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Insurance Law -- Nov 19, 2012: New York Department of Financial Services Offices Closed Due to Hurricane Sandy

The offices of the New York Department of Financial Services in downtown Manhattan have been closed due to damage to the building resulting from Hurricane Sandy. It is currently anticipated that the office at State Street, which…more

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Healthcare Law -- Sep 26, 2013

Engaging Consumers to Improve Integrated Care Models - Integrated care is a growing trend in health reform, as states seek to improve care quality, health outcomes and patient satisfaction while containing healthcare…more

ACOs, Affordable Care Act, CMS, Health Insurance Exchanges, Healthcare

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Final Mental Health Parity Rules Clarify Requirements Regarding Treatment Limitations and Plan Disclosure Obligations

On November 8, 2013, over three years after issuing interim final regulations, the Obama administration released final rules implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008…more

Healthcare, MHPAEA, Substance Abuse

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Health Update -- Nov 26, 2013

10 Megatrends Shaping Healthcare’s Next 10 Years - The American healthcare system is undergoing massive change. From transformational policies to disruptive technologies to groundbreaking medical advances, powerful forces…more

Affordable Care Act, Big Data, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform

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CFPB Report: Overdraft Fees “Impose Heavy Costs” on Consumers

Expressing concern about the cost to consumers of opting in to receive overdraft protection, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a new report furthering speculation about regulatory action…more

CFPB, Opt-In, Overdraft Fees

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Health Update -- Nov 26, 2013

10 Megatrends Shaping Healthcare’s Next 10 Years - The American healthcare system is undergoing massive change. From transformational policies to disruptive technologies to groundbreaking medical advances, powerful forces…more

Affordable Care Act, Big Data, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform

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Health Update - Jun 2014

Removing Regulatory Barriers to Accelerate EHR Adoption - Recognizing the potential long-term value of EHRs for improving care and reducing costs, many hospitals considered offering physicians financial support to…more

CMS, Data Protection, EHR, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform

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Employment Law: August 2014

California Supreme Court Weighs In On Commission Wages - Why it matters: Employers in California that pay commission wages should familiarize themselves with a new decision from the California Supreme Court limiting…more

ADA, Disability, EEOC, Employee Rights, Pregnancy

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Regulators Seek Comment On “Outdated, Unnecessary” Regs

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council started their spring…more

FDIC, Federal Reserve, OCC, Public Comment

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Mobile banking and the Federal Circuit's "divided infringement" decisions

The rapid growth of the mobile banking industry, the raft of litigation that has followed such growth, and why the Federal Circuit's much-anticipated "divided infringement" decisions in Akamai v. Limelight and McKesson v. Epic…more

Covered Business Method Patents, Divided Infringement, Mobile Banking, Technology

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Health Update - July 2014

Avoiding the Regulatory Land Mines of Commercial ACOs - While providers are showing great interest in creating ACOs to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), they are showing even greater enthusiasm…more

ACOs, EHR, Halifax Hospital, Health Insurance, Healthcare

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Supreme Court Limits Conditions

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued its opinion in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management Agency. The case involved the extent of local government's ability to place conditions on the issuance of land use permits. Although the…more

Dolan v City of Tigard, Fifth Amendment, Koontz v St John's River Water Management, Land Developers, Nexus

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Health Update - July 2014

Avoiding the Regulatory Land Mines of Commercial ACOs - While providers are showing great interest in creating ACOs to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), they are showing even greater enthusiasm…more

ACOs, EHR, Halifax Hospital, Health Insurance, Healthcare

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Healthcare Law -- Aug 19, 2013

As the Healthcare Landscape Shifts, Four Issues Are Critical to Build Effective Market Access Strategies - In this time of high growth and fast change for the healthcare industry, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical…more

Affordable Care Act, Biotechnology, Compliance, False Claims Act, Fraud

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The Elevator Speech Overview

The House and Senate were both in session this week. The White House reported Tuesday that 7.1 million people signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, meeting their original target for enrollment before the…more

Affordable Care Act, FEC, Federal Budget, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform

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Manatt on Medicaid: Indiana Releases Draft Waiver for Approval to Implement ACA Medicaid Expansion

On May 15, 2014, Indiana released a draft waiver under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act, requesting approval to implement a Medicaid expansion through the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) 2.0, building on its existing Medicaid…more

Healthcare, HSA, Medicaid, Medicaid Expansion, Section 1115

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Insurance Recovery Law - August 2014

“Contractual Liability” Exclusion Applies Only To An Insured’s Assumption of Another’s Liability - Why it matters: The Michigan Court of Appeals joined the majority of courts nationwide in holding that a “contractual…more

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Top 10 Privacy Considerations for Digital Marketing Campaigns

