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OCR to Focus More Investigative Resources on Smaller HIPAA Breaches with Less Than 500 Individuals Affected

The Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced it will devote more resources to investigate smaller HIPAA breaches. Before this announcement, OCR typically opened investigations for…more

Celltrion Files Petition for IPR on Genentech’s Rituximab Patent

Yesterday, Celltrion filed a petition for inter partes review of Genentech’s U.S. Patent No. 7,976,838, which is directed to the use of rituximab to treat rheumatoid arthritis. We will continue to monitor and report on updates for…more

CMS Releases the 2017 IPPS and LTCH PPS Final Rule, Including MOON Requirements

On August 2, 2016, CMS issued its final rule addressing new payment rates and policies under both the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for…more

Seventh Circuit Invites Supreme Court to Make Sexual Orientation Discrimination Actionable Under Title VII

Bound by its own precedent, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals again held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not redress sexual orientation discrimination in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, (7th Cir. July 28…more

Texas District Court Enjoins Federal Gender Identity Protection Of Students

Seyfarth Synopsis: In State of Texas v. United States, a District Court issued a nationwide injunction to enjoin the Department of Education and Department of Justice from enforcing their guidelines on accommodations for transgender…more

NAIC Task Force Releases Revised Draft Insurance Data Security Model Law

On August 17, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (the NAIC) Cybersecurity (EX) Task Force (the Task Force) released for comment a revised draft Insurance Data Security Model Law (the Model Law). This Model Law purports…more

Locky Ransomware Continues to Hit Health Care Entities

FireEye Labs has reported that the Locky ransomware continues to hit the health care industry hard, and has increased in the month of August. Although the telecommunications, manufacturing and aerospace/defense industries are also…more

Why Creating an Exit Strategy is So Difficult

One of my clients let me in on a secret which allowed him to go from one successful business venture to the next with apparent ease. His secret is one that mergers and acquisitions attorneys tell our business clients all the time: Have…more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Numbers were the focus this week as the Commission filed 81 administrative proceedings (must be near fiscal year end) and two civil injunctive actions. Seventy-one of the actions involved municipal issuers who self-reported under the…more

Ninth Circuit, California Appellate Court Take Aim at Arbitration Agreements

The Ninth Circuit and the California Court of Appeal have each issued decisions that may fundamentally affect how employers deal with arbitration agreements in the future. In Morris v. Ernst & Young, the Ninth Circuit held that it is…more

SEC Overrules Its Own Administrative Law Judge to Clear Customer of Fraud Charges

In a rare reversal of its own administrative law judge in the Matter of optionsXpress, the full Securities and Exchange Commission unanimously held that the SEC’s Enforcement Division had not met its burden of proof that the customer…more

Indian Government Approves New India-Cyprus Tax Treaty

The Indian government approved a new India-Cyprus tax treaty on August 24, 2016 that will allow the Indian government to tax capital gains on investments routed through Cyprus. This is part of a continuing campaign by the National…more

CFPB Proposes Changes To Higher-Priced Mortgage Loan Exemption Threshold

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published for comment proposed substantive and organizational changes to the Regulation Z Commentary regarding the calculation of the annual exemption threshold amount for the special…more

Agencies Encourage New Privacy Regulations to Close the mHealth Black Hole and Keep Pace with Evolving Technologies

On July 19, 2016, the ONC submitted a report to Congress which suggests that health privacy regulations soon may be revised to catch up with the universe of mHealth technologies that now use and share personal health data. The report…more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.26.16

Plaintiffs in the Forex MDL currently in NY federal court argued this week to Judge Lorna Schofield that the 2d Circuit’s recent ruling dismissing some plaintiffs in an aluminium price fixing suit did not apply to rob them of standing…more

A New Domain Name Option for the Insurance Industry

Global insurance industry members have a new online tool—the “.insurance” domain name extension. This generic top level domain (gTLD), governed by insurance industry and security experts, is reserved solely for verified insurance…more

Hackers Dubbed ‘Ghoul’ Targeting Industrial Businesses across the Globe

Researchers at Kapersky Labs say they have uncovered an industrial hacking scheme that they have dubbed “Operation Ghoul” that has hit 130 organizations in 30 countries…more

