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Some States Are Opposed to EPA’s COVID-19 Blanket Enforcement Policy

May 27 2020
On March 23, 2020, on behalf of its members and U.S. industry, the American Petroleum Institute sent a letter to the EPA requesting a temporary waiver of non-essential compliance obligations, including recordkeeping, training or other non-safety critical requirements. The letter asked that Federal and State agencies consider using enforcement discretion to provide temporary relief, waivers or revised compliance timeframes when compliance activities become infeasible due to travel restrictions and COVID-19 stay home/shelter in place orders.
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Womble Bond Dickinson Attorney Jimmy Kirkland Discusses Trends and Risks in the Hemp Industry with The Environmental Bankers Association

May 14 2020
Attorney Jimmy Kirkland gave a presentation on “HEMP: New Opportunities & New Risks” to members of the Environmental Bankers Association’s Risk Management Committee. Kirkland’s presentation discussed the history of hemp production, its many uses and the regulatory requirements. Lenders, consultants, and gatekeepers were informed of both the risks and opportunities associated with this new agricultural commodity, and issues for collateral protection and compliance with banking laws were brought to light.
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The Benefits, Concerns and Considerations of Remote Depositions and Mediations in the COVID-19 Climate

Apr 28 2020
Remote depositions and mediations have been taking place for more than 20 years. As videoconferencing tools have improved (think Webex, Zoom, etc.), business litigators and their client have become increasingly comfortable conducting such sessions in a remote setting. The COVID-19 crisis has accelerated the pace of conducting depositions and mediations via videoconference. Sessions that just a few weeks ago may have been conducted in person now must be conducted remotely due to public health concerns and related stay-at-home orders.