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Restoring old mill hydro sites and FERC licensure

Suppose you own an existing water powered mill complex whose hydromechanical facilities have not been operational for decades. You would like to develop a hydropower project at the site, using the existing dam, headrace, and...more

FDA Places Ban on Import of GE Salmon

Reversing course from the end of 2015, FDA recently announced an import ban on genetically engineered (GE) salmon until such a time as comprehensive labeling guidelines are introduced. Despite FDA’s approval of GE salmon in...more

Blame Flows Downhill: All the Way to Sales Clerks

What if a store clerk sells a product that, unbeknownst to him, is illegal? Can the clerk be convicted of a crime, despite not knowing the product was illegal and not intending to sell an illegal product? On January 14,...more

DOJ Acknowledges in Proposed Jury Instructions That Dissemination of Truthful and Non-Misleading Off-Label Use Information Is Not...

For years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken the position that a medical device (or drug) manufacturer that promotes an FDA-approved device (or drug) for an unapproved use violates the Federal Food, Drug,...more

Tacoma Passes Moratorium on New Retail Stores, Medical Cooperatives

Thinking about opening a recreational store or medical cooperative in Tacoma? Better sit tight, at least for the time being. On Tuesday, January 13, 2016, the Tacoma City Council passed a “temporary moratorium on new...more

Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Rules that Motor Vehicle Use Tax is Constitutional

Motor Vehicle Use Tax is Constitutional - Regency Transportation, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue - MA Supreme Judicial Court No. SJC-11873 (January 6, 2016) - The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has held...more

Star Power Arrives in Marijuana Branding

Willie Nelson has “Willie’s Reserve“. Snoop Dogg has “Leafs By Snoop“. And rumor has it that Bob Marley’s heir’s will have their own brand out soon. As more states legalize medical and even recreational marijuana, brands and...more

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Details the Evidentiary Support a Gas Storage Company Must Provide to Justify Market-Based...

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an order on October 15, 2015 in which it addressed the first fully-litigated proceeding where a natural gas storage provider sought authorization to charge market-based rates....more

3 Year-End Arbitration Lessons From Appellate Courts

Before I can sum up 2015 in arbitration (next post!), I need to report on some new cases coming out of the federal and state appellate courts in recent weeks. Two are just good reminders of basic arbitration law, but the...more

Congressional Negotiators Reach Deal on LWCF Reauthorization and Include Language Concerning Labeling Guidelines for GE Salmon

On December 16, 2015, the House Appropriations Committee released the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016. The 2,009-page bill includes full appropriations legislation and funding for the 12 annual appropriations bills...more

Entertainment and Media Litigation Update - October 2015

The "Dancing Baby" Case—Ninth Circuit Rules That "Fair Use" Must First Be Considered Before Sending Takedown Notices Under the DMCA - Why it matters: On September 14, 2015, the Ninth Circuit ruled in Lenz v. Universal...more

Breaking News: U.S. Supreme Court Vacates Decision in First Marblehead; Remands to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Today, the United States Supreme Court granted a request for review in the case of First Marblehead Corporation v. Massachusetts Commissioner of Revenue, and summarily vacated the decision issued January 28, 2015, by the...more

Supreme Court Update: Maryland V. Kulbicki (14-848) And Order List

… und willkommen zurück! Oktober Term 2015 kicks off today with argument in OBB Personenverkehr AG v. Sachs (13-1067), a case which explores the contours of the commercial-activity exception to the Foreign Sovereign...more

Southern District of New York Finds Amarin Pharma, Inc.’s Off-Label Promotion Is Protected Speech; Company Cannot Be Prosecuted...

Pharmaceutical industry and constitutional buffs have been closely watching Amarin Pharma Inc. v. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The case presented the (not wholly novel) question whether the First Amendment protects...more

Back in Court: DMA Argues Before the Tenth Circuit to Follow Quill

Direct Marketing Association (DMA) continued its fight against Colorado’s use tax reporting regime during oral arguments today before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. After getting sidetracked with a...more

Health Care Arbitration Agreements: Five Ways to Improve Enforceability

Common law judicial doctrines in almost every state discourage and restrict arbitration agreements covering personal injury or death claims. This is particularly true regarding admission contracts to nursing homes or...more

California Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (2nd Quarter 2015)

Case Updates - BREAKING NEWS: Gillette Oral Arguments Scheduled - The California Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in the Gillette Multistate Tax Compact case. This comes three years after the California...more

Eleventh Circuit Says Merely Acquiring Debt in Default is Not Enough to Qualify As "Debt Collector" Under FDCPA

In Davidson v. Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a district court’s dismissal of an amended complaint against Capital One Bank (USA), N.A. (“Capital One”) for alleged violations of the Fair Debt...more

Business Court Enjoins Enforcement Of High Interest Rate Loans Made By American Indian-Related Business

Judge Gale's opinion last week in Western Sky in State v. Western Sky Financial, LLC, 2015 NCBC 84 has a little bit of everything in it: choice of law, the U.S. Constitution, claims for usury (excessive interest rates) and...more

Will the TELE-MED Act of 2015 Really Change Licensure Rules?

Congress is reviewing legislation designed to permit telemedicine providers to treat Medicare patients across state lines without the need for separate state licensure. The Telemedicine for Medicare Act of 2015 (S. 1778 and...more

Eleventh Circuit Examines “Debt Collector” Under the FDCPA

For those tracking Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) litigation for financial institutions and loan servicers, an opinion recently issued by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals provides new insight on the...more

Federal Court Rejects Invalid Theory of FCPA “Accomplice” Liability

The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut recently held that a non-resident foreign national cannot be subject to criminal liability under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) when the defendant is...more

Glossary of Important Securities Regulation Terms and Definitions

This Glossary is designed to provide law students taking Securities Regulation with a tool that will assist them in learning the basic language of securities law and achieve a working knowledge of the fundamental principles...more

TN COA: Arbitrators Decide Scope and Unconscionability

The Tennessee Court of Appeals at Jackson recently enforced a NY choice-of-law provision against an arbitration challenge, holding that courts determine contract-formation issues, while arbitrators decide the scope and...more

The Wine Institute and Reed Smith Team Up To Fight Illinois False Claims Act Overreach

On July 28, 2015, on behalf of the Wine Institute and its members, Reed Smith filed an action in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois against the Illinois Attorney General (the “Attorney General”) and the Illinois...more

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