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|Giving Third Parties Contractual Rights - The New Rules|
Bill Amos, Gabriela Kennedy, Mark J. Stevens, Jenny W. Y. Yu; Mayer Brown JSM;
April 13, 2015, previously published on March 18, 2015Hong Kong’s Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Ordinance No.17 of 2014 (the “Ordinance”) was passed in December 2014, and is expected to come into force as Cap. 623 later this year. We are advising clients to treat now as a lead-in period, and take practical steps to get ready....
|Province Announces Bill 73 the “Smart Growth for Our Communities Act”|
Eden Alexander, Emma Blanchard; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
April 13, 2015, previously published on March 25, 2015The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has announced Bill 73, the “Smart Growth for Our Communities Act,” which proposes significant changes to the Planning Act and DevelopmentCharges Act, 1997 which is intended to “give residents a greater, more meaningful say in...
|Congress Discusses Federal Data Breach Laws|
Michael S. Taaffe; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP;
April 10, 2015, previously published on January 30, 2015Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade held a hearing during which there was a discussion of a Congressional proposal for a federal data breach statute.
|Ohio Supreme Court: Municipalities Cannot Obstruct Oil and Gas Development That the State Has Permitted|
Matthew R. Duncan, Michael J. Matasich; Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC;
April 10, 2015, previously published on February 19, 2015The Ohio Supreme Court has issued an important decision in State ex rel. Morrison v. Beck Energy Corp., Slip Opinion No. 2015-Ohio-485 reaffirming the preeminent role of the State of Ohio in regulating oil and gas drilling over local municipalities.
|The ABCs of Ohio’s Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday|
Steven A. Dimengo; Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC;
April 10, 2015, previously published on January 5, 2015Back-to-school shopping just got a little better for Ohio taxpayers due to the recent enactment of Senate Bill 243 which exempts the purchase of clothing and school supplies from Ohio sales / use tax for three days in August 2015. Ohio’s “sales tax holiday” will occur on August 7...
|Ohio Supreme Court’s Preemption Analysis Limits Municipalities’ Power to Regulate Oil and Gas Drilling|
Genevieve A. Pecharka, John R. Seeds; Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.;
April 10, 2015, previously published on March 9, 2015In an effort to end growing uncertainty surrounding municipalities’ authority to pass ordinances limiting oil and gas drilling, the Ohio Supreme Court recently upheld existing case law and affirmed that state statutes preempt conflicting local ordinances. In State ex rel. Morrison v. Beck...
|A Clean Slate? California Bill Is Latest Attempt to Legislate Labeling Requirements for Cleaning Products|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
April 9, 2015, previously published on March 11, 2015Another potentially meaningful development in legislation affecting consumer products companies: on February 25, a California legislator introduced a bill, AB 708, that would require manufacturers, distributors and retailers to disclose all “chemical” ingredients for designated consumer...
|Government of Canada Blocked from Dismantling Tlicho’s Wek'èezhìi Land and Water Board|
Qajaq Robinson; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
April 9, 2015, previously published on March 10, 2015In Tlicho Government v Canada (Attorney General), 2015 NWTSC 9, the Northwest Territories Supreme Court granted the T&lstroke;icho First Nation interlocutory injunctive relief, thus delaying the Government of Canada from enacting major structural changes to the resource management system in the...
|Federal Trade Commission Green Lighted to Study PAEs|
Staas Halsey LLP;
April 9, 2015, previously published on January 6, 2015The White House’s Office of Management and Budget approved the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) request to study how patent assertion entities (“”PAEs”) operate and to what extent they affect competition and innovation. PAEs are firms with a business...
|New Product Safety Bills Address Child-Resistant Packaging for E-Cigarettes and Detergent Pods|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
April 9, 2015, previously published on February 23, 2015Last year, we wrote about legislative efforts on Capitol Hill to require the CPSC to implement a rule requiring childproof packaging for liquid nicotine containers. Liquid nicotine typically refills the vials for e-cigarettes, which are rapidly gaining in popularity. Recently, Senator Bill Nelson...