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Canadian, American, Mexican Flags: NAFTA modernization USMCA
On January 16, 2020, the United States Senate voted by an overwhelming majority to pass the implementing legislation for the United States-Mexico-... Read More >
hemp farm
Last month, Congress approved the final 2018 version of Section 7607 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the “Farm Bill”), which received... Read More >
US China Trade War Scorecard
With round after round of tariffs on Chinese goods, announcements, removals, exclusions, delays, increases and, of course, tweets regarding all of... Read More >
wind energy resources will grow exponentially in the 2020s
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (“EIA”) released its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook (“STEO”) on January 14, 2020... Read More >
FBI Warning Iran hacks Cybersecurity risks
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning of a heightened likelihood of Iranian cyber-attacks following the escalation of tension between... Read More >
West Australia Fires Public Consultation Open
Public consultation is currently open for the Western Australian (WA) government’s proposed amendments to the state’s environmental... Read More >
FDA Authority CBD Regulation Bill
On January 13, 2020, the House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D- Minn.) introduced H.R. 5587, which would... Read More >
Future Auto Buzz at CES 2020
In the past several years, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas has become a hot ticket to see futuristic cars and automotive technology.... Read More >
immigration laws and gavels
The peak H-2B filing season opened on January 2, 2020, and by the next day the Office of Foreign... Read More >
Bank Deposits part of Community Reinvestment Act CRA Revisions
On January 9, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance... Read More >
US Department of Labor where final rules about Joint Employer status are being debated
Introduction On January 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) formally published its final... Read More >
Securities Exchange Commission building where SEC staff consultations are codified
On December 30, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission voted to propose amendments (the... Read More >
medial professional searching records of patient
A new study published by the medical journal The Lancet, has revealed that sepsis accounts for 1 in... Read More >

Federal Court News

umbrella policy in insurance image

Many general liability polices contain an exclusion for violations of certain statutes involving the sending or communicating of information like the Telephone Consumer Protection...

scales of justice with red block letters reading law

In the field of labor relations, there exist some rare occurrences, things that happen so seldom that it seems as if they are impossible.  As we’ve previously...

pension fund deposits

In its recent decision in Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Indus. Pension Fund, 943 F.3d 49, 51 (1st Cir. 2019), the First Circuit Court of Appeals decided that two investment funds...

Christiana Care Health System Termination Lawsuit

Following the suspension, conditional renewal, and subsequent termination of medical staff privileges at a hospital operated by Christiana Care Health System, Dr. Lynn Talley (“Physician”) brought claims against Christiana Care for breach of...

class action lawsuits need a class to be defined

As you may know, you can affirmatively move to deny class certification—you don’t need to wait to respond to a Plaintiff’s certification motion.  Not a common tool, but we love to see employed, especially when successful.  In...

State Court News

truck motoring through California despite AB-5

On Jan. 16, a federal district court judge issued a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of California’s AB 5 against motor carriers in the state. AB 5 imposes the ABC Test, which is more stringent than the prior...

medical marijuana prescribed in Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania state court held that the state’s Medical Marijuana Act creates a private right of action for medical marijuana users to sue their employers. Pamela Palmiter v...

Texas Real Estate Court Dispute

In Lavizadeh v. Moghadam, a trustee purchased real estate and then had a dispute with a guarantor. No. 05-18-00955-CV, 2019 Tex. App. LEXIS 10835 (Tex. App.—Dallas December 13, 2019, no pet. history). The trial court ruled against the...


Mexico Flag 2020 UMA Updates

On January 9, 2020, Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography published in the Official Gazette of the Federation the daily, monthly, and annual values of the Unit of...

Mexico's Federal Center for Conciliation and Labor Registration

On January 6, 2020, the Official Gazette of the Federation (Diario Oficial de la Federación) published the Organic Law of the Federal Center for Conciliation and Labor Registration, which became effective on...