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Waste Management

Unfair Contract Terms in Small Business Contracts: ACCC Takes its First Court Action Against JJ Richards

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 6 September 2017, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) commenced proceedings against JJ Richards & Sons Pty Ltd (JJ Richards), one of Australia's largest privately-owned waste management companies. ...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - September 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Key legislative vote could force tech billionaire to sell public route to beach - San Jose Mercury News - Aug 30 - Lawmakers in Sacramento are considering a bill that could clear...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - August 2017

Data Breach Lawsuits Continue to Fill the Courts - Data breach litigation continues to fill the courts in all stages, with a new class action filed against Tempur Sealy International and the dismissal of a suit against...more

California Mandatory Packaging Waste Management Initiative

CalRecycle, the California state agency responsible for solid waste and recycling regulatory programs, estimates that packaging represents about one-quarter of California's total disposal stream. Packaging includes cardboard,...more

Michigan Legislature Proposes Bill To Further Regulate TENORM Disposal

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

The Michigan legislature recently introduced Senate Bill 503 to tighten up Michigan’s existing disposal guidelines pertaining to TENORM or Technologically Enhanced, Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material. Michigan has...more

Dumping the Dump

by Clark Hill PLC on

We’ve all heard that we are a consumer nation. That is true and it’s not a bad thing. We are also a disposal nation. When we buy stuff, we throw stuff out. This includes Xboxes, new faucets, pencils, sheets, toothpaste…you...more

Vail Resorts announces sustainability, net zero plan

by PretiFlaherty on

Vail Resorts, Inc. -- the largest ski and mountain resort operator in the world -- has announced a comprehensive sustainability commitment that calls for "zero net emissions by 2030, zero waste to landfill by 2030 and zero...more

Antitrust Alert: Federal Court Rejects Failing Firm Defense in Merger Case

by Jones Day on

A new decision from a federal court in Delaware reinforces the high burden that parties face in insulating an otherwise anticompetitive merger based on the so-called "failing firm" defense. The Justice Department ("DOJ")...more

Cause for Concern Over Organic Fertilizer Made from Food Waste?

by Downey Brand LLP on

In December 2016, the National Organic Program (NOP) issued guidance 5034-1 that can be interpreted as approving of food waste for use in organic crop production (for example, as an input in fertilizer) without regard to...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Sustainable design of communities dramatically reduces waste - Scientific American - Jun 26 - In the past decade, the construction and retrofitting of individual homes to reduce...more

Vancouver City Council Contemplates Strategies to Reduce Single-Use Waste

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On June 27, 2017, City of Vancouver Staff updated City Council on new strategies to reduce single-use items like disposable cups, plastic and paper shopping bags, foam food packaging and take-out containers. City Staff...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from May 16, 2017 – June 15, 2017. Latin America is moving full speed ahead to adopt and implement Climate Change Convention commitments, signaling that greenhouse gas ...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: April 2017

by Payne & Fears on

This month’s key California employment law cases involve wage and hour and discrimination issues. Wage & Hour - Batze v. Safeway, Inc., 10 Cal. App. 5th 440, 216 Cal. Rptr. 3d 390 (2017) - Summary: While determination of...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - June 2017 #1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Google's New Office Space Could Have Huge Impact on Downtown San Jose - San Jose is the largest city in California's Silicon Valley, yet some of the tech industry's largest employers maintain their biggest offices...more

Dumping Medicine: Make Sure Pharmaceutical Wastes Aren’t Left Behind By Regulatory Reform

Regulatory reform has dominated the Trump administration’s environmental policy agenda to date, fueled by Executive Orders requiring agencies to identify unnecessary regulations for revision or outright rescission, and to...more

Australia Adds Indemnities and Limitations of Liability

by Jones Day on

Recent amendments to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2010 (Cth) ("ASIC Act") and the Competition and Consumer Law Act (Cth) ("CC Act") extended the unfair contract terms regime, which previously...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Latin America continues it vigorous and progressive introduction of wide ranging environmental and sustainability issues. Some highlighted activity to reflect the range: Sustainability. Signaling what may be a future...more

Maine Hazardous Waste Rules Updated for Exempt Solvent-Contaminated Wipes

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MEDEP) just amended its rules to formally include an exemption for “solvent-contaminated wipes,” putting to bed a long-standing question of how solvent-contaminated...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

This month, Latin American countries sustain their pace issuing progressive environmental measures, and the Region continues to emerge as a global leader on sustainability issues. Product recycling requirements matured...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from January 16, 2017 – February 15, 2017. The pace of environmental and sustainability initiatives continues at its breakneck pace in Latin America, notwithstanding summer...more

California Court Blocks Local Measure Banning Ground Application of Biosolids

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

In a victory for municipalities that recycle biosolids to farmland, Los Angeles’ sanitation district prevailed in its suit against a Kern County initiative banning land application of biosolids. See County Sanitation Dist....more

Oregon Supreme Court Confirms Oregon RCRA and Related Rules Impose Strict Liability

On February 9, the Oregon Supreme Court affirmed the decisions of the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission (OEQC) and the Oregon Court of Appeals that Oil Re-Refining Company (ORRCO) was strictly liable for “simple”...more

Waste and Recycling Industry Challenges New Clean Air Act Emission Guidelines for Existing Municipal Solid Waste Landfills

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

A group of waste industry trade associations and waste management and recycling companies is challenging the EPA’s recently finalized Clean Air Act rule that revises Emission Guidelines for existing municipal solid waste...more

Waste Management Could be Key to Meeting the United States’ GHG Emissions Goals

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

If the United States is going to meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement, it is going to have to significantly overhaul its waste management practices. At least that is the conclusion...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from September 16 – October 15, 2016. Initiatives to reduce and manage packaging wastes appear to be gaining traction, particularly in Argentina, which enacted a new...more

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