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Barbara Grzincic

Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

May 26 2017

Jury rules for University of California, Davis on strawberry patent

By Barbara Grzincic Two former professors who helped lead the strawberry breeding program at the University of California, Davis, breached their employment contracts and willfully infringed the school’s patents by using their discoveries to launch a private company, a federal jury found on Wedneday.

May 24 2017

MDL Watch: Consolidation sought in Physiomesh, FieldTurf and MonaVie juice cases

By Barbara Grzincic A federal judicial panel is set to weigh requests to create multidistrict litigation for Physiomesh product-liability claims against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon, and for the marketing and sales practices claims involving MonaVie juice and concentrates, FieldTurf artificial playing surfaces and Prevagen “memory-boosting” supplements.

May 23 2017

D.C. Circuit rejects environmental challenge to gas pipeline expansion

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission did not violate the U.S. Clean Water Act by giving Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line conditional approval for a 30-mile expansion project before a state permit was issued, a federal appeals court held on Tuesday.

May 22 2017

8th Circuit revives fracking trespass suit against Southwestern Energy

A federal appeals court on Monday revived a lawsuit by Arkansas landowners who claimed Southwestern Energy trespassed on their land by pouring more than 7 million barrels of hydraulic-fracturing wastewater onto nearby property that the company knew could only absorb about 1 million barrels.

May 19 2017

D.C. Circuit revives lawsuit over Energy Department loan denials

A federal appeals court on Friday jumpstarted a lawsuit by electric-car battery developer Limnia Inc accusing the Energy Department under President Barack Obama of playing political favorites in administering two clean-energy loan programs.

May 17 2017

D.C. Circuit declines to rule in mining license dispute

A federal appeals court on Wednesday declined to rule on a motion to dismiss the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s challenge to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's issuance of a uranium mining license in South Dakota.

May 11 2017

8th Circuit rules for Exxon Mobil in pipeline dispute with landowners

A federal appeals court on Thursday affirmed a win for Exxon Mobil in a potential class action for breach of contract filed by property owners along the route of the 70-year-old, 850-mile Pegasus Pipeline, which ruptured in Mayflower, Arkansas in March 2013.

May 10 2017

2nd Circuit revives federal warranty claims against BMW dealer

A lawsuit by the unhappy buyer of a used BMW met the federal lemon law’s $50,000 threshold for jurisdiction even though the plaintiff's contractual damages were at most $36,000, a U.S. appeals court held on Wednesday.

May 09 2017

9th Circuit denies recycling group's bid to block collection box ordinance

A federal appeals court has denied nonprofit group Recycle for Change's request to enjoin enforcement of an Oakland, California collection box ordinance, finding RFC is unlikely to prevail on a First Amendment challenge to the law.

May 08 2017

Cozen bolsters employment-law practice with 17 additional Buchanan recruits

By Barbara Grzincic Philadelphia-based Cozen O’Connor added another 17 lawyers from Pittsburgh-based Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney on Monday, including 15 labor and employment lawyers.

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