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HTMLFarm Bill to Move in the House Next Week
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
June 19, 2013, previously published on June 14, 2013
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) said on Thursday he believes the farm bill will come up on the House floor next week and be finished in two days-assuming the whip count shows that he and ranking member Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) are close to the 218 votes they need for...


HTMLMonsanto Avoids Declaratory Judgment Action Brought by Organic Farmers
Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 14, 2013, previously published on June 13, 2013
In Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association v. Monsanto Co., the Federal Circuit dismissed the plaintiffs’ declaratory judgment action against Monsanto, but in so doing held that Monsanto would be judicially estopped from asserting its patents against these farmers for inadvertent...


HTMLProject Finance and USDA Rural Utilities Service - Request for Comments
Bryan Stockton; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 7, 2013, previously published on June 6, 2013
On June 5, Acting Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Doug O’Brien announced publication of an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) requesting public comment on expanding renewable energy and project financing programs under the Rural Utilities Service (RUS). The RUS...


HTMLCan Our Association Do That? FCA Adopts New Rule for Farm Credit Subsidiaries
Patrick F. Brown, David Gossett; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
June 5, 2013, previously published on May 29, 2013
The Farm Credit Administration has adopted a new final rule governing the ownership and use of unincorporated business entities (UBEs) by Farm Credit System institutions. It applies to investments by System institutions in limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited liability...


HTMLIdentity 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;
Legal Alert/Article
May 29, 2013, previously published on May 2013
In 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...


HTMLBusiness Divorce Cases in the Suffolk County Commercial Division
Peter A. Mahler; Farrell Fritz, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 29, 2013, previously published on May 28, 2013
Since 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.


HTMLFSIS Finalizes Rules Mandated by the 2008 Farm Bill
Riëtte van Laack; Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 22, 2013, previously published on May 14, 2012
On 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...


HTMLSenate Agriculture Committee Approves Farm Bill
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
May 22, 2013, previously published on May 17, 2013
This 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.


HTMLSupreme Court Nips Patent Exhaustion Doctrine in the Bud
James Moore Bollinger, Heather Morehouse Ettinger, Daniel A. Ladow, Phoenix S. Pak; Troutman Sanders LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 17, 2013, previously published on May 16, 2013
In 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...


HTMLImmigration Update
Liza C. Moore; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 14, 2013, previously published on May 2013
Immigration 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...


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