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Ebola Vaccine and Treatment Makers Need Liability Protection

U.S. politicians and regulators, many of whom ordinarily trend toward hyper-caution on new drug reviews and approvals, are rushing forward with policies aimed at speeding up development of Ebola vaccines and treatments. These measures include coordinated research among public health officials and drug makers, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pledges of regulatory assistance, and congressional interest in legislation to qualify Ebola-targeted products for an FDA priority-review program. Such cooperation is encouraging, but government also needs to take action on another R&D disincentive which, if left unaddressed, could completely undermine current efforts on Ebola and frustrate future cooperative management of unforeseen pandemics. Ebola vaccine and treatment manufacturers need to have protection from tort liability exposure. . . (continue reading here)

In re: FWS Rules on Designation and Modification of Critical Habitat
On October 23, 2014, WLF filed formal comments with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), urging it to withdrawal several new proposed regulations that would significantly expand restrictions on private property deemed important by FWS for...
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Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Ass’n
On October 16, 2014, WLF filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, urging it to require a federal administrative agency, before significantly altering its interpretation of an agency regulation, to provide public notice of its plans and a meaningful...
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FTC v. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, LLC
On October 14, 2014, WLF asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to reverse a district court order refusing to dismiss the FTC’s lawsuit against Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, LLC (“Wyndham”). The lawsuit claims that Wyndham—which itself...
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Anthony v. Georgia Gulf Lake Charles, LLC
On October 10, 2014, WLF filed a brief in the Louisiana Supreme Court, urging it to review (and ultimately overturn) a massive tort award to individuals living in the vicinity of a chemical plant, where there was no valid scientific evidence that...
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Are EPA and the Army Corps Navigating New Waters with their Controversial Proposal?
By Sarah A. Slack, a Senior Counsel with the law firm Foley & Lardner LLP, practicing in its Madison, Wisconsin office, and Catherine M. Basic, an Associate with the firm in its Chicago, Illinois office.
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High Court’s Cert Denial Foments Greater Confusion over Removal of Mass Actions under Federal Law
By Heather A. Pigman, a Partner with the law firm Hollingsworth LLP in Washington, D.C. and John M. Kalas, an Associate with the firm.
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