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Public Records in Massachusetts: Legislature looks to Improve Access and Top Court Clarifies Attorney-Client and Work-Product...

The combined efforts of Massachusetts’ highest court, its legislature, and the Governor’s office are clarifying and modernizing Massachusetts public records law, which is considered by some to be one of the weakest in the...more

Release of Personal Information Called ‘Unlawful’ and a ‘Threat to Privacy’ in Appeals Brief

After a federal district court dismissed a case filed against the EPA, thereby upholding the validity of the EPA's public release of personal information about farmers and their families, the American Farm Bureau Federation...more

European Court of Justice Dismisses Case Regarding Confidential Treatment of Information Submitted to EFSA

On June 3, 2015, the General Court of the European Court of Justice issued a ruling in Luxembourg Pamol (Cyprus) Ltd. and Luxembourg Industries Ltd. (Luxembourg) vs. European Commission regarding the publication of...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

Several of the South Carolina Senate Finance Committee’s budget subcommittees met last week to hear from various agencies on appropriations. The Senate sent the House several bills, including one bill extending the time in...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 03/2015

The legislature has finished the 11th week of session, meaning only nine weeks remain before the 2015 session comes to a close. With the first bill deadline approaching at the end of next week, committees have been conducting...more

Protective Order Issued in Suit to Stop EPA from Releasing Farmers’ Information

A federal district court in Minnesota recently issued a protective order prohibiting the EPA from releasing information about animal feeding operations—including farmers' names, home addresses, telephone numbers and email...more

California Prosecutors Settle PHI Breach with Retailer

Beginning in 2012, California environmental regulators and others began investigating the grocery store chain Safeway relating to the company’s waste disposal practices. During the investigation, certain documents listing...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

Highlights of this edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update include the FAA’s recent rulemakings involving New York area airport slots and safety management systems for U.S. Part 121 air carriers, developments...more

NAIC 2014 Fall National Meeting and Congressional Hearing on Global Standards in Insurance Regulation

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) met for its Fall National Meeting in Washington, D.C. from November 14th through November 19th. As with prior meetings, competition among state, Federal and...more

New Federal Chemical-Disclosure Regulations? Public-Comment Period Has Ended

In our July/August newsletter, we wrote that in May 2014, the Obama administration began to accept comments regarding potential federal hydraulic-fracturing regulations. The EPA, through an advance notice of proposed...more

Advertising Law -- Nov 18, 2013

C May Now Be For Celery or Carrots - Thanks to a deal brokered by First Lady Michelle Obama and her Partnership for a Healthier America, Sesame Street characters will soon appear in the produce department. In a...more

EU Court Orders Disclosure of Proprietary Information on Chemical Substance; May Impact Disclosure Laws Abroad

The General Court of the European Union (EU) recently delivered a judgment requiring the disclosure of proprietary information related to a pesticide ingredient. The Court’s decision may affect companies that have previously...more

Legal links of interest for the week ending June 7, 2013

Steven Getman: Legal links of interest for the week ending June 7, 2013 Attorney Steven Getman reports on some of the stories about courts, the law and lawyers in the news this past week: City's red light camera program may...more

Warrantless Inspections are Not Warranted under the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently held that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) may not conduct a warrantless administrative inspection of a residential property subject to a Freshwater Wetlands...more

BLG Monthly Update for April 2013

Bird deaths, contracts cases, Lindsay Lohan, IP and more in the BLG Monthly Update for April 2013...more

REGULATORY: U.S. Regulatory; EU Regulatory: Cybersecurity Efforts to Secure Critical Infrastructure including the Energy Sector...

In recent years, the security of computerized data and the ability of public and private entities to respond to unauthorized penetration of computer networks has been intensely debated by policymakers. The risks associated...more

Advertising Law -- Dec 14, 2012

In This Issue: Hotel Web Sites Receive Warning Letters From the FTC; Not So Lucky? Jeans Brand to Pay $10M to Settle Text Message Suit; NAD: Environmental Claims for Cookware Products Are Overstated; Another “Natural”...more

"Skadden's 2012 Insights, January 2012: Regulatory"

In This Issue: - 126 Communications: Emerging Wireline, Media Ownership and Wireless Challenges - 128 Congressional Investigations: Anticipated Areas of Focus - 129 Environmental: The Potential Impact of EPA...more

LEGAL UPDATE: Impact on Companies of the PRC Tort Liability Law - November 2010

The PRC Tort Liability Law (the “Tort Law”) finally came into effect on 1st July 2010, following several years of debate. It is considered to have a significant role in developing the legal framework for the protection of...more

Advertising Law - November 11, 2010

In This Issue: Q&A with Manatt Partner Tom Morrison on the Rise of False Marking Lawsuits; Energy Efficiency Critic Sues Over LEED Certification System; From Warning Letter to Class Action for Listerine Mouthwash; A “Never...more

Advertising Law - October 26, 2010

In This Issue: Manatt Partner Tony DiResta Interviews FTC on Endorsements, Privacy and COPPA; Tech Companies Support Rush Privacy Bill; Other Bills in the Pipeline; Oh, Brother! Hulk Hogan Settles; Meet DAA, the New Trade...more

Advertising Law - October 8, 2010

In This Issue: Chris Cole to Lead Webinar Discussion on FTC's Newly Released Green Guides; FTC Unlocks Charges Against Online Data Broker; NY Settles Over Software to Monitor Children on the Web; Lohan Settles With...more

Advertising Law - September 21, 2010

In This Issue: *SPECIAL FOCUS: EPA Decision Highlights Risks to Retailers Under FIFRA *NAD: Seventh Generation Should Modify, Discontinue Claims *FDA Warns Companies About Green Tea Claims *The Buzz on Google?s...more

Grid Privacy Issues To Be Examined by the Federal Communications Commission - Comment Period through October 2, 2009

Smart Grid technology enables electric utilities to use communications and computing technology to glean consumer electric usage patterns to facilitate more efficient network management. It has been identified by the FCC as a...more

Global Sourcing Trends in 2008

At the start of 2008, we have once again surveyed the lawyers in Morrison & Foerster’s Global Sourcing Group in key markets in the United States, Europe, and Asia. This update collates Morrison & Foerster’s view on the state...more

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