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Liza C. Moore; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
May 14, 2013, previously published on May 2013Immigration 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...
|FMCSA Expands Hours of Service Exemptions for Farmers|
Dirk H. Beckwith; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
May 14, 2013, previously published on May 2013The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ("FMCSA") promulgates regulatory exemptions for the "transportation of agricultural commodities and farm supplies" and for "covered farm vehicles" and their drivers. Effective March 14, 2013, the FMCSA adopted a rule that...
|Power Up! Mississippi Offers New Incentives for Manufacturing, Industrial, and Agricultural Users of Power|
John F. Fletcher; Jones Walker LLP;
May 13, 2013, previously published on May 2013Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant recently signed into law HB 844 to exempt from state sales taxes various sources of power sold to manufacturers and select other industrial and agricultural users in the state. Previously, a 1.5 percent rate applied to the now-exempt items.
|Amendment to the Act on the Protection of Agricultural and Forest Land|
BSJP Brockhuis Jurczak Prusak Sp.k.;
May 8, 2013An amendment to the act on the protection of agricultural and forest land was signed on April 16, 2013. The amendment specifies the procedures for granting consent for change of use of agricultural and forest land to other purposes and pertains to adoption of local development plans by stating in...
|CBP Announces the Expansion of its Centers of Excellence and Expertise|
James Sawyer, Beata K. Spuhler; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP;
April 10, 2013, previously published on April 5, 2013On April 4, 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced, via the Federal Register, that it will be modifying and expanding its Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEEs). Building on its August 28, 2012, Federal Register publication, CBP announced it will open six new CEEs for the...
|Are Your “Natural” Food and Supplement Ingredients Really Natural? The National Organic Program Issues Draft Guidance Concerning Definition of Natural vs. Synthetic|
Riëtte van Laack; Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.;
April 6, 2013, previously published on April 5, 2013Under the Organic Food Production Act (“OFPA”), the National Organic Program (“NOP”) of the USDA is authorized to establish the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (“National List”). This National List contains each synthetic substance that is...
|Second Circuit Orders Arbitration and Reverses District Court’s Decision in Parisi v. Goldman, Sachs & Co., Finding No Substantive Statutory Right to Pursue a Pattern or Practice Claim under Title VII|
Keisha-Ann G. Gray, Steven D. Hurd, Kathleen M. McKenna, Nigel F. Telman; Proskauer Rose LLP;
March 28, 2013, previously published on March 27, 2013On March 21, 2013, the Second Circuit issued its highly-anticipated decision enforcing an arbitration clause and holding that a Title VII plaintiff does not have a substantive right to proceed on a class-wide basis in arbitration or in court. Parisi v. Goldman, Sachs & Co., No. 11-5529-cv (2d...
|Interest Rates: How to Impose Rates Higher than the Statutory Rate|
David Brown; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
March 26, 2013, previously published on March 19, 2013As counsel for commercial creditors of all kinds, I often see invoices that read, “1.5% finance charge per month after 30 days.” This translates to a high, but rather common interest rate of 18% per annum. Unfortunately, unless the interest rate was set forth and agreed to in an...
|FDA Public Comment Sessions: Engaging the Industry|
Bradley A. McKinney, Kimberly J. Walker; Faegre Baker Daniels;
March 21, 2013, previously published on March 20, 2013The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently concluded the second of three public meetings being held to solicit public comment on two Proposed Rules released by the agency in early January.
|Prelude to a Mandatory Food Recall - and Suspension of Registration?|
Hyman Phelps McNamara P.C.;
March 11, 2013, previously published on March 5, 2013The Notification of Opportunity to Initiate a Voluntary Recall that FDA recently issued to a pet treat manufacturer gives a good indication of the type of evidence and circumstances that can prompt the agency to exercise its new mandatory recall authority. Before mandating a recall under FDCA...