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|Minnesota Court Clarifies Agricultural Exemption under Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act|
David J. Duddleston, V. John Ella; Jackson Lewis LLP;
July 18, 2012, previously published on July 16, 2012Unlike the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, an exemption under the Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act (MFLSA) for agricultural workers does not apply to workers who are paid on an hourly basis, according to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. In re Labor Law Violation of Daley Farm of Lewiston, No....
|“Sustainable Growth” Goes Into Effect|
John B. Gontrum; Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P.;
July 11, 2012, previously published on July 9, 2012 The implementation of the Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act enacted in the 2012 session of the General Assembly has begun. While the Act received a lot of publicity for restrictions on private septic systems in rural areas, it does much more with respect to planning for future...
|Second District Court of Appeals Upholds Constitutionality of Neutral Evaluation Process in State Farm Florida Insurance Company v. Buitrago|
Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky Abate Webb P.A.;
July 5, 2012, previously published on July 3, 2012On June 29, 2012, in State Farm Florida Ins. Co. v. Buitrago, the Second District Court of Appeals once again upheld the constitutionality of the neutral evaluation process, set forth in section 627.7074, Fla. Stat. This is the second decision out of the Second DCA to hold that the process is...
|En Banc Seventh Circuit Further Opens U.S. Courts to Foreign Cartel Activities That Affect Domestic Commerce|
Helen J. Kim, Bruce D. Sokler; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
July 4, 2012, previously published on June 29, 2012In an important decision interpreting the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (FTAIA), Judge Diane Wood, writing for the Seventh Circuit en banc, clarified the reach of U.S. antitrust laws over foreign conduct. The ruling breathed new life into a previously dismissed purchaser class action...
|Constitutional Court Refuses To Hear Commission in Yara and Foam Cases|
Heather Irvine; Norton Rose Canada LLP;
June 30, 2012, previously published on June 2012The Competition Commission will have to follow the normal appeal procedure in two crucial cases dealing with its power to amend its complaint referrals after the Constitutional Court dismissed appeals against decisions of the Competition Appeal Court in long-running cartel complaints yesterday.
|Plant Variety Protection|
Atanga Law Office;
June 18, 2012Plant variety as per Annex X of the Agreement Revising the Bangui Agreement of March 02. 1977 on the Creation of an African Intellectual Property Organisation, (Bangui Agreement) means.
|FDA Expands Reportable Food Registry Reporting Requirements|
Sarah L. Brew, Kristin R. Eads, Steven Toeniskoetter; Faegre Baker Daniels;
June 7, 2012, previously published on June 5, 2012FDA announced on June 4, 2012 that it has significantly expanded the information it will seek from a company reporting to the Reportable Food Registry. The new data elements will initially be voluntary but will become mandatory later in the year. FDA's announcement marks the first major revision to...
|FSIS Final Rule on Notice of Adulterated or Misbranded Food|
Melvin S. Drozen, Laura C. Foley; Keller and Heckman LLP;
June 7, 2012, previously published on June 5, 2012On May 8, 2012 the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published a Federal Register notice of a final rule implementing the provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill (Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, Public Law 110-246, 122 Stat 1651, 448-49)...
|FSIS Finalizes Rules Mandated by the 2008 Farm Bill|
Riëtte van Laack; Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.;
May 15, 2012, 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...
|Labor Department Abandons Updated Child Labor Laws for the Agricultural Industry|
Sara Hollan Chelette; Jackson Walker L.L.P.;
May 8, 2012, previously published on May 4, 2012When you think of summer jobs for youth in rural communities, several things may come to mind. You probably imagine a young woman rounding up cattle to send to auction. It is also likely that you imagine a young man baling hay, helping to sort cattle at a feedlot, or driving a tractor and planting...