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National League of Cities Issues Report on the Sharing Economy

The National League of Cities has released a report on the current climate across the nation with regard to the “sharing economy” that may provide localities who are dealing with these issues potential templates to follow....more

Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Actions

Antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) actions in the United States against foreign companies have increased markedly in recent years. The US Government has prioritized the protection of domestic industries impacted...more

Mississippi CON Report - December 13, 2012

In This Report: - I. November 29, 2012 - Mississippi Certificate of Need Meeting - II. 2013 State Health Plan Approved - III. Certificate of Need Program Report – Filings/Reports Since October 2012 CON Meeting -...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

Alabama CON Report - December 12, 2012

In This Issue: - I. Certificate of Need Program - II. For Informational Purposes Only - III. OLD BUSINESS - IV. NEW BUSINESS - Excerpt from Certificate of Need: A. Emergency Application...more

State Mandated Accessibility Inspections

In September 2012, the State Senate created a new state mandated local program by enacting S.B. 1186 which requires local agencies fund increased Certified Access Specialist (“CASp”) services. CASps work for local...more

New CEQA Decision Provides Guidance and Caution in Agency Actions Approving Water Supply Contracts

In a decision handed down October 4, 2012, the Third District Court of Appeal has held that El Dorado Irrigation District’s approval of a water supply contract to provide increased water entitlements to the Shingle Springs...more

Massive San Diego Desalination Plant Takes Major Step Forward

The San Diego County Water Authority (SCWA) has negotiated a proposed agreement with a private developer under which it will purchase at least 48,000 acre-feet of desalinated water per year for 30 years, from a Carlsbad...more

Mississippi CON Report - October 8, 2012

In This Issue: - I. September 27, 2012 - Mississippi Certificate of Need Meeting - II. Certificate of Need Program Report – Filings/Reports Since August 2012 CON Meeting - Excerpt from II. Certificate of Need...more

Redevelopment: Rising From The Ashes Or Final Death Rattle?

Two cases filed in Sacramento County, City of Cerritos v. State of California and Syncora Guarantee Inc. v. State of California, have challenged the constitutionality of AB 1X 26, the 2011 bill that provided for the...more

Pennsylvania General Assembly passes Bill allowing drilling on state university land

On September 25, 2012, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed legislation that will allow the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to lease mineral rights under land owned by state universities. The bill had previously been...more

Construction Codes: Putting Your Vote Into Action

The upcoming presidential election has dominated the headlines. As a nation, our attention has been focused on the state of current laws, the prospect of future laws, and even the need for certain laws. As an industry,...more

California Manufacturing Growth Spurs Industrial Sector

The US economy may be experiencing slow growth but that doesn’t mean there aren’t positive signs in certain sectors. The industrial sector in California is one area that offers signs of potential future growth. That’s the...more

Ontario’s Public Lands Act: What Miners Need to Know

Many of our mining clients do not appreciate the role of the Ministry of Natural Resources (“MNR”) and the regulation of Crown land through the Public Lands Act. While licenses for advanced prospecting and mine development...more

Kazakhstan’s New Trunk Pipeline Law

New law gives the RK government additional control over new trunk pipeline projects. After many changes, extensive negotiations, and numerous interim drafts, the Republic of Kazakhstan (RK) has enacted a Trunk Pipeline...more

Proposed Amendments to Kazakhstan Subsoil Use Legislation

Amendments to the Subsoil Law, Licensing Law, and Administrative Code affect subsoil users. As part of the Republic of Kazakhstan government's efforts to establish greater control over essential elements of the Kazakh...more

Gaming Legal News - July 25, 2012 • Volume 5, Number 18

In This Issue: - THE CARCIERI CHALLENGE: PROVING “UNDER FEDERAL JURISDICTION [AS OF 1934]” by Dennis J. Whittlesey: The June 18 Supreme Court ruling in Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band (“Gun Lake Band”) v. Patchak...more

Ohio Takes Next Step to Implement Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact

Ohio House Bill 473 (“H.B. 473” or the “Act”) authorizes the Division of Soil and Water Resources within the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (“ODNR”) to establish a water-withdrawal and consumptive-use permitting program...more

Changes to the Regulation of Oil and Gas in Saskatchewan

In May of 2011, Saskatchewan passed changes to The Oil and Gas Conservation Act (OGCA), the act governing the regulation of resource development operations in the province. Although the associated Bill received Royal Assent...more

Global Retailers and Compliance

Can you imagine the discussions inside Target, The Gap, Levi’s and other global retailers the day after the New York Times story broke? I would love to have been an observer of meetings and conversations among top brass at...more

Enterprise Zone Credit: Does Your Company Qualify? By David C. Morganelli, Esq. and Ryan W. Sawyer, Esq.

In 1982, Rhode Island enacted legislation to incentivize certain businesses to create new jobs and grow the Ocean State economy. The “Distressed Areas Economic Revitalization Act” was originally passed to target “areas in...more

CEQA Limitations Period Tolling Agreements Upheld By First District Court of Appeal

Rejecting intervenors’ challenges to a pre-litigation tolling agreement between a CEQA plaintiff (Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, or “SPAWN”) and Marin County, in an action challenging the EIR for a countrywide...more

North Slope Settlement Likely to Jump Start “LNG-centric” Alaskan Natural Gas Pipeline Project

On March 30, 2012, Alaskan Governor Sean Parnell announced that the state had settled a seven-year battle with North Slope producers’ ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and BP over whether the leases for the Point Thomson oil and gas...more

Gaming Legal News: April 6, 2012 • Volume 5, Number 7: Unnamed Developers Seek Constitutional Amendment For Eight New Casinos In...

A group of unnamed developers operating under the title “Citizens for More Michigan Jobs” obtained approval from the Michigan Board of State Canvassers on April 3, 2012, as to the form of a petition to amend Michigan’s...more

"Modernizing the Regulatory System for Project Reviews", Focus on Mining, April 2012

Since 2006, the Government has been working to streamline the review process for major economic projects so that projects proceed in a timely fashion while protecting the environment. For example, in 2010 the Government...more

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