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D.C. Circuit: E-Cigarettes Are Tobacco Products, Not Medical Devices

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Electronic cigarettes, which deliver a dose of nicotine vapor without flame or smoke, are for regulatory purposes tobacco products, not medical devices, the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 7 ( Sottera, Inc., et al. v. U.S. Food and Drug...

EPA's Greenhouse Gas Rules Unanimously Backed By Federal Appeals Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A panel of the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 26 found that rules and findings by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars, light trucks and large, stationary emission producers are neither...

U.S. Supreme Court: No Stay In Union Dispute Despite Questions Over NLRB Quorum

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 6 denied an application for a stay filed by a Connecticut nursing home company in a suit over a union strike in light of questions over the legitimacy of 2012 appointments to the National Labor Relations Board ( HealthBridge Management...

D.C. Circuit Says FDA Can Regulate Stem Cell Drugs; Company Properly Enjoined

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Feb. 4 said the federal government can regulate a company that cultures stem cells for injection in the donor patient and said a lower court did not err in permanently enjoining the company from violating federal drug...

Supreme Court Reverses Ruling Giving States Second Chances At Emissions Plans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) In a 6-2 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court on April 29 reversed a District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals decision that states are excused from adopting implementation plans prohibiting emissions that “contribute significantly” to air pollution...

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Dispute Over Tolling For Tribe’s Funding Claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) A Native American tribe on Dec. 1 urged the U.S. Supreme Court to undo a September 2014 decision by the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that the tribe failed to establish any extraordinary circumstance that prevented them from timely filing...