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College Pays Bitcoin Ransom to Unlock Encrypted Data

The scourge of “ransomware”—malicious computer viruses that prevent entities from accessing their own data until they pay a ransom—has spread to the higher education sphere. In early January 2017, a California public community…more

Reimbursement Changes for Hospital Off-Campus Provider-Based Departments

Off-campus provider-based departments (PBDs) of hospitals face changes in reimbursement beginning Jan. 1, 2017, the effective date of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) final…more

US and EU Negotiate Covered Agreement on Insurance and Reinsurance Regulation

On January 13, 2017, the US Department of the Treasury and the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) announced they have negotiated a “covered agreement” on behalf of the United States (US) with the European Union (EU). The…more

Texas Court Enjoins Enforcement of Regulation that Would Forbid Discrimination in Healthcare on the Basis of Gender Identity and Termination of Pregnancy

As LGBTQ rights have taken center stage in political and social issues, FordHarrison has been following ground-breaking litigation related to LGBTQ rights and providing updates. In the latest decision, a federal judge in Texas…more

340B Update: HRSA Finalizes 340B Pricing & Penalties for Drug Manufacturers

On January 5, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (“HRSA”) issued a final rule on the calculation of drug ceiling prices under the 340B Drug Pricing…more

Safeguarding Every Veteran's Benefits: Lessons From Bruce V. Mcdonald, 2017 WL 57172

On January 5, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims rejected the assertion by the Veteran’s Administration (VA) and the Board of Veterans Appeals (the Board) that a service member who requested a discharge in…more

Tennessee Health Services and Facilities Report: January 2017 Newsletter

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency ("HSDA") is responsible for regulating the health care industry in Tennessee through the Certificate of Need Program. A Certificate of Need ("CON") is a permit for the establishment…more

Volkswagen: When Car Companies Veer Off Course (Part I of III)

Corporate misconduct occurs in a variety of forms. Starting with the basic truism – companies act through people, and when companies engage in misconduct it requires the coordination and collaboration of multiple actors. The scope of…more

Qualifications for Artificial Limb Suppliers, After Only 16 Years

Bill Clinton was President when Congress enacted a law requiring CMS to come up with qualifications for those who make or supply artificial limbs to Medicare patients. It was January 11, 2017, when CMS finally unveiled the proposed…more

Alert: New Federal Law Prohibits Non-Disparagement Provisions in Form Contracts

A new federal law provides protection for US consumers who post negative reviews online.1 The Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016 (the "Act") prohibits companies from including provisions in their form agreements that ban or impose…more

Herbalife Settles Multi-level Marketing Scheme for $200 Million

Almost 350,000 people who helped run Herbalife businesses are receiving checks from the Federal Trade Commission to compensate them for money lost due to the company’s deceptive earnings claims. Specifically, Herbalife was claiming…more

The Anthem Breach – An Retrospective

Many people and news outlets have opined, weighed in, and informed the public about the 2015 Anthem breach. It is still a hot topic in January 2017, because it currently lines up with other hot stories about hacking ordered by foreign…more

IRS Reduces Built-in Gains Tax Period for REITs to Five Years

One of the key benefits of a real estate investment trust (“REIT”) is that it is effectively a pass through entity for income tax purposes. While a REIT pays tax on its taxable income, it also receives a dividends paid deduction on…more

Florida School Board Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Case with U.S. Department of Justice

The Palm Beach County School Board (“School Board”) recently settled a lawsuit brought by the United States Justice Department alleging that a local school’s principal unlawfully demoted an assistant principal after she became pregnant…more

WORM Out, Blockchain In: The CFTC Proposes to Modernize Recordkeeping Requirements

On January 12, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed to amend its recordkeeping requirements set forth in Regulation 1.31. The CFTC’s proposed amendments are intended to implement advances in information…more

NY Bankruptcy Court Trumps Insurers Seeking to Compel Arbitration

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York recently held a group of insurers in contempt for violating a temporary restraining order (“TRO”) aimed at preventing the insurers from using a Bermuda Court to…more

Recent Legislation Offers Small Employers a New HRA Option

A health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) is a funding arrangement under which employers fund health care expenses for their employees on a pre-tax basis. Prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), HRAs were popular among small employers…more

