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Crusade or Charade?: What’s Really Motivating Efforts to Mandate GMO-Labeling?

WLF Legal Pulse - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 12:12pm
Because “public-interest” groups cloak themselves with the feel-good mantle of protecting consumers, the environment, animals, etc., the motives of such groups rarely get questioned. But several recent developments show that all too often, activists put their own self-interest before the public’s interest. Consider, for example, environmental groups’ opposition to a Washington state ballot measure going […]
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Texas Supreme Court Restricts Scope of Common-Law Nuisance

WLF Legal Pulse - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 10:39am
Featured Expert Column − Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation Richard O. Faulk, a Partner with Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP serving clients in Texas and Washington DC. In a unanimous decision, the Texas Supreme Court recently clarified key points regarding the common-law doctrine of private nuisance.  See Crosstex North Texas Pipeline v. Gardiner.1 Although […]
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SEC Drifting Further Away from Its Statutory Mission with Latest “Therapeutic Disclosure” Idea

WLF Legal Pulse - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 9:39am
Featured Expert Contributor — Corporate Governance/Securities Law Stephen M. Bainbridge, William D. Warren Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law *Editor’s Note: Washington Legal Foundation is pleased to have Professor Bainbridge joining our roster of WLF Legal Pulse Featured Expert Contributors. Professor Bainbridge is a member of WLF’s Legal Policy Advisory Board. He is […]
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Seventh Circuit Rejects Disclosure-Only Settlement in Merger Tax Suit, Embracing Delaware Chancery Court’s “Trulia” Decision

WLF Legal Pulse - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 10:00am
Guest Commentary By Anthony Rickey, a solo practitioner at Margrave Law LLC in Georgetown, DE, and Keola R. Whittaker, an Associate with McGuireWoods LLP in its Los Angeles, CA office. U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner’s criticism of meritless settlements in In re Walgreen Co. Stockholder Litigation, (Aug. 10, 2016) […]
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Sixth Circuit Protects Federalism from an Overreaching Federal Communications Commission

WLF Legal Pulse - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 3:26pm
Guest Commentary By Arielle Roth and Harold Furchtgott-Roth, The Hudson Institute* With the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit granting it unprecedented authority over broadband companies in its June 14, 2016 network neutrality ruling, the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) regulatory authority over the internet is on the rise. However, a ruling last week […]
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More Seniors, More Entrepreneurs: Senior Self-Employment on the Rise in the U.S.

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 10:11am

For Release: August 18, 2016

SBA Number: 16-07 ADV

Contact: Elle Patout

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‘In re Nickelodeon’: Third Circuit’s Post-‘Spokeo’ Standing Analysis Flawed

WLF Legal Pulse - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 9:00am
By Logan Cochran, Judge K.K. Legett Fellow at Washington Legal Foundation and a rising third-year student at Texas Tech University School of Law. For the second time in less than a year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled on minor consumers’ claims that Google and Viacom had “unlawfully collected personal […]
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Game, Set, Match: DC Circuit Makes Final Ruling in “Tennis Channel v. FCC”

WLF Legal Pulse - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 12:59pm
By John English, Judge K.K. Legett Fellow at Washington Legal Foundation and a rising third-year student at Texas Tech University School of Law. The United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit has likely brought an end to a seven-year-long dispute involving Tennis Channel, Inc., Comcast, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  The July […]
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WCOE & California Chapter Mid-Year Meeting Events

WCOE News - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 1:17pm

Diversity in Construction

Tuesday, 9/27/16, 3:30–6pm | Hyatt Grand Manchester, San Diego

A Workshop on How Diversity Can Increase Your Bottom Line

Combined workshop with Claims & Litigation Management Alliance

Diversity in Construction

What Are the Barriers and Where Are We Succeeding? and

How Can Diversity in Construction Help Meet Your Risk Management Goals?

