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GMO labeling measure defeated in Colorado; results in Oregon too close to call. Colorado’s Proposition 105, which would have required manufacturers to place labels on food containing genetically modified ingredients, was...more

5 Compliance “Hot Spots” for Technology Companies Under Export Controls and Sanctions Laws

Increasingly interconnected global businesses need to focus on how export controls and trade sanctions can affect their cross-border activities in unexpected ways. For decades, the US Government has used trade...more

Net Neutrality, Citizens United, and Diminishing Democracy?

When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed earlier this year that broadband internet companies could legally charge content providers for access to internet “fast lanes,” it was considered by some as a...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

Bill aims to impose federal excise tax on sugary drinks. On July 29, Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced a bill that would tax soda and other sugary drinks. The bill, which would levy an excise tax of one...more

New Senate Bill Introduced to Clarify Definition of General Solicitation

The text of S. 2498, introduced by Senator Murphy in late June, was finally released. The bill is titled the “HALOS Act”, or “Helping Angels Lead our Startups Act.” Angel investors have expressed concerns regarding the...more

GE food-labelling bill fails in California Senate

Despite the recent passage of a genetically engineered (GE) food-labelling law in Vermont, and similar bills appearing in legislatures in other states, proponents of labelling have again failed to pass such a law in...more

More GMO Labeling Ballot Initiatives Coming in November; Federal Labeling Initiatives in Congress

Despite losses in California and Washington, groups in favor of labeling food containing or consisting of genetically modified organisms (“GMO”) continue legislative efforts at the state and national level. Oregon and...more

Ninth Circuit: City Requirement That Cell-Tower Company Obtain Voter Approval Upheld

When T-Mobile sought to place a cell-tower in a park owned by the City of Huntington Beach, California, the City granted the company all the regulatory approvals it required. But the City also informed T-Mobile that before...more

Court Denies Cell-Tower Company's Challenge to Initiative Requiring Voter-Approval Before City Can Lease Property

Decision Could Be Relevant to Upcoming FCC Rulemaking - An appellate court last week ruled that a provision of the federal Communications Act limiting how a local government may regulate the “placement, construction,...more

Defeat on Washington I-522 GMO Labeling

State-sponsored GMO-labeling efforts faced defeat in Washington State’s November 2013 election. Voters rejected Washington State’s Initiative Measure 522 (I-522) proposal, 51.21 percent to 48.79 percent.1 Washington’s...more

Washington State GMO Labeling Initiative Defeated; Kaua’i Anti-GMO Law Vetoed; Big Island Anti-GMO Bill Pending

Washington voters rejected Initiative 522 at the polls by a considerable margin this past Tuesday. Initiative 522, a right-to-know law styled similarly to California’s Proposition 37 that was defeated last year, would have...more

UK: Parliament’s report on the new POC bill

A House of Commons Library research paper, prepared for the Second Reading debate in the House of Commons, sets out information on the draft Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill, which aims to move the regulation of...more

California Set to Enact New “Do Not Track” Disclosure Requirement Law for Websites

On October 3, 2013 provided that California Governor Jerry Brown does not veto an internet privacy bill in California (which he is not expected to do), a new law will be enacted that has significant repercussions for nearly...more

Capital Thinking: Technology and Communications

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - FCC Nominations - The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation is expected to hold a confirmation hearing on Republican Michael O’Reilly’s nomination to serve as a...more

Connecticut Legislature Passes GMO Bill

The Connecticut legislature passed a bill earlier this week that would require food manufacturers to label products that contain GMOs. In case you missed it, the New York Times recently printed an article about the...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 4-26-13

Major Tax Reform Proposal Starts to Take Shape - This week, the Maine media reported that Senator Woodbury is leading a bipartisan effort to draft a major tax reform proposal. This proposal will likely propose changes...more

NLRB Gets Busy – Part 2 NLRB Incursion Into Non-Unionized Workplace

In January, we told you about recent activity by the National Labor Relations Board that overturned or departed from settled precedent. As promised, in Part 2 of this Alert series we summarize recent decisions where the...more

Embrace Social Media—But Ignore Traditional News Outlets At Your Peril

Twitter, Facebook and various bloggers reach readers by the millions. But how much faith do people put in what they see on the Internet, really? Not much, apparently. A national survey of attitudes on the 2012...more

Minnesota House Commerce Committee Chair Announces 2013 Priorities

House Commerce Committee Chair Designate Joe Atkins has announced his top ten committee topics for the 2013 legislative session. Leading the list, not surprisingly, is health insurance exchange legislation. Passage of HIE...more

Ballot Initiative on Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Defeated in California

On Tuesday, while California voters were helping President Obama secure a second term in the White House, picking the President over Republican challenger Mitt Romney by a 59.1% to 38.6% margin, they were also responsible for...more

Initiative to Label Genetically Modified Foods Fails in California

Yesterday, California voters rejected Proposition 37, the Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act by 53 percent to 47 percent. The voter initiative would have required labeling of most foods with genetically...more

Initiative to Label Genetically Modified Foods Fails in California

Yesterday, California voters rejected Proposition 37, the Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act by 53 percent to 47 percent. The voter initiative would have required labeling of most foods with genetically...more

Impact of Chinese Telecommunications Companies on U.S. Supply Chains

On October 8th, the U.S. House of Representative’s Intelligence Committee issued an investigative report (the “Report”) on issues related to the operations of Huawei Technologies Company Ltd. and ZTE Corporation. The Report...more

Proposition 37 Permits "Natural" Labeling for Non-GMO Processed Food

Proposition 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act ("Prop 37”), if approved by the voters on November 6, 2012, will provide that food offered for retail sale in California produced with genetic...more

Proposed Easing of Satellite Export Controls Could Benefit U.S. Satellite Industry

Since 1999, strict controls on the export of U.S. satellites and satellite components have drastically eroded U.S. manufacturers’ market share in the global satellite industry. On April 18, 2012, the U.S. Departments of State...more

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