Unfair Contract Terms with Small Businesses: Implications for the Construction Industry

The unfair contract term prohibitions in the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) were recently extended to cover standard form contracts with small businesses. The new law provides for unfair contract terms to be declared void…more

Los contratos gubernamentales promueven cada vez más los objetivos relacionados con las políticas laborales

El año pasado, el gobierno federal implementó varias normas que exigen que sus contratistas cumplan con ciertos requisitos de trabajo justo. Por ejemplo, una norma federal finalizada en el mes de septiembre exige que los contratistas…more

What's in a Name? A Four-Letter Suffix to Be FDA Compliant

The BPCIA and the Debate Over Naming Biosimilars - Most drugs on the market today are small-molecule compounds with active pharmaceutical ingredients that can be duplicated to create “generic” drugs. It is impossible, however, to…more

Employer Exposure Increases: Emotional Distress Damages in FLSA Cases

The number of federal courts allowing plaintiffs to recover emotional distress damages in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) retaliation cases is expanding, with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals last month joining two other circuits…more

The New Cybersecurity Law of China: What does it Mean for the International Market?

On 7 November, the government of the People’s Republic of China passed the much-anticipated Cyber Security Law of China, which will come into force 1 June 2017. After first and second drafts were put out for public consultation in June…more

Los Angeles Community College Pays Ransomware to Retrieve Data

On December 30, 2016, the Los Angeles Community College computer network was kidnapped by cyber criminals requesting a ransom for its return. The ransomware encrypted the college’s entire network system, including email and voice…more

“Rest Until Symptom Recovery” May Not be the Best Medicine for Children and Adolescents Recovering from Acute Concussion

In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on December 20, 2016, Canadian researchers found that children and adolescents who returned to exercise within seven days of experiencing a concussion had…more

USCIS Issues Major New Immigration Regulations for Highly Skilled Workers

On November 18, 2016, USCIS issued an extensive set of revisions to immigration regulations affecting highly skilled workers. The new rules, which go into effect on January 17, 2017, clarify longstanding agency practices and create…more

This Week's Hearings Will Shed Light on Trump Administration's Energy, Environmental Priorities

As Inauguration Day approaches, energy and environmental issues will take center stage with this week’s confirmation hearings for the heads of the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of the Interior and the Environmental…more

Alert: New Privacy Training Requirements for Companies with Federal Government Contracts

Effective January 19, 2017, companies awarded federal government contracts will be required to ensure that their employees receive annual privacy training if those employees (1) handle personally identifiable information ("PII"), (2)…more

Article 29 Working Party Identifies GDPR Implementation Priorities for 2017

In a press release published on January 16, 2017, the Article 29 Working Party (“WP 29”) has outlined its strategy for 2017 on implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). WP29’s “2017 GDPR Action Plan”…more

CMS Guidance on Off-Campus Provider-Based Department Policy Changes

CMS recently released guidance on how hospitals can request from their CMS Regional Office a relocation exception from site-neutral payment rates for an excepted off-campus department of a provider due to an extraordinary circumstance…more

Delayed Enforcement of New York Donor Disclosure Requirements for 501(c)(3) Organizations

A federal court development has delayed enforcement of the recently enacted New York State legislation (described in our prior blog post) requiring 501(c)(3) organizations to publicly disclose the identities of certain donors if those…more

Critical Road Map for ESI in Litigation

It is the beginning of a new year and I thought it the ideal time to list out those steps that are absolutely critical when an attorney is confronting his/her obligation to produce e-discovery in connection with a litigation. Bear in…more

OSHA Procedures for Retaliation Complaints Under the Affordable Care Act Await New Administration

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Affordable Care Act faces an uncertain future under the Trump administration, which will affect whistleblower provisions enforced by OSHA. In October 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration…more

The Traveling Chair

Over the past six months, as Chair of the American Bar Association, Section of International Law, I’ve traveled to destinations from Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco and Ottawa to Istanbul, Rome, Tokyo, London, Budapest…more

“Believe It or Not” SDNY Grants Summary Judgment to Employer on Religious Accommodation Claim

Seyfarth Synopsis: The District Court of the Southern District of New York granted an employer’s motion for summary judgment on an employee’s failure to accommodate claims, holding that the plaintiff did not hold a bona fide religious…more

Site-Specific Disability?