Speakers include:

Caryn Boisen, Esq.; Lia Tatevosian, Swinerton Builders; Lee Cunningham, BT Metals; Sue Weiler-Doke – Kiewit/AGC; Margery Newman, Esq.; Lorraine D' Angelo, LDA Compliance Consulting; Brenda Radmacher, Esq.; Terri Mestas, AECOM, and others to be confirmed.

WCOE Networking with National, Resource Center and California Chapter Boards, Members and Corporate Alliance Partners

Tuesday, 9/27/16 6:30pm–8:30pm | Lobby Bar, Hyatt Grand Manchester, San Diego

All WCOE members and potential members invited.

WCOE Mid-year Member and Board Meeting

Wednesday 9/28/16, 8am–11:30am | Bristol Hotel, 1055 First Ave., San Diego

All member breakfast and open Board meeting to discuss WCOE updates, goals, and plans for 2016–2017

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No CERCLA “Arranger Liability” for Falling Air Emissions, Ninth Circuit Holds

WLF Legal Pulse - Wed, 08/10/2016 - 9:00am
Featured Expert Column – Environmental Law and Policy By Samuel B. Boxerman, Sidley Austin LLP with Katharine Falahee Newman, Sidley Austin LLP The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently issued a long-awaited decision interpreting the meaning of “disposal” under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). The court determined […]
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SEC Proposes Rule to Update and Simplify Disclosure Requirements

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 08/09/2016 - 3:22pm

On July 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a proposed rule that would update and simplify the agency’s disclosure requirements.  The SEC’s objective is to eliminate redundant, overlapping, outdated, or superseded provisions in light of changes to SEC disclosure requirements, US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), and technology.  In addition, the SEC is seeking comment on certain disclosure requirements that overlap with US GAAP to determine whether to retain, modify, eliminate, or refer the requirem

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Second Circuit Upholds Decertification of Class After Jury Award

WLF Legal Pulse - Tue, 08/09/2016 - 10:03am
Featured Expert Contributor — Civil Justice/Class Actions Frank Cruz-Alvarez, a Partner in the Miami, FL office of  Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. with Rachel Forman, an Associate with the firm. On July 15, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Mazzei v. Money Store (2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 12994) affirmed a […]
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IRS Proposes Rule to Update Estate Valuations

Office of Advocacy - Fri, 08/05/2016 - 10:23am

On August 4, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a proposed rule relating to the valuation of interests in corporations and partnerships for estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax purposes and the treatment of lapsing rights and restrictions on liquidation in determining the value of transferred interests under Internal Revenue Code section 2704. The rule would affect how taxpayers estimate the fair market value of assets for estate and gift tax purposes.

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Fifth Circuit’s Frog-Habitat Ruling Endangers Common Sense and Growth in Louisiana

WLF Legal Pulse - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 11:37am
By Trey Wassdorf, Judge K.K. Legett Fellow at Washington Legal Foundation and a rising third-year student at Texas Tech University School of Law. At the behest of special-interest activists and government regulators, federal courts continue to broaden the scope of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), often in ways that do little to actually preserve plants […]
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APHIS Proposes Amendments to Horse Protection Regulations

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 3:49pm

APHIS Proposes Amendments to Horse Protection Regulations

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Fish and Wildlife Service’s Delisting of Lesser Prairie Chicken a Win, and a Test, for Voluntary Conservation

WLF Legal Pulse - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 9:47am
On July 20, 2016, ten months after a U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas judge ruled that federal regulators erred in finding the lesser prairie chicken “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) finalized its delisting decision. The decision not only validates the work of […]
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California Appeals Court Protects Outside Counsel’s Factual Investigation as Privileged

WLF Legal Pulse - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 2:56pm
In early June, a California court of appeal held in City of Petaluma v. Waters that the report resulting from a fact-finding investigation conducted by outside counsel for the City of Petaluma’s (the City) City Attorney was protected by attorney-client privilege and therefore undiscoverable.  The holding is notable because the court refused to read the […]
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