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The Supreme Court - May 2016 #3

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases on May 19, 2016: CRST Van Expedited, Inc. v. EEOC, No. 14-1375: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) brought a suit in its own name...more

Supreme Court Decides Torres v. Lynch

On May 19, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Torres v. Lynch (No. 14-1096), holding that a state criminal offense counts as an “aggravated felony” under § 1101(a)(43) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) when it...more

FERC and microhydro licensing

Federal energy regulators have ruled that a micro-hydroelectric project proposed in New York cannot be constructed or operated without a license. The proposed Henson Micro Hydroelectric Project would be located on the...more

The Court has spoken: State programs to incentivize the construction or continued operation of electric generators must be crafted...

Energy regulators throughout the United States are looking for ways to encourage production of clean electricity, including from renewable sources. States, public utility commissions, power producers, power distributors and...more

Congress Passes the Defend Trade Secrets Act

On April 27, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) by a vote of 410 to 2. Since the Senate already passed the bill and the Obama Administration has long been in favor of it, the...more

Guidance Provided on Interplay of “Dormant” Commerce Clause and the 21st Amendment

On April 21, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit handed down its opinion in Cooper v. Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, No. 14-51343. It provides further guidance, at least within the Fifth Circuit, on the...more

Supreme Court Decides Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, LLC

On April 19, 2016, the United States Supreme Court decided Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, LLC, No. 14-614, holding that Maryland’s program that provided subsidies to a new electricity generator through state-mandated...more

Supreme Court rules on state energy incentives

The U.S. Supreme Court has released its ruling on a case affecting how states may provide incentives for electric power generation. In Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, LLC, the Court upheld a lower court's ruling...more

State Statutes Requiring MERS To Pay Higher Recording Fees Declared Constitutional

On February 23, 2016, in the case of MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. et al. v. Dannel P. Malloy et al., the Connecticut Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of certain state statutes which impose higher fees for mortgage...more

FERC rules off-grid micro-hydro needs no license

Federal hydropower regulators have granted reconsideration of a 2015 order finding licensing required for an off-grid micro-hydropower project proposed in Massachusetts. Based on newly submitted evidence that the proposed...more

Dialing in on Health Care Delivery Through Telemedicine

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, millions of newly insured patients have entered the health care market, bringing attention to the need for expanded access to services. Meanwhile, rapid advancements in the...more

State & Local Tax Advisory: Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl: What’s Quill Got to Do with It?

On February 22, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit issued its decision in Direct Marketing Ass’n v. Brohl. 1 The Tenth Circuit reversed the federal district court and held that Colorado’s law imposing use...more

Tenth Circuit Rules Colorado Can Require Remote Retailers to Notify Customers of the State's Use Tax

On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upheld the constitutionality of a Colorado law that requires remote retailers to notify customers of the state’s use tax requirements and report certain customer tax...more

Health Update - February 2016

Better Late Than Never: CMS Provides Much-Needed Clarity on the 60-Day Overpayment Refund Requirements - On February 12, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the long-awaited final rule (Final...more

FERC holds CO microhydro needs license

In an order issued earlier this month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission found that the developer of a micro-hydropower project proposed in Colorado must obtain a license for the Patton Colorado Hydropower Project's...more

Tenth Circuit Finds Colorado Use Tax Reporting Regime Constitutional

Today, February 22, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upheld Colorado’s use tax reporting regime in Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl. In so doing, the court held that ...more

Tenth Circuit Upholds Colorado’s Use Tax Reporting, Limits Quill to Sales and Use Tax Collection

On February 22, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (Tenth Circuit) issued its opinion in Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl, reversing the district court’s order granting summary judgment. The Tenth...more

What is the likely effect of Justice Scalia's death on Tax cases pending in the USSCT

Justice Scalia is known as an "originalist" in interpreting the Constitution. An "originalist" is someone who looks to the language of the Constitution to find authority for an interpretation being proposed and who finding...more

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

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