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EPA Finalizes Reconsideration of Boiler MACT; Compliance Deadline Approaches

As major sources gear up to meet the January 31, 2016, compliance deadline for the Boiler MACT regulation, EPA has finalized a number of revisions to the rule that might affect your facility’s compliance plans. On November 5,…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

New Hampshire Adopts Uniform Securities Act

On January 1, 2016, a newly-adopted Uniform Securities Act will take effect in New Hampshire. The NH Securities Act is based on the Uniform Securities Act of 2002, which is a model statute designed to increase coordination…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House - 11/20/15

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. 49 More Bills Admitted for the 2016 Second Regular Session - The Maine State Legislature’s…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities

SEC Adopts Final Rules for Crowdfunding

On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules permitting “crowdfunding” by private companies without registering the offering with the SEC (“Regulation Crowdfunding”).  The final rules…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House 11/6/2015

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine Pulp and Paper Industry Summit on November 17 - “These are not your grandfather’s paper…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Labor & Employment Law, Real Estate - Residential

New Hampshire Lowers Tax Rates, Creates Amnesty and Voluntary Disclosure Programs

After lengthy negotiations between legislators and Governor Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire enacted significant tax changes, including a cut to business tax rates, an increase in the research and development tax credit, and the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Taxation

Posturing for Protection: Yogi Chooses Wrong IP Tool to Protect Yoga Sequence

The Ninth Circuit’s decision in Bikram’s Yoga College of India, L.P. v. Evolution Yoga, LLC, et al. is a stark reminder that ideas, processes and systems are not copyrightable, even if a book describing such is.  This…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Comcast and its Discontents

Shortly after the Supreme Court’s decisions in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011) and AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 563 U.S. 321 (2011), I appeared before a federal district judge on a motion to dismiss a…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. 2016 Session Gets Underway with Low Number of Bills Admitted - The Legislative Council, comprised…more
| Elections & Politics

CFPB Proposal Would Make Class Actions More Likely. Here's What's Next.

On Wednesday, October 7, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued proposals that would, if adopted, limit the use of arbitration provisions in contracts for consumer financial products. The CFPB’s proposals would not ban…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

FERC Commissioner Philip Moeller Announces Plans to Depart Agency Later This Month

Commissioner Philip Moeller of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) this afternoon announced his intention to leave FERC at the end of October 2015. Although Moeller’s term expired in June 2015, he was allowed to…more
| Energy & Utilities

EPA Tightens Ozone Standard…Again

On October 1, 2015, EPA announced that the new National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone would be 70 ppb, a 6.7% reduction of the current 75 ppb standard. On November 25, 2014, EPA had proposed to strengthen…more
| Energy & Utilities, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Double Whammy in Maine’s Paper Industry - This past week, two northern Maine paper mills…more
| Bankruptcy, Elections & Politics, Environmental Law, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

Class Certification Victory in Building Products Case

In a case that should be of interest to manufacturers and distributors, and especially to suppliers of building products, lawyers from our class action defense team recently defeated class certification in a building products…more
| Civil Procedure, Construction Law, Products Liability

Maine DEP Proposes Revisions to Site Law Rules

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is proposing revisions to three chapters of its rules under the Site Location of Development Law (Site Law), the statute under which the DEP regulates projects of state or…more
| Construction Law, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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