How the Rise in Undercover Investigations is Changing the Law
A Moment of Simple Justice - A Prosecutor's Duty
A Moment of Simple Justice - Undercover Lover
Trial by Jury: Why It Matters in a Democratic Society
A Moment of Simple Justice - Stop Talking
Waldman: Stop Immunizing Websites That Allow Harassment
Busy Days For Voting Rights Advocates, Thanks to SCOTUS
A Moment of Simple Justice - Snitching Ain't Easy
Bringing a Lawsuit to Find Out What Happened and Why
A Moment of Simple Justice - Death by Cop
A Moment of Simple Justice - Ferguson & the Media
A Moment of Simple Justice - Revenge Porn
The Evolution of Informed Consent in U.S. Courts
FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 71-World Cup Report-Part IV
Why Does BigLaw Have So Few Black Partners?
Friedman: Abramson Dismissal a 'Teachable Moment' for Companies
New Program Helps Women Lawyers Return to BigLaw
A More Perfect Union: Why Punish Russia for Crimea?
End Game in the Fight Over Same Sex Marriage?
Is Punishment Dead in America?
In This Issue:
Judgments; Legislation; and Reports.
Excerpt from Reports:
Ensuring National Capacity in Genomics-Guided Public Health Laboratory Surveillance.
Australia. Department of Social...more
With all of the presents, decorations, and champagne now firmly in the rearview mirror, January is a time customarily spent reflecting on the year that was and planning for the year ahead. For places of public accommodation,...more
ONC Issues New Federal Health IT Strategic Plan –On December 8, 2014, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released its Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 (Plan). The Plan...more
Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights ("OCR") announced its plan for a number of audits regarding compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of...more
A federal court in New Jersey has permitted a defendant in a False Claims case to defend itself on the grounds that the whistleblower/ex-employees breached their employment agreements by using and disclosing confidential...more
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) released guidance last Wednesday to help covered entities and business associates understand the privacy implications of the 2013...more
Happy autumnal equinox
Home Depot Breach – By the Numbers:
- 56 million cards at risk (compare to Target = 40 million)
- $62 million in estimated costs (compare to Target =$146 million and...more
There are two important updates with respect to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). First, on September 17, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued guidance to...more
In This Issue:
- Excerpt from Judgments:
23 October 2013 - Maiocchi v Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists  FCA...more
In This Issue:
- Except from Cases:
Australia. Family Court -
Re: Jamie  FamCAFC 110 -
The child concerned, "Jamie", was born male but later...more
Breast Cancer – Patents
Introduction: Breast cancer is a malignancy that effects women across the world and is most prevalent among various types of cancers. Patents are jurisdiction specific exclusive rights that are...more
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is preparing to conduct an online survey of the 115 covered entities it audited in 2012 as part of the HITECH-mandated, pilot audit program. OCR hopes to use the survey results to evaluate...more
Background: GINA prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s genetic information in both the employment and health coverage contexts. In 2009, HHS published a notice of proposed rulemaking to strengthen the privacy...more
Today’s post focuses on the treatment of genetic information under the new regulations for the Privacy and Security Rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Ogletree Deakins has...more
The final rule is significant for any organization that is considered to be a HIPAA covered entity (“CE”) (health systems, health care providers, health plans, etc.) or the more broadly defined business associate (“BA”)....more
The HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently released guidance intended to assist covered entities in understanding what de-identification is, the general process by which de-identified information can be created, and the...more
On November 26th, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released guidance on the methods that covered entities and business associates can use to de-identify protected health...more
On November 26, 2012, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published guidance (the "Guidance") on the two approved methods for de-identifying protected health information (PHI) to satisfy the HIPAA Privacy Rule's...more
The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights released its long-awaited guidance regarding the de-identification of protected health information in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and...more
A Palo Alto 6th grade boy was allowed to return to his middle school after his family convinced the school officials that they did not need to worry about his genes....more
A Palo Alto middle school ordered an 11 year old boy to move to another middle school 3 miles away because it believed that his genetic makeup was a health risk to some of its other students....more
The ACLU and PUBPAT issued a press release today announcing that they are petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to review the U.S. Federal Circuit’s decision upholding the patent-eligibility of isolated DNA. The release...more
What if the story of your life was written at birth- a “future diary” available for someone to read? The decoding of the human genome over a decade ago held the promise of defying our genetic destiny, but it also foreshadowed...more
EPIC submitted comments to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, urging the advisory panel to protect genetic privacy in large-scale human genome sequence data. The Commission requested comments...more
Who, What, Why . . .
Who does it apply to: Any employer with 15 or more employees that obtain genetic information (including family history) about an employee.
Why should I keep reading – I don’t use genetic...more
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