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HTMLNinth Circuit Rejects Suit Brought by Worker Who Expressly Declined to Take FMLA Leave
Ameneh K. Ernst; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 31, 2014, previously published on March 27, 2014
Escriba v. Foster Poultry Farms, Nos. 11-17608 and 12-15320 (February 25, 2014): In a recent decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an employee can affirmatively decline to use leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), even if the underlying reason for taking the leave...

 

HTMLFDA Expands Electronic Safety Reporting for Animal Food
Ricardo Carvajal; Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 28, 2014, previously published on March 24, 2014
FDA announced that it has implemented a new electronic reporting tool for livestock animal food problems, which the agency refers to as the Livestock Food Reporting Portal. Essentially, the portal expands the categories of reports that can be submitted through the Safety Reporting Portal, which is...

 

HTMLWhat's in the Box? FDA Proposes Revisions to Nutrition Facts Panels
Venable LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 3, 2014, previously published on February 27, 2014
Today, February 27, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed three rules that would make landmark revisions to the iconic black and white Nutrition Facts panel if finalized. The proposed changes affect all packaged foods, including dietary supplements where applicable, except certain...

 

HTML2014 Healthy Farms Conference is a Success!
Marnie A. Jensen; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 24, 2014, previously published on February 20, 2014
Last weekend, the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society (“NSAS”) held its annual Healthy Farms Conference in Kearney, Nebraska. The Healthy Farms Conference has been bringing the sustainable community in Nebraska together for nearly 20 years, and this year’s conference was...

 

HTMLHigh Court to Weigh In on Labeling Dispute Between Competing Beverage Companies
Christopher M. Bikus; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 18, 2014, previously published on February 13, 2014
The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted certiorari to hear an appeal filed by POM Wonderful LLC in connection with its suit against The Coca-Cola Company under the Lanham Act alleging that Coca-Cola’s “Pomegranate Blueberry” juice labels are misleading. POM Wonderful asserts these...

 

HTMLPresident Signs Long-Awaited Farm Bill: What You Need To Know
Kyle J. Gilster, Steven M. Kupka; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 12, 2014, previously published on February 7, 2014
On Friday, February 7th, President Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014 (H.R. 2642), widely referred to as the 2014 Farm Bill, a comprehensive five-year farm policy package for agricultural and food assistance programs. The U.S. House of Representatives passed this legislation on January 29,...

 

HTML2014 Farm Bill: Organic Checkoff Program and Organic Crop Insurance
Marnie A. Jensen; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 12, 2014, previously published on February 10, 2014
Finally! On February 7, 2014, the President signed the “Agricultural Act of 2014,” or what most of us simply call the 2014 “Farm Bill.”

 

HTMLThe New Farm Act 2014: What's In, What's Out - How the Revised Title 9 May Impact Your Business
Steven J. Levitas, Mark J. Riedy, Marianna Toma; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 11, 2014, previously published on February 7, 2014
After extensive negotiations, Congress passed the $956 billion Agricultural Act of 2014 (“Farm Act 2014”), and President Obama signed it into law on February 7, 2014 at Michigan State University. The Farm Act 2014 provides $881 million in mandatory funding for the Title 9 energy...

 

HTMLFarm Bill Finally Passes
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
February 11, 2014, previously published on February 7, 2014
The farm bill is finally headed to President Obama’s desk for his signature - a whopping five years after debate on the issue began. The bill, which previously had cleared the House, passed the Senate by a bipartisan margin of 68 to 32.

 

HTMLNFL Cheerleader Cries Foul Over Compensation
Dawn M. Knepper; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 10, 2014, previously published on February 4, 2014
Standard contracts that sports franchises, such as the National Football League (NFL), use for independent contractors should be closely scrutinized in the wake of a newly filed class action lawsuit that is shining the spotlight on their enforceability and legality.

 


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