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Health Update - April 2017

CMS Issues Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol for Stark Law Violations - On March 28, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new voluntary self-referral disclosure protocol (SRDP) for disclosing...more

How Will the Trump Administration Impact Healthcare Litigation?

Editor's Note: In a dramatic conclusion to the heated debate surrounding the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the bill was withdrawn after it became clear that House leadership did not have enough votes to pass it. There is...more

Politics, Medicine and Progress

by Mark Mansour on

Biotechnology companies are making daily breakthroughs in understanding genetic and biomolecular causes of disease, and are committed to developing the next generation of medicines to transform patient care. It has been...more

Commercial Drone Alliance Speaks Out Against Drone Privacy Legislation

The Commercial Drone Alliance (CDA) voiced its opinion on the drone privacy legislation that was recently reintroduced by U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey and U.S. Representative Peter Welch. The Drone Aircraft Privacy and...more

Chemistry & Nanotechnology Developments to Watch in 2017

As cases and outcomes make their way into the news this year, we will be watching the following developments closely and sharing them with the IP community....more

One in, Two Out: Potential FDA Uncertainty for Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Companies

by Snell & Wilmer on

On January 30, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order requiring all governmental agencies to eliminate two regulations for every one issued. The Order, captioned “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”...more

2017: New President, New Transportation Secretary—Where Do Drones Fit?

The Drone Manufacturers Alliance (DMA) has voiced approval of President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Elaine Chao as the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation in its November 9 letter to Trump and the Trump-Pence...more

Federal Court Rules that FEC Cybersecurity Study is Exempt from FOIA Disclosure

Last week, a D.C. federal judge ruled that an investigative reporter was not entitled to a 2014 cybersecurity study performed by an outside vendor detailing vulnerabilities in the Federal Election Commission’s information...more

FAA Sends Proposed Rule for Drone Flights over People to the White House OIRA

Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed a new rule for performance-based standards and means-of-compliance for operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones’) over people who are not...more

Connecticut Governor appoints State Cybersecurity Czar

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy recently appointed Democrat Arthur H. House the state’s first cybersecurity czar. House moves into the role after serving as the chairman of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority for the past four...more

MCLE Self Study Article: Property Rights to the Periphery of the Universe or Only to the Rooftop?: The Effects of Drones on...

Imagine a peaceful summer afternoon at home with your family. You’re inside preparing food for a barbeque while the rest of your family sunbathes and plays by the backyard pool. Suddenly, your teenage daughter runs into the...more

Utah votes to let authorities disable drones near wildfires

This week, in Salt Lake City, lawmakers approved a bill that would allow Utah authorities (i.e., firefighters or law enforcement) to disable and down drones if they are being flown too close to wildfires. Governor Gary...more

FDA Reorganization Takes on Cancer Moonshot and Other Initiatives

On July 11, 1969, the United States accomplished the almost unthinkable –two men walking on the moon. Conjuring images of that moon landing, President Obama moved forward the “Cancer Moonshot” program at his January 2016...more

DOJ Files IPR Petitions Against Discovery Patents

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed six petitions for inter partes review (IPR) of three patents assigned to Discovery Patents, LLC. The patents cover security alarm systems and methods for providing secure real-time...more

Andrew Lipman on Tracking Net Neutrality  [Video]

by Mimesis Law on

Andrew Lipman, head of the telecommunications, media and technology group at Morgan Lewis, talks about the group's role in the regulatory and legal processes shaping the debate surrounding net neutrality....more

Andrew Lipman on Navigating the FCC [Video]

by Mimesis Law on

Andrew Lipman, head of the media, telecommunications, media & technology group at Morgan Lewis, talks about some hot button issues clients need to be aware of when dealing with the Federal Communications Commission such as...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - August 2015 #2

by King & Spalding on

House Report Highlights Cybersecurity Concerns At The Department Of Health and Human Services – The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce released a report revealing that five operating divisions at...more

White House “Cyber Sprint” Results Are In

by King & Spalding on

On July 31, the White House released a report on its 30-day cybersecurity “sprint,” launched on June 12 in the wake of the Office of Personnel Management hacks. The report is brief, providing statistics on each agency’s use...more

DHS Chemical Facilities Take Note GAO Suggested Need For Enhanced Enforcement

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has just issued a report on Critical Infrastructure Protection with a finding that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) action is needed to verify chemical facility information...more

Pharmacy Benefit Manager Group Opposes 21st Century Cures Act’s Cost Offset

by BakerHostetler on

The trade coalition representing pharmacy benefit managers is raising concerns about major bipartisan legislation aimed at streamlining the approval of new medicines and medical devices. However, the Pharmaceutical Care...more

TSCA Reform: Detailed Review of the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 Considered in Markup by the House Energy and Commerce Committee

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The House Energy and Commerce Committee convened a markup session on June 2 and 3, 2015, to consider a slightly revised version of the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 as H.R. 2576. As reported in our June 3, 2015, memorandum,...more

A Sea Change for IPRs? -- Part II

Yesterday, we reported on the inter partes review (IPR)-specific provisions of the Managers Amendment to the PATENT ACT bil, which was passed last week by the Senate Judiciary Committee (see also "Senate Judiciary Committee...more

Patent Reform Heads to the Senate Floor

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 16-4 to send an amended version of S. 1137, the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship (PATENT) Act, to the full Senate for debate. The PATENT Act is this year’s...more

Patent Litigation Reform Legislation: State of Play

by King & Spalding on

On April 29, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA), along with fellow Committee members Orrin Hatch (R-UT), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Amy...more

Long-Term Care Legislation in Florida - Regulatory Compliance Impacts Retirement Communities, ALFs and Nursing Homes

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Long-term care companies in Florida need to dust off their regulatory compliance plans to see if updates are needed in light of several bills that passed during the regular legislative session of 2015. If they are signed by...more

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