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Petroleum Licenses in the UK: Contract or Regulation?

Under the Petroleum Act 1998, the Secretary of State is authorized to grant licenses for the exploitation and production of hydrocarbons. The legal characteristic of such licenses has been an open question. If petroleum...more

Advanced Weather Data: Vital for the Future of Commercial Drone Operations

Back in December 2016, Amazon executed its first customer delivery by drone in the United Kingdom. Now, as Amazon, and other large retailers, aim for widespread deployment of drones for the delivery of goods to consumers, it...more

UK Publishes Draft Legislation Prohibiting the Manufacture and Supply of Cosmetic Products Containing Microbeads

by Hogan Lovells on

On 11 September 2017, the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) published draft regulations prohibiting the manufacture and supply of rinse-off personal care products containing microbeads. The draft...more

No Twist on Pretzel Crisps on Remand

In a 54 page decision issued on September 6, 2017, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) ended (again) a long-standing dispute between snack food makers Frito-Lay, Inc. (“Frito”) and Princeton Vanguard, LLC...more

Lack of Quorum Costs East Kentucky Power Cooperative in PURPA Dispute

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) recently restored its quorum with the swearing in of Commissioners Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson, but the casualties from the six-month, quorumless...more

Significant Changes In Anti-Bribery Laws In Mexico And Colombia Signal A New Commitment To Anti-Corruption Efforts

by Morgan Lewis on

For companies with global operations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is no longer the only anticorruption law of significance. Mexico and Colombia recently enacted sweeping anti-corruption legislation aimed at...more

5th Circuit Hints SEC ALJs Unconstitutional

by Burr & Forman on

In an Opinion highlighting the Circuit split over the constitutionality of SEC administrative law judges (“ALJs”), the Fifth Circuit recently stayed an FDIC civil-penalty and bar order against a Bank director, pending...more

Ontario Provincial Government outlines plan for retail and online distribution of cannabis

by Dentons on

On September 8, 2017, Ontario became the first province or territory in Canada to comprehensively outline its proposed plan in respect of the sale and distribution of recreational cannabis which is currently scheduled to...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | September 2017 #2

FDA Seeks Comment on Regulation Changes for "Meaningful Burden Reduction" - Implementing an executive order titled "Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs," the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has...more

ITC Issues First Exclusion Order on SEPs and Upcoming Opinion Expected To Provide Important Guidance on FRAND and SEPs

The decision in U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation Certain Magnetic Data Storage Tapes and Cartridges Containing the Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-1012 (“1012 Investigation”), is still confidential, but the ITC...more

US Customs and Border Protection Issues First Final Determination of Antidumping Duty Evasion Using New Statute and Regulations

by White & Case LLP on

Enforcement of US trade remedy laws is heating up. Less than one year after publishing August 22, 2016 regulations to implement Section 421 of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, commonly known as the...more

Duka Beats Fraud Charge in SEC Administrative Court

Barbara Duka was an employee of Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. The SEC contended that Duka loosened S&P’s methodology for rating commercial mortgage-backed securities to help the company generate ratings business from...more

WTO Panel Report: Indonesia – Iron or Steel Products

by White & Case LLP on

Decision - A WTO Panel has dismissed claims against Indonesia under the WTO Agreement on Safeguards on the grounds that the challenged duty was not actually a "safeguard measure". All disputing parties had agreed that the...more

SEC Inspector General Concludes Acting Chairman Piwowar’s Actions Were Lawful

In an investigation conducted at the request of four Senators, the SEC Inspector General concluded “we do not find that Commissioner Piwowar’s actions as Acting Chairman violated any of the laws currently governing the SEC...more

Cherokee Agency and the Standard for Disclosure of Public Records in Tennessee

by Butler Snow LLP on

As statutes go, the Tennessee Public Records Act (TPRA) is fairly straightforward. Under it, “[a]ll state, county, and municipal records shall . . . be open for personal inspection by any citizen of this state[.]” “[T]hose in...more

FDA Delays Start of New Animal Food Inspections

by Barley Snyder on

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced it will delay the date for certain routine regulatory inspections of large animal food facilities until next year....more

Food Safety Plan Builder is Very Helpful, but Not the End of Your Plan

by Barley Snyder on

The Food and Drug Administration has new software to guide you through the creation of a food safety plan. But just because you follow it, doesn’t mean you’re automatically compliant with all federal regulations....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Breakingviews suggests that the devil is definitely in the details in Sempra Energy’s apparent winning bid for Oncor. Control of the company, for example, isn’t as simple as it might seem....more

ICI Requests Delay and Re-Examination of Liquidity Risk Management and Reporting Modernization Rules

by Dechert LLP on

In a letter to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton, the Investment Company Institute (ICI) formally requested a delay and re-examination of certain elements of Rule 22e-4 under the Investment...more

ALJ Essex Retires

by Jones Day on

ALJ Essex has retired from the ITC after a decade of service. News of his retirement was provided in notices issued this week by Chief ALJ Bullock in investigations previously assigned to ALJ Essex....more

Check Each Link in the Chain of Title; The Time to Find Out Your Assignor Does Not Exist is Before you Sue

In In re Certain Thermoplastic-Encapsulated Electric Motors, 337-TA-1052, (August 11, 2017), Administrative Judge Dee Lord dismissed Intellectual Ventures II LLC complaint asserting infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,154,200;...more

California Department of Business Oversight wins award for process improvements

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 28, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown’s Office of Business and Economic Development recognized the California Department of Business Oversight for a successful Lean Six Sigma project that dramatically reduced the...more

Three Point Shot - August 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Eastern District Heavyweight Bout Ends in Stunning Trademark Technical Knockout - Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor's late-August 2017 matchup may be the most highly anticipated boxing event in decades. But while "The...more

Massachusetts Issues Proposed Regulations Requiring Remote Sellers to Collect Sales Tax

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We previously reported to you that the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) had revoked Directive 17-1 requiring the collection of Massachusetts sales and use taxes by Internet vendors that meet certain sales thresholds...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | August 2017 #2

Chicago SSB Tax May Cause State to Lose Federal Funding, USDA Warns - According to a warning letter from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) tax that took effect in the Chicago...more

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