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Rapper rumble leads to legal rumble over use of tweet

If you have any remaining doubts that even tiny tweets can lead to major litigation, consider the “Ri-Ri’s Rumble” case. The case has everything: rappers, Rihanna, an eruption at a nightclub and the threat (or maybe…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law

Five things you should know before creating a contest

As most readers of this blog know, a contest is quite different than a sweepstakes. Sweepstakes are games of chance. The winners are selected at random and don’t have to have any particular knowledge or skill – just good luck…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection

Are you covered? Emerging issues for health care providers under cyber risk insurance

Providers are focusing on cybersecurity with increased urgency. Cyberattacks on health-care organizations reached an all-time high in 2015 and aren't expected to slow down in 2016, Harry Greenspun, director for Deloitte's Center…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Insurance, Science, Computers, & Technology

Is your institution of higher education covered by HIPAA?

It comes as no surprise that virtually every postsecondary administrator is familiar with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99). After all, FERPA, the primary federal law that…more
| Consumer Protection, Education, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

So you want to protect your software: Tactics, options, and considerations post-Alice

Since its first development, intellectual property law has struggled with how to best protect software. Initially, developers could only choose between copyright or trade secret protection to protect their innovative software…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

EEOC Wants Employer Payroll Data To Discover Pay Discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has proposed revisions to the annual Employer Information Report (EEO-1) which would require employers to provide additional pay data. The proposed revisions would apply to any…more
| Civil Rights, Government Contracting, Labor & Employment Law

[Webinar] Gainful Employment – Strategies for Improving Debt-to-Earnings Rates - Feb. 18th, 12pm Central Time

This webinar will again focus on the Department’s debt-to-earnings metrics, and more specifically, on strategies for potentially improving debt-to-earnings rate performance in years to come. While there is no single solution for…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Staffing agency workers and ACA offers of coverage

The final regulations on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) “pay or play” rules were released on Feb. 10, 2014. Under the rules, there are potential penalties imposed on large employers that do not offer substantially all full-time…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

[Webinar] Gainful Employment - How to Project Reliable Debt-to-Earnings Rates - Feb. 11th, 12:00pm Central Time

In late 2014, we hosted a webinar on this topic, followed shortly thereafter by the publication of our desk guide, How to Project Gainful Employment Rates. In this first webinar, we’ll again provide step-by-step instructions for…more
| Labor & Employment Law

FDA-regulated industries: Plan now for these changes in 2016

In our last post, Life Sciences Decoded took a look at new food industry regulations that will roll out in 2016 under the FDA’s Food Safety and Modernization Act. But it’s not just the food industry that will need to prepare for…more
| Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Landlords and tenants: To Airbnb or not Airbnb, that is the question

If you own or occupy residential real property, a question may come to mind. As Shakespeare might have put it, “To BNB or not BNB, that is the question.”…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

FDA dishes out major regulatory challenges for food industry in 2016

In 2015, the FDA unleashed a surge of new regulations on the food industry carrying key compliance deadlines in 2016. As the FDA continues to intensify its enforcement over its regulated industries, food companies should prepare…more
| Agriculture, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

New rules on the block: SEC targets executive compensation

On July 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission, by a 3-2 vote, proposed new rules requiring public companies to “claw back” executive compensation mistakenly awarded due to accounting errors. The proposed rules –…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Is the Internet expanding privacy expectations?

Is the Internet invading privacy, or expanding privacy? The conventional wisdom is that the Internet is eviscerating privacy. But in some ways a heightened focus on privacy in the digital era may be creating new and greater…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

DOJ shifts enforcement of worker safety violations to Environmental Crimes Section

Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates announced in a December 17 memo that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Labor (DOL) are making a renewed commitment “to utilize criminal prosecution as an…more
| Criminal Law, Environmental Law, Labor & Employment Law
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