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Brewing in the Zone: A Zoning Primer for Brewers

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Imagine finding the perfect site for your new brewery and tap room—it’s spacious, inexpensive, and conveniently located—only to be told by your lawyer that breweries aren’t allowed in that particular location. This is the...more

Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements: The Give and Take of Development

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Under Maryland law, the rights of a land developer to develop property for commercial or residential uses generally do not “vest” until there is some visible, lawful, construction on the property. Of course, development of a...more

CEQA Review of Cannabis Regulations - Comment Period Opens on Draft Program Environmental Impact Report of MCRSA and AUMA

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Department of Food and Agriculture recently released its CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Draft Program Environmental Impact Report. The intent of the PEIR is to conduct environmental review of the regulations...more

Limited Time Remaining To Help Shape Maryland's Nutrient Trading Program

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

There are only a few weeks left for the public to comment on the Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE) recently issued draft regulations establishing Maryland’s Water Quality Nutrient and Sediment Trading and Offset...more

State Liquor Laws Preempt Local Municipalities from Restricting Operating Hours

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The State liquor law preempts local municipalities from restricting hours of operation for businesses selling alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption. Accordingly, local municipalities should use caution when...more

NVM-koopovereenkomst in een nieuw jasje (Dutch)

by Dentons on

From 1 May 2017, the NVM will use a new model purchase agreement. The new NVM purchase agreement contains a number of changes to the NVM purchase agreement from 2014. For a detailed explanation of the changes, the article of...more

The Ethics Advisor: Cuidado with Decisions that Hit Too Close to Home (Literally)

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Mi casa es su casa is a good rule of thumb in a close, tight-knit community, and welcoming friends and neighbors into the fold for celebrations and gatherings is ingrained in many peoples’ DNA. Nevertheless, when it comes to...more

Beware Environmental Regulations Lurking in Local Codes – Such as the Wellhead Protection Program

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Most companies know that the environmental impacts of their operations are regulated by the federal government (primarily the US Environmental Protection Agency) and various state governments (in Oregon, primarily the Oregon...more

Superfund Changes Afoot

Since taking over as EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt has made it clear that he intends to focus on—and overhaul—the Superfund program. Calling the program “at the center of the Agency’s core mission”, Pruitt has put in place...more

Safety, Health and Environment Matters - Spring 2017

by DLA Piper on

Shortly before this edition of SHE Matters went to press, the latest developments occurred in the long-running litigation between Client Earth and Government over air quality in the UK, excessive ambient levels of nitrogen...more

Tenth Circuit Finds CERCLA Contribution Claim Not Barred by Bankruptcy Approval of a Settlement Estimating Liability for the Site

Asarco LLC v. Noranda Mining, Inc., 844 F.3d 1201 (10th Cir. 2017). In a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) contribution action, the Tenth Circuit ruled that a mining company, whose...more

Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and the Public Trust Doctrine: What Can We Expect?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The public trust doctrine is the principle that certain natural and cultural assets are preserved for public use and that it is the government’s obligation to protect and regulate these, both now and for future generations....more

Check Your Local Zoning and Land-Use Ordinances

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (“WSLCB”) recently issued a declaratory order (Order No. 01-2017) finding that the WSLCB is not required to determine that an applicant for a marijuana license is in compliance...more

Clock is Ticking on TSCA Inventory Reset - EPA to issue final rule in coming weeks that imposes sweeping new notification...

The 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA or the Act), modified Section 8(b) of the statute to require the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to designate each chemical substance on the...more

Is Public Consumption of Marijuana on the Horizon?

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

In two years, Oregon’s legalized recreational marijuana industry has gone from non-existent to a thriving industry, with over $60 million a year in total sales and over 400 licensed retailers. Despite the growing popularity...more

California Municipalities Face Difficult Land Use Decisions in Wake of Cannabis Legalization

Following cannabis legalization in California, municipalities are beginning to face difficult decisions related to land use and planning. The challenge in siting industrial and residential uses, often in conflict, is not new...more

The Love/Hate Relationship Between Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Industries

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Here at GSB, we work with those in the cannabis industry (like producers, processors, retailers and ancillary service providers) and those in the alcoholic beverage industry (like wineries, breweries, distilleries, hotels and...more

Client Alert: Unable to Open For Business After Its Permit Was Denied, Tenant Nonetheless Ordered to Pay Entire Accelerated Lease...

It’s a tale as old as time. Tenant falls in love when it finds the perfect space to rent for its business. Instantly smitten, tenant takes a solemn vow and signs a long-term lease with landlord. But alas, the government...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - May 2017 - #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Federal Court Upholds Termination of Navy Lease Bid Due to Environmental Concerns - In Open Spirit, LLC v. United States, No. 15-370C (Fed. Cl. filed April 28, 2017), the U.S. Court of Federal Claims upheld the...more

Oregon Legislature Takes Up Cider Bill

For several decades in Oregon, production of alcoholic beverages has firmly occupied the shifting regulatory border between agricultural and commercial uses, the latter of which Oregon law discourages or prohibits on...more

District Court Confirms Arbitral Award Against Venezuela In Dispute Over Gold Deposits Contract

by Carlton Fields on

A federal district court in Washington, D.C. recently confirmed a $1.2 billion arbitral award in favor of Crystallex International Corp. against Venezuela after the country’s Ministry of Environment denied a necessary permit...more

Alabama CON Report

I. Certificate of Need Program - A. AL2017-012, Crowne Health Care of Springhill, LLC, Mobile, AL: Proposes to relocate twenty-six (26) nursing home beds from Crowne Health Care of Mobile, LLC, a 174-bed nursing home....more

Local Government in the Crosshairs

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

While Washington’s promise of a trillion dollar infrastructure program is providing a distraction, a closer examination reveals localities and local infrastructure are under attack across the board. The assault on local...more

Appellate Group News: 2016 Year In Review

by Murtha Cullina on

The Appellate Practice Group of Murtha Cullina is regularly trusted to handle appeals by trial counsel within and outside the firm, as well as individuals and institutional clients. We are grateful for these opportunities and...more

What’s On Tap: How to Start a Brewery in Michigan

by Fraser Trebilcock on

Before you can serve up that first cold brew to a customer, there are several key regulations you need to know about in order to build a successful brewing company. Some of these local, state, and federal regulations are...more

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