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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

Feb 15 2018

UGG bootmaker sues Walmart for infringement

UGG bootmaker Deckers Outdoor Corp is suing Wal-Mart Stores and the Milwaukee-based manufacturer of Muk Luks boots, alleging that they are misleading the public and unfairly capitalizing on UGG’s popularity by offering boots that copy key design elements of its popular Bailey Button model.

Feb 12 2018

Syngenta Seeds settles Hawaii pesticide-exposure action by EPA

Syngenta Seeds has reached a $550,000 settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over allegations that workers at Syngenta’s former research farm on Kauai, Hawaii were twice sent into fields that had recently been treated with dangerous pesticides, the EPA announced on Monday.

Feb 05 2018

California wage laws cover offshore oil workers – 9th Circuit

California’s wage and hour laws apply to oil-drilling platforms fixed to the Outer Continental Shelf a few miles off the state’s coastline, a federal appeals court held on Monday.

Jan 25 2018

Essure clinical trials in Missouri not grounds for jurisdiction there - judge

A federal judge in Missouri on Wednesday tossed claims by 92 of the 95 plaintiffs in an Essure product liability case against Bayer Corp and its subsidiaries, rejecting an attempt by out-of-state plaintiffs to distinguish their case from Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court, a 2017 U.S. Supreme Court decision that tightened the rules on jurisdiction.

Jan 24 2018

GSK: Trial judge should have dismissed generic-Paxil suicide lawsuit

GlaxoSmithKline says a federal judge in Chicago never should have allowed a jury to consider a widow’s claim that the London-based drugmaker was to blame for the death of her husband, an attorney who committed suicide after taking a generic version of the antidepressant Paxil.

Jan 18 2018

Calif. ban on prostitution survives constitutional challenge - 9th Circ.

A federal appeals court on Wednesday tossed a challenge to California’s law criminalizing prostitution, saying that there is no constitutional right to exchange sex for money or to engage in illegal employment.

Dec 26 2017

DC Circuit revives bid to hasten currency redesign for sight-impaired users

The U.S. Treasury Department must offer more than vague and unsupported estimates about the costs of redesigning paper currency to add tactile features for visually-impaired people, in order to justify a many-year delay in the launch of the new bills, a federal appeals court held on Tuesday.

Dec 21 2017

U.S. judge says groups can sue EPA over drinking water fluoridation

By Barbara Grzincic Opponents of fluoridated drinking water can proceed with a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Toxic Substances Control Act, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled on Thursday.

Dec 19 2017

D.C. Circuit clears track for Maryland light-rail project

The Federal Transit Administration does not have to prepare a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Maryland’s Purple Line light rail project, a federal appeals court held on Tuesday, reversing a May ruling by a judge in Washington, D.C.

Dec 18 2017

Non-mining jobs at sand and gravel plant are subject to OSHA's jurisdiction – 2nd Circuit

Federally regulated mines can be investigated and fined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for safety violations involving non-mining operations, a federal appeals court held on Monday.

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