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Business Law Agribusiness Committee

Updates from the Business Law Agribusiness Committee

On June 15, 2022, in the matter of Viking River Cruises, Inc v. Moriana, (“Moriana”) the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts the invalidation of contractual waivers to assert representative claims under the California Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA). Read more
In September 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed three bills that expand winery off-site tasting room privileges and grant alcohol beverage manufacturers the right to advertise and promote charitable donations in connection with the sale of alcohol. The laws will become effective on January 1, 2022. Read more
Earlier this week, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army published a proposed rule revising the definition of “waters of the United States” or “WOTUS” protected under the Clean Water Act. Read more
At its Tuesday, August 10, 2021 public meeting, the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) will hold an Informational Panel: Overview of Extreme Heat and Impact of Heat on Agricultural Industry and Farmworkers. Read more
In a 6-3 decision, the United States Supreme Court in Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid ruled in favor of California agriculture businesses who challenged a decades old California regulation allowing union organizers onto the farm to organize workers. Read more
On March 29, 2021, the federal Circuit Court for the Eastern District delivered a significant victory to the California business community in the Proposition 65 case, California Chamber of Commerce v. Becerra. Read more
Farmers and ranchers in the San Joaquin Valley (Valley) must now implement alternatives to agricultural burning to comply with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved “near-complete phase-out” of agricultural burning by January 1, 2025. Read more
Last month, the Sacramento Superior Court delivered a serious blow to California’s regulatory program for the protection of wetlands and other waters of the State. Read more
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) issued a Statewide Quarantine and Removal from Sale order on December 4th for the organic fertilizer product Agro Gold WS. Read more
Effective November 30, 2020, Cal/OSHA implemented new temporary standards imposing significant obligations on California employers relating to COVID-19 policies and procedures. Read more

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