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USDA and FDA to Revise Regulation of Agricultural Biotechnology

The United States Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration have recently initiated processes to evaluate and propose revisions to their approaches to the regulation of agricultural biotechnology. On June 29, 2018 the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) released a notice of its intent to prepare an environmental impact statement in connection with potential changes to USDA regulations governing plant biotechnology products. The notice identifies potential issues APHIS will evaluate in the EIS and seeks public comments on the impacts and alternatives the agency should consider. Comments on the notice are due by July 30, 2018. APHIS’s review of its regulations is part of a broader federal effort to examine federal oversight of biotechnology-derived products to address advances in biotechnology. In June, the FDA announced “new steps” in its approach to the regulation of biotechnology-derived products, including the formation of a new Biotech Working Group and forthcoming release of an Action Plan to ensure a “flexible regulatory framework” focused on (i) advancing and protecting public and animal health, (ii) strengthening public outreach and communication, and (iii) increasing engagement with domestic and international partners.

PPGMR Law’s Alan Perkins Named Fellow by American College of Environmental Lawyers

The American College of Environmental Lawyers today announced it has named Alan Perkins of PPGMR Law in Little Rock as one of its newest fellows. Perkins was chosen in a rigorous process out of hundreds of other attorneys under consideration for this well-deserved honor, based on his distinguished experience, high standards of practice and substantial contributions to the field of environmental law. He joins 23 other environmental lawyers from across the country in being selected for this honor.

PPGMR Successful on Summary Judgment in Employment Discrimination Case

PPGMR Law recently obtained summary judgment dismissal for firm client Brookshire Grocery Company in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. PPGMR attorneys Scott Morgan and Molly Shepherd successfully achieved dismissal of all claims in an employment discrimination case brought by a former Brookshire Grocery Company employee. Plaintiff’s causes of action were based upon alleged sex discrimination leading to his termination. In his Complaint, he alleged that he was treated differently than similarly situated employees. In its Order dismissing all claims, the Court held that he failed to establish a prima facie case because he failed to establish a similarly-situated employee who was treated differently than he was.