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- Mexico’s National Water Law – The Ministry of Finance and Public Credit Authorizes the Payment of Government Fees to Avoid Reduction or Cancellation of Authorized Water Volumes
On October 9, 2019, Mexico’s Deputy Ministry of Revenue (Subsecretaría de Ingresos) of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público, “SHCP”) published the Official Letter number 349-B-521 (the “Official Letter”) on the Federal Official Gazette (Diario Oficial de la Federación). Pursuant to applicable Mexican regulations, a water concession title...
- Massachusetts to Join Other States in Regulating Student Loan Servicers
Massachusetts is proposing a bill to regulate student loan servicers and bring the Commonwealth in line with other states, including Connecticut, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Washington, all of which have passed new legislation to regulate the student loan industry. Similar legislation recently has been introduced, but not...
- U.S. cyclospora infections increasing; fresh produce behind many cases
In 2019, multiple outbreaks of cyclosporiasis were identified and found to be linked to different produce items, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 10 percent of ill people were associated with a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections linked to fresh basil imported from Siga Logistics de RL...
- Arizona (2), California (4), Colorado (1), Idaho (3), Illinois (1), Maryland (3), Michigan (1), Minnesota (1), Montana (1), New Jersey (1), New Mexico (2), Ohio (5), Pennsylvania (3), Virginia (1), Washington (1) and Wisconsin (10) tied to E. coli tainted Romaine
According to the CDC, as of November 21, 2019, 40 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from 16 states. The case patients report that illnesses started on dates ranging from September 24, 2019 to November 10, 2019. FDA, CDC, and state health authorities are investigating an outbreak of illnesses caused...
- Cannabis Legalization Roundup: Mexico, Luxembourg, Switzerland
We like to check in from time to time on what’s happening with marijuana legalization around the world. To date, around 40 countries have legalized marijuana for medical use. Many more countries have decriminalized marijuana to some extent, and a few have straight up “legalized” recreational marijuana. Among these bellwethers, South Africa and Georgia allow for possession...
- ERISA: When Social Security Disability Benefit Decisions Do NOT Have to Be Considered
What happens when the Social Security Administration issues a disability finding after the ERISA administrator has issued the decision denying disability benefits? Is the ERISA administrator obligated to reevaluate the record based on this new finding? No. Should the Court consider this as “evidence” in a subsequent lawsuit? No. This new case highlights the point....
- October 2019 Trade Law Update
In Husch Blackwell’s October 2019 Trade Law Newsletter, you’ll learn about the following updates in international trade and supply chain law. The current and future status of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement Opening Day, start date and new list of excluded products for Section 301 List 4 exclusion process ITC opens MTB process; petitions due by December 10,...
- The Current and Future Status of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer and certain officials in the administration have expressed optimism about the future of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Concerns are growing, however, about whether the intended overhaul of NAFTA will be ratified by the United States Congress. On October 23, 2019, Senator Grassley, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, stated...
- Passenger Goes Overboard From Carnival Dream
A twenty-six year old passenger reportedly went overboard from the Carnival Dream yesterday evening. The incident happened when the Carnival cruise ship was around 50 miles southeast of Galveston when the man apparently jumped from his cabin’s balcony, according to comments made by Carnival to a local news station KTRK-TV. News reports late ast night...
- Mexico Is About to Legalize Cannabis- This Is the Legal Summary You Need
Mexico is on the verge of legalizing cannabis. Editor’s note: This guest post is by Luis Armendariz, an attorney licensed and practicing law in Mexico and Latin America. Luis and I have been communicating about cannabis law in Mexico, Chile, and Latin America for almost a year. Mexico is on the verge of passing a...
- Chip implanted in Mexico judicial workers
From Associated Press, via Tampa Bay Online: “Security has reached the subcutaneous level for Mexico’s attorney general and at least 160 people in his office – they have been implanted with microchips that get them access to secure areas of their headquarters.” Thankfully, I’m in Massachusetts,...
- New Bankruptcy Bill – Television Discussion With Timothy Duggan
Monday September 26 at 8:00 PM on WFMZ-TV 69, Christopher Naughton's Law Journal celebrates its 15th year with the program "Windows Closing! The New Bankruptcy Bills Are Now!" with creditor's counsel Timothy Duggan of Stark & Stark....
- E. Coli Outbreak: Kills 1; Sickens Dozens
According to Health Officials, raw packages of spinach is likely the sources of an E. coli outbreak, killing at least one person and made at least 49 other people sick. Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Wisconsin, and California have all made reports and are...
- Green onions may be to blame for E. coli outbreak
The latest E. coli outbreak may be linked to green onions distributed by McLane Co. Tainted green onions also caused the 2003 Hepatitis A outbreak at a Chi Chi’s restaurant that killed four people. Full Story Green onions grown in Mexico caused a November 2003 hepatitis A outbreak that killed...
- Another botulism case identified
New Mexico health officials announced today that a man had been hospitalized with botulism poisoning since July 26th. Test results confirmed the 52-year-old man’s case, and health agencies are working together to determine whether the man’s case can be tied to the recall of Castleberry’s chili...
- FSIS ALERT: Public Health Alert for Ground Beef Products Due To Salmonella Contamination in Safeway supermarkets in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and New Mexico – 38 sickened.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to illnesses from Salmonella Newport associated with fresh ground beef products contaminated with multi-drug resistant Salmonella that may have been ground and sold at Safeway...
- Big Salmonella Outbreak Remains Unsolved: Chicks Nabbed In Smaller Outbreak
At least 97 sickened by Salmonella Tomatoes in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin That’s the headline on tonight’s Salmonella Saintpaul update on the Marler blog. It can be found here. Pressure is building. Health officials are...
- The Smoking Hot Pepper Has Been Found, Just Across The Rio Grande
They managed to do it with a little drum roll before a Congressional committee. The smoking hot pepper has been captured across the Rio Grande in Mexico. Here’s a bit of what the Washington Post reported just a short time ago: Investigators discovered the Salmonella saintpaul strain in...
- Mexico’s Supreme Court and the Superiority of Secret Ballots
People who have been following the debate over EFCA for some time are well aware that back in 2001, EFCA’s chief sponsor Rep. George Miller wrote a letter to a Mexican state government calling for the protection of secret ballot voting in union elections. The February 13, 2009 Washington Times...
- Cantaloupe recalled for possible Salmonella contamination
We learned over the weekend that L&M Companies was recalling whole cantaloupes sold between May 10 and May 15 in Wal-Mart Supercenter stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and South Hill, Virginia, because a cantaloupe at a farm in Mexico where L&M sources cantaloupe had tested positive...