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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

Dana Gas – choice of English governing law upheld over arguments of non-Shari'a compliance

by Dentons on

Dana Gas PJSC (Dana Gas), the Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange listed, UAE-based energy producer, commenced restructuring negotiations with a number of its creditors in May 2017. Just over a month later, Dana Gas announced that...more

Enforcing Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements Post-Kindred

Just five months ago, the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on a nursing home arbitration dispute in Kindred Nursing Centers v. Clark. It held that the Kentucky supreme court’s rationale for not enforcing the arbitration...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | October 2017 #2

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Chicago Repeals SSB Tax After Two Months of Enforcement - Chicago officials have voted to repeal a sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) tax approved in November 2016 by the Cook County Board of Commissioners but delayed by a...more

The Sky May Be the Limit: Local Drone Regulation and Federal Preemption

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Just over one year ago, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) promulgated regulations governing the commercial use of drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), weighing less...more

The Preemption Defense to Flood Insurance Claims Under the National Flood Insurance Program

by Wilson Elser on

According to Lloyd’s of London, which helped to reinsure the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for more than $1 billion seven months before Hurricane Harvey, the storms in Texas and Florida may result in damage...more

CyberSecurity Regulation Back on Center Stage After Data Breach

by Goodwin on

The issue of cybersecurity is back in front of Congress in the wake of the news of the data breach at Equifax Inc., which reportedly has affected approximately 143 million consumers. Various industry trade groups, including...more

Protection against DOJ interference with state medical cannabis programs extended until Dec. 8

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

A bipartisan short-term funding deal signed into law by President Donald Trump on Sept. 8 extended the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment protections for lawful medical cannabis programs that allow producers, retailers and...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | August 2017 #3

As plant-based beverages appear on more store shelves, the definition of “milk” has become the center of a dispute involving legislatures, regulators, litigators and industry groups. Shook Partners Katie Gates Calderon and...more

Financing California’s Cannabis Businesses: Public Banking Model as a State-Level Solution

by Wilson Elser on

The California Cannabis Banking Working Group (CBWG) is meeting this week to discuss the prospect of implementing a public banking model in California to facilitate access to financial services for marijuana-related...more

Court Finds California Insurance Code Section 11658.5 Reverse-Preempts Section 4 Of The FAA

by Carlton Fields on

National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA provided Seneca Family of Agencies with workers’ compensation and employers’ liability insurance for Seneca’s operations in California from 2004 to 2013. The parties...more

Banking for Marijuana Businesses on the Rise

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCen”) issued a Marijuana Related Business update in June with data from the first quarter of 2017. FinCen reports that the number of depository institutions that are actively...more

State Liquor Laws Preempt Local Municipalities from Restricting Operating Hours

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The State liquor law preempts local municipalities from restricting hours of operation for businesses selling alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption. Accordingly, local municipalities should use caution when...more

Kentucky Federal Court Finds Subject-Matter Jurisdiction Has Not Been “Reverse Preempted” By Application Of Kentucky’s Insurers...

by Carlton Fields on

The question presented to the Court was “whether federal law has opened the door for state law to ‘reverse preempt’ the diversity jurisdiction statute.” The McCarran-Ferguson Act was enacted by Congress to prevent federal...more

You Don’t Have to Dance the Patent Dance (Except Maybe in California)

Supreme Court Decides BPCIA “Patent Dance” Questions - The 2009 Biologics Price Competition & Innovation Act (BPCIA) provides an orderly process for manufacturers of generic biological drugs (called “biosimilars”) to...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | June 2017 #2

Seattle Approves Tax on SSB Distributors - The Seattle City Council has approved a tax on distributors of sugarsweetened beverages (SSBs) proposed by the city’s mayor. SSBs covered by the tax include sports, fruit, energy...more

Out-of-Network Physician’s Claim Against Insurer Not Preempted by ERISA

The Second Circuit concluded that a promissory estoppel claim by an out-of-network provider against an insurer was not completely preempted by ERISA and thus remanded the claim to state court for further proceedings. The...more

Corporate News – June 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Pre-Emption Group reports on the use of its Statement of Principles - The Pre-Emption Group, which represents listed companies, investors and intermediaries, has published a monitoring report looking at the use of its...more

InterConnect FLASH! No. 61 - Regardless of Status (Broker/Motor Carrier): Contract & Control Still Matter

by Benesch on

Courts continue to review the circumstances surrounding the degree of control exercised over transportation service providers. This has held true in several different segments of the transportation industry whether it is home...more

State Supreme Courts Continue to Try to Chip Away at FAA Preemption; The United States Supreme Court Is Not Amused

The Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”), 9 U.S.C. § 1, et seq., does not contain an express preemption provision, nor was it intended to be the exclusive codified arbitration law in all circumstances. However, the United States...more

U.S. Supreme Court Says: We Mean It--You Can’t Single Out Arbitration Agreements for Disfavored Treatment

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On Monday, May 15, 2017, the Supreme Court issued its latest reminder to state and lower federal courts that they must treat arbitration agreements as equally valid as all other contracts. In Kindred Nursing Centers Limited...more

Supreme Court Holds Federal Arbitration Act Preemption Applies To Contract Formation Rules

by Carlton Fields on

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Kentucky Supreme Court’s use of a clear-statement rule to require that powers of attorney specifically authorize a representative to enter into an arbitration agreement, finding...more

Supreme Court Emphatically Defends Arbitration Agreements from State Interference

by Littler on

On May 15, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court reiterated the principle that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) requires states to treat arbitration agreements just as they treat other types of contracts. In Kindred Nursing Centers...more

No Pre-Emption Exemption - The U.S. Supreme Court and the Kentucky Supreme Court are not kindred spirits with respect to state law...

The U.S. Supreme Court and the Kentucky Supreme Court are not kindred spirits with respect to state law restrictions on arbitration agreements....more

U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirms FAA Preemption Over Discriminatory State Laws

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Emphasizing that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts state laws that "single out arbitration agreements for disfavored treatment," the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the Kentucky Supreme Court's refusal to enforce...more

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