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Even Further Down the Rabbit Hole: New EU Legislation Adds to GMO Quagmire

A vote by European Union (EU) lawmakers in mid-January gave individual governments within the 28-nation bloc the authority to decide whether genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can be grown and cultivated within their...more

End of 2014 Tax Law Changes

ABLE Accounts: A new law titled “Achieving a Better Life Experience” (ABLE) allows the establishment of tax-free accounts that can be used to save for disability-related expenses. ABLE accounts can be created by individuals...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The House and Senate were busy this week with numerous subcommittee and committee meetings – ethics reform, surface water withdrawal, Pollution Control Act/DHEC Board review, and budget deliberations were a few of the items...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court Applies Pollution Exclusion to Well Contaminated with Manure

Recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court held that the pollution exclusion applies to well water contamination arising from the application of manure to nearby farmland, relieving a general liability insurer of its duty to...more

Consultation Draft Rules Issued by the China Securities Regulatory Commission Regarding Foreign Investment in Futures Contracts

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) has issued draft rules for consultation purposes relating to the proposed investment by foreign investors and dealing by foreign brokerages in futures contracts in the...more

January 2015: EU Litigation Update

Second Helping—The EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeals Hears Tomatoes/Broccoli II. On October 27, 2014 the Enlarged Board of Appeals of the European Patent Office (EBoA) heard the two appeals against the Opposition Division’s...more

China Regulator Proposes to Permit Designated Domestic Futures Contracts to be Traded by Foreigners

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) is soliciting public comment on proposed rules (Interim Measures) that would open Chinese futures markets to direct trading by non-Chinese persons apparently for both...more

State of the GMO Union

Just how hot is GMO-labeling legislation? On Jan. 6, 2015, a Republican state senator introduced just such a bill - in Indiana, the nation’s breadbasket. Still, federal legislation on both sides of the issue has stalled, the...more

EPA Describes New Registration as Safer for Bees

On January 21, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is registering a new insecticide, flupyradifurone, which EPA claims is “safer for bees” and will be “an alternative to more toxic products...more

Ruling Applies RCRA to Dairy Practices for the First Time

Community Ass’n for Restoration of the Envt. v. Cow Palace, The Dolsen Companies, and Three D, Case No. 13-3016 (E.D. Wash.) On January 14, 2015, Judge Thomas O. Rice of the Eastern District of Washington ruled that...more

EPA’s Recently Released Revised Human Health Risk Assessment for Chlorpyrifos Reflects New Implementation of EPA Policy

The spray drift and volatilization policies were discussed in an October 2014 webinar and discussed in our September 17, 2014, memorandum. EPA’s Revised Risk Assessment Methods for Workers, Children of Workers in Agricultural...more

Federal Court Ruling Expands RCRA Authority By Declaring Manure A RCRA Solid Waste

On January 14, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington granted summary judgment in a case against a dairy farm and declared manure from the farm’s livestock is a solid waste under the Resource...more

Treasury Department Eases Cuba Sanctions

New Rules Open Opportunities for Exports, Financial Services, and Travel- On January 16, 2014, the U.S. Treasury Department issued new sanctions regulations easing the 54-year old Cuban embargo. Coming in the wake of...more

Dairy Industry Case Study: Price Forecasting and Optimization

U.S. dairy farmers wanted to know if they were receiving fair market value pricing for their milk and if structural factors could be changed to improve economic standing going forward. Company U.S. dairy farmers (both...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - January 2015

In This Issue: - RECENT SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS AND RULINGS ..Extra Virgin Olive Oil Complaint Beats Motion to Dismiss ..Honest Tea Defeats Motion to Dismiss ..Gerber Wins Summary Judgment...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - December 2014 # 3

In This Issue: - RECENT SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS AND RULINGS ..“Wildly Nutritious” Fruit Lawsuit Ends With Dole’s Victory on Summary Judgment ..Chocolate Case Tapered and Stayed Pending Ninth...more

Product labeling requirements aren't all black and white

Your company has created and developed a new, innovative product. You’ve tested your product, you’ve adopted a new trademark, and you’re ready to begin manufacturing. The remaining steps of preparing your product for sale,...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court: Pollution Exclusion Bars Coverage for Well Contamination Resulting from the Application of Manure and...

In Wilson Mutual Ins. Co. v. Robert Falk and Jane Falk, 2013AP691 & 2013AP776, and Preisler v. Kuettel’s Septic Serv., 2012AP2521, the Wisconsin Supreme Court sought to resolve conflicting court of appeals’ decisions on...more

Local Agencies that Can Recover Fees Through Prop 218 Process are Ineligible for State Reimbursements

Decision from the Commission on State Mandates - Several agricultural water suppliers seeking reimbursement for state-mandated activities under the Water Conservation Act of 2009 are ineligible to receive state...more

USDA Revises Renewable Energy Loan Guarantees

On December 29, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the final rule for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP is intended to help mainly businesses, as well as some state, local, and tribal...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court Holds Pollution Exclusion Applicable to Cow Manure Claims

In its recent decision in Wilson Mut. Ins. Co. v. Falk, 2014 WI 136, the Wisconsin Supreme Court had occasion had occasion to consider whether cow manure generated at a dairy farm, and which migrates from the insured’s...more

Uncovering Factory Farming - The Effects of Ag Gag Laws [Video]

Ag-Gag laws, or whistleblower laws specific to the factory farming industry, have been prevalent in recent news as new laws are both enacted and struck down in states across the nation. These laws illuminate the...more

Remember, The Massachusetts Minimum Wage Increased January 1, 2015

On January 1, 2015, the Massachusetts minimum wage increased from $8.00 to $9.00 per hour. This is the first of three annual minimum wage rate hikes that Massachusetts employers will face due to legislation signed into law...more

Blog: Appellants File Supplemental Brief Opposing Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirement

In the final week of 2014, appellants National Association of Manufacturers, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Business Roundtable filed their supplemental brief in the conflict minerals case, National Association of...more

PA Supreme Court Declines to Extend Multiple Trigger Theory to Property Damage Claims

Where an insured loss causes damages that straddle multiple policy periods, insurers and insureds must determine which policies are implicated. Clear rules regarding “trigger” of coverage benefit policyholders seeking to...more

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