Category Archives: General Interest

Topics (usually with a legal slant) that may be of interest to the general public

Tech Startups Address Food Waste Issues

Anne Kadet indicated yesterday at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “Forget Bitcoin or shares of Amazon.com. My current market obsession is the wild swings in the price of the pu pu platter for two at Lichee Nut, the Chinese restaurant in my Brooklyn neighborhood. “While diners who order at the restaurant pay $16.50 for… Continue Reading

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Waters of the U.S.: U.S. Supreme Court Rules District Courts Proper Venue

DTN writer Todd Neeley reported earlier this week that, “The national stay on the 2015 waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule is expected to be lifted following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday that any legal challenges to the rule must take place in federal district courts and not at the appellate level. “However,… Continue Reading

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Report Notes More Farmers May Seek Chapter 12 in 2018

DTN writer Todd Neeley reported yesterday that, “More farmers likely will be filing Chapter 12 bankruptcy in 2018, as they continue to struggle with costs of production exceeding commodity prices, ag lender CoBank said in a new report. “The CoBank report, ‘Forces that will shape the U.S. rural economy in 2018,’ said commodity price depression… Continue Reading

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Financial Firms Turn to Quick, Drive-By Home Valuations

Wall Street Journal writers Ryan Dezember and Peter Rudegeair reported today that, “When Blackstone Group LP wanted to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars to buy foreclosed homes after the housing crash, it needed a quick, inexpensive way to value thousands of houses the investment firm already owned and was offering as collateral. “Blackstone and… Continue Reading

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Indiana Small Farm Conference

A news release Friday from Purdue University indicated that, “As much of the Midwest shivered during a mid-January blast of arctic cold temperatures, organizers of the 2018 Indiana Small Farm Conference and trade show were looking forward to the warm sun of spring. “‘Planting season will be here before you know it,’ said Michael O’Donnell,… Continue Reading

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Federal Panel of Judges Considers Venue Issues Regarding Dicamba Lawsuits

DTN writer Todd Neeley reported yesterday that, “Attorneys representing farmers from across the country who filed multiple lawsuits alleging off-target dicamba damage to their crops will try to convince a federal panel of judges next week that the cases should be heard in a single court. “The seven-judge U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is… Continue Reading

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In Response to Disruption from Fintech Competitors, Banks Looking at Tech Veterans

Patricia Nilsson reported this week at The Financial Times Online that, “Financial institutions started poaching professionals from the tech world about three years ago in response to disruption from fintech competitors, says Max Johnson, manager at the recruitment agency Robert Walters. But to convince tech tribes to work for them, they have had to change…. Continue Reading

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2017 Venture Capital Totals for Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Chicagoland

Sarah Hauer reported last week at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online that, “Milwaukee-area companies raised more than $25 million in venture capital last year, down from a spike in 2016, according to data released from the PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor. “The $25 million was raised by 16 companies and 10 investors. In 2016, $44.57 million was raised… Continue Reading

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Iowa State Lawmaker Seeking to Link Water Quality With CAFO Moratorium

Donnelle Eller reported this week at The Des Moines Register Online that, “Iowa lawmakers should halt construction on animal confinements until Iowa’s water quality is significantly improved, a coalition of about two dozen state, local and national groups said Tuesday. “The Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture asked lawmakers to support 15 bills tightening oversight of confinements… Continue Reading

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Arkansas Legislative Subcommittee Supports Plant Board’s Proposed Dicamba Ban

Associated Press writer Andrew Demillo reported yesterday that, “Arkansas lawmakers recommended regulators move forward Tuesday with efforts to ban an herbicide that farmers in several states say has drifted onto their crops and caused damage, advancing the prohibition despite a lawsuit by a maker of the weed killer. “A legislative subcommittee supported the state Plant… Continue Reading

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