• 06.02.15

    Update on Regulation of Homeopathic Products: It's the FTC's Turn

    On April 3, I reported in the IdeaXchange that the FDA was re-evaluating the way it regulates homeopathic drug products. Now, it is the Federal Trade Commission's turn.The FTC announced that on September 21 it will host a public workshop in Washington D.C. to examine advertising for ...

  • 05.31.15

    Protect the Vital Center

    Last week brought a report from Fred Dicker in the New York Post that the well-funded anti-abortion Chiaroscuro Foundation was contemplating fomenting primaries against incumbent Republican state Senators on Long Island. This mirrored earlier rumors of Tea Party primaries next year against ...

  • 05.20.15

    5 Things to Know About Tenant Star

    On April 30, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 into law. In part, the Act empowers the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy to establish and implement a voluntary "Tenant Star" program aimed at promoting energy ...

  • 05.19.15

    Unleash Creative Planning Ideas for Clients With Pets

    Many clients have pets. How many practitioners, however, routinely ask clients if they would like to include provisions for their pets in their estate planning documents? Some estate planners may laugh at this concept, but Americans are serious about their pets, and the pet industry itself is a ...

  • 05.19.15

    Fracking Is Not One-Size-Fits-All, Which Is Good News for California When It Comes to Water

    Hydraulic fracturing, also known as "fracking," has come under scrutiny for its potential impacts on water, including the risks to water quality and the amount of water used in the practice. California's new regulations on petroleum well stimulation treatments are set to take effect on July 1, ...

  • 05.14.15

    No Cause for Concern

    In recent years, charitable sales promotions have become an increasingly popular way for consumer products companies and brands to support charitable causes while, at the same time, differentiating themselves from competitors who sell similar products or services-not to mention their potential to ...

  • 05.14.15

    Flanagan's Win Maps Road to Success for LI Candidates

    Long Island cast a collective sigh this week, when John Flanagan was elected State Senate majority leader. The region feared it would lose a key leadership position in Albany to an upstate lawmaker.Flanagan (R-East Northport) no doubt remembered the painful lessons of 2002, when he lost by a ...

  • 04.30.15

    White House Reboots Draft Guidance on Evaluating Climate Change Impacts

    The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has restarted the process for formal advice on how best to evaluate greenhouse gas emissions and the impacts of climate change under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). More than four years after issuing its first draft guidance ...

  • 04.28.15

    What to Do in a Boom to Prepare for a Bust

    Now that the Great Recession is fading into the past, and 2015 seems to be shaping up as a boom year in real estate, there is a temptation for real estate developers and investors-eternal optimists-to extrapolate from a few good years into an ever rosier future.

  • 04.10.15

    Consumer Data in Bankruptcy: Saleable Asset or Liability?

    A national retailer files Chapter 11 with the intent to liquidate assets. Among the assets to be liquidated are millions of customer email addresses and personally identifiable information collected at the point of sale over the course of many years in operation. Are these consumer records assets ...

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