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August 7, 2020, Covington Alert

On August 5, 2020, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published a proposed rule that would amend the USDA organic regulations in an effort to strengthen oversight and enforcement of the production, handling, and sale of organic agricultural products. The proposed changes come in response to concerns about the ...

August 6, 2020, Covington Alert

On July 16, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union struck down the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (“Privacy Shield”) in the Schrems II decision. Even though Schrems II invalidated the Privacy Shield with immediate effect as a matter of EU law, U.S. regulators swiftly indicated that they will continue to administer the Privacy Shield and that self-certified ...

August 6, 2020, Covington Alert

In July 2017, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced the likely discontinuation by the end of 2021 of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), the interest rate index used in calculating floating or adjustable rates for many loans, bonds, derivatives and other financial contracts.

August 5, 2020, Covington Alert

On Monday, FDA published for public comment a proposed rule concerning the submission of certain data elements for veterinary devices imported or offered for import via the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) or other U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)-authorized electronic data interchange (EDI) system.[1] Comments are due by October 19, 2020. The ...

August 4, 2020, Covington Alert

On Friday, FDA announced the Animal Drug User Fees (ADUFA fees) and Generic Animal Drug User Fees (AGDUFA fees) for Fiscal Year 2021.

August 2020, Covington Advisory

July 31, 2020, Covington Alert

The High Court of Justice, Business and Property Courts of England & Wales, Queen’s Bench Division (the Commercial Court) has ruled on the status of “illustrations” and “worked examples” in the context of general contractual interpretation.

July 29, 2020, Covington Alert

Last week, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the possible adoption of a new EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (“CBAM”). This consultation is yet another of the initiatives that the Commission is taking to roll out its ambitious European Green Deal (for a recent overview webinar see here). Manufacturers in virtually all industrial ...

July 27, 2020, Covington Alert

On July 22, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted several proxy rule amendments dealing with proxy advisory firms as part of its ongoing effort to modernize the proxy voting system. The proxy rule amendments, which were proposed in November 2019, codify the SEC’s view that proxy voting advice generally constitutes a solicitation under the ...