Shumaker Manufacturing

A Legal & Industry Review


Justice Department Issues Memo on Marijuana Enforcement

On January 4, 2018, the Department of Justice published a memorandum authored by Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, which rescinds previous guidance issued by the Department of Justice regarding marijuana prosecutions, and directs that “[i]n deciding which marijuana activities to prosecute under these laws with the Department’s finite resources, prosecutors should follow the well-established principles that govern all federal prosecutions.”  Notably, the memorandum expressly rescinds the August 29, 2013, Department of Justice Memorandum authored by former United States Attorney General, James M. Cole, commonly referred to as the “Cole Memorandum.”  The Cole Memorandum directed federal prosecutors to generally refrain from prosecuting those in the marijuana field who were complying with state law.  Continue reading


Client Alert: Website Compliance with the ADA Emerging Threat of Litigation

“A common letter offers to negotiate “on an expedited basis” a settlement that requires a calculator to add up the costs.  The proposed relief includes conducting a needs assessment on the website, contracting with approved third-party web developers to conform the existing site to several “ADA accessibility standards,” monthly third-party testing and monitoring for extended periods (i.e. five years), and implementing new ADA accessibility policies and staff training.  And, of course, payment of “reasonable” attorney’s fees and costs.”

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DOJ Hikes Fines for Immigration Related Violations

Ramos_Maria_LIDespite the numerous Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headlines, the last two years have brought a significant decrease in workplace audits: 3.127 audits in 2013 to 435 audits in 2015. Similarly, the fines during this time have dropped from $9.5 million in 2013 to $4.62 million in 2015. To put this in perspective, ICE assessed about $31.2 million in fines as a result of over 9000 worksite inspections between 2009 thru 2012. But it seems that this lull is about to come to an end. Continue reading