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Fiat Chrysler installed 'engine management' software on more than 100,000 of its diesel vehicles, allowing them to release increased pollutants, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The software was installed on 2014, 2015, and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks, the EPA says, and resulted in extra emissions of nitrogen oxide, a toxic pollutant and one of the main contributors to smog.

The accusations harken back to Volkswagen's emissions fraud, which was discovered in September 2015. There, Volkswagen used "defeat devices" to evade emissions test, allowing its "clean diesel" cars to otherwise emit illegal levels of pollution.

Global Cybersecurity Threats Are Coming

In a world connected through the internet, satellites, cell zones, and wireless networks, cybersecurity threats can come from virtually anywhere and affect almost anybody.

This is especially true in the United States, where even the recent presidential election was affected by email hacks and security breaches. Cyber-espionage has become the weapon of choice for some governments.

In the breach, lawyers and their clients may want to consider cybersecurity laws taking shape in many parts of the world. Winston and Strawn partner Lisa Thomas lays out a global roadmap for the coming years:

The federal regulatory environment is primed for some significant changes. With a new Congress beginning its first session today, and a new presidential administration beginning in just a few weeks, there's a lot of regulatory shifts coming -- even if those changes don't come immediately.

Yet, if change is certain, the shape that it will come in isn't. We don't know, for example, how Dodd-Frank will mutate in the new political climate, or what a company's legal obligations will be under a post-Obamacare regime. But that doesn't mean you're completely rudderless. Thomson Reuters has a handy map for managing regulatory change and its ensuing risks. (Alright, it's an infographic, not a map.) Here's a brief overview of the steps.

The election of Donald Trump in November means that government regulatory programs could undergo a massive shift in the near future, as industries are deregulated, government enforcement priorities are shifted, and federal rules are rolled back.

But don't expect things to change instantly come Inauguration Day. When it comes to your compliance regime, the best strategy is to stay the course, according to experts.

The president-elect announced last Friday that Donald F. McGahn would be joining his new administration as White House counsel. McGahn is a long-time D.C. insider, a partner at Jones Day, who spent five years on the Federal Election Commission and was once chief counsel for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

During the election, McGahn led Jones Day's work for the Trump campaign, making his transition into a White House role natural. Indeed, McGahn had been connected to the new president for quite some time. His uncle, Patrick McGahn, represented Donald Trump when he first began investing in real estate in Atlantic City.

Over the past few weeks, we've been looking at questions about the federal climate post-January 20th, the day when President-elect Donald Trump becomes just President Trump. What will happen to the Affordable Care Act? Will Dodd-Frank be dismantled? How will the Supreme Court change under a Trump appointee?

Here's another question for the list: Will we all die in a desert hellscape, having given up our last best chance at an international fight against climate change? Hopefully not. Though Donald Trump has called global warming a hoax and pledged to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accords, the business community is currently lobbying to change his mind -- and he might be open to hearing them out.

During his campaign, Trump promised to repeal, relax, or replace much of the modern regulatory state. He would be a bull in a china shop, and now that he's been elected, many are wondering just what is going to break, and when.

Will he be able to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act? Will Dodd-Frank be scrapped? And what might happen to international trade deals and domestic civil rights regulations?

Last December, 195 nations reached a historic agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change. The Paris Climate Change Agreement marked the most aggressive, concerted action the international community has taken to addressing the climate crisis, but the agreement didn't go into effect automatically. First, it needed to be ratified by at least 55 countries, representing at least 55 percent of global emissions.

That threshold was crossed in early October, as ratification by European countries, India, Canada, Bolivia, and Nepal brought more than 55 percent of global emissions under the agreement's umbrella. As a result, the Paris Agreement will enter into legal effect on November 4th. But what will this intergovernmental accord mean for private businesses?

Bribery costs an estimated $1 trillion a year and U.S. companies that engage in bribery abroad can suffer significant financial penalties under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

But bribery risks aren't spread out evenly; some areas are corruption hotspots, while others are relatively corruption free. Here are some ways to tell the difference.

OSHA has revised its guidance on settlement agreements in whistleblower cases, taking a stricter approach to what provisions can be included in OSHA-approved settlements.

OSHA's new guidance, part of the revisions to its Whistleblower Investigations Manual, parallels efforts by the SEC to combat agreements that could impede employees from reporting violations to the government.