on behalf of the government. View Full Post
Top 10 Anti-Bribery/Anti-Corruption Developments in Canada in 2017 By Cyndee Todgham Cherniak from Canada-U.S. Blog Canada is not known for developments in anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws.  However, 2017 has been a busy year of advancements and developments.  Looking back on 2017, persons with a real and substantial link to Canada should be more concerned about compliance with Canada’s anti-bribery laws. View Full Post