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DEA awards Schedule II classification to synthetic THC drug

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On March 23, 2017, the DEA announced it has scheduled the newly approved synthetic THC-containing drug, Syndros, as a Class II substance. This announcement comes as a surprise to some for a number of reasons, including that...more

The Drone Privacy and Transparency Act of 2017: Overdue or Over-reaching?

On March 15, 2017, Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) introduced federal legislation entitled the Drone Privacy and Transparency Act of 2017. The proposed legislation seeks to address...more

NY Department of Financial Services Joins Opposition to the OCC’s Proposed FinTech Charter

by Goodwin on

On January 17, 2017, Maria Vullo, the Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (NY DFS) sent a letter to the Office of the Comptroller Currency (OCC), opposing the OCC’s proposed special purpose...more

The CJEU Gives the UK Government Another Brexit Dilemma

by Hogan Lovells on

In yet another key case dealing with the balance between citizens’ privacy and the ability of the state to intrude into it, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled on the compatibility with European Union...more

Obama signs GMO label bill into law

by Dentons on

On Friday, July 29, US President Obama signed into law S. 764, which overturns Vermont's GMO label law and establishes a national standard for GMO (genetically modified organism) labeling. The US House of Representatives...more

Drone Regulations: Federal vs. State

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In early 2016 a group of well-meaning Wisconsin legislators introduced legislation designed to allow local municipalities to regulate the use of drones in their given communities and to create a penalty enhancer for crimes...more

Congress Passes GE Labeling Bill, President Obama Expected to Sign Bill Into Law

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On July 14, 2016, after more than a year of on-and-off debate and failed attempts at legislative compromise, Congress finally passed a bill to require the creation of a federal labeling standard for bioengineered food within...more

Breaking News: Physical Presence Requirement Bill Introduced in Congress

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On July 14, 2016, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced the No Regulation Without Representation Act of 2016 (H.R. 5893) in the US House of Representatives (House). The bill would codify the physical presence...more

One Step Closer to a National GMO Labeling Law

by Morgan Lewis on

The Vermont GMO Labeling Law is currently in effect, but it may soon be preempted by federal legislation making its way through Congress. On July 7, by a vote of 63-30, the US Senate passed a measure (Senate Bill)...more

Toxic Substances Control Act: Past, Present and Future

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was enacted on October 11, 1976 to regulate certain chemical substances and mixtures being used in interstate commerce. 15 U.S.C. § 2601, et seq. TSCA delegated enforcement authority to...more

Industry, NGOs, Republicans, and Democrats Bond over Chemistry

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was passed in the House by an overwhelming vote of 403 – 12. After passing the Senate, it was signed into law by President Obama on June 22, 2016. The...more

Amendments Strengthen Toxic Substances Control Act

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

President Obama's signing of amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Law sealed a welcome effort to overhaul the 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The amendments were spurred on by a rare bipartisan...more

Congress Overhauls Chemical Safety Law

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In a rare display of bipartisanism, on June 7, 2016, the Senate approved the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, after an earlier, affirmative vote in the House. The Lautenberg Act amends the Toxic...more

Stick a Fork in It – FDA Anti-Generic Drug Preemption Proposal Postponed Until After the Presidential Election

by Reed Smith on

On May 18, the FDA extended the comment period for its proposed generic drug labeling rule until April 2017 – that is, until after the next presidential election. We believe that, for all practical purposes, this means that...more

Vermont Act 120 and Beyond: Genetically Engineered Foods, Where Are We Now?

by K&L Gates LLP on

On July 1, 2016, Vermont’s genetically engineered food labeling law is set to become effective. Act 120 and its implementing rule (Vermont Consumer Protection Rule 121) require food manufacturers to label food products that...more

“GMO” Labeling Food Fight: How Vermont’s Act 120 Is Pressuring An Entire Industry

On July 1, 2016, Vermont’s Act 120 will require food manufacturers to indicate in the labeling of all products regulated by FDA when the food has been produced with the use of genetic engineering (GE). Unless Congress acts...more

Google Asks Congress For Self-Driving Car Help

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As reported almost everywhere, on Tuesday, March 15, Google told a Senate Hearing that Congress should pass legislation regulating self-driving cars. Google, through Chris Urmson (Director, Self-Driving Cars), explained that...more

Health Care Update - March 2016

Senate HELP Committee Set for Second Mark Up on Cures Effort - This week, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) will hold its second legislative mark-up on its counterpart to the...more

Drone on Drones: Arizona Bill Would Preclude Local Government Drone Regulation

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The Arizona Senate has introduced new legislation creating a comprehensive state policy on drone use that would preempt cities from enacting their own regulations. While the bill is likely to see major changes before becoming...more

House Panel Approves Data Breach Bill

by King & Spalding on

On Wednesday, Dec. 9, the House Financial Services Committee approved a bill that would require companies to notify consumers and the government when a data breach compromises certain unencrypted consumer information. The...more

TSCA Legislation Passes the Senate, Nears Final Passage

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On December 17, 2015, the Senate unanimously approved legislation to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The legislation amended the bill already approved by the House of Representatives by substituting the text...more

State Attorneys General Ask Congress Not To Preempt Breach Notification Laws

by King & Spalding on

In the wake of recent, large-scale data breaches, several pieces of legislation have been introduced in Congress to establish a national data breach notification law, including a House bill that would preempt the current...more

Washington State Amends Breach Notification Law to Expand Notification Requirements

On April 23, 2015, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a bill strengthening the state’s data breach notification law (amending Wash. Rev. Code §§ 19.255.010 and 42.56.590 and creating a new section). H.B....more

New Federal Bill Would Preempt State Data Security Breach Notification Laws

by Polsinelli on

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn) recently introduced H.R. 1770, legislation intended to establish a framework of national data security breach laws, to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The bill, called the Data Security...more

Cyber Legislation on the Move: Data Breach Bill Passes Out of Committee

by Holland & Knight LLP on

As an extension of our forecast of upcoming cyber-related legislation, on April 15, the House Energy & Commerce Committee approved the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015 (H.R. 1770), adopting three amendments...more

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