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  • Third Circuit Decides Service Dog Issue of First Impression
    by John M. Simpson In Berardelli v. Allied Services Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, No. 17-1469 (3rd Cir. Aug. 14, 2018), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that, as to service animals, the 1973 Rehabilitation Act’s mandate of “reasonable accommodations” must be interpreted and applied in the same ... read more
    Posted to Animal Law DevelopmentsPublished on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018By John M. Simpson
  • Legal Eagles?
    by John M. Simpson Recent news reports have detailed an experience related by Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York in which an unspecified member of his family reportedly retrieved a bald eagle feather during a canoe trip on Lake Saranac.  The reports have generated discussion as to the legal issues surrounding the possession of ... read more
    Posted to Animal Law DevelopmentsPublished on Monday, August 13th, 2018By John M. Simpson
  • Hemp Growing Again on Mount Vernon
    In a rather symbolic moment in the march to the legalization of industrial hemp, the caretakers at George Washington’s Mount Vernon farm announced in May (although it has only recently received news attention) that they have planted a small crop of industrial hemp. They are doing so under Virginia law ... read more
    Posted to Cannabis IndustryPublished on Sunday, August 12th, 2018By David N. Feldman
  • Fourth Circuit Vacates Incidental Take Statement for Gas Pipeline
    by John M. Simpson On August 6, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit granted a petition setting aside an Incidental Take Statement (ITS) of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) which had been issued under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)  in connection with the approval ... read more
    Posted to Animal Law DevelopmentsPublished on Thursday, August 9th, 2018By John M. Simpson
  • DOJ Reviewing Paramount Consent Decrees
    What are known as the “Paramount Consent Decrees” have governed the manner in which film studios have distributed films to movie theaters for 70 years. But that might change as part of a further deregulatory effort by the current administration. Indeed, the Department of Justice reportedly is reviewing the decrees. The ... read more
    Posted to Duane Morris TechLawPublished on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018By Margaret C. Sullivan
  • Direct Corporate Power Purchase Agreement (DPPA) to be piloted in Vietnam in 2019 in Vietnam – Opportunities for producers of renewable energy and foreign firms as buyers – how best to use the CPTPP and the EUVNFTA to make it work
    In recent years, Vietnam has enjoyed one of the world’s most rapid economic growth rates i.e., an average of more than 6% p.a. Such growth has transformed the country from one of the poorest in the world into a middle-income country. Vietnam has long recognized the important role of renewable ... read more
    Posted to Duane Morris VietnamPublished on Sunday, August 5th, 2018By Oliver Massmann
  • Solar Panel Mounting Patents Found Invalid, Potentially Saving Defendants EcoFasten and SunModo
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found three patents directed to solar panel mounting technology to have defective priority claims. As a result, the allegedly-infringing products sold by EcoFasten and SunModo pre-date the patents, rendering the patents invalid. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ... read more
    Posted to Green IPPublished on Sunday, August 5th, 2018By Justus Getty
  • Court Rules Bengal Tiger Is Not An “Individual” Under FOIA
    by John M. Simpson In Animal Legal Defense Fund v. U.S. Dep’t of Agriculture, 2018 WL 23987812 (N.D. Cal. May 25, 2018), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently granted summary judgment to the government in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in which the ... read more
    Posted to Animal Law DevelopmentsPublished on Friday, August 3rd, 2018By John M. Simpson
  • EU-Vietnam FTA Finally To Come Into Force In Early 2019? Comments on Government Procurement
    Vietnam Investment Review reported that the European Union-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) will likely be ratified in October or November 2018 and come into effect in early 2019: “EU firms to bid on public contracts” Besides quotations from our Co-General Director in Vietnam, my  comments on government procurement under the ... read more
    Posted to Duane Morris VietnamPublished on Friday, August 3rd, 2018By Manfred Otto
  • Massachusetts Is Set to Adopt the Uniform Trade Secrets Act . . . What Now?
    On August 1, 2018, the Massachusetts legislature passed a bill adopting the Uniform Trade Secrets Act in Massachusetts. The bill is headed to the Governor’s desk for approval within ten days. Massachusetts adopting the UTSA will leave New York the sole jurisdiction in the United States that relies only on ... read more
    Posted to Non-Compete & Trade Secrets LawPublished on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018By Gregory S. Bombard