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“21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act” Introduced in House

On March 26, 2015, House of Representatives Republican Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) introduced a bill (H.R. 1667) to amend Section 4(b) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to require the Secretary of Interior to “make publicly...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Use of Electronic Informed Consent in Clinical Trials

On March 9, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a draft guidance, Use of Electronic Informed Consent in Clinical Investigations – Questions and Answers, that provides recommendations for clinical...more

New Study Shows Annual Costs of Major Depressive Disorder Sufferers in the United States Top $210 Billion

A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (“The Economic Burden of Adults with Major Depressive Disorder in the United States (2005 and 2010),” February 2015) found that the economic burden of individuals in...more

U.S. Geological Survey Releases Publications on Historical Hydraulic Fracturing Trends

On Tuesday, January 27, the U.S. Geological Survey released two new publications highlighting historical hydraulic fracturing trends. These publications are the first of their kind: until now, there has not been...more

NMFS Issues New BiOp for Pesticide Effects on Pacific Salmon, but the Methodology Used and Mitigation Proposed Remain...

On January 20, 2015, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued its latest Biological Opinion (BiOp) in a series of BiOps evaluating potential effects of pesticide use on salmon in the Pacific Northwest....more

House Fly Genome Sequenced

The phylogenetic Order Diptera comprises the "true" flies (defined as having a single pair of wings arising from the thorax) and is first found in the fossil record in the Middle Triassic (~245 million years ago). It is one...more

Dual Studies Assess Impact of Hydraulic Fracturing of Oil and Gas Resources in California

The California Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources and the California Council on Science and Technology recently released studies that examine the impact of hydraulic fracturing of oil...more

California Publishes Two Statutorily Mandated Studies on Fracking and Other Oil and Gas Stimulation Methods

On January 14, 2015, the State of California released two anticipated studies concerning hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” in California pursuant to Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) enacted in 2013. The California Natural...more

Media Reports on 2014 "Fracking" Verdicts Miss the Real Story: Scientific Study Continues to Demonstrate the Safety of...

In April 2014, press reports widely suggested that a Dallas, Texas case was the first large verdict awarded on the basis of environmental damages sustained due to fracking. One advocacy journalism website's description of the...more

Big Developments for Oil and Well Producers Utilizing Well Stimulation Treatments

Today saw two significant developments for oil and gas operators utilizing well stimulation treatments in California. Pursuant to SB 4, the Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources...more

When Scientific Research Becomes False Advertising

Positive results of scientific research on a company’s products can provide a tempting topic for advertising and promotion. If an article published in a well-established, peer-reviewed journal says that your company’s...more

EU-U.S. Joint NanoEHS Workshop Will Be Held in March 2015 in Italy

The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) announced on December 5, 2014, that, in collaboration with the European Commission (EC), it will hold the 2015 “EU-U.S.: Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts” joint...more

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: The California Strawberry Commission’s Claim to University Plant Breeding Research

Plant patents are often overshadowed by their more well-known utility and design patent counterparts under U.S. law. Yet, with the increasing branding and differentiation of agricultural commodities, plant patent rights...more

Science Advisory Board Finally Weighs In on Waters of the U.S.

The Science Advisory Board has at last released its peer review of EPA’s draft report on Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis, the technical support for the proposed rule on...more

DOE KBase

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has developed a computational platform known as Systems Biology Knowledgebase, or KBase, designed to help the biological community analyze, store, and share data. The project is led by...more

Legal Landscape and Guidance for Companies Involved in Marijuana Activity

Many states now permit the use of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes and the federal government has revised certain enforcement policies related to marijuana-related crimes. The possession, use,...more

Updated Plan on LACMA Building Structure

Famed Swiss architect Peter Zumthor wasted little time in adapting his original plans for the redesign of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to address the concerns of critics. After scientists from the Page Museum...more

Silver Nanotechnology Working Group Welcomes New Members

The Silver Nanotechnology Working Group (SNWG) was founded in 2009 as an industry-wide effort to advance the science and public understanding of the beneficial uses of silver nanoparticles in a wide-range of consumer and...more

Scientists Weigh In On Biogenic Carbon Accounting Debate

On June 19, 2014, over 90 scientists sent a letter to EPA urging the Agency to move forward under its Tailoring Rule by "1) moving beyond the flawed assumption that bioenergy is inherently carbon neutral; 2) rejecting the...more

CFPB seeking new Academic Research Council members

The CFPB has published a notice announcing that it is seeking to fill two vacancies on its Academic Research Council. The Council is an advisory body that provides the CFPB’s Office of Research with advice and feedback on its...more

FAA Selects Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Sites; Regulatory Questions Remain

FAA Action - On December 30, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it has selected six public entities to serve as research and testing sites for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). In selecting the...more

Advertising Law -- Jan 24, 2014

SPECIAL FOCUS: Exploring the Ony Decision and Its Impact on False Advertising Claims Involving Scientific Findings - Last year, the Second Circuit issued an opinion in Ony, Inc. v. Cornerstone Therapeutics, Inc., a...more

Devil's Isle Detail: An Overview of the Laws Regulating Bermuda's Marine Environment

The report is based on a pro bono survey provided to the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice in connection with its Coral Reef Project. The objective of the Coral Reef Project is to produce a best practices...more

Maryland Court of Appeals Upholds the Frye-Reed “General Acceptance” Test for Admissibility of Expert Testimony

The Maryland Court of Appeals issued an opinion on September 24, 2013, in Josephine Chesson, et al. v. Montgomery Mutual Insurance Co., No. 97, 2013 WL 5311126, -- A.3d --- (Md. Sept. 24, 2013) (Chesson III), finding that,...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending October 18, 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – ILAN NIEUCHOWICZ - - Foreclosure: issue of fact concerning authenticity of “original” promissory note precluded summary judgment – AG Beaumont 1, LLC v LSREF2 Oreo, No. 2D12-5873 (Fla. 2d DCA...more

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