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New FDA Draft Guidance Helps Define the Scope of §510(k) Medical Device Preemption

Earlier this month the FDA issued a draft guidance entitled “Deciding When to Submit a 510(k) for a Change to an Existing Device.” It’s long, and anyone interested in reviewing the whole thing can download it from the FDA’s...more

Sixth Circuit Says FCC Can't Preempt State Limits on Muncipal Broadband

In an August 10, 2016 ruling, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the FCC’s preemption of state laws in Tennessee and North Carolina which prevented municipal broadband providers from expanding their networks beyond...more

6th Circuit: Fed Agency Had No Authority to Preempt State-Law Limitations on States’ Activities

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has decided a new federalism case. stopIn State of Tennessee, et al., v. Federal Communications Commission, decided on August 10, 2016, the Court of Appeals held that Section...more

CFPB Presents New Regulatory Requirements for Third-Party Debt Collectors

On July 28, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released an outline of proposals and alternatives under consideration for regulating debt collection practices. The outline’s release triggers the formation of...more

FCC Thwarted in Efforts to Preempt State Broadband Laws

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has struck a major blow to the FCC’s efforts to remove barriers to broadband service and promote competition in broadband markets. In State of Tennessee v. FCC, the court...more

6th Circuit Reverses FCC’s Preemption of State Law

Yesterday the Sixth Circuit granted two petitions for review in The State of Tennessee et al. v. FCC and issued its opinion reversing the FCC’s order that preempted the laws of Tennessee and North Carolina that limited the...more

Sixth Circuit Rejects FCC’s Effort To Preempt State Regulation Of Municipal Broadband Providers

The FCC’s February 2015 meeting yielded two significant and controversial orders premised on the agency’s authority under Section 706 of the Communications Act: its much-publicized Open Internet Order, and its less-publicized...more

Regulators Nationwide Weigh in on CPUC Litigation

In May, we posted a blog on litigation filed by telecom providers and trade associations to prevent the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) from requiring Plaintiffs to turn over competitively sensitive data to a...more

Sixth Circuit Reverses FCC’s Preemption of State Laws on Municipal Broadband

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed the FCC’s order preempting Tennessee and North Carolina laws that prevented municipalities from deploying cable services, video services, and Internet...more

President Obama Signs Federal GMO Law, Preempts Vermont Law

On July 29, 2016, U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law the first U.S. federal law requiring food manufacturers and distributors to label products that contain genetically modified organisms (“GMO”).[1] The law...more

First-Ever Federal Labeling Requirements for Bioengineered Foods Signed Into Law

On July 29, President Obama signed into law a bill establishing first-ever federal requirements for the labeling of food containing genetically engineered ingredients. The bill, known as S.764, directs the U.S. Department of...more

In the Weeds Between Federal and State Law: Brand Name for Legal Marijuana Sales Denied Federal Registration

In a precedential opinion, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) affirmed a USPTO refusal to register the trademark HERBAL ACCESS on the basis the use of the mark in commerce was unlawful under the Controlled Substances...more

The Polyjuice Potion Is the Worst Prescription When Branding Marijuana Businesses: Lessons Learned From In re Morgan Brown

The recent Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) decision, In re Morgan Brown, (Herbal Access) denied registration for the Herbal Access mark for a retail store legally selling marijuana products in Washington state. The...more

GMO Disclosures and Claims: A Possible End to the U.S. GMO Labeling Controversy?

On July 7, 2016, the U.S. Senate passed an important amendment to S. 764 to establish a mandatory nationwide labeling approach for genetically engineered (GE) foods, more popularly referred to as genetically modified...more

Forget About Vermont!: Congress Passes GMO “Labeling” Legislation

On July 14, 2016, the House of Representatives passed S.764 creating a National Bioengineered Food Standard. Importantly for food manufacturers and distributors, the law – expected to be signed by President Obama – will...more

Congress Passes GMO Labeling Bill – Preempting State Labeling Laws

In response to recent state efforts to regulate the labeling of food products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the U.S. House of Representatives, on July 14, passed S. 764, a Senate-initiated bill...more

House Passes GE Labeling Bill; Obama Expected to Sign

As a parting act before its seven-week recess, the House last Thursday passed by a vote of 306-117 Senator Pat Roberts’s (R-KS) legislation (S.764) requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods. Already approved by...more

Cannabis Trademark Strategy in Jeopardy

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Trademark Office (TTAB) just rejected a popular strategy for protecting cannabis-related marks at the federal level. Many forward-thinking cannabis businesses have applied to...more

Congress Passes GE Labeling Bill, President Obama Expected to Sign Bill Into Law

On July 14, 2016, after more than a year of on-and-off debate and failed attempts at legislative compromise, Congress finally passed a bill to require the creation of a federal labeling standard for bioengineered food within...more

Congress Passes National GMO Disclosure Law

On Thursday the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 764, a Senate-initiated bill establishing a national uniform standard for labeling of bioengineered foods, sometimes referred to as genetically modified foods or GMOs....more

Congress Passes GMO Labeling Bill, President Obama To Sign into Law

On July 14th, Congress passed a GMO labeling bill by a vote of 306-117 that would preempt Vermont’s mandatory labeling act that went into effect on July 1st. The White House said President Obama will sign the bill into...more

Senate Passes GMO Bill Creating A National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard With Federal Preemption And Exclusion...

On July 7, 2016, the Senate passed a bill, An Act to Reauthorize and Amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, and for Other Purposes (S. 764), through agreement to the House's amendment to S. 764, with further...more

Installment Lender Using Bank Partner Model Needs Maryland License, Court of Appeals Rules

The Maryland Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, in CashCall, Inc. et al. v. Maryland Commissioner of Financial Regulation, recently affirmed the judgment of the Court of Special Appeals (MCSA) directing CashCall to...more

Recent Supreme Court Action Creates Uncertainty in Financial Industry

On June 27, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision in the case of Madden v. Midland Funding, LLC. The High Court’s decision will allow a consumer class action against...more

One Step Closer to a National GMO Labeling Law

The Vermont GMO Labeling Law is currently in effect, but it may soon be preempted by federal legislation making its way through Congress. On July 7, by a vote of 63-30, the US Senate passed a measure (Senate Bill)...more

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