The IRS Has Announced a “90-Day Pre-examination Compliance Pilot” for Sponsors of 401(K), Pension, and Other Qualified Retirement Plans

In the June 3 issue of Employee Plans News, the Internal Revenue Service announced a pilot program to give employers whose qualified retirement plans have been selected for audit a 90-day window during which they are encouraged to review plan compliance (of their plan document and plan operations) to discover any qualification errors and then […]

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The 3 ‘Cs’ of International Cannabis: Context, Chain, and Capital

According to a new report, the global legal cannabis market size is expected to reach USD 102.2 billion by 2030. Most industry participants rush in, often times at their peril and detriment. Prior to entering this industry, it is essential to understand the three essential ‘Cs’ of the cannabis industry: Context, (Supply) Chain, and Capital. […]

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PFAS Are Forever: A Retail Adventure

Addressing per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) continues to be a hot-button issue in the environmental community, as studies link them to cancer, hormone disruption, liver and kidney damage, and other health concerns. PFAS are a class of thousands of man-made chemicals that have been manufactured and used in numerous products dating back to the […]

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Supreme Court Resolves Section 1782 Application

On June 13, the United States Supreme Court in ZF Auto. US, Inc. v. Luxshare, Ltd., No. 21-401, 2022 WL 2111355 (U.S. June 13, 2022) resolved a disagreement among the circuits and held that Section 1782 does not apply to private arbitration. The statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1782, has long provided a mechanism for obtaining discovery […]

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The Effect of COVID-19 on EPA’s Enforcement Policies

On March 26, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a new temporary policy for some violations that occur as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  It will exercise enforcement discretion (i.e., it may waive applicable penalties) for a limited group of acts or omissions that occur beginning on and after March 13, 2020.   […]

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Supreme Court Rules That Adjacent Landowners Can Sue So Long As They Don’t Interfere With an EPA Approved CERCLA Remedy

In Atlantic Richfield Co. v. Christian et al., Slip Op. No.17-1498, April 20, 2020, landowners sued Atlantic Richfield in State Court alleging nuisance, trespass and strict liability under Montana law, and among other things, sought restoration damages.  Their restoration plan went beyond what EPA required to protect human health and the environment.   The Court held that […]

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Outlook for This Week in the Nation’s Capital

Congress. Both chambers are in session this week. Senate Democrats plan to vote on abortion rights legislation later this week, though the bill is fully expected to fail given the lack of support from all 50 Democrats and no support from Republicans. The House will hold a vote this week on a resolution that would allow House […]

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FDA Warns Companies Allegedly Illegally Selling CBD and Delta-8 THC Products to Label and Brand More Carefully

For the first time, the U.S. Federal Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) this week issued consumer warnings and sent letters to five companies, alleging that they are selling products in a way that violates Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (the “FD&C Act”). This regulatory action has important implications for companies labeling and selling products containing delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (or “Delta-8 […]

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Window On Washington – The View From the Nation’s Capital

Outlook for This Week in the Nation’s Capital Congress. The House and Senate are both back in session this week after their two-week recess. The House and Senate are in the formal conference process for the Bipartisan Innovation Act, and their goal is to finish the legislation by Memorial Day Weekend. They will also focus on […]

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The Synergy Between the Cannabis Industry and ESG

Cannabis is an industry where water, power, and social equity factors are such prominent concepts. As I have written about previously, the cannabis industry has the opportunity at the micro-, meso- and macro-level to systemically set about creating shared value for all stakeholders through a focus on Economic, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors. While ESG is […]

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Become a U.S. Citizen – Let’s Talk About Getting Started! #2Millionby2022

Join us in a discussion about learning the benefits of being a US Citizen, how to file for US Citizenship, and how to obtain funding for the filing fee. Naturalize #2MillionBy2022! Wednesday, May 4, 2022 6:00 PM PT | 7:00 PM MT | 9:00 PM CT | 10:00 PM ET CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Presented […]

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