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Cannabis, Illinois and Social Equity—The Third Pillar of Legalization or Political Expedience?


Traditionally cannabis licensing depended primarily on the applicant’s ability to demonstrate capital and trustworthiness. By having capital, the applicant demonstrated business acumen and financial wherewithal

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D.C. Circuit finds Chemical Manufacturers Are Not Liable Under False Claims Act for Failure to Disclose Health Risks Associated with Chemicals


U.S. ex rel. Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP v. BASF Corp.,___F.3d___, Case No. 18-7123 (D.C. Cir. July 5, 2019). The District of Columbia Circuit Court has

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U.S. Supreme Court Delivers Major Constitutional ‘Takings’ Decision Applicable to All Federal, State or Local Ordinances Throughout the Nation


Knick v. Township of Scott, Pennsylvania,___U.S.___, 139 S.Ct. 2162 (U.S. June 21, 2019). On June 21, 2019, the United States Supreme Court delivered a major

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Trump Administration Undertakes Historic Rollback of Protections for National Parks


Since January 2017, the Trump administration has undertaken over 100 actions that have the potential to threaten America’s National Parks. From rollbacks of the federal

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Facing Sea Level Rise, California Coastal Commission Tests Powers for “Managed Retreat” of Homes along the Coastline


  The California Coastal Commission (Commission) is charged with protecting the state’s beaches from the effects of overdevelopment. Yet with climate change projections predicting rising

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California Court Upholds Programmatic EIR Analyzing Hydraulic Fracturing throughout the State


The California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) prepared a programmatic Environmental Impact Report (EIR) studying the environmental impacts of

Read More2019-08-07
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