Edible Arrangements’ Trademark Case Bears Fruit

In a recent decision, Judge Vanessa L. Bryant shed some light on a significant new issue: trademark infringement in the world of internet keyword advertising. In a case with important implications for online marketing strategies, Judge…more

Five Biggest Surprises In The Arbitration Process (Blogiversary Listicle #4)

I am celebrating five years of blogging by publishing one “listicle” per day this week. Monday, the topic was the five biggest surprises in arbitration law; Tuesday it was the five states most hostile to arbitration; Wednesday it was…more

Chamber files amicus brief in support of challenge to CFPB jurisdiction

The Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America (Chamber) has filed an amicus brief opposing the CFPB’s petition filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to enforce its civil investigative demand (CID) issued to J.G…more

U.S. Department of Labor Releases “Misclassification Mythbuster” Publication Related to Independent Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently released 12 questions and answers in a publication called “Misclassification Mythbusters.” It appears that the publication is intended to educate/inform individuals about whether they are…more

A Distinction without a Difference

On April 8, 2016, we posted a blog regarding the case of Quality Built Homes, Inc. v. Town of Carthage, ___N.C. App. ___, 766 S.E. 2d 897 (2015)(unpublished). In this case, the Court of Appeals had held that the Town of Carthage…more

Are Condominium Unit Owners Required to Carry Insurance?

Generally speaking, condominium associations have the legal obligation to maintain insurance on all of the condominium improvements, with some exceptions. Chapter 718 of the Florida Statutes (the “Condominium Act”), expressly excludes…more

The RedBox Mark Has Gone to Waste and 3 Quick Lessons to Learn

The RedBox brand continues to dominate the movie rental market. For the uninitiated, RedBox is a brand of movie and video game rental vending machines placed in convenient locations like grocery stores, gas stations, and fast food…more

Three Considerations For Drafting A Code of Business Conduct

Although the Securities and Exchange Commission does not require that a company adopt a code of business conduct and ethics, I would be very surprised to hear of an SEC reporting company that has not adopted such a code. Item 406 of…more

Antitrust regulation of information exchange in the CIS and China

Exchange of information, whether among competitors or in vertical relationships, can involve substantial risks from the perspective of local antitrust regulation. Although it is not expressly prohibited to exchange information in any…more

Non-Discretionary Bonuses and Overtime Pay Calculations

More employees than ever may be categorized as non-exempt when the new Department of Labor (“DOL”) salary requirement for exempt employees becomes effective on December 1, 2016. Many formerly salaried, exempt employees will be changed…more

CFPB Issues Proposed Rules Regulating Payday, Vehicle Title and Other Loans, as Permitted by Dodd-Frank

On Friday, July 22, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “Bureau”) published proposed rules and a request for public comment in the Federal Register to establish a new consumer regulation, 12 CFR 1041, which would…more

Attention—The DOL Has Made its FMLA Poster More “Reader Friendly”!

Generally, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides eligible employees of covered employers with up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons, with continuation of group health insurance coverage…more

Eleventh Circuit Finds Insurer Liable for Medicare Lien Notwithstanding Insurer's Efforts to Satisfy the Lien in Settlement, also Grants Medicare Double its Damages

In a case with far-reaching implications, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion concluding that the Medicare Secondary Payer Act (MSP) permits a private insurance company/PART C Medicare Advantage Organization (MAO)…more

PTAB's 1st Preliminary Reply And Surreply Under New Rules

The most recent Patent Trial and Appeals Board rule changes, effective May 2, 2016, allow petitioners to seek leave to file a reply to a patent owner preliminary response upon a showing of good cause. Amendments to the Rules of…more

Third Circuit Rejects Class Certification for Widener Law Grads

A panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals refused to allow class certification for a group of Widener University School of Law Graduates who allege that the law school inflated postgraduate employment rate statistics in Harnish v…more

Being a Returned Fugitive from Justice May Not Be the Worst Thing

But don’t flee justice! This is not legal advice to you, but I really don’t mean to recommend avoiding problems with federal prosecutors by going to other countries where it’s hard for those prosecutors to catch up with you. Still…more

