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HTMLUSDA to Fund Electric System Improvements in Rural Areas
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 18, 2014, previously published on July 16, 2014
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will invest more than $250 million in loan proceeds to help improve the reliability of electric systems in rural areas in eight states. A portion of the funds will be used to modernize the systems with smart grid improvements.

 

HTMLNew FDA Current Good Manufacturing Processes Rule Expected for Animal Food Manufacturers
Diane J. Romza-Kutz, Fredric E. Roth; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2014, previously published on July 3, 2014
As part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) passed in March of 2011, the FDA was given a mandate to update its regulations to create a new set of regulations/rules that enables it to prevent the introduction of adulterated food into the human and animal food supply in the U.S., as opposed...

 

HTMLThe Food Fight Continues: POM Wonderful’s Lanham Act Claim Not Barred by Food Labeling Regulations
Michael R. Annis, Christopher M. Bikus, Megan R. Galey; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 26, 2014, previously published on June 17, 2014
Last Thursday (June 19), the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided that the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”) does not preclude POM Wonderful’s deceptive labeling claims under the Lanham Act against Coca-Cola. POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Co., No. 12-761, slip op. at...

 

HTMLUnited States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Dismissed Plaintiffs’ Claims for Lack of Article III Standing and Failure to Demonstrate General Causation
Sarah M. Grago; Semmes Bowen Semmes A Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
June 25, 2014, previously published on June 2014
In Venancio Aguasanta Arias v. Dyncorp, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed all but one of the prior judgments rendered by the District Court. Appellants consist of a group of Ecuadorian provinces and individual farmers who alleged personal injury and...

 

HTMLFamily in Business Together...Conflict Happens
Liza C. Moore; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 20, 2014, previously published on June 17, 2014
Tourism and agriculture are Michigan’s second and third largest industries. So it’s only natural that Michigan would be one of the leaders in the national movement towards agritourism. From markets to petting zoos, corn mazes to cider mills, opportunities for Michigan agricultural...

 

Adobe PDFManaging Risk in Michigan’s Booming Agritourism Sector
Liza C. Moore; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 20, 2014, previously published on June 2014
Tourism and agriculture are Michigan’s second and third largest industries. So it’s only natural that Michigan would be one of the leaders in the national movement towards agritourism. From markets to petting zoos, corn mazes to cider mills, opportunities for Michigan agricultural...

 

HTMLBrand Owners Beware: Important Changes in Canadian Trademark Law are on the Horizon
Joan K. Archer; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 11, 2014, previously published on June 4, 2014
The Canadian Government recently introduced Bill C-31, the Economic Action Plan Act 2014, No.1. This omnibus bill includes changes to a wide variety of laws in Canada. The potential amendments to Canada’s Trade-marks Act will have a significant impact on brand owners, as well as intellectual...

 

HTMLKeeping the Farm in the Family: Gift Planning by Defined Valuation Clauses
George F. Bearup; Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 6, 2014, previously published on May 27, 2014
We regularly counsel our clients on their desires to keep the farm in the family. Farms tend to embody a lot of family history and hard work that their owners want to pass on to their kids and grandchildren. Although there are numerous ways to pass it on, one of the ways often contemplated is by a...

 

HTMLSenate Agriculture Committee Raises Concerns about Proposed RUS Environmental Regulation
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 2, 2014, previously published on May 28, 2014
In its report accompanying spending legislation for fiscal year 2015, the Senate Agriculture Committee has directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development office to provide a report on the impact of a controversial regulation proposed by the USDA. The regulation at...

 

HTMLUAVs or “Drones”.... Will They Change Agriculture?
Matthew R. Grant; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 30, 2014, previously published on May 27, 2014
When most consumers hear the word “drone” they envision military or surveillance operations. But, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) appear to be a significant industry and offer a vast array of resources for differing applications. As recently blogged by our team counterparts in the...

 


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