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

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.  Continue reading


Law360 Publishes WLF Analysis on Data-Breach Class Actions

Online legal publisher Law360 published a commentary on August 22, 2016 by WLF Staff Attorney Greg Herbers entitled "Spokeo Making Its Mark on No-Injury Privacy Class Actions." The commentary explains how lower federal courts have been applying the rationale of the US Supreme Court's Spokeo v. Robins decision to dismiss class actions arising from data breaches where the only harm alleged is a violation of a federal statute. The text of Mr. Herbers' commentary can be accessed here.

MetLife, Inc. v. Financial Stability Oversight Council
On August 22, 2016, WLF filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, encouraging it to uphold a district court decision that overturned an administrative ruling designating MetLife, Inc. as a nonbank “systemically...
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In re: CFPB Rule on Arbitration Agreements
On August 22, 2016, WLF responded to the Consumer Federal Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) proposed rule that would govern two aspects of consumer finance dispute resolution. WLF’s comments focus on the severe limitations that the rule would impose on the...
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Associated Builders and Contractors of Arkansas v. Perez
On August 12, 2016, WLF filed a brief with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas seeking to have the Department of Labor’s new Persuader Rule struck down for violating the First Amendment. As WLF’s brief argued, the new rule...
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Tennessee v. FCC; North Carolina v. FCC
On August 10, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) order commanding North Carolina and Tennessee to permit expanded municipal broadband Internet services—despite those state...
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Chevron Corp. v. Donziger
On August 8, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a judgment holding attorney Steven Donziger and several associates liable under RICO (the federal anti-racketeering law) for the corrupt way they pressed tort claims...
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Grocery Manufacturers Assoc. v. Sorrell
On August 5, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (acting pursuant to an agreement of the parties) dismissed this appeal as moot, because Congress adopted a statute in July 2016 that superseded the Vermont law being challenged in...
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Fighting the Frack Attack: The State of State Preemption Efforts
By Wayne D’Angelo, a Partner with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP in its Washington, DC office and co-chair of the Energy practice, and Travis Cushman, a Senior Associate with the firm.
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