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Energy Newsletter - October 2015

FERC Shares Best Practices for Stakeholder Outreach in Gas Project Permitting - The dramatic increase in domestic energy production over the past several years has resulted in the involvement of the Federal Energy…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

OIG Reports Insufficient Oversight Of HIPAA Compliance

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) must improve its oversight and enforcement of patient information privacy and security rules by “covered entities” and their business associates under the Health Information Portability and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Health, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

GAO Report Calls for Enhanced Medicare Advantage Network Oversight

On September 28, 2015, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report regarding CMS controls of provider adequacy in Medicare Advantage Organization (MAO) networks. The GAO pursued its review because many MAOs…more
| Health

Trade & Manufacturing - October 2015

Ending the Crude Oil Export Ban - On September 17, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bill to end the 40-year-old ban on the export of domestic crude oil. The Committee vote was passed by a Republican…more
| Communications & Media Law, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Consequential Loss in Energy Commodity Contracts

Energy commodity contracts can be of significant monetary value, and their breach may expose the defaulting counterparty to significant liabilities for contractual damages. In considering potential liabilities, contracting…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Transportation

Also In The News - Health Headlines - October 2015 #2

HHS Publishes Final Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 – On September 21, 2015, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of HHS laid out the federal government’s final version of its…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Insurance Company Not Required To Defend Its Insured Against Illegal Recording Of Telephone Communications Class Action Lawsuit

On September 29, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s order of dismissal and determined that First Mercury Insurance Company (“First Mercury”) did not have a duty to…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Insurance

Post-Newman Reality: Investigations Involving Unwitting “Tips” to Close Friends and Relatives Will Continue

Earlier this week, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear the federal government’s appeal of the ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in U.S. v. Newman. This leaves intact the Second Circuit’s quid pro…more
| Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Fourth Circuit Grants Review of Use of Statistical Sampling in False Claims Act Case to Prove Liability and Damages

On September 29, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit agreed to hear on interlocutory appeal the controversial issue of reliance on statistical sampling in a whistle-blower action to prove liability…more
| Civil Procedure, Government Contracting, Health, Labor & Employment Law

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Features Key Developments in Intellectual Property and Information Technology

On October 5, the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) countries announced that they had resolved all remaining issues and reached a final agreement on the long-anticipated regional free-trade agreement. As King & Spalding…more
| Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Investment Adviser Settles SEC Cybersecurity Enforcement Action; SEC Issues Investor Alert

On September 22, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and R.T. Jones Capital Equities Management, Inc. (“R.T. Jones”), a St. Louis-based investment adviser, settled charges that R.T. Jones failed to adopt “written…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

SENER Publishes Mexican Wholesale Electricity Market Protocols

In a major step toward the implementation of a modern and competitive wholesale electricity market in Mexico (the "Wholesale Market"), on September 8, 2015 the Secretaría de Energía ("SENER") published the first set of…more
| Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - October 2015

President Xi's State Visit Brings Announcements on Cybersecurity and Climate Change - In late September, Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first state visit to the United States. Cybersecurity and climate change…more
| Consumer Protection, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

OIG Report Finds CMS’s MIDAS System Needs Improvement in Information Security Controls

On September 14, 2015, the OIG released a Public Summary Report finding that although CMS had implemented controls to secure the Multidimensional Insurance Data Analytics System (MIDAS) and consumer personally identifiable…more
| Health, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Post-Safe Harbor Era Begins: What In-House Counsel Needs to Know

On October 6, 2015, in a landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Maximillian Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner (C- 362/14), the ECJ declared invalid the Safe Harbor framework that has streamlined the…more
| Privacy, Securities Law
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