Department of Transportation Clarifies Regulations Regarding Abandoned Pipelines

On Aug. 16, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued Advisory Bulletin ADB-2016-05 to owners and operators of pipelines used for the transportation of hazardous…more

Immigration Law Violations Occurring After November 2, 2015 Carry Heavier Penalties

Effective August 1, 2016 the Department of Justice is assessing higher penalties for employers that violate immigration laws. These penalties cover violations that occurred after November 2, 2015. Specifically, the DOJ’s interim final…more

DOL Issues Guidance on the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

On August 24, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance on Executive Order 13673, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces. The Executive Order requires federal contractors and subcontractors to report violations of 14 federal laws and…more

Court Invalidates Janssen Remicade® Patent for Double Patenting; Celltrion Seeks Speedy Appeal

Janssen’s suit against Celltrion in the District of Massachusetts (C.A. No. 1:15-cv-10698) relating to a biosimilar of Janssen’s Remicade® (infliximab) is one of the few currently pending BPCIA litigations. Over the last week, there…more

Class Action Retirement Plan Litigation Hits Higher Ed Hard

In recent weeks, multiple class action lawsuits have been filed against private, nonprofit universities across the country alleging breaches of fiduciary duty and claiming millions of dollars in damages for retirement plan…more

IRS Simplifies Rules for Correcting Failed Rollover

On August 24, 2016 the IRS published Revenue Procedure 2016-47, which simplifies the steps for correcting a missed rollover from a qualified plan or IRA to another qualified plan or IRA. Amounts distributed from a qualified plan or IRA…more

BOEM advances California offshore wind leasing

U.S. ocean energy managers are moving closer to leasing sites in federal waters offshore California for wind energy development. Acting in response to a lease area requested by Trident Winds, LLC, this month the Bureau of Ocean Energy…more

BEWARE OSHA Phishing Scam Email

Employers should be cautious of an email that has been circulating to numerous employers around the country that appears on its face to be a request from OSHA to download a guidance document about “Safety & Health at U.S.: Protecting…more

You May Not Stack the Deck: SEC Announces Penalties Against Companies Requiring Employees to Waive Whistleblower Protections to Receive Severance

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently announced that two companies agreed to pay penalties of more than $500,000, combined, for illegally requiring employees to waive their rights to monetary awards from the SEC’s…more

The Interplay of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, Inevitable Disclosure, and Non-Competes

When it comes to protecting one’s trade secrets, one of the most important remedies a trade secret owner may want is a court order enjoining a former employee from going to a competitor and making use the trade secret there, to the…more

Receiving Data from Europe: The EU-US Privacy Shield

The European Union ("EU") recently announced that the new EU-US Privacy Shield Agreement ("Privacy Shield") is adequate to meet EU data privacy requirements and allow for the transfer of personal data from the EU to the US in support…more

A Tale of Two Escobars: Federal Courts Begin Grappling with Opposing Views of “Materiality”

On June 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a highly anticipated opinion in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar, which for the first time expressly recognized implied certification as a viable theory under the…more

Susan E. Rich: A Legacy of "Firsts"

Susan Elliott Rich is a legend at Baker Donelson. In fact, she holds all of the "firsts" – first female shareholder, first woman to be an Office Managing Shareholder and first woman appointed to the Firm's Board of Directors. None of…more

Nationwide EAS Test Now Just One Month Away

As the summer winds down and the weather cools off, action around the Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) is heating up. Hopefully by now, if you are an EAS participant, which includes all cable television systems, radio stations, and both…more

Whistleblower’s Claim Survives Dismissal and Death

The Energizer Bunny has nothing on the whistleblower claim of Robert Cunningham. Here’s what’s happened since Robert files his qui tam action against Millennium Labs back in 2009: the government declined to intervene; seven more…more

NLRB Rules that Student Assistants Can Unionize; Debate May Now Shift to Whether They Should

In a sweeping decision issued on August 23, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board reversed its 2004 holding in Brown University that graduate students are not employees under the National Labor Relations Act. The Board ruled that…more

A Constitutional Challenge to Florida's New Unclaimed Property Act Amendments

In April, Florida amended its Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act (“Act”) to require life insurers to perform Death Master File (DMF) searches for all policies issued since 1992. The amended Act also provides that a DMF match creates…more

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