Time for a Single Food Safety Agency?

By | Marler Blog | March 6, 2015
Time for a Single Food Safety Agency?

Could we also make a food safety system more rational than one where the FDA regulates cheese pizza, but FSIS does if peperoni is added, or where FDA inspects fish, but FSIS regulates catfish? Could we actually make our food supply safer and more efficient by consolidating over a dozen agencies with some food oversight into one where the goal becomes the reality of the safest food supply in the world?

LXBN TV: MLS Narrowly Avoids Strike, but Major Labor Issues Loom in Future Negotiations

By | LXBN | March 6, 2015
LXBN TV

Soccer fans across the United States are celebrating this week—and not just because the season starts this weekend. No, it’s also because, while the season almost didn’t start at all, the league and its players managed to reach a new collective bargaining agreement and narrowly avoid a strike. While that’s the good news, there are some big issues that went unaddressed. 

The Blurred Lines of an Infringement Action

By | The IP Law Blog | March 6, 2015
The Blurred Lines of an Infringement Action

Many of you may be familiar with the pop hit “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, Clifford Harris, more popularly known as T.I., and Pharrell Williams (the “Composers”).   However, what you may be less familiar with is the fact that the heirs of Motown great Marvin Gaye (the “Heirs”) have been threatening to sue the Composers since at least early 2013. 

Contractor Alert: New Anti-Human Trafficking Rule

On March 2, 2015, new anti-human trafficking rules applicable to government contractors went into effect. While government contracts have been subject to anti-human trafficking provisions for some time, these revised requirements include a new certification provision, mandatory reporting obligations, involvement of suspending and debarring officials in the review of reported violations, full cooperation with agency investigations, and publication of violations on FAPIIS, among other changes.

Recent Chilean Tax Reform Reinforces Need for U.S. Tax Treaty

Recent Chilean Tax Reform Reinforces Need for U.S. Tax Treaty

Chile is the fifth largest economy in South America and increasingly one of the most significant U.S. trading partners in the region. U.S. foreign direct investment into Chile was $39.9 billion for 2012 (the latest year for which official figures are available). And in 2013, the U.S. exported $17.6 billion of goods and services to Chile, making Chile the second largest destination for U.S. exports in South America and the 19th largest worldwide.

Senate Takes Next Step in Fighting Off Controversial “Ambush Election” Rules

Hoping that the third time is the charm, the National Labor Relations Board (“Board” or “NLRB”) has once again adopted its expedited election rules (aka “Ambush Election Rules”). The Ambush Election Rules have been proposed twice before by the Board and approved in part once, only to be ruled invalid by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on procedural grounds).

First Blood: CRTC Imposes $1.1 Million Fine in First Ever Finding Under Anti-spam Law

By | The Competitor | March 6, 2015
First Blood: CRTC Imposes $1.1 Million Fine in First Ever Finding Under Anti-spam Law

Eight months after Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) came into force, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has made public its first ever finding of non-compliance with the Act, issuing an administrative monetary penalty of $1.1 million against Compu-Finder, a firm that provides training and consulting services.

When HIPAA Applies to Patient Assistance Programs (and When It Doesn’t)

By | HIPAA, HITECH & HIT | March 6, 2015
When HIPAA Applies to Patient Assistance Programs (and When It Doesn’t)

Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) have proliferated in recent years, despite the fact that many commonly-prescribed medications have lost patent protection and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has attempted to eliminate pre-existing condition discrimination by insurance companies.  Still, drug costs remain unaffordable to many patients, particularly those with high-cost, chronic conditions, even when patients have insurance coverage. 

When the “New” Advertising Burns the Advertiser

When the “New” Advertising Burns the Advertiser

Few words in the advertiser’s dictionary have the alluring effect of “New.”  It jumps off the shelf (or out of the web browser) at the consumer and hints that something exciting, innovative, and maybe even trendsetting can be discovered just by reading further, learning more, clicking here, or calling now.  That’s why the NAD’s decision earlier this week recommending that Sprint abandon its ubiquitous “America’s Newest Network” slogan got us thinking that perhaps a refresher on “new” advertising is in order.