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When “Organic” is Not “Organic,” Even When the USDA Says It Is

Producers of agricultural products go to great lengths to achieve the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “organic” label. Under the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP), organic certification is a complex time-consuming...more

Kentucky High Court Strikes Down Louisville Minimum Wage Law; Lexington Law Also Affected

Local governments in Kentucky lack the authority to establish their own minimum wage rates, the Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled 6-1. Kentucky Restaurant Ass’n, et al. v. Louisville/Jefferson Cty. Metro Gov’t,...more

Let’s Be Blunt: Recreational Marijuana Will Bring New Regulatory Challenges to Gaming Licensees in Nevada

As Nevada voters are bombarded with messaging both for and against the legalization of recreational marijuana leading up to the vote on “Question 2” on the November state ballot, Nevada’s gaming industry watches with what we...more

Copyright and Trademark Case Review: The Slants, The Sims and SCAR Rifles

Supreme Court Agrees to Review Bar on Registration of Disparaging Marks, Denies Washington Redskins' Petition to Join Proceedings - Supreme Court Agrees to Review Bar on Registration of Disparaging Marks, Denies...more

When the TTB says no but the Pa.L.C.B. says yes: When do you need a COLA for off-premises growler sales?

Simply put, if you are a Pennsylvania brewery and looking to sell your products in growlers or crowlers for off-premises consumption, the answer to the question posed above is ALWAYS! Recently, we have been approached by...more

Hurricane Matthew flood claims may not be entirely preempted by federal law

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew and its associated flooding (particularly in North Carolina and South Carolina), a recent case of first impression in the Sixth Circuit may be cited by both damaged businesses and insurers and...more

How to Comply With Canada’s Cornucopia of Sick Leave Laws

Sick leave presents a unique challenge for Canadian employers that wish to manage absenteeism while complying with their legal obligations. The relevant rules vary between provinces and may involve multiple statutes within a...more

Proposed New FDA Labeling Rules Would Result in Increased Generic Drug Product Liability Claims

After several years of delay, FDA announced this summer that it expects to publish new rules in April 2017 that will permit generic drug companies to make unilateral changes to their warning labels, even if the brand does...more

State-law Based Claims Against Parties Other than the United States Seeking Damages Arising Out of the Procurement of Flood...

Harris v. Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Company, __ F.3d __, 2016 WL 4174381 (6th Cir. Aug. 8, 2016) - Case at a Glance - Plaintiffs purchased a home located in a federal flood zone, but they did not purchase...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert - October 2016

Welcome to the October 2016 issue of the CR&B Alert, the newsletter produced by Reed Smith's Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group. Excerpt from newsletter: DELAWARE AND NEW YORK AT ODDS OVER RECLAMATION...more

Are Waivers of Liability Enforceable in New York?

We have probably all seen them in the “fine print” at one time or another: waivers of liability, injury waivers, or pre-injury clauses we have to sign before taking part in some type of activity. Waivers of liability have...more

US Supreme Court Asked to Clarify the Interaction Between the 21st Amendment and the Commerce Clause

The Texas Package Stores Association has asked the US Supreme Court (via a “Petition of Certiorari”) to hear a case that could clarify the interaction between the 21st Amendment and the non-discrimination between states...more

Validity of Pre and Post: Nuptial Agreements

What are the main jurisdictional requirements for the institution of proceedings in relation to divorce, property and children? There are a number of exceptions, but in general, the Courts of First Instance (the lowest...more

Broadening Split on Viability of Class Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements Invites SCOTUS

In the years following the U.S. Supreme Court’s AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion decision, more and more courts enforced class waivers in arbitration agreements based on the commands of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). The...more

Can Disputes Related To Procurement Of Federal Flood Insurance Policies Be Litigated In State Court?

It is well-established that claim processing and wrongful denial of coverage disputes involving federal flood insurance policies belong in federal court because they present substantial questions of federal law. The U.S....more

Preemption Parade: FAA Rolls Over Three State Rules

Lest anyone think that the preemption doctrine in arbitration has gone dormant, today’s cases should set the record straight.  Courts have recently found the FAA preempted state rules in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and...more

Blurred Lines: Courts Still Unclear On When Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Illegal

Since its passage in 1964, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act has prohibited discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex and national origin. Title VII, which applies to all employers with 15 or...more

Recent Developments in Acquisition Finance

A recent Delaware bankruptcy court decision may potentially place at risk an equity sponsor’s ability to retain proceeds from the sale of a portfolio company whose performance later deteriorates, where the selling sponsor...more

Software Patent Eligibility: Preemption Gets Starring Role at the Federal Circuit

The Supreme Court decision Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014) pronounced, in no uncertain terms, preemption “drives” patent subject matter eligibility and its exceptions. But after Alice, it appeared preemption’s...more

Introduction to the Legal System of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

This article sets out a brief overview of the legal system in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and should be treated only as a general guide and not as legal advice. Please see full Memo below for more information. ...more

U.S. Agency Prohibits Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency within the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, has issued a final rule that includes prohibiting nursing homes and other long-term care facilities from...more

D.C. District Court Strikes Down PRRB's Application of "Self-Disallowance" Jurisdictional

In Banner Heart Hospital, et al. v. Burwell, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (Court) held on August 19, 2016, that the Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB) incorrectly declined to hear an...more

New Delaware Unclaimed Property Decision Further Complicates Landscape

Another federal judge slams Delaware’s unclaimed property audit methodology but rejects the holder’s reliance on the priority rules as a defense to the audit demands. See Marathon Petroleum Corp. et al. v. Cook et al., No....more

N.C. Court of Appeals: Absent Notice to the Federal Government, Foreclosure for Unpaid Local Taxes Won't Extinguish Federal Tax...

North Carolina is a "pure race" state, for real estate title purposes. That is, “first to record an interest in land holds an interest superior to all other purchases for value, regardless of actual or constructive notice as...more

Mediated Agreements and Magic Words: Admissibility of Mediated Settlements of California State Law Claims in Federal Court

Does federal common law govern admissibility in federal court of a written agreement reached during mediation that resolves both California and federal law claims, even when only state law claims remain pending at the time of...more

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