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|Identity of UM/UIM Insurance Carrier Must be Identified to the Jury when it is a Party to Civil Action|
Eric M. Leppo; Semmes, Bowen & Semmes A Professional Corporation;
May 29, 2013, previously published on May 2013In this recently issued opinion from the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, authored by Judge Wright, the Court of Special Appeals vacated a defense verdict and remanded the matter for a new trial. The Court held that the failure to have State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company identified as...
|Business Divorce Cases in the Suffolk County Commercial Division|
Peter A. Mahler; Farrell Fritz, P.C.;
May 29, 2013, previously published on May 28, 2013Since the Second World War New York’s Suffolk County, occupying almost two-thirds of Long Island’s land mass, has experienced tremendous changes in population, demographics and in its economy.
|FSIS Finalizes Rules Mandated by the 2008 Farm Bill|
Riëtte van Laack; Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.;
May 22, 2013, previously published on May 14, 2012On May 8, 2012, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (“FSIS”) published three sets of regulations mandated by the 2008 Farm Bill: (1) regulations requiring that meat and poultry plants promptly (within 24 hrs) notify FSIS that a contaminated or misbranded product has been released...
|Senate Agriculture Committee Approves Farm Bill|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
May 22, 2013, previously published on May 17, 2013This week, the Senate Agriculture Committee approved a 5-year Farm Bill by a vote of 15 to 5. Four Republicans - Roberts (R-KS), Johanns (R-NE), Thune (R-SD), and McConnell - were joined by one Democrat - Gillibrand (D-NY) - in opposing the bill.
|Supreme Court Nips Patent Exhaustion Doctrine in the Bud|
James Moore Bollinger, Heather Morehouse Ettinger, Daniel A. Ladow, Phoenix S. Pak; Troutman Sanders LLP;
May 17, 2013, previously published on May 16, 2013In Bowman v. Monsanto Co., the Supreme Court ruled unanimously for Monsanto, holding that the patent exhaustion doctrine does not limit a patentee’s right to exclude others from reproducing their patented seeds after an authorized sale. The ruling preserves a critical patent right and limits...
Liza C. Moore; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
May 14, 2013, previously published on May 2013Immigration reform is a hot-button, important issue. Recently, both the Senate and House have introduced legislation regarding immigration and agriculture. On April 16, 2013, eight Senators introduced comprehensive immigration reform legislation (titled the "Border Security, Economic...
|FMCSA Expands Hours of Service Exemptions for Farmers|
Dirk H. Beckwith; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
May 14, 2013, previously published on May 2013The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ("FMCSA") promulgates regulatory exemptions for the "transportation of agricultural commodities and farm supplies" and for "covered farm vehicles" and their drivers. Effective March 14, 2013, the FMCSA adopted a rule that...
|Power Up! Mississippi Offers New Incentives for Manufacturing, Industrial, and Agricultural Users of Power|
John F. Fletcher; Jones Walker LLP;
May 13, 2013, previously published on May 2013Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant recently signed into law HB 844 to exempt from state sales taxes various sources of power sold to manufacturers and select other industrial and agricultural users in the state. Previously, a 1.5 percent rate applied to the now-exempt items.
|Amendment to the Act on the Protection of Agricultural and Forest Land|
BSJP Brockhuis Jurczak Prusak Sp.k.;
May 8, 2013An amendment to the act on the protection of agricultural and forest land was signed on April 16, 2013. The amendment specifies the procedures for granting consent for change of use of agricultural and forest land to other purposes and pertains to adoption of local development plans by stating in...
|CBP Announces the Expansion of its Centers of Excellence and Expertise|
James Sawyer, Beata K. Spuhler; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP;
April 10, 2013, previously published on April 5, 2013On April 4, 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced, via the Federal Register, that it will be modifying and expanding its Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEEs). Building on its August 28, 2012, Federal Register publication, CBP announced it will open six new CEEs for the...