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Kimberly-Clark Seeks Supreme Court Review in “Flushable” Wipes Case

WLF Legal Pulse - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 2:42pm
Guest Commentary By Lucía Roibal, an Associate with Morrison & Foerster LLP in the firm’s San Francisco, CA office. This commentary is reposted with permission, originally appearing on November 30, 2018 in the firm’s Class Dismissed  blog. On September 6, 2018, Kimberly-Clark and affiliates filed a petition for writ of certiorari in Kimberly-Clark, et al. v. …

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Update: Justices Seek Federal Government’s Views on Pending Clean Water Act Suit Petitions

WLF Legal Pulse - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 2:17pm
In a November 20 Featured Expert Contributor post, Cert Petitions May Mean Supreme Court Will Clarify Clean Water Act Jurisdiction, Sidley Austin LLP partner Sam Boxerman and his colleague Ben Tannen discussed two related certiorari petitions pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. Both petitions ask the Court to review circuit court decisions that held discharges through …

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Subcommittee Announces Hearing to Examine Arctic Transportation Issues

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), chairman of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, will convene a subcommittee hearing titled “Preparing for Maritime Transportation in a Changing Arctic,” at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2018. The hearing will examine emerging transportation issues in the changing Arctic region, including increases in vessel traffic and the resulting need for updates in waterway management, infrastructure investment, and domain awareness.

Witnesses:

  • Mr. Willie Goodwin, Chairman, Arctic Waterways Safety Committee
  • Andrew Hartsig, Director, Arctic Program, Ocean Conservancy 
  • Ms. Kathy Metcalf, President and CEO, Chamber of Shipping of America
  • Captain Ed Page, Executive Director, Marine Exchange of Alaska

*Witness list subject to change.

Hearing Details:

Thursday, December 6, 2018
9:30 a.m.
Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard 

This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

In Ongoing Lawsuit Barrage, Professional Green Activists Disregard Due-Process Concerns

WLF Legal Pulse - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 4:47pm
After the Executive Branch changed hands a little over two years ago, professional environmental activists promised a steady stream of lawsuits against both private enterprises and the federal government. Such a bold pronouncement was great for the green activists’ fundraising, as environmental non-profits bragged of 100 to 700 percent increases in donations. Those groups have …

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Thune Statement on Senate Confirmation of Karen Dunn Kelley to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, issued the following statement on the Senate confirmation of Karen Dunn Kelley to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce.

“Today, the Senate voted to confirm Karen Dunn Kelley to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce, filling another important position in the administration,” said Thune. “Throughout her career, Ms. Dunn Kelley has exhibited the kind of leadership that the Department of Commerce needs to continue its promoting economic growth, job creation, and innovation. This non-controversial nominee, previously confirmed by the Senate unanimously, has been subjected to an unreasonably long delay due to partisan games by the Democrats.”

On June 27, 2018, the Commerce Committee approved Karen Dunn Kelley’s nomination to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce by voice vote.

What Did We Learn From the Supreme Court Oral Argument in Apple v. Pepper?

WLF Legal Pulse - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 9:05am
We’ve blogged previously about the Supreme Court’s biggest antitrust case of the October Term 2018, Apple v. Pepper. The case asks the Court to decide whether iPhone users who buy apps from Apple’s App Store may sue Apple for alleged antitrust violations, or whether only third-party app developers may bring such claims. The answer turns …

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