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May 22, 2020, Covington Alert

Earlier this week, FDA and USDA issued a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) establishing how the two agencies will communicate and collaborate with respect to the potential invocation of the Defense Production Act (“DPA”). The agreement outlines how the agencies will determine whether USDA will exercise its presidentially-delegated DPA authorities over ...

May 22, 2020, Covington Alert

Today, May 22, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued an important no-action letter template in response to an application by the Bank Policy Institute (“BPI”), which could serve as the basis for no-action letter applications by BPI members and other deposit-taking institutions that wish to offer a standardized, small-dollar credit product as ...

May 21, 2020, Covington Alert

On May 20, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (collectively, the “agencies”) issued interagency principles (the “Lending Principles”) to encourage supervised banks, savings associations, and credit unions ...

May 21, 2020, Covington Alert

In an effort to curtail access by China’s Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. to products made using U.S. semiconductor software and technology, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) on May 15, 2020, released an Interim Final Rule expanding and extending U.S. export controls jurisdiction to certain non-U.S. items when destined for Huawei or ...

May 21, 2020, Covington Alert

On May 21, 2020, the Department of the Treasury, as chair of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”), published in the Federal Register a proposed rule (the “Proposed Rule”) that would amend the requirements to file with CFIUS certain transactions involving U.S. businesses that produce, design, test, manufacture, fabricate, or develop ...

May 21, 2020, Covington Alert

Slack-fill class actions have been proliferating. The vagaries of the definition of “nonfunctional slack fill” have made food, candy, and cosmetics manufacturers easy prey. But after the Second Circuit’s May 11 decision in Critcher v. L’Oréal USA Inc., slack-fill claims against cosmetics manufacturers will be harder to bring. Courts are now more likely to find ...

May 21, 2020, Covington Alert

On May 19, OSHA issued updated guidance reinstating employers’ obligations to record work-related COVID-19 cases. The guidance takes effect May 26. OSHA had previously suspended this obligation for most employers in an April 10 enforcement discretion document, but advocates for both employers and employees have recently pressed for more robust guidance from OSHA ...

May 20, 2020, Covington Alert

Last week, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture, through the Deputy Administrator for Animal Care (Animal Care), published its final revised regulations for licensing dealers, exhibitors, and operators of auction sales under the Animal Welfare Act, 7 U.S.C. §§ 2131, et seq. (AWA). The revised ...