Does the ADAAA allow an employee to claim that she is disabled-in-a-particular-place or with-a-particular-supervisor, and otherwise not disabled? A California federal court judge opened the door to such claims by denying summary…more

Florida Board of Medicine Hearing on Telemedicine and Medical Marijuana

The Florida Board of Medicine will hold a public hearing on February 3, 2017 to discuss its proposed amendment to Florida’s telemedicine practice rules. The proposed amendment, published December 8, 2016, is intended to clarify that…more

Google Maps App Now Tells Users If Locations Are Accessible, But Is It Accurate and Reliable?

Seyfarth Synopsis: Google Maps now provides information on accessibility, but the information may not be particularly reliable or useful to gauge accessibility…more

2017 Considerations for Israeli Companies That are Listed in the United States

In addition to our general update for foreign private issuers for the 2017 proxy season, Israeli companies that are listed in the United States are subject to a number of specific corporate governance and regulatory considerations from…more

Implementing a Compliant Successor in Interest Confirmation Process Will Pose Significant Challenges for Mortgage Servicers

Arguably the most significant element of the recent amendments to the existing mortgage servicing regulatory framework by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is the new structure that has been laid out for dealing with…more

The MACRA Final Rule: In Search of the “Goldilocks” Model

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (“MACRA”) Final Rule published late last year implements CMS’ new payment approach for physicians and other Medicare Part B eligible clinicians under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment…more

The Government Knowledge Defense to the False Claims Act after Universal Health Services

As recited in seemingly every brief and opinion involving the statute, the False Claims Act traces its history to the Civil War and efforts to deter and punish fraud on the Lincoln administration. The lure of treble damages, however…more

OSHA’s New Guidelines for Employer Anti-Retaliation Policies

Most employers and employees know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal agency charged with overseeing safety and health in U.S. workplaces. Many are surprised, however, to learn OSHA is also…more

A HUUUUGE Hire:  Learning From the Actions of Our Future President

Before we begin, a disclaimer: this IS NOT a political blog, or an endorsement or a criticism of our President-elect. This is merely an informational blog. Accordingly, please delete the emails you have started typing, telling me in…more

Reminders for Foreign Private Issuers for the 2017 Annual Reporting Season

This memorandum outlines certain considerations for foreign private issuers (FPIs) in preparation for the 2017 annual reporting season. Part I of this memorandum discusses new developments and practical action items for the 2017…more

OSHA Publishes Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers that are regulated under any of the 22 federal whistleblower protection laws are encouraged to review company policies, procedures, and training systems to examine conformity with this guidance…more

Fiduciary Rule will clear out the Alphabet Soup of Share Classes

When it comes to mutual funds offered under 401(k) plans, I’ve always believed that the multiple share classes was something out of an alphabet soup. I’m not an advisor, so I don’t know how or why there is so many share classes, but it…more

How “Close” is Close Enough? Parties Submit Supplemental Briefing in Martoma in Light of Salman

The Supreme Court’s decision in Salman v. United States, 137 S.Ct. 420 (2016) is already having an effect on the appeals arising out of the insider trading convictions in the Southern District of New York. Shortly after Salman, the…more

Witness hearing before the criminal courts

The witnesses have to be invited to attend the hearing on the basis of a request from one of the parties. After the approval of the court. The official notice will have to be sent at least 1 day before the hearing date. Although…more

Does It Feels Like School? Are You in a Classroom? If So, Soak in the Knowledge but Don’t Expect Pay for the Training Time!

Seyfarth Synopsis: Airline customer service representative denied pay for pre-employment 10-day classroom training program under the FLSA and California Labor Law. The maxim “it is extremely difficult to find someone to pay you to…more

Supreme Court Calls for the Views of the Solicitor General in a Case That the 7th Circuit Could Not Review En Banc

Last summer, we wrote about a unique situation that arose in the case of Rubin v. Islamic Republic of Iran, No. 14-1935 (7th Cir. July 19, 2016), in which the Seventh Circuit found itself unable to assemble a “majority” of the judges…more

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