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President Obama's State of the Union address highlighted the importance of cybersecurity, data security and privacy to his 2015 agenda:
"No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our...more
This has been a big year for GMO legislation. In 2014 alone, 25 states have proposed 67 pieces of legislation aimed either at the labeling of products containing GMOs or at the ban of GMO-containing crops. While this space...more
As we’ve explored in past posts, Congress is currently considering a bill that aims to harmonize the patchwork of state efforts at regulating GMO labeling by placing such regulation firmly within FDA’s jurisdiction. Dubbed...more
On December 10, 2014, the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Examining FDA's Role in the Regulation of Genetically Modified Food Ingredients. The witnesses included Michael Landa, Director...more
This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape.
- Advocates of GMO labeling vow to continue fight even after electoral...more
The November election changed the regulatory landscape for genetically modified organisms (“GMO”). Though none of the proposed GMO labeling laws on state ballots succeeded, two counties were successful in passing either a ban...more
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
Bids to require mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) were voted down in Colorado and Oregon on Tuesday. Colorado voters rejected Proposition 105, with nearly 70% of voters saying no;...more
If you had not noticed, the fall election campaign season is in full swing. The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau certainly has noticed, and reacted by releasing an unusual “Enforcement Advisory” this week, reminding campaigns and...more
On 18 September 2014, the European Union’s Article 29 Data Protection Working Party published a press release outlining its recent plenary session discussions on the so-called “right to be forgotten” or “de-listed.”...more
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
Industry efforts to persuade the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to clarify its rules under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) recently received support from a group of 15 members of the U.S. House of...more
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
Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act of 2014 Introduced in the House and the Senate
Last Tuesday, June 17, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Representative Doris Matsui (D-California)...more
We’ve all heard the statistics showing obesity rates rising in the U.S. year after year. Most of us are well aware of the billion dollar diet and weight-loss supplement industry to which millions turn with the hope of finding...more
SB 1381, California's revived genetically engineered food labelling bill, has passed through the California Senate Judiciary Committee. If enacted, SB 1381 would take effect on January 1 2016. As the bill has moved through...more
The "Security" Part -
When reading the Majority and Minority Staff Report from the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations ("The Subcommittee") regarding the "Hidden Hazards to Consumer Security and Data Privacy" was...more
The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a report on May 14, 2014, regarding the security of online advertisements. Entitled “Online Advertising and Hidden Hazards...more
Earlier this month, Representative Mike Pompeo, along with 4 co-sponsors, introduced the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 4432). This bill sets forth three main objectives: it establishes a process for evaluating the...more
In an attempt to stop the proliferation of a patchwork of state-by-state food labeling laws, and to “reaffirm” the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as the sole authority on food safety and labeling, a bipartisan group of...more
On January 9, 2014, Maine’s governor Paul LePage signed a bill into law that would require labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMO). Eighteen months from the effective date of the bill, any...more
In its latest step to reduce the perceived harm that might be inflicted on children by simulated gambling, the South Australian Government has commenced an advertising campaign, featuring a billboard with an image of a young...more
On November 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) does not preempt an Indiana statute that bans most robocalls without exempting calls that are...more
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 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
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