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|Ninth Circuit Rejects Suit Brought by Worker Who Expressly Declined to Take FMLA Leave|
Ameneh K. Ernst; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
March 31, 2014, previously published on March 27, 2014Escriba 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...
|Spring Brings Weight Restrictions on Michigan Roads|
Dirk H. Beckwith; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
March 31, 2014, previously published on March 14, 2014It may not seem possible, but spring will come to Michigan after this long, cold and snowy winter. When it does, it brings its own set of problems, particularly to Michigan roads. As the ground begins to thaw, the surface of our roads becomes unstable, buckling and heaving.
|FDA Expands Electronic Safety Reporting for Animal Food|
Ricardo Carvajal; Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.;
March 28, 2014, previously published on March 24, 2014FDA 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...
|What's in the Box? FDA Proposes Revisions to Nutrition Facts Panels|
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...
|2014 Healthy Farms Conference is a Success!|
Marnie A. Jensen; Husch Blackwell LLP;
February 24, 2014, previously published on February 20, 2014Last 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...
|High Court to Weigh In on Labeling Dispute Between Competing Beverage Companies|
Christopher M. Bikus; Husch Blackwell LLP;
February 18, 2014, previously published on February 13, 2014The 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...
|2014 Farm Bill: Organic Checkoff Program and Organic Crop Insurance|
Marnie A. Jensen; Husch Blackwell LLP;
February 12, 2014, previously published on February 10, 2014Finally! On February 7, 2014, the President signed the “Agricultural Act of 2014,” or what most of us simply call the 2014 “Farm Bill.”
|President Signs Long-Awaited Farm Bill: What You Need To Know|
Kyle J. Gilster, Steven M. Kupka; Husch Blackwell LLP;
February 12, 2014, previously published on February 7, 2014On 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,...
|The 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;
February 11, 2014, previously published on February 7, 2014After 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...
|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.