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|Wind Turbine Company Heavily Fined for Killing Birds at Wind Farm in Wyoming|
Ronald D. Richards; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
December 20, 2013, previously published on December 19, 2013A large wind turbine company (Duke Energy Renewables Inc.) recently pleaded guilty in federal court in Wyoming to violating a federal law that protects migratory birds (the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (Bird Act)) in connection with the deaths of more than 160 protected birds, including golden eagles,...
|Energy Reform Approved by the Mexican Congress|
Greenberg Traurig LLP;
December 20, 2013, previously published on December 12, 2013This GT Alert describes the most important aspects of the Energy Reform approved on December 12, 2013 by the Mexican Congress amending Articles 25, 27 and 28 of the Mexican Constitution (the "2013 Energy Reform").
|Prosecutors Obtain First RICO Conviction in a Cybercrime Case|
Emily Westridge Black, Ronald W. Breaux, Timothy Newman; Haynes and Boone, LLP;
December 19, 2013, previously published on December 19, 2013A federal jury in Nevada recently convicted 22-year-old David Ray Camez of violating the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”) for his association with a “carder” website, Carder.su. The Department of Justice is touting this conviction as the first...
|Idaho Legislative Update|
Jonathan Parker; Holland Hart LLP;
December 19, 2013, previously published on December 2013We are less than a month away from the start of the 2014 Idaho legislative session. As is tradition, the legislature will officially kick off with the Governor's State of the State Address on Monday, January 6th. Immediately following the State of the State Address, the legislature will quickly get...
|Myanmar: 180th Member Country of MIGA|
Nathan Dodd, Ben Thompson; Mayer Brown JSM (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.;
December 19, 2013, previously published on December 19, 2013On 17 December 2013, Myanmar officially became a member of MIGA, the 180th country to do so. The MIGA Convention was signed by the Government of Myanmar in Washington DC in October this year during the World Bank's Annual Meetings, which was the key step towards becoming a MIGA member country....
|From Frye to Daubert: What You Need to Know About Admitting Expert Testimony in Florida State Courts|
Michael J. DeCandio, Amanda Ingersoll, R. Thomas Roberts; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
December 19, 2013, previously published on December 17, 2013In April 2013, the Florida legislature passed House Bill 7015, which eliminated Florida’s reliance on the Frye standard for the admission of expert testimony. Effective July 1, 2013, all Florida state courts must to adhere to the current federal standard, known as the Daubert standard. There...
|Pennsylvania's Six-Month Notice Rule For Suit Against the State|
James C. Warmbrodt; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
December 18, 2013, previously published on December 16, 2013Public utilities face numerous challenges in recovering property damage claims against state and local government agencies in Pennsylvania above and beyond the normal burdens of establishing causation, negligence and damages. Claims must fall within a statutorily delineated exception to sovereign...
|Alabama Court of Appeals Reiterates the Strict Requirements for Filing a Proper Materialman Lien|
Burr Forman LLP;
December 18, 2013, previously published on December 2013In a recent Alabama Civil Circuit Court of Appeals (“Court of Appeals”) decision, Gunther v. Carpet Systems of Huntsville, Inc., 2013 WL 5496178 (Ala. Civ. App. Oct. 4, 2013), the Court of Appeals highlighted the notice provision required to assert a mater ialman lien against the owner...
|Budget Deal Passes House|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
December 17, 2013, previously published on December 13, 2013Despite opposition from conservative interest groups, an overwhelming majority of House Republicans joined leadership Thursday night to approve a budget deal brokered by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Republican Paul Ryan (R-WI).
|Mexican Congress Passes Historic Energy Reform|
Pablo C. Ferrante, John D. Furlow, Dallas Parker, Gabriel J. Salinas, Jose L. Valera; Mayer Brown LLP;
December 17, 2013, previously published on December 12, 2013The Mexican Congress has approved a constitutional reform that will open Mexico’s energy sector to investment and competition. To become law, the bill now needs to be approved by a majority of Mexico’s state legislatures, which is expected soon.