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Settlement in Climate-Related Financial Disclosure Case
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, November 2020

The recent settlement in the Australian case: McVeigh v Retail Employees Superannuation Trust (REST) will be highly relevant to all New Zealand fund managers considering the impact of climate change on their investors. McVeigh v REST is the first case to consider whether a trustee of a superannuation fund had the duty to consider and disclose climate change risks...

Exceptional Rules for Products to Prevent Spread of COVID-19
PLMJ, November 2020

Introduction The rapid spread of COVID-19 pandemic has led to a significant increase in demand for medical devices (MDs) and personal protective equipment (PPE), masks for social use (textile articles) and other products destined to prevent the spread of the disease. As a result, it became clear that there was insufficient supply to meet existing needs during the state of emergency and the subsequent period...

October 2020 Nickel Report Post Summary
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, November 2020

This alert provides links to the latest insights and commentary on key energy and environmental issues from the Hunton Andrews Kurth team. Links to our most recent posts on the Nickel Report Blog for this month are below. Please subscribe to receive alerts when new posts are published by visiting our blog and entering your email address in the subscribe field or by following us on Twitter.  For current Covid-19 related news updates please read more here...

Got COVID-19 "Claims": Recent US EPA Enforcement under FIFRA Emphasizes Compliance Demands on Pesticide Product Supply Chains, Especially for Products Claiming to be Effective Against Coronavirus
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, November 2020

In the age of COVID-19, demand for surface wipes, sprays and similar products is at record levels. Retail stores have struggled to keep supplies stocked and shelves may once again be emptied when the winter flu season arrives. If schools and businesses reopen concurrently, the prospects of securing these products becomes even bleaker, which may re-fuel consumer stockpiling...

'Green Marketing': New Commerce Commission Guidelines
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, November 2020

Consumers are increasingly considering the environment when making purchasing decisions withmany prepared to pay a premium. It is no wonder that environmental claims are a priority focusarea of the Commerce Commission. Since 1 July 2017, the Commerce Commission has received 94 complaints about environmentalclaims that relate to the Fair Trading Act 1986 (FTA) mostly alleging that claims could not besubstantiated and/or that the performance characteristics are false or misleading...

Round and Round Florida (and Georgia) Go: An Update on the Florida-Georgia Water Wars
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, November 2020

For most of the last three decades, Florida, Georgia, and Alabama have waged a multifront water war, filing cases in federal courts across the United States. This war, and these cases, turn on apportionment of two river basins: the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin and the Alabama-Coosa- Tallapoosa (ACT) River Basin. At the heart of this legal tug of war lie competing uses—and visions—for the basins...

Get Right with OSHA on COVID-19 or Get Fined
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

Most employers are familiar with the role of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in enforcing standards to ensure that the working men and women in the United States have a safe and healthy workplace. The current COVID-19 pandemic has presented new challenges to OSHA for reviewing how employers are protecting their employees...

When Sugars are Not Counted as Sugars: FDA Clarifies Nutrition Facts Labeling Requirements for Allulose
Hanson Bridgett LLP, October 2020

Key Points The FDA will exercise enforcement discretion when Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels (a) exclude allulose from Total Sugars and Added Sugars declarations, and (b) use as low as 0.4 kcal/g for allulose calorie count; but allulose must be included as a Total Carbohydrate. Allulose is a basic form of carbohydrate that is naturally occurring in a variety of sweet foods, such as raisins, maple syrup, and brown sugar...

COVID-19 Legal & Tax Resource Center: Moving Forward Together
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, October 2020

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues to put pressure on the public and private sectors alike. As we are entering new phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have to switch our focus towards safely and gradually reopening our businesses and economies while continuing to implement prevention measures...

Angola: New Local Content Rules for the Oil Sector
PLMJ, October 2020

The new legal framework applicable to the Angolan oil sector was approved by Presidential Decree 271/20 of 20 October (the "Decree"). The Decree makes a substantial change to the rules on local Angolan content applicable in the sector and it naturally repeals Order 127/03 of 25 November. The new legal framework now extends to service providers and suppliers of goods and services to the oil sector ("Providers") and not only which oil companies (i.e...

Reviewing an ADA Case Involving a Ship, Ninth Circuit Puts Burden on Plaintiff to Show Removing Barrier is Readily Achievable
Hanson Bridgett LLP, October 2020

Key Points In ADA Title III cases, the plaintiff has the initial burden to show removing a barrier is readily achievable. The Court has yet to consider the complexities of naval architecture and the unique safety and seaworthiness issues on ships. If barrier removal is not readily achievable, alternative methods to barrier removal —or other facilitation for access to the service— should be considered. In Lopez v. Catalina Channel Express, Inc. (9th Cir...

Occupational Health and Safety in the Maritime Sector Against COVID-19
LEGA Abogados, October 2020

As a consequence of the spread of COVID-19, certain protection and prevention measures have been developed in order to safeguard health in the different sectors that are operational. In this report we will share security measures implemented in Venezuela aimed at protecting the health of operators and personnel working in ports and at sea, as well as some recommendations established by international organizations. 1...

