Christine Walz

Christine Walz

Holland & Knight LLP

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UPDATE: D.C. Circuit Clarifies Standard for Required Factual Disclosures

The D.C. Circuit issued its en banc opinion in American Meat Institute v. U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Court agreed with the panel's decision and specifically held that the test for assessing government mandates...more

8/4/2014 - American Meat Institute Commercial Speech Department of Agriculture Disclosure Requirements En Banc Review Food Labeling State Interests

DOJ Regulation Proposes New Closed Captioning Requirements

The Department of Justice has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will establish new closed captioning requirements for movie theaters. This proposed rule has been issued under Title III of the Americans with...more

8/4/2014 - ADA Closed Captioning Disability Disability Discrimination DOJ Title III

Executive Order on Drone Privacy Expected

The Obama Administration informed various sources that President Obama plans to issue an executive order to develop privacy guidelines for using commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) - also referred to as drones....more

7/28/2014 - Drones Executive Orders NTIA Privacy Laws U.S. Commerce Department

D.C. Circuit Rejects Challenge to FAA's Drone Policy as Premature

On Friday, the D.C. Circuit granted the FAA's motion to dismiss a petition for review involving its enforcement policy on unmanned aerial systems, also referred to as drones. The petition was filed by Texas Equusearch, a...more

7/21/2014 - Drones Enforcement FAA Motion to Dismiss Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The New ADA Design and Construction Issue: Website Accessibility

- The DOJ has indicated that it plans on issuing a separate regulation to address website accessibility. However, no official action has been taken since it first sought comments on its proposal for addressing website...more

6/18/2014 - ADA DOJ Public Comment Website Accessibility Website Design Websites

Sixth Circuit Holds Website Cannot Be Liable for Postings, Reversing Lower Court

In an important decision issued today, the Sixth Circuit held that the operators of www.TheDirty.com could not be held liable for postings by third parties on the website. The decision reversed the decision of the Eastern...more

6/17/2014 - Appeals Communications Decency Act Liability TheDirty.Com Third-Party Websites

FAA Opens Door to Approving Commercial Drone Operations

- On June 10, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved the first commercial drone operation over land in the United States. - Current FAA regulations prohibit any use of drones for commercial or business...more

6/11/2014 - Drones FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems

D.C. Court of Appeals Permits Early Anti-SLAPP Appeals for Anonymous Speakers

In a victory for anonymous speech, journalists and free speech advocates, the D.C. Court of Appeals, in John Doe No. 1 v. Burke (No. 13-CV-83), issued its first decision under the D.C. Anti-SLAPP statute....more

5/30/2014 - Anonymity Anti-SLAPP Appeals Blackwater Defamation Wikipedia

Court Allows Agency To Withhold Certain Historical Records Under FOIA

Yesterday, the D.C. Circuit issued a ruling in allowing the CIA to withhold a draft of one volume of a history of the Bay of Pigs Invasion under FOIA Exemption 5, the exemption for "inter-agency or intra-agency memorandums or...more

5/22/2014 - CIA Document Requests Exemptions FOIA Legal History

D.C. Circuit To Consider Requirements For Compelled Disclosures

The D.C. Circuit will rehear American Meat Institute v. U.S. Department of Agriculture en banc later this month. This case presents a First Amendment challenge to a rule requiring that meat products be labeled with precise...more

5/13/2014 - American Meat Institute Country of Origin En Banc Review First Amendment Food Labeling

FOIA Settlement Advances Story on Civil Rights-Era Informant Records

A unique settlement in a Washington, D.C., Freedom of Information Act lawsuit has provided a Memphis newspaper unprecedented access to the FBI's informant records from the civil rights era, including documentation of the U.S....more

1/16/2014 - Civil Rights Act Confidential Sources FBI FOIA NAACP Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Sunshine Act Surveillance

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