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  • Court Dismisses Challenge to USDA’s Failure to Issue AWA Avian Regulations
    By John M. Simpson Earlier this week, a federal district court in Washington, D.C., dismissed an action brought by animal rights organizations challenging the failure of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to issue animal welfare regulations specific to birds under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).  American Anti-Vivisection Soc’y, et al. v. ... read more
    Posted to Animal Law DevelopmentsPublished on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018By John M. Simpson
  • Farm Bill Protects Pets and Support Animals of Domestic Violence Victims
    by John M. Simpson. The Conference Committee compromise version of the 2018 Farm Bill, was released on December 10, 164 Cong. Rec. H9823 (Dec. 10, 2018).  The measure was passed by the Senate on December 11 and contains a provision that protects the pets, service animals, emotional support animals and horses of victims of ... read more
    Posted to Animal Law DevelopmentsPublished on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018By John M. Simpson
  • Final 2018 Farm Bill Proposed… Hemp to be Removed from CSA – CBD Derived from Hemp to Be Regulated by the States
    Key Points: The 2018 Farm Bill removes hemp from the Controlled Substances Act; The 2018 Farm Bill confers on the Department of Agriculture (“DOA”) authority over hemp, including CBD derived from hemp; States desiring to have primary regulatory authority over hemp must submit a plan to DOA pursuant to which the ... read more
    Posted to Cannabis IndustryPublished on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018By Seth A. Goldberg
  • DOJ Eases Yates Memo’s “All or Nothing” Approach to Corporate Cooperation Credit
    On November 29, 2018, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein announced the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) much-anticipated revisions to the September 2015 Memorandum on “Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing,” commonly known as the “Yates Memo” and named for Rosenstein’s predecessor, Sally Q. Yates. The Yates Memo emphasized the importance of holding individuals ... read more
    Posted to Duane Morris White Collar Criminal LawPublished on Monday, December 10th, 2018By DuaneMorris3
  • Vietnam – Healthcare and Medical Devices – Investment – With Outlook on the Major Trade Agreements CPTPP, EUVNFTA and Investment Protection Agreement
    A. Overview of the future of Vietnam´s healthcare sector There is no denying that Vietnam truly is an attractive investment destination in South East Asia. It has great potential to develop a qualitative, self-sustaining life science sector. Improvements on the healthcare sector will lead to several benefits. With increasing focus ... read more
    Posted to Duane Morris VietnamPublished on Monday, December 10th, 2018By Oliver Massmann
  • Emailgate — Here We Go Again!
    Long before votes were cast for the 2016 Presidential election, this blogger discussed how Hillary Clinton’s government-related emails that were sent and received on private servers could become a thorn in her political side. Why? Because government records must be maintained as government records so, among other reasons, they can be open ... read more
    Posted to Duane Morris TechLawPublished on Friday, December 7th, 2018By Eric J. Sinrod
  • Big Tobacco and Big Alcohol Invest Big in Cannabis in 2018
    Altria announced today its $1.8 billion investment in Cronos Group, a Canadian cannabis grower, processor and dispensary, and the first pure cannabis play to be traded on a major US stock exchange, NASDAQ .  Earlier this year, Constellation Brands invested $4 billion in Canopy Growth, a large cannabis focused investment fund. These investments demonstrate the strengthening gravitational pull of the cannabis space on non-cannabis companies.  The significant ... read more
    Posted to Cannabis IndustryPublished on Friday, December 7th, 2018By Seth A. Goldberg
  • VIETNAM INVESTMENT REVIEW – INTERVIEW WITH LAWYER IN VIETNAM DR. OLIVER MASSMANN – ANTI-CORRUPTION ACTION PLAN – NEW LAW – WHAT YOU MUST KNOW:
    1. It’s been observed that corruption in the non-state sector “has been growing rampantly and with complexity, especially in the areas of loaning, bidding, contracting, and in unofficial costs like gifts, tours, or job generation”. Will this law prevent or stop these various modes of corruption? OM: Whether the law ... read more
    Posted to Duane Morris VietnamPublished on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018By Oliver Massmann
  • PETA Language Pointers Generate Controversy
    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), an animal rights organization known for attention-grabbing publicity stunts, recently launched a new campaign to rid the English language of idioms that the organization regards as offensive to animals.  Analogizing the matter to the use of “racist, homophobic  or ableist language,” PETA ... read more
    Posted to Animal Law DevelopmentsPublished on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018By John M. Simpson
  • New California Laws In the Context of #MeToo
    On January 1, 2019, several new laws that were enacted in the wake of the #MeToo Movement will take effect. Employers may be impacted most by the new laws that require sexual harassment training of all employees – not just managers – and affect the confidentiality of settlements regarding prohibit ... read more
    Posted to The Legal DishPublished on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018By Allegra A. Jones