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What would be the grounds for the US Chamber of Commerce to sue the FTC over its new rule concerning noncompetes?

Recently the Federal Trade Commission narrowly banned noncompetes in the United States, a move I believe they've been considering for a while. The Chamber of Commerce immediately stated they intended ...
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Has the US government said anything about forcing Apple to have multiple app stores on their devices?

The UK has passed/will pass a law forcing Apple to give users the option to switch between multiple app stores (for example, the Microsoft and Samsung app stores), but only in the UK so far. Has the U....
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Are any U.S. groups pushing for special licenses for large trucks and SUVs?

A French lawmaker has called for a requirement that drivers of consumer trucks and SUVs acquire a special license, in light of how large and dangerous the vehicles have become in recent years. https://...
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Turned away for medical service at private urgent care due to being enrolled in medicare even with private insurance

I just had a very annoying experience. I was turned away from a private urgent care facility (run by a very large chain) because I was enrolled in Medicare A and/or B (but not because of Medicare ...
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Deep sea mining, what is the international law/treaty situation?

First, the negative view: Crunch talks due on deep-sea mining controversy - BBC News Scientists fear a possible "goldrush" for precious metals beneath the oceans could have devastating ...
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Are there countries that have drastically reduced regulations on childcare in order to make it more affordable?

Pretty much every developed country struggles with high costs on childcare. But only 3 approaches that I think can reduce the (visible) cost to parents: Invite more foreign workers from countries ...
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Uninsured motor vehicle drivers in the USA - why is the liability insurance requirement not enforced better?

In the USA, like in many other countries, liability insurance is mandatory for motor vehicles in almost every state. However, a significant number of drivers drive without insurance: Despite laws ...
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What is the typical timeframe it takes the European Parliament to regulate important software usage aspects?

Context According to Euronews, at least one EU parliamentary is arguing for better regulation surrounding AI products: An EU official has said proposed rules regulating artificial intelligence (AI) ...
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Why does Ontario have a quota on milk production?

According to a recent news article: Canadian dairy farmer is speaking out after being forced to dump thousands of liters of milk after exceeding the government’s production quota. In a video shared ...
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Federal government's power to mandate the sale of specific product

Can the Federal government (Congress/agency) mandate that private firms offer a specific product? Example: Seller of wood tables MUST also offer plastic table. OR... All hardware stores (defined ...
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Are commercially initiated charitable donations subject to regulation in the UK?

I find that when I make purchases, pay for restaurant meals, make hotel reservations etc I am increasingly being asked if I wish to make a very small donation to charity - usually of an amount less ...
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Which politicians are driving residential lawn bans in California?

Governor Newsom instituted a lawn ban on commercial properties. A few months later, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California proposed once-per-week irrigation rules, which, if enforced, ...
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Does China (still) use non-public trade regulations (neibu cankao), thus avoiding WTO scrutiny?

According to a 2014 paper by US law professor: many WTO violations take place in the interstices of law, areas where government officials exercise discretion: whether or not to register a foreign ...
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Do EU regulations define the term "recession"?

At least one Eurostat publication uses the following def of recession: A recession is normally defined in terms of zero or negative growth of GDP in at least two successive quarters. And they cite a ...
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"Make the net neutral again" Has the Biden administration successfully restored US internet neutrality? Safeguards in place to keep it that way?

Chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) (2017 to 2021) Ajit Pai had been outspoken against net neutrality since at least 2014 and once head of the FCC worked to undo it: Net ...
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Progress moving US oil and gas pipeline cybersecurity regulation and oversight from the TSA to the DOE? (HR 370)

Politico's 2022-03-17 ‘TSA has screwed this up’: Pipeline cyber rules hitting major hurdles describes challenges to getting computer systems that control oil and gas pipelines to quickly meet ...
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Why must Canadian cannabis be packaged in child-proof containers, but not Alcohol/Tobacco?

The Cannabis Act and the Cannabis Regulations lay out a set of guidelines that regulate the packaging requirements for Cannabis distribution in the country. Among the more basic and expected ...
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Are regulatory agencies required to report issues outside of their jurisdiction to other appropriate agencies?

Are US Federal regulatory agencies required to report violations outside their jurisdiction to other appropriate Federal regulatory agencies? Let's say, for instance, OSHA raided your factory and ...
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Can the US government mandate what people are allowed to eat?

Can the government have a food mandate, which decides what we can or cannot eat to "keep us healthy"? Considering that 2/3 of Americans are either obese or overweight, a food mandate sounds ...
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Have any public figures faced any consequences for breaking pandemic rules, especially their own?

I know worldwide many leaders have been caught hypocritically breaking their own pandemic rules or ignoring their own guidelines. I won't name names to keep this neutral, but I'm sure we can all ...
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Has OSHA discussed why it missed Biden’s mask mandate deadline?

The day after President Biden took office, he issued an executive order instructing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to consider instituting a mask mandate in workplaces: The ...
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What does the Texas Reliability Entity do exactly? Can it enforce NERC standards in Texas?

Following the 2005 EPAct, the NERC is authorized to set mandatory reliability standards for power companies subject to FERC's jurisdiction. Texas's ERCOT is itself not subject to FERC regs, but NERC ...
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What does Texas gain from keeping its electrical grid independent?

A recent article by the Texas Tribune explains why Texas has its own electrical grid: The Texas Interconnected System — which for a long time was actually operated by two discrete entities, one for ...
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What is the status of regulation of Social Media Companies in the US?

Twitter and Facebook (and other social media sites) recently became the focus of a lot of attention for the role they did or did not play in allowing the spread of information (or disinformation) ...
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Trump vs Section 230

I see that Trump is against Section 230. As I understand it, it relieves social media platforms from the liability associated with the content shared by 3rd parties, which I think should enable free ...
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Why does regulation and legislation on technology take so long to pass?

