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Public Policy Covington helps clients worldwide achieve critical business objectives by combining legal, political, and policy expertise to provide strategic advice and advocacy.
With more than former government officials, diplomats, and regulators backed by global corporate and litigation practices, we turn government-related insight into practical advice for doing business.
A particular strength of our practice is its trans-Atlantic capability. Covington is recognized among the best public policy firms in the U. However complex your problem, and wherever in the world it arises, Covington has the legal knowledge, the policy experience, the political insight, and the relationships to find solutions.
In addition, many on our team have extensive experience with the press, including writing op-ed articles for leading publications e. With a former member of Congress as well as senior staff members to legislators and on numerous committees, we have strong ties to Capitol Hill.
From the executive branch, our team includes former senior officials from the White House and across departments and agencies, including the Departments of Treasury, State, Defense, Justice, Commerce, Labor, and Homeland Security.
Global Public Policy Building a successful global business involves navigating the intersection of law and public policy for every country and every region in which you operate. In Europe, our team includes several former policymakers, such as a former Prime Minister; a former UK Europe and Trade Minister; a former leading member of the European Parliament; the former Permanent Representative of Belgium to the European Union; two former Deputy Directors General of the European Commission; and a renowned leading lawyer in European public affairs.
In Asia, the managing partner of our Beijing office was formerly the Assistant U. Representative Matters Enactment of Trade Secrets Legislation Represented the Protect Trade Secrets Coalition in successfully seeking to enact legislation to create a federal civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation to supplement state-level remedies and testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the need for legislation.
The legislation was enacted in after being passed by the Senate and by the House High-level advocacy before the U. We helped the client: Global regulatory and legislative support A global air cargo company wanted to enhance its political influence as a respected industry voice on public policy issues in order to advance its global business objectives.
We helped the company resolve difficult regulatory disputes in several countries, including a fast-moving dispute in China that endangered its business model. We also achieved legislative success for the company in the U.
Congress on defense policy matters in the authorization bill NDAA. Microsoft public policy and government affairs Microsoft wanted assistance with legal, public policy, and strategic issues.
We support Microsoft on a wide array of policy and legislative issues, including privacy, national security, immigration, tax, and telecommunications, and assist them in gathering political intelligence and advocating before Congress and federal agencies. Strategic advice to multinational corporations facing global market challenges A global food and beverage company faces a variety of challenging legal and policy issues around the world, including international trade, market access, NGO activism, and multiple proposed restrictions to its ability to operate in the marketplace.
We provide both domestic and global strategic counsel and advice and assist them in advancing their legislative and policy objectives.
Air Force weapons acquisition program. Strategic advice in a land-holdings dispute We advised and represented an agro-industrial client dealing with possible expropriation in Colombia of significant portions of its land-holdings.
Strategic intelligence gathering and outreach in Eastern Europe A major energy drinks producer faced a major threat to its market access in an Eastern European country as a result of a legislative proposal.
Using local resources, we collected intelligence on both the content of the proposal and its status, as well as on the relevant stakeholders. With our knowledge of global development programs and agricultural initiatives, we helped identify future markets and consumers through relationships with U.
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Covington led the negotiations leading to the creation of the Pearl Mobile DTV venture, the negotiation of content license agreements, and public policy efforts before Congress and at the White House and the FCC.
Policy advice in South Africa We assisted a large trade association engage with the South African government on a number of issues, including IP and other issues related to the life sciences sector.
Pharmaceutical public policy and government affairs We advise a major pharmaceuticals and health care products company on a wide range of U.
We also provide global public policy advocacy in countries around the world and in international regulatory bodies. Pharmaceutical manufacturer We represented a pharmaceutical manufacturer during debate on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ACA with regard to Medicare payment reform provisions.
The bilateral, government-to-government engagement by senior U. Our activities have included efforts to ensure fair and unbiased regulatory decisions and initiatives to address unwarranted judicial or prosecutorial actions.
Responding to a Congressional Inquiry We represented a regional bank in responding to a congressional inquiry relating to a data breach.
Public policy support for companies facing criminal investigations A company facing a criminal investigation in Latin America turned to us for legal and policy advice.When Bill was a year old, his mother moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, to study nursing. While his mother was away, Bill was being raised by his grandparents.
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and . Legislative Proposal for New Indecency Language in Telecom Bill I. Summary Although the October 16, legislative proposal purports to regulate “. Rulemaking is a process for developing and issuing rules. The rulemaking process can lead to the issuance of a new rule, an amendment to an existing rule, or the repeal of an existing rule.
The bill introduced in the House in June by Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) and Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) (see above discussion of the Bipartisan Bill in Section I.A.2) would force cable operators to pick one of three regulatory options, one of which includes compliance with existing federal indecency rules.
Senator Stevens reportedly has said that a House indecency bill that would raise maximum fines on broadcasters to $, is a priority for the Senate Commerce Committee, but said that "there are still internal discussions" and there is "no consensus" about the final language.