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Ohio Medical Marijuana: Status Of The New State Industry

by Roetzel & Andress on

Ohio legalized medical marijuana in the spring of 2016 and has since been developing the Medical Marijuana Control Program (MMCP) to regulate the cultivation, processing, and dispensing of medical marijuana throughout the...more

United States Imposes Additional Sanctions Targeting North Korea

by White & Case LLP on

On September 21, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) entitled "Imposing Additional Sanctions with Respect to North Korea." The EO authorizes the US to impose blocking sanctions on North Korean persons,...more

CFIUS Publishes 2015 Annual Report and 2016 Statistics Amid More Recent Dynamic CFIUS Environment

by White & Case LLP on

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) recently released the public version of its Annual Report covering calendar year 2015 along with some statistics regarding filings in calendar year 2016. By...more

The Smoke Clears? AB 133 Passes - Bill Makes Numerous Changes to California Cannabis Laws — Effective Immediately

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Further amendments to California law regarding licensed commercial cannabis businesses were enacted when Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 133 on Sept.16. Going into effect immediately, AB 133 removes the requirement that different...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Legislative Council Hears State Fiscal Report - On Tuesday, September 19, the Legislative Council...more

Lighting Up Legislation: Regulating Recreational Marijuana in California

by Lewitt Hackman on

California voters legalizing the use of recreational marijuana under Proposition 64, also known as The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) last November is just the beginning. Deciding how cannabis will be grown, sold and...more

The UK Prime Minister's speech in Florence presents a further evolution in the UK Government's stated position

by Hogan Lovells on

We described in our Practical Roadmap to the Negotiations the three possible scenarios: Cliff Edge, Cliff Hanger and Glide Path. Whilst Downing Street's rhetoric has consistently set its preference against the prospect of a...more

Lawsuit Filed Over Florida Medical Marijuana Law – Carve Out License For Black Farmer Alleged To Be Unconstitutional

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A lawsuit was recently filed which challenges the constitutionality of part of the Florida law implementing Amendment Two (medical marijuana). A key part of the law was expanding the number of growing licenses that would be...more

Made in the USA: Executive Order Promotes Strict Adherence to Buy American Laws and Signals Potential Legal Reform in Fall 2017

“It shall be the policy of the executive branch to buy American and hire American.” On April 18, 2017, President Trump announced this policy in an executive order, aptly titled “Buy American and Hire American.” The order...more

Potential regulatory and transactional impacts for financial institutions

by Dentons on

On 29 March 2017 the UK Government triggered Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, giving notice to European Council of the EU of its intention to leave the EU and triggering a two year period of withdrawal...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

French Elections Pave Way for Labor, Tax Reforms

In the months following the election of President Emmanuel Macron, who is perceived as pro-business, as well as a parliamentary election in which the new president’s party won the majority, companies and entrepreneurs have...more

Protection against DOJ interference with state medical cannabis programs extended until Dec. 8

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

A bipartisan short-term funding deal signed into law by President Donald Trump on Sept. 8 extended the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment protections for lawful medical cannabis programs that allow producers, retailers and...more

House Hands SELF DRIVE Act to Senate

by Buchalter on

On September 6, 2017, the House unanimously passed the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution Act (the SELF DRIVE Act), bringing the nation one step closer to an autonomous vehicle reality....more

Senate Passes Increase to Rule 701 Limit

On September 12, 2017, the Senate passed the Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2017 (H.R. 1343) which directs the SEC to revise Rule 701 of the Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act") to increase the threshold that...more

CBP Provides The Trade Community with An Opportunity to Identify Regulatory Burdens for Possible Elimination or Modification

• On September 12, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a Federal Register notice, “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,” to request comments from interested parties on CBP regulations, paperwork...more

Changes to Australia's Media Ownership Regime Pave Way for Mergers and Acquisitions

by Jones Day on

The Australian government has secured the long-awaited support it needed from independent Senate cross-benchers to make sweeping changes to Australia's media ownership laws. ...more

President Trump Blocks Chinese-Funded Acquisition of U.S. Semiconductor Company

• President Trump issued an order prohibiting the proposed $1.3 billion takeover of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, a U.S. company, by Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, Inc., a private equity firm funded by Chinese...more

Alert: Legislature Enacts Changes to Business Corporations Law

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Just before the end of its Spring 2017 term, the Connecticut General Assembly passed HB7311. After the Governor signed HB7311, it became Public Act 17-108 (“P.A. 17-108” or the “Act”). Among other things, P.A. 17-108 enacted...more

Alert: The New Connecticut Uniform Limited Liability Company Act and its Effect on Your Operating Agreement

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

The Connecticut Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (“CULLCA”) went into effect in Connecticut on July 1, 2017. The new statute replaces Connecticut’s limited liability company act (the “Old LLC Act”) and is based on the...more

National Survey On Marijuana Laws And Regulations (Update)

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Legalized cannabis for medical or recreational purposes is a rapidly expanding industry in the United States, with various states, including California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York,...more

Expanded Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions; Top 10 Takeaways (Japanese Translation)

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

President Trump signs the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act,” which — among other measures — requires Congressional review to ease Russia-related sanctions. On Wednesday, August 2, 2017, President...more

Assignment of Benefits Legislation in Florida

by Carlton Fields on

The practice known as the Assignment of Benefits (AOB) is a big problem for Florida property insurers. AOBs have been driving up the cost of property insurance claims in the state for several years....more

Driverless Cars: New Federal Guidelines and a Congressional Hearing

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Just in time for #BBKInnovation Week: A revised version of the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy was released by the Department of Transportation through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Senate...more

US: Temporary Extension of the NFIP in wake of Hurricane Harvey

by Hogan Lovells on

On September 8th, just days after Hurricane Harvey decimated the Houston metropolitan area, and while many Florida residents were evacuating as Hurricane Irma approached, President Trump signed into law the Continuing...more

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