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Here is a look at some of the hottest topics lawyers and others in the legal industry have been abuzz about:
1. BP’s change of heart over its settlement for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster -
Judge Hinkle, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, recently held that one of Florida’s pre-suit requirements for pursuing a medical negligence claim under Florida law is contrary to federal law and...more
On September 25, 2013, the Northern District Court of Florida, Tallahassee Division, ruled that Florida Statute § 766.1065 violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) by requiring a...more
A new part of Florida's medical malpractice law has been voided by a federal judge on the grounds that it is pre-empted by HIPAA.
The law, passed during the 2013 legislative session and effective only on July 1 2013,...more
The Florida Supreme Court has accepted review of the Third District’s decision in Ampuero-Martinez v. Cedars Healthcare Group, 88 So. 3d 190 (Fla. 3d DCA 2000), (Case Nos. SC11-2208 and SC11-2336), which will decide when the...more
Although HIPAA does not create a private cause of action, a recent Indiana Superior Court jury verdict demonstrates that HIPAA still could play an important role in private causes of action in state court based on negligence...more
Although HIPAA does not create a private cause of action, a recent Indiana Superior Court jury verdict indicates that HIPAA could still play an important role in private causes of action in state court based on negligence and...more
Document Retention Is Paramount in New Jersey Business Litigation
by Christine M. Vanek on July 2, 2012
A recent decision by a New Jersey appeals court highlights the importance of document retention during business...more
The good news: The case has settled and the settlement agreement is confidential.
The bad news: Another lawsuit arises and the confidential settlement agreement is requested in discovery.
The dilemma: Honor the...more
This is a sample client disclosure concerning the use of email and texting as a means of communicating between attorney and client; it's potential impact on the attorney - client privilege and a response to ABA Formal Ethics...more
La prassi clinica e psichiatrica non può e non deve discostarsi da quelli che sono i fondamenti legali e disciplinari della relativa competenza specialistica....more
Here’s what other personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyers have been talking about over the past few weeks:
Are Congress’s Med Mal Reform Efforts Unconstitutional? (TortsProfBlog)
North Carolina Proposes to...more
In each of the following mistakes, ask yourself whether you think a receptionist, delivery person, or cleaning crew could get their hands on your confidential legal documents. I think you'll agree that any one of these...more
An overview of some of the ethical concerns of attorney client privilege from the blog of http://fgalaw.com....more
According to the third district appellate court in Holmes v. Petrovich, 2011 DJDAR 671, your office privacy is a lonely public roadway. And where the limits are clearly posted, you had better obey—no matter what kind of...more
This document is a re-print article from the ED Legal Letter titled: :"DEPOSITIONS: ARE THEY LEGAL JEOPARDY?"...more
When I discuss my privacy concerns with people, frequently the response I get is "If you're not doing anything wrong, why do you care?"
I'll tell ya why I care. Just because something's private doesn't mean it's bad or...more
This document contains links to an article concerning an investigation by CBS Evening News into privacy concerns associated with digital office copiers....more
Compliance with the Personal Information
Protection and Electronic Documents Act
On January 1, 2001, Part I of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act,
S.C. 2000, c. 5 (“PIPEDA”) came...more
This article explores the ethical concerns created by the explosion of social networking as it relates to law firm marketing, confidentiality and privilege. ...more
Beginning February 17, 2010,lawyers who represent clients in the healthcare industry face new statutory obligations to take affirmative steps to ensure the privacy of their clients’ patient information when it is transmitted...more
This article examines two cases which require companies to have clear Internet and E-mail use and monitoring policies to avoid violating the Stored Communications Act and/or an employee’s right to privacy. ...more
As I stated in Parts 1 and 2 of this series, these posts are based on the day-long conference entitled Social Networking: Friends or Foes? (now on MP3) hosted by the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, the...more
Asset Protection basics that every attorney, advisor and CPA should know. Written as an educational piece for both advsiors and thier clients....more
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