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HTMLMichigan’s Equine Activity Liability Act: Are We Galloping in the Right Direction?
Julie I. Fershtman; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 21, 2014, previously published on January 16, 2014
Horses, by their nature, present risks because they are large, powerful, unpredictable animals that act on instinct. Indeed, a horse with no dangerous or aggressive history nevertheless has the potential to hurt anyone who is riding, driving, handling, or near it. Injuries bring the possibility of...

 

HTMLFlorida House Insurance Committee Advances Bill Authorizing Electronic Delivery of Motor Vehicle Service Agreements, Home Warranties
Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky Abate Webb P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 14, 2014, previously published on January 8, 2014
The Florida House of Representatives' Insurance and Banking Subcommittee ("Subcommittee") met today, January 8, 2014.

 

HTMLAct Now to Take Advantage of Year End Expiring Tax Benefits
Gordon Feinblatt LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
January 6, 2014, previously published on December 2013
As 2013 ticks to a close, so do several tax incentives available to farmers and other taxpayers who use personal property in a trade or business or hold it for the production of income. Two of the most important are the ability to expense and immediately write off the cost of depreciable personal...

 

HTMLFederal Judge Rejects NPDES Permit Requirement for Poultry Farm
Gordon Feinblatt LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
January 6, 2014, previously published on December 2013
Over the last several years, medium and large poultry farms in Maryland and across the country have been lining up to apply for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”) permits in order to comply with EPA’s interpretation of regulated point source discharges under...

 

HTMLAccounting for Growth Regulations Expected in 2014
Gordon Feinblatt LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
January 6, 2014, previously published on December 2013
The Maryland Department of the Environment (“MDE”) is expected to propose new regulations to implement the State’s Accounting for Growth (“AFG”) policy in early 2014. The AFG policy is one component of the State’s efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay and is...

 

HTMLIllinois Appeals Court Rejects Application of Absolute Pollution Exclusion to Claim for Unpleasant Odors Emanating from Hog Farm Manure
Loren S. Cohen, Jacob R. Graham, Carl J. Pernicone; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 3, 2014, previously published on December 24, 2013
In Country Mutual Insurance Company v. Hilltop View, LLC, 2013 IL App (4th) 130124, an intermediate Illinois appeals court held that the absolute pollution exclusion in an umbrella policy did not preclude coverage for a claim by neighbors for unpleasant manure odors arising out of the...

 

HTMLSmooth Sailing While on Michigan Highways
Dirk H. Beckwith; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 20, 2013, previously published on December 17, 2013
All drivers on public roads must obey the traffic laws. When you’re driving a commercial motor vehicle loaded with farm products for use on your farm, there are additional traffic laws that you will need to obey to keep things running smoothly.

 

HTMLCourt of Appeals Holds Right to Farm Act Did Not Apply to the Denial of a Permit for a Field Driveway
Liza C. Moore; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 20, 2013, previously published on December 17, 2013
The Michigan Court of Appeals recently held that a road commission’s denial of a farm’s permit application for a field driveway did not implicate the Right to Farm Act (RTFA), MCL 286.471 et seq.

 

HTMLNo. 4 - Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow...
Mary E. Funk; Nyemaster Goode, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 19, 2013, previously published on December 18, 2013
Along with the holidays, this time of year often brings winter weather issues for many employers. How do you handle weather related closings? What if your business remains open but employees cannot get to work? Do you pay employees under such circumstances?

 

HTMLFarm Bill update
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
December 13, 2013, previously published on December 6, 2013
There are positive signs coming from lead negotiators on the farm bill conference committee that a deal could be reached early next year.

 


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