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New Tools Help Providers Become Smarter Users of Electronic Health Records Systems

Healthcare providers excel at providing care to their patients, not designing IT strategies. Even so, with the trend toward value-based payments increasing, more healthcare providers have turned to electronic health records…more
| Health, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Opt-Out Clauses May Help Some Employers Opt In To Individual Arbitration

Ironically, giving employees the right to decline to resolve their employment claims in binding arbitration may actually help employers enforce arbitration agreements in some parts of the country…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Executive Order for Hurricane Matthew Provides New Development Approval Extensions

On October 3, 2016, Governor Scott issued Executive Order 16-230 declaring a state of emergency throughout the entire State of Florida, due to the threat posed by Hurricane Matthew. This is one of several emergency declarations…more
| Elections & Politics, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Refereeing FMLA Leave: When Making The Call To An Employee On FMLA Leave Is Out Of Bounds

Can I call an employee to answer a work-related question while he is out on FMLA leave recovering from surgery? If he wants to join a conference call, can I let him, or am I exposing the company to a claim that we “interfered”…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Supreme Court Denies Cert To Review 2d Cir. Stoli Decision

The Supreme Court denied review of the 2d Circuit decision on the Stolichnaya trademark…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Toxic Substances Control Act: Landmark Federal Environmental Statute Reformed

In June 2016, President Barack Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, a bill reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976. After forty years the landmark…more
| Environmental Law

Best Practices for Safeguarding Protected Health Information in Inclement Weather

As the East Coast prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, covered entities and business associates should take the opportunity to remind their workforce members to safeguard protected health information (PHI) that is in…more
| Health, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Supreme Court Rejects Effort By Redskins to Join Slants

The Supreme Court rejected the effort by the Washington Redskins to skip the 4th Circuit and Join the hearing of the USPTO appeal of the SLANTS case…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration Releases an Invitation to Negotiate for a Vendor to Provide an All Payor Claims Database to Florida Consumers

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) released ITN 003-16/17 (the “ITN”) to select a vendor to provide All Payer Claims Database (APCD) services pursuant to section 408.05(3)(c), Florida Statutes. The ITN,…more
| Health

Supreme Court Grants Cert. in USPTO Appeal of Slants Decision: Whether The Ban On Offensive Trademarks Violates The First Amendment

The Supreme Court granted the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s petition for certiorari in In re Tam, 117 USPQ2d 1101 (Fed. Cir. 2016). In that case, the USPTO denied registration of an application to register the…more
| Administrative Law, Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property

The Changing Meaning of Healthy: FDA Seeks Public Input About Healthy Foods

In the 1990s, food had to be low in fat in order to be considered healthy. Those were the days of Snack-Wells cookies and fat-free salad dressings. How times have changed. Now health professionals consider many higher-fat foods…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Health

Executive Orders for Zika Virus Provide New Development Approval Extension Opportunity

This summer Governor Scott issued an emergency declaration applicable to 24 Florida Counties, due to an outbreak of the Zika virus. Florida Statute 252.363 provides an extension for permits and authorizations when the Governor…more
| Elections & Politics, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Just Say No to Automatic Post-Accident Drug-Testing

Do you automatically drug-test after all work-related injuries or accidents? If so, you should change your policy immediately in light of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new reporting Rule, which went into…more
| Labor & Employment Law

CMS Postpones Pre-Claim Review Demonstration for Home Health Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it would postpone the initiation of the CMS Pre-Claim Review Demonstration for Home Health Services (the “Demonstration”) in Florida, which was scheduled to begin…more
| Health

Trade Dress Claim Based on Shoe’s Rectangular Metal Toe Plate Booted by SDNY

The Southern District of New York recently booted shoe manufacturer LVL XIII Brands, Inc.’s trade dress infringement suit against Louis Vuitton Malletier S.A. in LVL XIII Brands, Inc. v. Louis Vuitton Malletier S.A.. At issue in…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property
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