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Palliative care – navigating the difficult path of informed consent

Medical practitioners are placed in a difficult position when close family members disagree about the treatment that should be provided to a loved one who is no longer capable of making his or her own decisions…more

In Business & Corporate Law Avoiding a Messy Business Divorce is Important! #BusinessAttorney

When people come together to begin a business, they may not think the time will come when they will not get along. But if, after many years, you and your business partner no longer see eye-to-eye when it comes to how to operate your…more

New Executive Order Prohibits Discrimination on Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity for Federal Employment, Federal Contractors, and on Federal Construction Projects

On July 21, 2014, President Obama entered yet another executive order related to employment. This latest order amends two previous executive orders, Executive Order 11478 and Executive Order 11246. With the entry of this latest order…more

Status Updates - July 2014 #13

Going viral: Silencing its critics, Twitter posted strong second quarter results, adding 16 million new monthly active users and boosting its user base by 24 percent from this time last year…more

Design Patent Developments at the Federal Circuit – 2014 Term

In addition to its heavy docket of utility patent cases, the Federal Circuit also rendered several design patent decisions of interest thus far in the 2014 term. Among them is in a recent non-precedential opinion in Anderson v…more

CHI Takes the Plunge into the Insurance Business

For several years now hospital systems have been tip-toeing around the business of health insurance. They’ve been signing up for Medicare Advantage plans, taking on more and more risk, managing care and raiding health insurance…more

Caveat Empty Box

In a strong defense victory from earlier this year, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California denied a proposed class of laptop purchasers the opportunity to proceed against Toshiba as a class, instead forcing…more

Pennsylvania Anti-Discrimination Laws: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Currently, federal and state (Pennsylvania) anti-discrimination laws protect against discrimination on the basis of sex (male vs. female), but not sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. However, a number of Pennsylvania…more

UPDATE: UConn Settles Sexual Assault Lawsuit for $1.3 Million

We recently reported that five former and current students filed a federal lawsuit against the University of Connecticut (“UConn”) alleging discrimination and that the university failed to properly investigate claims of rape and sexual…more

OFAC Announces Substantial Settlement With Bank Over Apparent Sanctions Violations

On July 24, the OFAC released a settlement agreement with a large bank to resolve apparent violations of narcotics sanctions regulations. The settlement agreement states that during separate periods from September 2005 through March…more

Consultation on the enforcement of scheduling of television advertising

Ofcom has published a consultation document regarding various approaches to the enforcement of scheduling of television advertising. Both Ofcom’s own Code on the Scheduling of Television Advertising (COSTA) and the Audiovisual…more

New York State Corporate Tax Law Reform: The Impact on Companies Providing Digital Products

On March 31, 2014, Governor Cuomo signed into law legislation that provides for an extensive reform of the state's corporate tax regime (the "Act"), most notably for out-of-state corporations providing digital products to New York…more

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