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A July 8 article published by The Boston Globe reported that the New England Aquarium is aiming to become a bold advocate on environmental matters, in conjunction with its plans for significant expansion.

Mintz Member and Chair of the Energy & Sustainability practice Tom Burton, Chair-Elect of the New England Aquarium Board of Trustees, recently led the search committee for the aquarium’s chief executive, Vikki Spruill, a longtime advocate for marine conservation. “Board members believe the nonprofit needs to forcefully advocate for conservation measures, and educate the public about what they can do,” Mr. Burton said.

The article also noted that ML Strategies is registered to represent the aquarium with respect to waterfront development on and around Central Wharf.
The Journal of Consumer & Commercial Law republished a blog post authored by Mintz Member Gilbert Samberg that addressed interim measure awards in arbitration.
In a briefing prepared for a public hearing scheduled by the United States House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, a portion of Mintz Member and Chair of the Employment Compensation practice Alden Bianchi’s Tax Management Portfolio published by Bloomberg Tax, “Employee Benefits for the Contingent Workforce,” No. 399, was cited as a reference.

The Portfolio addressed the employee benefits-related questions and issues that arise in connection with the employment of contingent or alternative workers.

The briefing document was prepared by the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation: Description of the Social Security Tax Base (JCX-36-11), June 21, 2011. The document can be found at
Mintz Member and Chair of the Environmental Law practice Jeff Porter was quoted in a duo of articles published by Law360 that examined the biggest environmental law rulings in 2019 so far and environmental policy to watch through the end of the year.

In a July 12 article, Mr. Porter discussed one of the biggest environment-related regulations to watch in the second half of 2019.

In particular, he commented on the EPA’s new narrower definition of "waters of the U.S." under the Clean Water Act, which is expected to be finalized by December. “Just as the Obama rule was challenged in court by various states and industry groups, the Trump rule will face its own legal battles,” Mr. Porter said.

In a July 8 article, Mr. Porter discussed one of the most significant rulings in environmental law during the first half of 2019.

In particular, he commented on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to limit courts' ability to defer to federal agencies' interpretations of their own regulations. “With their newfound leeway, judges could begin to wade more deeply into controversial and science-heavy issues like climate change and water quality disputes,” Mr. Porter said.
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