Jack Block: Dusky Gopher Frog

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block By now, I should not be surprised when the federal government uses its power and strength to hammer a defenseless individual citizen. Let me tell you about Edward Poitevent and the dusky gopher frog. In 2011, th… Read More
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John Block: Rural America Speaks Up

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Now that the election is over, Democrats are trying to figure out what went wrong. Not only will they lose the White House in January, they did not get control of the Senate and gained very little in the House.… Read More
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John Block: Trump Wins

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block It’s a new day. Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. Washington, D.C. is in shock. It wasn’t supposed to turn out this way. Clinton was supposed to win. A year and a half ago, Donald Trum… Read More
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John Block Reports: Election Day 2016 & the Need for a Balanced Government

On October 27, 2016, OFW Law founding principal Richard L. Frank filled in for former USDA Secretary John R. Block on his weekly radio broadcast: Tuesday, November 8, is Election Day. A free and fair election is what separates the U.S. from many of o… Read More
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The Peat Goes On: Supreme Court Holds Wetlands Jurisdictional Determinations Are Appealable

Peat miners, golfers, and landowners with real property containing or adjacent to Waters of the United States will benefit greatly from the Supreme Court’s May 31st decision in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc. Hawkes resolved whethe… 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 193… Read More
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Supreme Court Holds FD&C Act Does Not Bar Competitor Food Label Challenges under the Lanham Act

By Michael J. O’Flaherty and Stewart D. Fried In a recent opinion delivered by Justice Kennedy (with Justice Breyer recused), the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that competitors may bring Lanham Act claims challenging food labels, even if… Read More
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U.S. Supreme Court Extends Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protection to Employees of Privately-Held Companies

On March 4, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Lawson v. FMR LLC, No. 12-3 that “whistleblower” protection under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 extends to the employees of a public company’s private contractors and subcontractors… Read More
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