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CPUC Rulemaking Opens Door to Revisit Impacts of Wireless in Public Rights of Way - Local Governments Should Respond by May 3

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Public Utilities Commission just opened a proceeding that may redefine the rights of wireless providers and wireless infrastructure providers to use utility poles and public rights of way. In addition, the CPUC...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update – March 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for March 2017. Please see full...more

The Cannabis Act: An overview

by Dentons on

On April 13, 2017, Canada’s Liberal government introduced Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act (the “Act”). The tabled legislation provides federal guidelines for legal access to cannabis for non-medical purposes and establishes...more

Court Allows the TTC to Implement Random Drug and Alcohol Testing

by Dentons on

In a recent decision, the Honourable Justice Marrocco of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice denied the request of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 and Robert Kinnear (the “Applicants”) to restrain the TTC from...more

Potentially Costly Nuclear Rulemaking Proposed - NRC targets include oil & gas industry, cancer treatment providers,...

Despite little evidence that requiring licensees to provide financial assurance to cover the cost of the disposition of certain Category 1 & 2 sources will promote public health and safety, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission...more

“Honorably Retired” for California Police Officer Defined by Court

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Among the many benefits bestowed on the brave men and women who honorably retire after serving behind the badge is the right to carry a concealed weapon in public. Owing to federal law, this right extends to every...more

Texas Supreme Court Tosses Former Employee’s Defamation Suit Based on Matters of Public Concern Under the TCPA

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Texas Supreme Court throws out a former employee’s defamation suit under the Texas Citizens Participation Act, finding that communications about his alleged failure to measure a petroleum storage tank...more

Texas Supreme Court Confirms Broad Scope of Anti-SLAPP Law

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Back in late 2015, I wrote a five-part series on the Expanding Scope of the TCPA or Texas’ Anti-SLAPP law. The Supreme Court of Texas confirmed our analysis last week with its decision in the ExxonMobil v. Coleman confirming...more

EPA Proposes Rules to Implement TSCA Reform

by Jones Day on

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was signed into law on June 22, 2016. We previously summarized that bill's key changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act ("TSCA"). This Commentary highlights...more

DHS Releases Memos on Immigration

by Cozen O'Connor on

On February 20, 2017, Secretary John Kelly of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), issued two immigration memos entitled, “Implementing the President’s Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements...more

Secretary Kelly Issues Statement on Recent ICE Enforcement Actions

by Cozen O'Connor on

On February 13, 2017, Secretary John Kelly of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, released a statement regarding the recent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operations. ...more

Did U.S. executive order signal trouble for EU citizen privacy rights?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

As President Trump settles into office, his administration has issued a flurry of executive orders aimed at reshaping the U.S. government. One order in particular may have a broader impact on global business than originally...more

Drone Operator Arrested in California for Operation Near Helicopter Rescue

On January 27, 2017, police in Pacifica, California arrested a drone operator for allegedly flying a drone near the scene of a helicopter rescue, which effectively delayed the rescue operation. Police and fire rescue...more

President Trump Issues Executive Orders on Immigration Issues

by Mintz Levin on

On January 25, 2017, President Trump issued two Executive Orders impacting immigration. As promised in his presidential campaign, the orders involve enhancing border security, but also include increased interior enforcement....more

Utility-Scale Battery Storage Systems: Legal Issues and Opportunities

Federal and state government mandates and incentives, combined with technological advances, have dramatically increased renewable energy sources during the past decade. Variable renewable energy sources such as solar and wind...more

Tips for Implementing Drones in Public Safety

The Office of Justice Programs’ (OJP) National Institute of Justice (NIJ) released a report this week examining issues related to the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones) for public safety purposes. “Considerations...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2016 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Federal report recommends gas-storage safety changes - OC Register - Oct 18 - A task force commissioned by the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety...more

NASA Announces Beyond Visual-Line-of-Sight UAS Test Flights

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS; commonly known as drones) this month beyond visual line-of-sight of their operators to test planning, tracking and alerting...more

New Use for Drones on Australian Beaches

In Western Australia’s South West beaches surveillance drones will hit the skies to increase swimmer safety by spotting sharks in the water. This project will take place over a three-month period (from November to January)...more

Florida Department of Environmental Protection Adopts Emergency Rule Imposing New Notice Requirements

by Carlton Fields on

In response to the storm-related sewage and sinkhole-related discharges at the Mosaic facility in Mulberry, Florida, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) published two rulemaking notices on September 27, both...more

EPA IG's Concerns About Oversight of Hospital Disinfectants Reinforces Need for Robust Infection Control Programs

On September 19, 2016, the Inspector General (IG) for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the latest in a long line of reports identifying flaws in EPA’s process for ensuring the efficacy of hospital-grade,...more

FAA Issues Supplemental Rulemaking on Safety Management Systems

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The FAA has gotten closer to a conceptual model for the safety management system requirements and standards that will be required for certified airports. At the World Safety Organization International...more

Top Ten Things To Know About Florida's Amendment 2

The Basics: Amendment 2 is a voter-initiated constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana possession and use. Amendment 2 establishes a caregiver-patient system for medical marijuana distribution. Caregivers must be...more

FDA Announces Dates for Long-Awaited Public Hearing on Its Regulation of Off-Label Communications

Times, They Are A-Changin’ - On Wednesday, FDA announced that it will hold a two-day public hearing on November 9th and 10th to obtain input from a broad cross-section of the health care industry, including...more

Drone Rules Raise Preemption Questions

The Federal Aviation Administration's recently announced rules for commercial operation of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS or drones), set to take effect later this month, provide long-awaited guidance to drone operators...more

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