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Local Drone Law Preempted

by Snell & Wilmer on

On September 21, 2017, in what is believed to be the first federal court ruling on the issue of local drone regulation, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in Singer v. City of Newton,...more

California Adopts Emergency Cannabis Regulations for Licensing Beginning on January 1, 2018

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On November 16, 2017, California published the long awaited rules and regulations to implement voter approved Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Cannabis Act of 2016, which legalized adult use of cannabis in the State of...more

Federal Court Finds Local Drone Ordinance Preempted by Federal Law

by Stinson Leonard Street on

States and local governments may want to think twice before passing laws that ban or place limitations or conditions on the use of unmanned aircraft flights in the wake of a federal judge's ruling last week in Massachusetts. ...more

City of Newton’s Drone Ordinance Overturned by Federal Judge

Last week, a federal judge in Massachusetts ruled that the City of Newton’s drone ordinance, which attempted to regulate drone flights in the airspace over Newton, Massachusetts could not be enforced by the municipality...more

Preemption is “Part and Parcel” of the §101; But Lack of Preemption Does Not Necessarily Establish Patentability

In Return Mail, Inc. v. United States Postal Service, [2016-1502] (August 28, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB’s decision that the US Postal Service had standing to challenge Return Mails patents in an CBMR, and...more

Ninth Circuit Raises Bar for Approving Changes in State Medicaid Reimbursement

by Perkins Coie on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court raised the bar last week for what states must prove to establish that their Medicaid provider reimbursement rates are sufficient to ensure a robust network of providers...more

Cannabis Trademark Opposition: A Fanciful Counterfactual Illustration

by Revision Legal on

Parties file oppositions against pending trademark applications for a wide variety of reasons. Often, a party filing an opposition or requesting an extension of time to do so will contact the Applicant before filing or at the...more

Florida Enacts Law to Keep Local Governments from Regulating Drones

On July 1, 2017, a new law in the State of Florida became effective in order to keep “local governments from regulating drone and model aircraft operations” in the State, while in turn, “protecting those who fly safely and...more

Tenth Circuit Finds Citizen Petition Denial to be "Clear Evidence" of Conflict Preemption

A U.S. Court of Appeals has held that a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) denial of a citizen petition can be “clear evidence” of conflict preemption under the test set forth by the Supreme Court in Wyeth v. Levine, 555 U.S....more

Giving the Unions Their Dues: NLRB ALJ Finds Partial Preemption of Wisconsin Right-to-Work Law

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Administrative Law Judge found that the NLRA preempts part of Wisconsin’s right-to-work law that restricts employers from deducting union dues directly from employees’ paychecks....more

FERC Dismisses Electric Cooperatives’ Maryland Community Solar Program PURPA Case as Premature

On November 15, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order dismissing a petition for declaratory filed by two Maryland electric cooperatives requesting a FERC finding that regulations governing...more

When “Organic” is Not “Organic,” Even When the USDA Says It Is

by Barley Snyder on

Producers of agricultural products go to great lengths to achieve the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “organic” label. Under the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP), organic certification is a complex time-consuming...more

D.C. District Court Strikes Down PRRB's Application of "Self-Disallowance" Jurisdictional

by Baker Ober Health Law on

In Banner Heart Hospital, et al. v. Burwell, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (Court) held on August 19, 2016, that the Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB) incorrectly declined to hear an...more

Texas District Court Enjoins Federal Gender Identity Protection Of Students

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In State of Texas v. United States, a District Court issued a nationwide injunction to enjoin the Department of Education and Department of Justice from enforcing their guidelines on accommodations for...more

DEA Rejects Petitions to Reclassify Marijuana, but Opens the Door to Expanded Marijuana Research Efforts

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

In a long-awaited decision released this morning, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration announced that it has denied two petitions to reschedule marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (the “CSA”). The DEA...more

DEA Declines to Change Stance on Marijuana but Opens Door to Federally Sanctioned Marijuana Research

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On August 11, 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) formally declined to change its position on the medical or recreational use of marijuana, denying two petitions urging the federal government to change marijuana’s...more

Sixth Circuit Rejects FCC’s Effort To Preempt State Regulation Of Municipal Broadband Providers

The FCC’s February 2015 meeting yielded two significant and controversial orders premised on the agency’s authority under Section 706 of the Communications Act: its much-publicized Open Internet Order, and its less-publicized...more

A Foolish Consistency Is the Hobgoblin of Little Minds: So Said Emerson, So Says EPA

On Wednesday, EPA issued a final rule amending its “Regional Consistency Regulations.” The new rule provides that EPA will only follow adverse judicial decisions in the areas of the country where such judicial decisions are...more

Supreme Court’s Environmental and Administrative Law Decisions in 2015-2016 Term

This Advisory briefly reports on some of the significant U.S. Supreme Court actions from January through June 2016 related to environmental and administrative law. Please see full Publication below for more information. ...more

Chemical Industry: Significant Changes to Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Require Attention

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On June 22, 2016, President Barack Obama signed into law, effective immediately, the first substantive amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) since it was enacted forty years ago. The new public law, known as...more

TSCA Reform Presents Solutions and Questions for Industry

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the first amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) since its passage in 1976. The amendments...more

Toxic Substances Control Act Overhauled Chemical Risk Regulation in the U.S. Joins the 21st Century

by King & Spalding on

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (the Act). Passed with significant bipartisan support, the Act is the first major update to a federal...more

D.C. Circuit Rejects Challenge to SEC Regulation A+

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission prevailed in the D.C. Circuit which rejected a challenge to Regulation A+. Petitioners, the chief security regulators for Massachusetts and Montana argued that the SEC’s rules were contrary to the Supreme...more

California Telecom Providers File Suit to Protect Competitively Sensitive Information

by Nossaman LLP on

On May 5, AT&T Mobility along with several other telecommunications providers and trade associations filed a complaint in the Northern District of California against the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”)...more

California Court Rules Medicare Does Not Preempt Hospital Claims Against Payer

by King & Spalding on

On April 27, 2016, a California state court judge in a Complex Litigation department for the County of Los Angeles, ruled in favor of 13 of our hospital clients on an important matter involving substantive and financial...more

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