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Competition & Regulation Update: Harper Review: A Small Victory For Businesses Dealing And Competing With Supermarkets

The Harper Review Final Report was released last week. This update highlights the Panel's key views and recommendations that affect businesses supplying to or competing with supermarkets. MISUSE OF MARKET POWER...more

Harper Review Panel only goes half way for insurers

In its final report released on 31 March 2015, the Competition Policy Review Panel (chaired by Professor Ian Harper) has maintained some of the draft competition policy recommendations that were supported by insurers, but did...more

New Law Seeks to Encourage Higher Wages Through the Public Shaming of Employers

One of the more interesting laws to emerge from the 2014 legislative session was Assembly Bill 1792. AB 1792 amends and adds sections to the Government Code, Unemployment Insurance Code and Welfare and Institutions Code....more

Foothill Communities Coalition v. County of Orange: New California Court of Appeal Upholds Use of "Spot Zoning" Where a...

Spot zoning - the practice of singling out a parcel of property for either more or less restrictive zoning regulations - does not always constitute an impermissible abuse of discretion according to a new opinion from the...more

Google Books Is Fair Use and Provides “Significant Public Benefits” - Authors Guild, Inc. v. Google, Inc.

Since 2004, the Google Books project has scanned over 20 million books and has provided digital copies of the books to participating libraries while also creating a searchable database of books. The Google Books database...more

Massachusetts House and Senate Negotiators Agree on FY 2014 Budget; Funding Sources Remain Uncertain

On Sunday, four hours before the start of Massachusetts’ new fiscal year, the legislative conference committee tasked with ironing out differences between the House and Senate budget proposals agreed on a final compromise...more

Elizabeth Warren and Bill Nelson support OCC and FDIC on deposit advances

A friend brought to my attention a two-page comment letter from Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bill Nelson, commenting on the OCC’s proposed deposit advance guidance, the subject of a prior blog....more

The Path to Citizenship in the Senate’s Immigration Reform Bill

Just yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed a “border surge” amendment to the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act,” paving the way for possible cloture and full senate vote on the bill on or...more

Cato Report Explodes Myth of Immigrants Draining System

The Cate Institute recently released an economic development bulletin authored by Leighton Ku and Brian Bruen that dispels the popular notion that immigrants are draining the U.S. economic system by their disproportionate use...more

Appellate Notes: Week of March 25

In This Issue: - SC18915- Misiti, LLC v. Travelers Property Casualty Co. of America - SC18840- New England Road, Inc. v. Planning & Zoning Commission - SC18804- Cordero v. University of Connecticut...more

Prison Re-Entry Panel at PBI Conference - Great Learning Experience

One of the great things about being invited to be on a panel at the Pro Bono Institute's wonderful annual conference is that, even though I was presumable asked because I know something about the topic, I always learn much...more

Final Regulations Require One-Time Written Parental Consent To Access Public Benefits/Insurance

Effective on March 18, 2013, the federal regulations governing parental consent to access public benefits or insurance (e.g., Medicaid) will change in a way that simplifies how school districts access public benefits and...more

Chasing the Dream: Sorting Fact and Myth Is Biggest Obstacle to Immigration Reform

Originally published in ABA JOURNAL - May 2012. Consensus doesn't seem to have a place in policy discussions about the state of the U.S. immigration system. But there is, at least, widespread agreement that the system...more

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