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|Farm Bill Finally Passes|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
February 11, 2014, previously published on February 7, 2014The 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.
|NFL Cheerleader Cries Foul Over Compensation|
Dawn M. Knepper; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
February 10, 2014, previously published on February 4, 2014Standard 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.
|When Trucks Spill Their Load|
Dirk H. Beckwith; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
January 21, 2014, previously published on January 16, 2014Last December, Michael Wilson of Rex, Ga. was driving his semi on Interstate 55/74 near Bloomington, Ill. when he clipped an Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) truck parked in the center lane. The truck, which had a signboard trailer attached, was there to warn drivers of roadwork ahead.
|Michigan’s Equine Activity Liability Act: Are We Galloping in the Right Direction?|
Julie I. Fershtman; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
January 21, 2014, previously published on January 16, 2014Horses, 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...
|Florida House Insurance Committee Advances Bill Authorizing Electronic Delivery of Motor Vehicle Service Agreements, Home Warranties|
Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky Abate Webb P.A.;
January 14, 2014, previously published on January 8, 2014The Florida House of Representatives' Insurance and Banking Subcommittee ("Subcommittee") met today, January 8, 2014.
|Act Now to Take Advantage of Year End Expiring Tax Benefits|
Gordon Feinblatt LLC;
January 6, 2014, previously published on December 2013As 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...
|Federal Judge Rejects NPDES Permit Requirement for Poultry Farm|
Gordon Feinblatt LLC;
January 6, 2014, previously published on December 2013Over 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...
|Accounting for Growth Regulations Expected in 2014|
Gordon Feinblatt LLC;
January 6, 2014, previously published on December 2013The 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...
|Illinois 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;
January 3, 2014, previously published on December 24, 2013In 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...
|Court 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.;
December 20, 2013, previously published on December 17, 2013The 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.