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John Block: Duarte vs. Big Government

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block You may have heard about the John Duarte wetlands case.  John Duarte, a California farmer, bought 450 acres in 2012.  He plowed and planted it to wheat.  The Army Corps of Engineers, the California Water Qua… Read More
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John Block: Government Overreach

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I talked this week with John Duarte, a California farmer. He is in trouble. He bought 450 acres in 2012. He plowed it and planted it for wheat. He now faces $2.8 million in civil penalties because he did not ge… Read More
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Aspartame Potentially Subject to California Prop 65 Listing – Update

As previously reported, at an upcoming, November 15, 2016, public meeting of the Proposition 65 Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC), aspartame will be discussed prior to the CIC sending advice to the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assess… Read More
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Aspartame Potentially Subject to Prop 65 Listing

The Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC) – California’s qualified experts on carcinogenicity for purposes of Proposition 65 (Prop 65)) – pursuant to a meeting scheduled for November 15, 2016, will be providing the state’s Office of Envir… Read More
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Medical Privacy Update and 2015 Retrospective

MEDICAL PRIVACY UPDATE: New PHI Disclosures Permitted for Firearm Background Checks Earlier today, HHS published a Final Rule modifying the HIPAA Privacy Rule (45 C.F.R. § 164.512) to allow certain Covered Entities to disclose limited PHI to the FBI… Read More
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Proposition 65 Regulatory Changes Being Contemplated

Products (e.g., food, dietary supplements, cosmetics) distributed in California are subject to Proposition 65, a voter initiative that became the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.   Proposition 65 requires the State to publish… Read More
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Privacy Update: Refill Reminders Expressly Permitted In California – The State Finally Catches Up to the Feds

Although HIPAA-compliant sponsored “refill reminders” have always been legally permissible for a host of treatments under California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA), Cal. Civ. Code §§ 56-56.37, the state finally came right… Read More
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The California Raisin Show: Last Gasp for the New Deal's Supply Controls?

By John G. Dillard and Jerry Chapin Do USDA’s mandatory supply controls violate the Fifth Amendment even if they are intended to prop up commodity prices? According to the Supreme Court, the answer is “yes.” On Monday June 22nd, all… Read More
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John Block: Raisins

By John R. Block The U.S. Supreme Court decides a lot of very serious, high-profile cases – gay marriage for example. However, recently, they heard one about raisins. Yes – raisins. The Raisin Program dates back to the Great Depression of the 19… Read More
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John Block: Chickens and Eggs

The State of California has a reputation for leading in many ways – especially in the area of government regulations. Now, they have bit off almost more than they can chew. Certainly, the disadvantaged will not be chewing on many eggs since the St… Read More
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