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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit recently ruled that a Florida law requiring nursing homes to disclose patient records of deceased patients was preempted by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability...more
A California Superior Court judge has dismissed with prejudice a privacy suit brought by California Attorney General Kamala Harris against Delta Airlines. The complaint, filed in December of 2012, alleged that Atlanta-based...more
As a growing number of states pass legislation which will protect individuals’ social media accounts from employer scrutiny, they have encountered a surprising adversary – FINRA and other securities regulators....more
Privacy, data breaches, texting, a bit of golf law and more in the BLG Monthly Update for May 2013...more
Are social media companies based in the United States subject to European data privacy laws? Two recent judicial decisions – one in France and the other in Germany – arrived at different answers. The Civil Court of Paris held...more
On April 9, 2013 the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued an opinion regarding HIPAA preemption in the case of Opis Management Resources, LLC v. Florida Agency for Care Administration. Opis...more
As we first reported in December 2011, it's a common scenario: A Florida nursing home resident dies, and his or her spouse, surrogate, proxy, or attorney requests the resident's medical records. However, if the nursing home...more
Most states have adopted some version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, which is designed to prevent the disclosure of trade secrets. FOIA, or the Freedom of Information Act, allows individuals to access records collected by...more
As I’ve noted in earlier posts, this is shaping up as an important term for the class action defense bar at the United States Supreme Court. Late last month, the Court added another important question to its docket, granting...more
Like many people with a standard Midwest religious upbringing I struggle to do the right thing and, sometimes, to know just what that is under the circumstances. But, as St. Paul discussed in Romans 7 “being good is not...more
In this issue:
- Don't Miss Venable at ERA D2C
- FTC Publishes Guides for Mobile Application Makers
- Decision in Louboutin Case is Black & White & Red All Over
- Check Yourself Before You Wreck...more
On June 29, 2012, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law legislation amending New Jersey’s unclaimed property law relating to the escheat of abandoned stored value cards (SVCs) to the state.
Aggrieved employers have often turned to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (the "CFAA") in suing former employees that allegedly absconded with information from company computers. Such suits face bleak prospects in the Ninth...more
Originally published in Law360, New York on August 02, 2012.
Illinois on Wednesday became the second state to enact a law banning employers from requesting passwords for Facebook and other social media accounts from...more
Facebook, Inc. was sued in a class action last year over one of its advertising practices called “Sponsored Stories,” which typically consist of a Facebook Friend’s name, profile picture, and an assertion that the person...more
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to ban sodas sold in containers of more than 16 ounces. Thank you for asking our opinion. Or, as the young folks say, “no problem.”
It’s a brilliant idea, but...more
Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a decision in Soppet v. Enhanced Recovery Company that could effectively impose strict liability for violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection...more
Health care providers are required to obey a properly issued grand jury subpoena seeking medical records or other confidential patient information, right? After all, it’s a subpoena. The answer may not be as straightforward...more
In this issue
Beltway Report; Bureau Report; Mortgage Report; Operations Report; Privacy Report; Plastics Report; and Preemption Report.
Excerpt from Beltway Report
Bend Over, Cough On
A summary of recent developments in the law you may find interesting or relevant -- or both....more
A WISP is a Written Information Security Plan. The State of Massachusetts is requiring every business that owns or licenses the Personal Information (more on the definitions below)of Massachusetts residents to have such a...more
Flying body parts, kitty litter and some neat contracts cases: all this and more in the BLG Monthly Update for February 2012...more
It's a common scenario: A Florida nursing home resident dies, and his or her spouse, surrogate, proxy, or attorney requests the resident's medical records. However, if the nursing home releases the records, it might be...more
It has been more than two years since the review of the EU data protection framework officially started. Despite several announcements from the European Commission (“Commission”) and growing expectations from the business...more
California has long been considered a bastion of consumer protection and individual privacy rights. By its recently issued decision in Brown v. Mortensen, (2011) 51 Cal. 4th 1052 the California Supreme Court buttressed that...more
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