The presidential campaign of Andrew Yang shined a light on many of what it considered issues on modern practices of technology, data and the internet in today's society. Regarding 'Big Tech', data ...
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What are the law changes farmers in India are protesting about

Currently farmers in India are protesting some law changes related to farming. Since Punjab is primarily agricultural, the changes are disproportionately affecting Sikhs which has lead to widespread ...
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What powers, if any, does POTUS have to ban fracking on private or state owned property?

One of the flashpoints in the current presidential contest, especially in Pennsylvania, is the issue of fracking. I have no doubt that the President and Federal government maintain jurisdiction over ...
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Why do some states forbid per-kWh by anyone but the utility monopoly?

I was reading this article on EV-charger pricing schemes. There are some vague references to states requiring per-minute pricing, but 0 explanations of that thing. A little research has suggested ...
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Can the US Government demand money in exchange for CFIUS approval?

President Trump said this to reporters today, regarding his phone call with the CEO of Microsoft about Microsoft’s interest in buying Chinese social media company TikTok: I did say that if you buy it,...
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Is it customary (or even allowed at all) for farmers' markets to have live animals on premise, in Europe or North America? [closed]

In a comment on an answer on a recent question, this other question was posed: Is it customary for farmers' markets to have live animals on premise at all, in Europe or North America? not just wild,...
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Is it (still) possible to create an anonymous shell company in the UK? If not, when did they actually implement checks on that?

From "the missing Crypto Queen" (a BBC story on the OneCoin scam): He takes the first one on the list and looks it up on the Companies House website. Everything is meant to be transparent - ...
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Have any governments proposed relaxing drug/vaccine development requirements for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Given that a vaccine or an effective treatment for COVID-19 is the best way out of the current crisis, it seems logical that governments would take a "no holds barred" approach to making it happen as ...
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Has there been any attempt to regulate sugar consumption in the US?

I've been wondering recently why Sugar is seemingly not regulated in the US, despite there being research which links sugar consumption to a host of medical issues from diabetes, heart disease, and ...
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Why are Amex fees allowed in the European Union?

As I was reading this answer on Travel SE, and more specifically this part: In one hotel in London I had to pay 3% extra for using Amex instead of Visa/MC. I started reading some more about this ...
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Why does California seem to have much more aggressive Consumer Protection and Safety Legislation? [closed]

Why does the state of California seem to be so much more aggressive about passing protection/safety legislation? My impression is that they seem to pass consumer protection laws earlier and more ...
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Do any democratic countries have mechanisms to prevent one party from dominating for an extended period?

Is there any country that has constitutional or national law that prevents any party from holding an absolute majority for too long? Examples of various ways how it can be implemented: If a party ...
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Where can I find the final text of EU Deal for Double Food Standards?

This Politico article argues about the EU deal related to Double Food Standards: After fighting long and hard to reach an agreement, the European Commission passed a set of rules last week that ...
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Why do contactless payments without pin code seem to be regulated at national level rather than at bank / customer level?

I have recently checked if I am able to change my contactless without pin limit and realized that this is not an option. So I quickly checked for other countries and it seems to be set by national ...
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Do any jurisdictions seriously consider reclassifying social media websites as publishers?

The US Communications Decency Act of 1996 was the first attempt to regulate pornography on the internet. Moreover, section 230 of the act has been used by internet companies to avoid being ...
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What are US regulators doing about surveillance capitalism?

Recently a UK parliamentary report into social media prompted by the spread of misinformation and privacy scandals have concluded that: Companies like Facebook should not be allowed to behave like ‘...
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Is there an EU law that prevents repair of electrical devices?

I know there's a lot of discussion at the moment of the EU introducing new "right to repair" regulations to try to reduce waste. I was recently told that this is effectively a reversal of existing ...
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What caused the political interest in recreational substance control in the 1930s?

The 1930s featured an interest in Washington of controlling recreational drugs. Before the 1930s recreational drugs were only outlawed sporadically and by individual states. In the 1930s this changed ...
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Why does Virginia allow driving without vehicle liability insurance by paying an "Uninsured Motor Vehicle fee"?

In the US state of Virginia, like in most countries/states in the world, liability insurance is mandatory for (drivers of) motor vehicles. However, unlike other countries, it is allowed to drive ...
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Is food additive usage unified across the EU (except for traditional foods)?

Some time ago I saw on the news a person arguing about the differences between food additives (Es) within EU, focusing on the fact that some countries allow more additive than others. This EU ...
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Does the US government tell companies like Youtube, Facebook, Apple, and Spotify what to do?

Recently some of Alex Jones's accounts were banned from Apple, Youtube, Spotify, and Facebook. These are private companies but it has been suggested that (in this instance, and also in general) these ...
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Why did the EU Council also suggest homeopathic products to treat animals beside conventional drugs?

This EU Council Regulation from 1999 argues about organic livestock production regulation: (..) when animals become sick or injured, they should be treated immediately by giving preference to ...
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How does the EU allocate food quotas to individual countries/producers?

The EU regulates food imports by publishing a list of quotas for each food category and country of manufacture. Some of the quotas are also available to any country worldwide rather than a specific ...
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How are GDPR fines actually enforced for US companies with no physical presence in the EU?

GDPR is a hot topic since it will start being enforced from 25 May 2018. One of the most important characteristics of this regulation is that it also applies to companies outside the EU: A major ...
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Why is EU so prolific with its regulations? [closed]

There seems to be a broad eurosceptic mood across Europe. Much of the anger at the EU is expressed in frustration at various EU regulations. There seems to be a risk of disintegration of the EU. If ...
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