Environment, São Paulo - New Municipal Waste Take Back Rule
Veirano Advogados, October 2020

On October 01, 2020, Law No. 17...

The Unforeseen Benefits of Driverless Transport during a Pandemic
Lavery Lawyers, October 2020

  The COVID-19 pandemic has been not only causing major social upheaval but disrupting business development and the economy as well. Nevertheless, since last March, we have seen many developments and new projects involving self-driving vehicles (SDV). Here is an overview...

Whether a Sub-Licensee of a Registered Industrial Design Owner has the Required Standing to Sue for Design Infringement
Shearn Delamore & Co., October 2020

A case note by Sim Sook Eng...

Shearn Delamore & Co. Legal Update September 2020 (Intellectual Property)
Shearn Delamore & Co., October 2020

Compounding of Offences under the Malaysian Trademarks Act 2019 and RegulationsSection 136 (2) of the Trademarks Act 2019 (“Act”) grants the Controller with the power to compound offences under the Act. In essence, compounding means payment as a settlement in lieu of prosecution of an offence.Further, section 136 (1) of the Act empowers the Minister to make regulations pertaining to compounding with the approval of the Public Prosecutor...

Resource Management Reform: Greater Integration of Maori Perspectives
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2020

Many are aware that in July the Resource Management Review Panel (Panel) suggested a suite of reforms that include repealing the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) and replacing it with a new Natural and Built Environments Act (NBEA) and a new Strategic Planning Act (with spatial plans), a new Managed Retreat and Climate Change Adaptation Act. Our summary of the reforms is available online...

Resource Management Reform: Incentivising Environmental Outcomes Through Economic Tools
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2020

Many are aware that in July the Resource Management Review Panel (Panel) suggested a suite of reforms that include repealing the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) and replacing it with a new Natural and Built Environments Act (NBEA), a new Strategic Planning Act (with spatial plans) and new Managed Retreat and Climate Change Adaptation Act. Our summary of the reforms is available online...

Resource Management Reform: Proposals for Greater Enforcement and Transparency
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2020

Many are aware that in July the Resource Management Review Panel (Panel) suggested a suite of reforms that include repealing the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) and replacing it with a new Natural and Built Environments Act (NBEA), a new Strategic Planning Act (with spatial plans) and new Managed Retreat and Climate Change Adaptation Act. Our summary of the reforms is available online...

New Zealand to Lead the World in Climate-Related Financial Disclosure
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2020

Yesterday, Climate Change Minister James Shaw announced the proposed climate-related financial disclosure regime. The regime will make New Zealand the first country in the world to require the financial sector to report on climate risks.“Today is another step on the journey this Government is taking towards a low carbon future for Aotearoa New Zealand and a cleaner, safer planet for future generations,”Minister Shaw said. The media release is available online...

MBIE Opens Consultation on Proposals to Reduce Carbon Emissions in the Building and Construction Sector
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2020

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is consulting on proposed regulatory changes to reduce carbon emissions in the building and construction sector whichit intends to start rolling out next year...

Angola Coronavirus: Update of Public Calamity Situation Measures
PLMJ, September 2020

Presidential Decree no. 229/20 of 8 September 2020 has been published and its aim is to reassess the measures imposed by Presidential Decree no. 142/20, considering the evolution of the epidemiological situation. The new decree renews most of the measures already in force, although it also eases some restrictions...

California Legislature Passes Bill to Maximize Creation of Public Transportation Infrastructure
Hanson Bridgett LLP, September 2020

Key Points California Legislature passes SB 288, which adds statutory CEQA exemptions for bicycle and mass transit projects. Extends CEQA Exemption for bicycle-related highway projects from Jan. 1, 2021 to Jan. 1, 2030. Relates only to projects for which the lead agency and the entity carrying out the project are public agencies. The California Legislature passed SB 288 on Aug. 31, 2020...

Exclusion Orders: How an International Trade Commission Investigation Can Protect Patented Products from Infringing Imports
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2020

The International Trade Commission (ITC) sits in a nondescript office building about a block farther south of the National Mall than tourists usually care to venture. Patent owners come from around the country to this tree-lined street in Washington, D.C., to seek a powerful remedy to protect their patented products: an exclusion order. An exclusion order directs U.S. Customs and Border Protection to block infringing imports at the United States border...

Some Relief for Generators of Retail Hazardous Waste in Sight
Buchalter, September 2020

On September 1, the California legislature sent to the Governor amendments to California’s Hazardous Waste Control Law. Once signed by the Governor, AB 2920 will allow retail hazardous waste to be shipped on a “consolidated manifest.” This simplified procedure has been available for specific types of hazardous waste such as used oil, but this is the first time it has applied a broad, general category such as “retail hazardous waste...

 

 

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