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Supreme Court Denies Certiorari Petition in Madden Case

Although it is reasonably unlikely that other circuit courts will follow the Second Circuit decision, it is uncertain whether application of the Madden case in the Second Circuit will be confined to its facts....more

Leveraging Government's Brief, Midland Pushes for Cert

Capitalizing on the government's position in its brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, Midland Funding filed a supplemental brief in support of its quest to have the justices overturn a Second Circuit Court of Appeals opinion...more

SCOTUS Declines Hearing Madden: Are Industry Repercussions Limited?

In a disappointing move, the Supreme Court today denied the petition by Midland Funding to hear the case Madden v. Midland Funding. But could the inaction by the Supreme Court be much ado about nothing?...more

Industry, NGOs, Republicans, and Democrats Bond over Chemistry

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was passed in the House by an overwhelming vote of 403 – 12. After passing the Senate, it was signed into law by President Obama on June 22, 2016. The...more

Proposed Senate Biotech Deal Would Preempt Vermont GMO Law: Will It Pass?

On June 23, 2016, Senate lawmakers agreed to a bipartisan proposal to require the first nationwide, mandatory disclosures for food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or “bioengineered” ingredients, as they...more

Toxic Substances Control Act Overhauled Chemical Risk Regulation in the U.S. Joins the 21st Century

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (the Act). Passed with significant bipartisan support, the Act is the first major update to a federal...more

Federal Toxics Law Grows Up: Congress Strengthens the Toxic Substances Control Act

OVERVIEW - President Obama has signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the first time since it was enacted in 1976. The compromise...more

You Should Know - June 2016

Has Legalizing Pot Caused More Road Accidents, Injuries or Deaths? Elizabeth Kemble, a widely admired advocate for kidney health in Oregon, was out for a walk following her third kidney transplant when she was killed by...more

California Court of Appeal Finds AG’s Privacy Suit Over Fly Delta Mobile App Is Preempted

In a recent ruling, California’s Court of Appeal unanimously affirmed the dismissal of California’s complaint against Delta Air Lines, Inc. (“Delta”), which alleged that the company’s Fly Delta mobile application violated...more

OCR Clarifies Parameters of Covered Entities' Fees for PHI Copies

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released new guidance and FAQs (OCR Guidance) addressing individuals’ rights to access their protected health information (PHI) under the Health Insurance Portability and...more

Update: Midland Funding v. Madden

In an amicus curiae brief, the US Solicitor General recommends that the petition for certiorari in Madden be denied, but agrees that the Second Circuit’s decision is incorrect and emphasizes the importance of banks being able...more

Justice Department Sides With Financial Industry on Madden Case

Marketplace loan investors may want to "gather ye discounted Madden loans while ye may," as the Robert Herrick poem reads (taking some fintech license, of course). In the strongest rebuke yet of the U.S. Court of Appeals...more

Vermont Act 120 and Beyond: Genetically Engineered Foods, Where Are We Now?

On July 1, 2016, Vermont’s genetically engineered food labeling law is set to become effective. Act 120 and its implementing rule (Vermont Consumer Protection Rule 121) require food manufacturers to label food products that...more

“GMO” Labeling Food Fight: How Vermont’s Act 120 Is Pressuring An Entire Industry

On July 1, 2016, Vermont’s Act 120 will require food manufacturers to indicate in the labeling of all products regulated by FDA when the food has been produced with the use of genetic engineering (GE). Unless Congress acts...more

Federal Preemption of State and Local Laws Governing Children's Products

In January 2015, Albany County became the first of several municipalities in New York to enact a version of the “Toxic Free Toys Act” ("the Act") prohibiting any amount of six heavy metals and benzene in children’s products...more

Cut the Fat . . . Just Not Yet: Court Rules that PHO Claims Are Preempted

Northern District of California Judge Maxine Chesney recently granted Nestlé’s motion to dismiss a challenge to partially hydrogenated oil (PHO) in Nestlé’s Coffee-mate® coffee-creamer products, finding plaintiff’s claims...more

Overview of Financial Protections for Military Service Members, Including the New Military Lending Act

The U.S. Department of Defense (“DOD”) has put into effect the newly amended Military Lending Act (“MLA”) rule, which applies the protections of the MLA’s strict lending restrictions to consumer credit card issuers and...more

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Upholds Arbitration Over Class Action Litigation

SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS CLASS ARBITRATION WAIVERS - With its ruling on December 14, 2015, the Supreme Court continues to protect arbitration as a means of dispute resolution by cracking down on attempts to circumvent the...more

GMO Labeling Debates Forge On After Close Senate Vote

The GMO war rages on after a close vote in the Senate last week addressing proposed voluntary, national standards for GMO labeling. A 48-49 split means the Senate failed to invoke cloture to bring the Biotechnology Labeling...more

Testing 101: Court Dismisses Whole Foods’ Yogurt MDL over Failure to Comply With FDA Testing Requirements

On February 16, 2016, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks of the Western District of Texas dismissed a multidistrict litigation involving 11 putative class action lawsuits against various Whole Foods corporate entities and...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Bar on California AG’s Efforts to Enforce Slack Fill Provisions Against Del Real in Meat and Poultry Case

On February 12, 2016, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision barring the California Attorney General’s efforts to enforce nonfunctional slack fill provisions against Del Real LLC, a producer of Mexican...more

GMO Labeling Bill Stalls in U.S. Senate

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a bill sponsored by the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Pat Roberts (Rep. Kansas), that would prohibit state labeling laws and create federal standard for voluntary...more

Privacy Regulation Regime Change: Bad or Good for ISPs?

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) is on the verge of proposing new federal privacy regulations for internet broadband service providers (“ISPs”). ISPs were previously policed by the Federal Trade Commission...more

Jury Trial Starts Today in POM v. Coca-Cola

POM Wonderful’s battle with Coca-Cola is nearing an end as a federal jury trial starts today in the long-running dispute. The case involves a now discontinued Coca-Cola product called “Minute Maid Enhanced Pomegranate...more

Preemption Defense in the Ninth Circuit Is “Not Dead Yet”

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) contained a scene where bodies of plague victims were brought out to the curb for collection via a cart whether or not they properly belonged there. One living fellow insists on not...more

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