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FOOD. Beyond Meat, based in California, recently hired Covington & Burling to work on education and outreach related to plant-based meat products, according to disclosures. Muftiah McCartin, former assistant House parliamentarian, and Gabriel Neville, former chief of staff to ex-Rep. Joe PittsJoseph (Joe) R. PittsBottom Line Progress in the fight against human trafficking Pitts op-ed misses mark on Democrat 'betrayals' over ObamaCare MORE (R-Pa.), will work on the account.


TRADE. Consumer electronics company Tile hired Akin Gump to work on issues regarding Section 301 tariffs. Brian Pomper, former international trade counsel on the Senate Finance Committee, and Justin McCarthy, former special assistant to President George W. Bush on legislative affairs, will work on the account.



DEFENSE. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., hired American Continental Group to work on issues related to unmanned aerial vehicles. David Urban, former chief of staff to ex-Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), and Michael Barbera, former chief of staff to former Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.), will work on the account.


HEALTH CARE. Electromedical Products International, Inc., a Texas-based company that manufacturers medical, surgical, ophthalmic and veterinary instruments, hired McGuireWoods Consulting to work on the Food and Drug Administration's classification of devices. Stephanie Kennan, former senior health policy adviser to Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenDemocrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus Democrats say more unemployment benefits needed in wake of record unemployment claims Democrats fear coronavirus impact on November turnout MORE (D-Ore.), and Ryan Bernstein, former chief of staff to Sen. John HoevenJohn Henry HoevenGOP senators urge Saudi Arabia to leave OPEC GOP divided on next steps for massive stimulus package Overnight Energy: Democratic lawmakers seek emissions reductions in airline bailout | House Dems warn Trump against oil industry bailout | GOP senators ask Saudis to stabilize oil market MORE (R-N.D.), will work on the account.


MEDIA. Media and lifestyle company Playboy Enterprises International, based in California, hired Blank Rome Government Relations to work on issues related to copyright and intellectual property infringement in China. Jennifer Ellison, former staff assistant on the House Armed Services Committee, will work on the account.