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TSCA Reform Presents Solutions and Questions for Industry

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the first amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) since its passage in 1976. The amendments...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - August 2015

This Newsletter Aims to keep those in the food industry up to speed on developments in food labeling and nutritional content litigation. RECENT SIGNIFICANT RULINGS - Class Certification Denied In Popcorners “All...more

Forum Selection For SEC Cases – District Court or Administrative Proceeding?

In late September the SEC filed a settled insider trading case against an associate of an unregistered investment adviser. In the Matter of Richard O’Leary, Adm. Proc. File No. 3-16166 (September 25, 2014). The next week the...more

Banks’ High Cost of Doing Business with the Marijuana Industry

In 1996, California voters passed Proposition 215, making it the first state to allow for the medical use of marijuana. To date, a total of twenty-one states and the District of Columbia allow for comprehensive public medical...more

Federal Circuit Decision Settles GAO/COFC Split on Agency’s Use of Cooperative Agreements

In March, the Federal Circuit settled a split between the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) and the Court of Federal Claims that focused on the gray area between cooperative agreements and procurement contracts. Siding...more

Industry Group To Weigh In On GMO Labeling Debate

With the rise in state legislative efforts to require labeling for foods produced using genetic engineering or “GMOs,” the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is poised to enter the labeling debate by working with federal...more

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Are Now Operating in Arizona

On December 3, 2012, an Arizona Superior Court judge issued an order holding that the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) does not preempt the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. Three days later, the first medical marijuana...more

Generic Drug Law Update -- November 2012: New Bill Seeks to Expand Manufacturers Post-Sale Pharmacovigilance Duties

Democratic legislators in both houses of Congress introduced legislation that seeks to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in PLIVA, Inc. v. Mensing, 131 S.Ct. 2567 (2011), which bars state law tort suits against...more

ABA seeks broad CFPB preemption ruling

In August, the CFPB issued a notice seeking public comment on its plans to determine whether certain provisions of Maine and Tennessee laws relating to unclaimed gift cards are preempted by federal law on gift card expiration...more

D.R. Horton Decision on Class Action Waivers in Mandatory Arbitration Agreements Draws Decidedly Negative Reaction from Federal...

In January, we reported on the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) controversial decision in D.R. Horton, Inc. and the broad implications that it had for both union and non-unionized workforces. The NLRB’s decision in...more

New Jersey Legislature Amends Stored Value Card Abandonment Law

On June 29, 2012, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law legislation amending New Jersey’s unclaimed property law relating to the escheat of abandoned stored value cards (SVCs) to the state. Under the...more

Summary of CFPB Notice of Intent for Gift Card Preemption Determinations

On August 21, 2012, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) published a notice of intent to make a preemption determination on whether provisions of abandoned property laws in Maine and Tennessee relating to gift...more

CFPB to make first preemption determinations

The CFPB intends to determine whether certain provisions of Maine and Tennessee laws relating to unclaimed gift cards are preempted by federal law on gift card expiration dates. The CFPB’s rulings will represent the agency’s...more

TUPE: Service Provision Change - Do we need this provision?

Under the previous 1981 Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 (TUPE) and the EU Acquired Rights Directive (ARD) it was not clear whether the definition of a relevant transfer caught...more

BLG Monthly Update for June 2012

Bad prison food, compensation for sex on the job and neat contracts cases: all this and more in the BLG Monthly Update for June 2012!...more

State Claims Related to Renewal of FEMA "Write Your Own" Floor Insurance Programs are Federally Preempted

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit last week held that any state claim related to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) “Write Your Own” (WYO) flood insurance program is preempted by federal law if it...more

More Thoughts On Bartlett

Our initial post about Bartlett v. Mutual Pharmaceutical Co., ___ F.3d ___, 2012 WL 1522004 (1st Cir. May 2, 2012), was more or less a crie de coeur over what we saw as an essentially absurd result: that while a simple...more

How will the West Virginia Court rule in the wake of Concepcion and Marmet?

Over the past decade, arbitration under the Federal Arbitration Act1 (“FAA”) has been the subject of much debate and discussion among courts across the United States, including both the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals...more

State-by-State Differences in Retailer Enforcement

Welcome to the next monthly installment in FDA's enforcement of regulated tobacco products. This month we will examine some of the differences found between different states in FDA enforcement actions against...more

Court Affirms Injunction Against NJ Unclaimed Property Law

In 2010, New Jersey’s unclaimed property statute was amended to provide for the custodial escheat of stored value cards (“SVCs”).  The New Jersey Retail Merchants Association, the New Jersey Food...more

Federal Meat Inspection Act's Broad Preemption Confirmed by US Supreme Court

In an unusual show of unanimity, the United States Supreme Court in National Meat Association v. Harris recently struck down a California state penal statute that had attempted to regulate the slaughter of swine in...more

A flurry of federal data security and data breach notification bills introduced into Congress

Recent high profile data breaches and increased attention to the protection of consumers’ personal information has intensified the momentum towards enactment of a federal data security and data breach notification law....more

Supreme Court Holds That the Federal Arbitration Act Preempts State Law Limitations on Arbitration Agreements

In a much-anticipated decision regarding class actions and arbitration, the U.S. Supreme Court held on April 27, 2011, that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts state contract law limitations on the enforceability of...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Medicare Act’s Exhaustion Requirements And Preemption Provision Bar Plaintiffs’ Common Law Claims

At long last, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its second opinion in the Uhm v. Humana, Inc., -- F.3d -- (9th Cir. 2010), matter, which found the Medicare Act's exhaustion requirements and preemption provision barred...more

Ninth Circuit Reverses Tax Court on Including Stock Option Costs in Cost-Sharing Agreement: A Tale of Two Regulations

On May 27, in a 2-1 panel decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the United States Tax Court in Xilinx, Inc. v. Commissioner and remanded on two specific issues. The Ninth Circuit held that, under Treasury...more

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