A group of environmentalists on Thursday sued the state of California for allegedly amending its environmental review laws to favor a proposed $1.5 billion football stadium in downtown Los Angeles, calling the changes unconstitutional.
Two public interest groups on Wednesday sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in California federal court in an attempt to force the agency to finally implement long-delayed provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act, signed into law 18 months ago.
A health insurance trade association sued the Georgia Insurance & Safety Fire Commissioner's Office on Tuesday, seeking to prevent the state's "prompt pay" insurance statute from being extended to cover employers' self-funded plans and saying the change is preempted by federal law.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP sued the city and county of San Francisco in California state court on Friday, challenging a tax imposed on partnership profit distributions that voters approved in November 2008.
A Missouri woman on Monday filed a putative class action to block the state's new Kelsey's Law requiring telecommunication service providers to disclose a cellphone user's physical location to law enforcement officers who claim an emergency.
The Catholic owners of Oak Brook, Ill.-based Triune Health Group Inc. sued the U.S. departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Labor in Illinois federal court Wednesday, saying the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate violates their religious freedom and is unconstitutional.
Former Pennsylvania state Sen. Vince Fumo, currently serving a federal prison sentence after his 2009 conviction on corruption charges, hit his campaign chairman and treasurer with a lawsuit Tuesday claiming the brothers misappropriated funds from Fumo's campaign account.
Looking to remove two tax measures from the November ballot, a taxpayers group sued a California county over an eighth-cent sales tax proposal and has threatened to sue the county’s water district over a $548 million parcel tax ordinance seeking to fund projects that reduce contaminants in waterways.
A group of farmers, food safety advocates and specialty seed producers sued the Oregon Department of Agriculture on Wednesday seeking to stop the agency from opening 1.7 million acres to genetically modified canola plants, arguing that the plants would spread and harm the state's organic agriculture industry.
Bond insurer Syncora Guarantee Inc. has sued California's government to overturn on constitutional grounds parts of a law that dissolved 400 agencies tasked with revitalizing communities, claiming the provisions interfere with contracts and drastically reduce money available to repay bonds.
Two environmental groups sued the California Department of Public Health on Tuesday for dawdling for eight years and failing to establish a safe drinking water standard for the cancer-causing chemical made famous by the film "Erin Brockovich."
A U.S. House of Representatives committee sued Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday over his refusal to comply with a congressional subpoena and turn over internal documents related to the infamous “Fast and Furious” gun-walking operation.
Professional and collegiate sports organizations including the National Football League and the NCAA sued New Jersey officials in federal court on Tuesday to block the state from allowing sports wagering at its casinos and racetracks.
The National Parks Conservation Association and the Sierra Club on Monday challenged a recent EPA rule that the groups say allows aging coal plants near national parks to avoid installing up-to-date emission controls if the plants are located in states that participate in an emissions trading program.
The city of San Bernardino, Calif., sought Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection on Wednesday, a long-anticipated measure after years of budget wrangling and unsustainable pension costs contributed to a $45 million budget shortfall.
Two Chinese-American groups on Wednesday challenged California’s recent ban on the sale and distribution of shark fins, saying the law violates their constitutional rights by discriminating against their cultural practice of serving shark fins in soup.
The Dominican Republic on Wednesday brought a request for consultations at the World Trade Organization over Australia’s laws and regulations that impose trademark restrictions and other plain packaging requirements on tobacco products.
Planned Parenthood on Monday went to court once again to beat back attempts by abortion rights foes to cut off its funding under Medicaid, telling a federal judge that Arizona’s new limits on reproductive health coverage are unconstitutional.
The state of Alaska on Friday asked a federal court to prevent enforcement of an emissions control area forcing ships off the state's coast to use low-sulfur fuel, arguing that the requirement was not properly approved and will have a devastating impact on Alaska's economy.
Virginia's plan to build a new tunnel and highway extension in Norfolk — and to cover the $2.1 billion price tag by slapping tolls on two previously free tunnels — hit a roadblock on Thursday when plaintiffs called it an illegal tax and sued to stop it.
The European Commission has put forward a new set of measures to provide more consistency in European Union legislation on consumer product and market surveillance. It is likely that manufacturers, importers and distributors will find additional obligations relating to labeling, product identification and corrective actions imposed as a result of the new rules, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.
China's recent draft guidelines are a welcome development in providing insight on the interaction between intellectual property rights and the Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law. Although the guidelines bear some similarities with the approach adopted in other jurisdictions, including the EU, there are aspects that are troubling for the pharmaceutical sector, say Suzanne Rab, an EU competition attorney, and Jet Zhisong Deng of T&D Associates.
What is striking about SEC v. Moore — an insider trading case against a Canadian investment banker who allegedly traded on nonpublic information that he "pieced together" — is that the facts allegedly observed by Moore, when viewed independently, are all seemingly immaterial. The mosaic theory, if not dead, may very well be on life support, say attorneys with Allen & Overy LLP.
The franchisor-franchisee contractual relationship is one that incites many questions, particularly in terms of insurance. As specific fact patterns and state laws differ, insurers and insureds should use the general principles regarding frequently asked questions of insuring franchise developments as guidelines, says Carl Anthony Maio of Fox Rothschild LLP.
Must a public project receive environmental clearance before an agency may begin acquiring property for it? In Golden Gate Land Holdings LLC v. East Bay Regional Park District, the California Court of Appeal answered no, permitting an agency to file an eminent domain action prior to complying with the California Environmental Quality Act, but the holding appears limited, say attorneys with Nossaman LLP.
The decision in United States v. Bank of New York Mellon not only expands the ability of the U.S. Department of Justice to aggressively use the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act to target alleged financial fraud, but also will likely impact other pending cases, including two in the Southern District of New York that raise the same issue, say Matthew Previn and Michelle Rogers of BuckleySandler LLP.
Recent statements by newly confirmed U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission chairwoman Mary Jo White and other SEC officials suggest a strong enforcement effort in the coming years — and the Obama administration’s budget proposal for FY 2014 indicates that the commission likely will have the resources it needs to support this effort, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in U.S. Airways v. McCutchen should guide the drafting and revising of Employee Retirement Income Security Act plans. Certainly, a plan should protect itself by granting itself reimbursement rights in the beneficiary’s full recovery against a third party, say attorneys with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP.
Even though there probably will not be a major climate change bill passed during the 113th Congress, we can expect a very active next couple of years — the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will continue to tout new environmental policies and pursue a lengthy regulatory agenda to control emissions from fossil fuel power plants and other industries, say attorneys with K&L Gates LLP.
Several key challenges will be important to monitor as the Obama administration implements its recent executive order on cybersecurity infrastructure, including the scope of the cybersecurity threat, how law, regulation and policy may address that threat, and certain competing policy imperatives, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.