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Food & Beverage Litigation Update | August 2017

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has sent a letter to Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), calling for an investigation into the use of phthalates in food and fast-food packaging. Citing a...more

Limited Time Remaining To Help Shape Maryland's Nutrient Trading Program

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

There are only a few weeks left for the public to comment on the Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE) recently issued draft regulations establishing Maryland’s Water Quality Nutrient and Sediment Trading and Offset...more

The Love/Hate Relationship Between Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Industries

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Here at GSB, we work with those in the cannabis industry (like producers, processors, retailers and ancillary service providers) and those in the alcoholic beverage industry (like wineries, breweries, distilleries, hotels and...more

Oregon Legislature Takes Up Cider Bill

For several decades in Oregon, production of alcoholic beverages has firmly occupied the shifting regulatory border between agricultural and commercial uses, the latter of which Oregon law discourages or prohibits on...more

Interested in a Crop-Share Lease?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

How to be sure it is fair for the landowner and tenant - A cash land lease is a simple method of permitting one party to farm lands owned by another party. The tenant pays rent to the landowner, farms the land, and...more

Renewable Energy Developers ? Beware of your Land Options

by White & Case LLP on

Four Arrows Investments 68 v Abigail Construction (20470/2014) [2015] ZASCA 121 - In a recent judgment the Supreme Court of Appeal held that any sale of a portion of agricultural land, whether conditional or not, shall...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

by McGuireWoods LLP on

With the budget finalized and signed by the Governor last Friday, the General Assembly has turned its attention to adjournment. On Wednesday, the Senate Rules Chairman, Sen. Tom Apodaca (R-Henderson) introduced Senate Joint...more

MDARD Workgroup Recommends Legislation to Support Urban Livestock Operations

by Varnum LLP on

Property owners who want to start or expand commercial livestock operations are required to go through a site verification process designed to ensure compliance with Michigan’s Generally Accepted Agricultural Management...more

Growing Michigan - Fourth Quarter 2014

by Varnum LLP on

In This Issue: - GAPPs Improve Michigan Food Processing - 30 Projects Announced to Support Michigan Specialty Crop Growers - Proposed Privacy Fences Around Michigan Apiaries - Great Lakes Ag-Tech...more

The Grapes of Wrath Part II - A Return to Horne

by Nossaman LLP on

In June of last year, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Horne v. Department of Agriculture holding that California raisin handlers could assert a takings claim as an affirmative defense to an enforcement...more

Oregon Court Limits Agri-tourism at Farm Stands

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

A land use decision by the Oregon Court of Appeals could impact farm marketing activities across the state, imposing new permitting requirements and forcing changes to business operations. The case, Greenfield v....more

McAfee & Taft AgLINC - Fall 2013: More than just a handshake - Due diligence, purchase contract required for real estate purchases

by McAfee & Taft on

In western Oklahoma, where this author was born and raised, a handshake is often all that takes place to solidify a deal for the sale or purchase of a piece of land. The need for a purchase contract or anything other than a...more

Solar Project Prevails Over Williamson Act, CEQA Claims in Save Panoche Valley

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

A recent California appellate decision broke new ground for solar energy developers by upholding a County’s decision to cancel numerous Williamson Act contracts and approve a large solar project despite potentially...more

Supreme Court Holds Temporary Flooding Can Be A Taking

by Brad Kuhn on

After passing on a number of Fifth Amendment issues in recent history, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear three cases this term in which the takings clause plays a prominent role. And today, the Court addressed the...more

Court Decision on Loss of Goodwill Results in Sour Grapes for Business Owners

by Brad Kuhn on

California is one of only a few states in which a business may recover for loss of goodwill when property is taken by eminent domain, but even here there are limitations on a business' right to recover for such damages. ...more

SB 618 Provides Limited Williamson Act Relief for Solar Developers

Just signed by Governor Brown, SB 618 (Wolk) creates, for the first time, an explicit mechanism for landowners and solar developers to remove non-prime agricultural land from existing Williamson Act contracts in order to use...more

Combating Childhood Obesity: a survey of laws affecting the built environments of low-income and minority children

by Raymond Lindholm on

Childhood overweight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions, with nearly one out of every three children in the United States being affected. That factors in the built environment are closely correlated to childhood...more

Renewables Update May 2011

by Caroline Buchan on

PLANNING SCOTLAND'S RENEWABLE FUTURE With the SNP winning a historic 69 seats, we take a look at what the re-elected Scottish Government will need to do to the planning system if their ambitious renewables targets are to be...more

Trouble on the Range or a Green Opportunity? How the State's Budget Woes are Creating Both Challenges and Opportunities For...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

While there are signs that the greater economy may be turning a corner, the State of California continues to struggle with its finances in the wake of the economic downturn. Indeed, despite all the political wrangling and...more

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