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Texas Supreme Court Rules Pipeline Can Take Land by Eminent Domain

On January 6, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that the Denbury Green Pipeline-Texas LLC (“Denbury Green”) could take private property by eminent domain. In Denbury Green Pipeline-Texas LLC v. Texas Rice Land Partners Ltd., the...more

FDA Clarifies “Intended Use” Regulations: Knowledge Alone ? Intent, But Knowledge Certainly Can Be One Element in Establishing the...

In its January 9, 2017 final rule addressing when tobacco products may be regulated as drugs, devices, or combination products, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA” or “The Agency”) amended the intended use regulations for...more

Supreme Court to Review SEC Enforcement Limitations

On Friday, January 13, the Supreme Court granted certiorari to resolve a Circuit split on the extent to which SEC enforcement actions are restricted by the five-year statute of limitations in 28 U.S.C. § 2462. Section...more

Making Tequila and Pisco Shots Safe From Confusion

The United States Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) cancelled the registration for the mark PORTÓN last week, finding it to be confusingly similar to the senior mark PATRÓN. Patrón...more

Minnesota Discovers Limits To Its Regulator’s Power Over Insurers

In Minnesota, the Commissioner of the Department of Commerce regulates the insurance industry, and he has a statutory right to conduct investigations “related to the duties and responsibilities entrusted to” him. Last month,...more

The Tenth Circuit Rules SEC Administrative Judges Are Unconstitutional, Setting Up Potential Supreme Court Review

The constitutionality of the SEC’s in-house administrative proceedings is in doubt following the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling in Bandimere v. SEC. In Bandimere, a three-judge panel held, by a 2-1 decision, that SEC...more

Keeping Up with the Drones(es)

For the U.K., Amazon drone delivery has left the realm of fantasy and become a reality. On December 14, Amazon announced that it successfully completed its first delivery using an automated drone in Cambridge in the U.K. (In...more

Not So Fast: The Tenth Circuit Creates a Split by Denying the Constitutionality of the SEC’s Administrative Law Judges

Just before the clock struck 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit weighed in on the constitutionality of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC” or “Commission”) administrative...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 8, Issue 1

The Top 10 New York Tax Highlights of 2016 - It’s the New Year, and before we begin afresh, we look back at this past year with our list of the Top 10 New York tax highlights of 2016. 1. The New York State Tax...more

SEC Watchdog to Watch Watchdog

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has established a dedicated team charged specifically with inspecting FINRA and other FINRA-related work. This follows through on the SEC’s...more

Circuits Split - Tenth Holds SEC ALJs Unconstitutional

The Tenth Circuit recently held that the SEC’s in-house judges are “inferior officers” hired in violation of Article II’s Appointment Clauses, creating a split with the D.C. Circuit over the issue. The Tenth Circuit held...more

Texas Court of Appeals Hands Down Instructive Administrative Law Opinion

A recent Texas Court of Appeals decision, EATX Coffee, LLC v. Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, provides an important reminder of how principles of administrative law may check the current trend towards “regulation by...more

10th Circuit Finds SEC Administrative Proceedings are Unconstitutional

The Appointments Clause of the US Constitution requires that “inferior officers” be appointed by the President, department heads or courts of law. SEC administrative law judges, or ALJs, are not appointed by the SEC – they...more

Amazon’s First Drone Delivery

Amazon’s Prime Air took off on its first fully autonomous package delivery flight. While there have been many hurdles for Amazon’s drone package delivery initiative in the United States, that has not stopped them in other...more

French Administrative Supreme Court clarifies its interpretation of the validity of an arbitration award

French Administrative Supreme Court clarifies its interpretation of the validity of an arbitration award rendered in a dispute involving an administrative contract - On 9 November 2016, the Plenary Session (Assemblée du...more

Homebuilder Guaranty Fund Claims, an Informal Way for Home Purchasers to File Claims Against Homebuilders

If someone who purchases a home believes their home was improperly constructed, they may file a claim against the Homebuilder Guarantee Fund to recover any monetary losses they suffer. In order to recover from the...more

Competition for Medical Marijuana Permits Gets Tighter

At a news briefing yesterday held by Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Karen Murphy, the state announced that it will be issuing up to 27 dispensary permits and 12 growers/processor permits as part of the initial phase of the...more

FAA’s Drone Efforts Audited by the OIG

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its recent audit of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), “FAA Lacks A Risk-Based Oversight Process For Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems,”...more

Former CFO Awarded $1.9 Million In SOX Case

An ALJ at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently ruled that a former CFO was entitled to approximately $1.9 million in back pay, front pay, and compensatory damages, concluding that he was retaliated against in violation...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 7, Issue 12

NYC ALJ Holds That Consulting Firm May Source Receipts Based on Location of Independent Contractors - The nature of the services performed by a corporation, and how that corporation should source its receipts from those...more

FAA Sends Proposed Rule for Drone Flights over People to the White House OIRA

Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed a new rule for performance-based standards and means-of-compliance for operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones’) over people who are not...more

Retroactive Tax Law Upheld, Circuit Court Jurisdiction Limited

Before 2014, Alabama sales tax applied only to the sale of prepaid calling cards or authorization numbers, pursuant to Ala. Code §40-23-1(a)(13). In 2014, the Alabama Legislature amended the above statute to “clarify” that it...more

FERC Enforcement Releases 2016 Annual Report

On November 17, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC or “Commission”) Office of Enforcement (“Enforcement”) released its annual Report on Enforcement (the “2016 Report”). This year’s report is the 10th such...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - November 2016

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset managers and...more

Forgiving Fines: The NYC Amnesty Program

In an effort to collect more than one billion dollars in outstanding fines, the City of New York is offering an amnesty program that allows participants to resolve violations received from various City agencies, including the...more

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