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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

Sep 18 2017

UC Davis, strawberry breeders reach $2.5 mln settlement

Two retired leaders of the strawberry breeding program at the University of California, Davis will forgo $2.5 million in royalty payments under a settlement agreement filed Friday, four months after a jury found the men had breached their employment contracts and willfully infringed the school’s patents by forming a private company.

Sep 15 2017

U.S. failed to consider climate in mine lease extensions - 10th Circuit

The government's environmental impact statements in support of extending leases on four mines that generate nearly 20 percent of the nation’s coal supply failed to take into account climate science and the effect rising coal prices would have on development of cleaner energy sources, a federal appeals court said on Friday.

Sep 12 2017

Flint water crisis lawsuit belongs in state court – 6th Circuit

A proposed class action against state environmental officials over their handling of the Flint, Michigan water crisis is a “garden variety” negligence lawsuit that should remain in state court, a divided federal appeals court affirmed on Monday.

Sep 08 2017

8th Circuit revives whistleblower claims over Baycol marketing

A federal appeals court on Friday revived a lawsuit accusing Bayer Healthcare of fraudulently inducing the U.S. Defense Department to buy the cholesterol-fighting drug Baycol by overstating its effectiveness and downplaying the risk that it could cause muscle damage.

Sep 07 2017

10th Circuit revives lawsuit over Wyoming ‘ag gag’ trespass law

A federal appeals court on Thursday revived a First Amendment challenge to Wyoming laws which impose harsher penalties on those who cross private property to collect water and soil samples, take photographs or collect other environmental data on adjacent public land.

Sep 01 2017

Putting grievance on hold due to EEOC charge is retaliation - 6th Circuit

An employer cannot put its internal grievance procedures on hold because an employee has also filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, even if the delay is required by a collective bargaining agreement, a U.S. appeals court held on Friday.

Aug 31 2017

En banc 8th Circuit revives whistleblower’s lawsuit

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday revived a wrongful termination lawsuit filed against a Colorado company that provides emergency air transport to hospitals by a former employee who said he was fired for reporting safety violations.

Aug 30 2017

4th Circuit nixes West Virginia county's ban on wastewater disposal

Counties in West Virginia cannot ban oil and gas producers from using state-permitted underground injection wells to dispose of wastewater, a divided federal appeals court held on Wednesday.

Aug 29 2017

D.C. Circuit strikes FAA’s revised flight paths for Phoenix airport

The Federal Aviation Administration violated three laws and its own regulations when it changed the flight paths for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport without adequate public consultation or environmental review, a U.S. appeals court held on Tuesday.

Aug 28 2017

9th Circuit upholds EPA consent decree on air sulfur levels

A divided federal appeals court on Monday upheld a consent decree that gives the Environmental Protection Agency until 2020 to determine which geographic areas are violating health standards for air pollution from sulfur dioxide.

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