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The First Amendment Rises to the Top: State Cannot Prohibit Dairy from Describing its Skim Milk as “Skim Milk.”

The Creamery is a dairy farm in rural Florida which sells all-natural dairy items, including skim milk produced in the usual way: cream rises and is skimmed off, and the result is skim milk.  The Creamery does not replace the (fat soluble) Vitamin A lost in skimming.  But Florida law prohibits the sale of milk which is not “Grade A”—which requires, among other things, that Vitamin A...

Common-Law Agency Principles, Not DOL Regulations, Dictate Whether Company Is a Joint “Employer”

The Eleventh Circuit considered the meaning of “employer” in the context of the H-2A visa program and declined to apply Chevron deference to a then-prevailing Department of Labor interpretation.  The court instead applied common-law agency principles.  Garcia-Celestino v. Consolidated Citrus Limited Partnership, 2016 WL 7240150 (Dec. 15, 2016), involved claims brought by a group of...

Eleventh Circuit Defers to National Park Service’s Wilderness Designation

The Eleventh Circuit has upheld a decision by the National Park Service (“NPS”) to designate certain federal lands in Florida as “wilderness.” Nat’l Parks Conservation Ass’n v. U.S. Dep’t of Interior, No. 14-15326 (11th Cir. Aug. 31, 2016).  The NPS acquired approximately 112,400 acres of additional lands to add to the Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida including approximately...

Eleventh Circuit Declines to Wade into Clean Water Rule

The Eleventh Circuit has declined to decide a case it held to be entirely duplicative of a challenge to the EPA’s and Army Corps of Engineers’ Clean Water Rule making its way through the Sixth Circuit. The plaintiffs in Georgia ex rel. Olens v. McCarthy, 2016 WL 4363130 (11th Cir. Aug. 16, 2016), filed a complaint in the Southern District of Georgia challenging the validity of the rule...

Collateral Challenge to Constitutionality of SEC Administrative Procedure to be Dismissed for Lack of Jurisdiction

On June 17, the Eleventh Circuit decided Hill v. SEC, 825 F.3d 1236 (11th Cir. 2016), vacating the district court’s grant of two motions for preliminary injunctions prohibiting the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) administrative enforcement proceedings. The Eleventh Circuit consolidated two cases where the plaintiffs had each challenged the SEC administrative procedure on...