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Federal Judge Blocks President Trump’s Effort to Punish Sanctuary Cities

On Friday, United States District Court Judge Harry Leinenweber blocked the U.S. Department of Justice from refusing to provide federal grant money to localities that had enacted “sanctuary city” laws protecting immigrants...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

Fourth Circuit Concludes that West Virginia State Law Preempts Local Ordinance Banning Oil and Natural Gas Wastewater Storage

by K&L Gates LLP on

On August 30, 2017, in EQT Production Company v. Wender, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a federal district court’s invalidation of a West Virginia county’s ordinance banning oil and natural...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017#2

- U.S. High Court Asked to Review WV Justice's Role in Gas Royalties Case - "The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to review West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Beth Walker's participation in a high-stakes natural gas...more

Minnesota Restaurateurs: Get Compliant with Tip Statutes Before Super Bowl LII

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium presents a great opportunity for Minneapolis restaurateurs to generate significant income from parties hosted before and during the big game. With that opportunity, though, comes the...more

U.S. Argues Amgen’s State Law Claim Preempted by BPCIA, Supporting Sandoz

by Goodwin on

Yesterday, in the remanded appeal in Amgen v. Sandoz, the United States submitted an amicus brief to the Federal Circuit that generally supports Sandoz’s position that Amgen’s state-law claim for an injunction under...more

Hospitality Employers Beware: Confusion of the Use of the Tip Credit Persists

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Ninth Circuit recently rejected federal Department of Labor (DOL) interpretive guidance that banned employers from using the federal tip credit for time spent on non-tip-generating activities if those tasks exceed 20...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that ERISA Preempts State Insurance Law Bans on Discretionary Clauses for Self-Funded ERISA Plans

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently confirmed that ERISA preempts state insurance law bans on discretionary clauses for self-funded ERISA plans....more

hiQ Labs, Inc. v. LinkedIn Corp.: A Federal Court Weighs in on Web Scraping, Free Speech Rights, and the Computer Fraud and Abuse...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In recent years, a number of firms in a variety of industries have utilized automated research methods, including web scraping tools and certain forms of artificial intelligence such as bots, to gather information from a...more

Preemption is “Part and Parcel” of the §101; But Lack of Preemption Does Not Necessarily Establish Patentability

In Return Mail, Inc. v. United States Postal Service, [2016-1502] (August 28, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB’s decision that the US Postal Service had standing to challenge Return Mails patents in an CBMR, and...more

Coal Ash/Preemption: Federal Appellate Court Addresses Challenge to Municipal Regulation

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (“Court”) addressed whether two Pureto Rican municipalities could prohibit the beneficial use and disposal of coal ash (also known as Coal Combustion Residuals [“CCR”]...more

Texas Anti-Sanctuary Law Blocked

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In a ruling that may help to diminish the fears of some undocumented individuals seeking aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, U.S. District Court Judge Orlando Garcia enjoined some key provisions of Texas’ anti-sanctuary...more

County Ordinance Preempted by State’s Comprehensive and Complex Permit Program

In the case of EQT Production Company v. Wender, et al., on August 30, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed, in a 2-1 ruling, the lower court’s decision that a West Virginia county’s ordinance effectively...more

Connecticut Court’s First Decision on Medical Marijuana Use Discrimination Is a Buzzkill for Employers

Connecticut law allows the use of marijuana by qualified patients for medicinal purposes and expressly prohibits employers from taking adverse employment actions because of an individual’s status as a qualified medical...more

CT Medical Marijuana Law Protects Employees; Not Preempted By Federal Drug Laws

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Labor Day has come and gone. Summer is over. Can we all stop listening to Despacito now. (Please?) But it’s time to look at a decision that came out during the dog days of summer that might have been overlooked. A recent...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - August 2017#2

This is our second installment of Currents - our weekly energy news e-blast where we deliver the week's top energy news stories and our synopsis of why those stories are important from a legal perspective. - Appeals Court...more

Decision on medical marijuana and preemption holds lessons for Maine employers

by PretiFlaherty on

A U.S. district court recently held that federal law does not preempt the anti-discrimination provision in Connecticut’s medical marijuana law prohibiting employers from terminating or refusing to hire individuals based on...more

Ninth Circuit Victory Opens the Door to Medicaid Reimbursement Challenges Based on Equal Access Requirement

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Ninth Circuit held August 7 that the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary erred in approving a Medicaid State Plan Amendment (SPA) that cut reimbursement for outpatient hospital services in California by 10%...more

Illinois Sanctuary Jurisdiction Law: What It Means for Local Governments

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The new Illinois TRUST Act limits state and local government officials from 1) complying with immigration detainer requests, or 2) stopping, arresting, searching or detaining an individual solely based on immigration...more

It’s a Sign of the Times: Challenges to Big Oil Transactions Will Likely Continue in California

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Valero Energy Corporation will likely face an uphill battle ahead in California over its plans to purchase storage terminals in Martinez and Richmond, California from Plains All American Pipeline. The California Attorney...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - August 2017

Welcome to Spilman Thomas & Battle's weekly energy news e-blast - Currents. The purpose of this communication is to provide a synopsis of the top news stories for the week, but with a twist. We recognize that you may already...more

Pavan v Smith: Supreme Court Prevents Attempts of States to Undermine Rights of Married Same Sex Couples

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The Supreme Court case Pavan v. Smith, 582 U.S.____ (2017), in a per curiam opinion on June 26, 2017, strengthened the rights protected in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ (2015). The decision confronted an attempt by the...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | August 2017 #3

As plant-based beverages appear on more store shelves, the definition of “milk” has become the center of a dispute involving legislatures, regulators, litigators and industry groups. Shook Partners Katie Gates Calderon and...more

Big Win for Servicers and Lenders of Fannie and Freddie Owned Loans against Nevada HOA Foreclosures

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a significant decision in favor of lenders and mortgage servicers fighting off claims that their mortgage liens were extinguished by Nevada homeowners...more

Connecticut Medical Marijuana Law Protects Employees and Is Not Preempted by Federal Drug Laws

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Ever since Connecticut allowed employees to obtain and use medical marijuana, employers have wondered whether, under certain circumstances, federal law would preempt the state law. A recent federal district court case has now...more

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