Saul Ewing LLP

FTC Finds Laboratory Security Practices Caused Consumer Harm

On July 28, 2016, a panel (the “FTC Panel”) of three acting Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) commissioners issued an opinion that found that LabMD, Inc. (“LabMD”) failed to implement reasonable security measures to protect…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

What Should You Do With a Marketplace Notice?

Employers of all sizes are receiving notices from Health Insurance Marketplaces (“Notice” or “Marketplace Notice”) alerting them that an employee or employees have obtained Exchange coverage and are eligible for and receiving…more
| Health, Insurance

Finally A Clear Ruling On A Much Needed Bankruptcy Preference Defense

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware has finally clarified that the administrative expense claim for goods delivered post-bankruptcy filing may be set off – dollar for dollar – to reduce any open…more
| Bankruptcy, Business Organizations, Civil Rights, Finance & Banking, Health, Insurance

Brewers’ Voluntary Disclosure Initiative Introduced

As the food and beverage industry trends toward products and practices that promote consumer choice and transparency, the Beer Institute has recently announced a new Voluntary Disclosure Initiative (the “Initiative”), which…more
| Communications & Media Law, Health

Company Pays Penalty for Requiring Outgoing Employees to Forego Potential Whistleblower Awards

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced that it had levied a $265,000 penalty against an Atlanta-based company, claiming the company’s severance agreements undercut its whistleblower program. By signing the…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law

Treasury Proposes Regulations That Will Limit Valuable Asset Transfer Techniques for Families

On August 2, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service released proposed regulations under section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code, which could cause dramatic changes to valuation discounts - one of the most valuable transfer…more
| Business Organizations, Taxation

New Jersey Joins Growing Number of States in Implementing Measures to Curb Student Suicide

On August 1, 2016, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed the Madison Holleran Suicide Prevention Act, which requires institutions of higher education to ensure that mental health counselors are available to students 24 hours a…more
| Education

Largest HIPAA Settlement Announced Against A Single Entity: $5.55 Million

On August, 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that Advocate Health Care Network (Advocate) agreed to pay a settlement amount of $5.55 million and adopt a…more
| Health, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Seventh Circuit Makes the Case for Covering Sexual Orientation Under Title VII—Then Punts to the Supreme Court

A former adjunct teacher who accused her employer of sexual orientation discrimination lost her case because federal law does not offer protection for employees who say they are discriminated against on that basis. A panel of…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Two Multi-Million Dollar HIPAA Settlements Emphasize Importance of a Comprehensive Security Program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced two settlements of more than $2 million each with respect to alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability…more
| Health, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Could There Be A “Stark” Law Change?

There appears to be momentum on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to modify and/or repeal the Ethics in Patient Referrals Act of 1989, more commonly known as the Stark Law, which was enacted to curb overutilization of certain…more
| Health

OCR Releases Guidance on Ransomware & HIPAA

On July 11, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued guidance (the “Guidance”) for health care entities relating to ransomware and the Health Insurance Portability and…more
| Health, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Business Associate Enters Into Mid Six-Figure HIPAA Settlement

On June 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced that a business associate providing management services to nursing homes in the Philadelphia, Pa. region agreed to pay…more
| Health

Pennsylvania Revisits its Age-Old Liquor Laws

On June 8, 2016, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill into law that will broaden the liquor laws in the state. Scheduled to go into effect in early August 2016, the bill contains something for a broad range of stakeholders,…more
| Business Organizations, Elections & Politics

Federal Circuit Says Content-Filtering Claims are Not Invalid Under Alice, Provides Guidance on Considering Patent Eligibility Based on “Ordered Combination of Limitations”

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a decision in BASCOM Global Internet Services, Inc., v. AT&T Mobility LLC, No. 2015-1763 (Fed. Cir. June 27, 2016) finding that asserted content-filtering system claims are not…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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