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The Supreme Court Strikes Down Buffer Zone Law

A local government can create a 35-foot buffer zone to restrict speech on a public street only if it has first made a serious effort to address the issue in other ways. Originally published on the IMLA Appellate...more

New Clinical Trial Rules in the EU: A First Overview

Last week, Regulation (EU) No 536/2014 on clinical trials on medicinal products for human use was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Regulation establishes a single, EU-wide harmonised set of rules...more

Massachusetts Land Trusts Breath a Collective Sigh of Relief: The SJC Rules That There Is No Requirement to Promote Public Access...

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled that land trusts or other charities which own and preserve conservation land may take advantage of a state tax exemption on such land even if they do not affirmatively...more

Proposed OSHA Rules Call for Electronic Filing of Employee Injury Records and Provide Public Access to Records

Last Friday, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration published proposed regulations overhauling employer obligations with respect to employee workplace injury and illness reporting. The new rules do not make...more

Public Access Counselor Holds That Straw Poll Violates The Open Meetings Act

Recently, the Illinois Public Access Counselor rendered a binding opinion, holding that a committee violated the Open Meetings Act when it chose to recommend an individual to fill a vacancy on the committee and made that...more

Balancing The Burdens Of Transparency In The Illinois Freedom Of Information Act

A recent Chicago Tribune editorial, “The burden of transparency” asks a provocative question: does the unduly burdensome exemption in the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allow an unfair loophole for public bodies...more

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