In today’s competitive marketplace, companies are relying heavily on innovative and edgy digital marketing campaigns to promote their products and services that often include the submission of usergenerated content, viral…more

CalOPPA, COPPA, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Digital Media

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Pool and Spa Accessibility Requirements Take Effect on January 31

On January 31, 2013, the deadline for lodging facilities and other places of public accommodation to comply with new accessibility regulations for pools and spas takes effect. The regulations were issued by the Department of…more

Accessibility Rules, ADA, Hospitality Industry, Public Accommodation, Swimming Pools

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Health Update -- Nov 26, 2013

10 Megatrends Shaping Healthcare’s Next 10 Years - The American healthcare system is undergoing massive change. From transformational policies to disruptive technologies to groundbreaking medical advances, powerful forces…more

Affordable Care Act, Big Data, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform

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Employment Law: August 2014

California Supreme Court Weighs In On Commission Wages - Why it matters: Employers in California that pay commission wages should familiarize themselves with a new decision from the California Supreme Court limiting…more

ADA, Disability, EEOC, Employee Rights, Pregnancy

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Supreme Court Opens Escape Path From CEQA Via Citizens Initiative – Tuolumne Jobs & Small Business Alliance v. Superior Court

Why it matters: Project proponents may avoid CEQA altogether by gathering sufficient voter signatures and then having the local City Council approve the proposed project, without submitting the measure to a vote of the people…more

CEQA, Environmental Impact Report, Environmental Policies, Environmental Review, Wal-Mart

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Health Update

Assessing the Medicare Shared Savings Program: Diverse Participants, Diverse Results - Rising healthcare costs and declining reimbursements have placed immense pressure on providers and health systems to manage the health…more

Affordable Care Act, Healthcare, Medicare, Shared Savings Program

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CMS Creates Clarity and Confusion on Application of Fraud and Abuse Laws to Qualified Health Plans

On October 30, 2013, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sent a letter to U.S. Representative Jim McDermott stating that HHS does not consider qualified health plans (QHPs) sold through…more

Affordable Care Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, CMS, Fraud and Abuse, HHS

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Mexico's Upcoming Energy Reform: Opportunities, Limitations, and Challenges

Mexico's hydrocarbons sector will not be overhauled under Mexico's new President Enrique Peña Nieto to the point of the State losing ownership and control of the resource, but reforms that offer new business opportunities are…more

Hydrocarbons, Oil & Gas, Refineries

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Ringing in the New Year with Revised Estate and Gift Tax Laws

Congress has averted the so-called fiscal cliff by passing the "American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012" (the "Act") on January 1, 2013, which President Obama signed into law the following day. The good news is we finally have…more

American Taxpayer Relief Act, Estate Tax, Exemptions, Fiscal Cliff, Generation-Skipping Transfer

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Kurwa v. Kislinger: California Supreme Court Holds No End-Run Around the "One Final Judgment Rule" By Means of Voluntary Dismissals

Under California's "one final judgment rule," a judgment that fails to dispose of all the causes of action pending between the parties is generally not appealable. (Code Civ. Proc., § 904.1, subd. (a); Morehart v. County of…more

Final Judgment, Voluntary Dismissals

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NY Regulator Releases First Regulatory Framework For Virtual Currency

It happened: Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent of New York’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced the release of the DFS’s much-anticipated proposal for a BitLicense, stating “We have sought to strike an appropriate…more

Anti-Money Laundering, Bank Secrecy Act, Banking Sector, Banks, BitLicense

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Reducing Carbon Emissions from Power Plants Goes National (but stays local)

Yesterday, U.S. EPA released the long-awaited greenhouse gas (GHG) proposed rule for existing power plants across the nation. The proposed rule establishes state-by-state 2030 GHG goals (except for Vermont, which doesn’t have…more

Carbon Emissions, Energy, Energy Policy, Environmental Policies, EPA

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CEQA “Modernization”: Taking the Reform Out of CEQA Reform

Earlier this year, we reported on Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's CEQA modernization bill, SB 731. As the legislative session nears its end, SB 731 has again been amended - most recently on August 6 - and is…more

CEQA, Environmental Policies, Proposed Legislation

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Manatt on Medicaid: Are Health Homes Here to Stay?

Launched amid a flurry of activity in late 2010, the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) Medicaid health home program was quickly adopted by several states. To spur adoption of this coordinated care model, the ACA provided a 90%…more

Affordable Care Act, CMS, Healthcare, Home Health Care, Medicaid

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Assets Held by Charitable Organizations Are Safe From Claims of Creditors in Bankruptcy Cases . . . Or Are They?

A charity, fulfilling its charitable mission, is successful in raising money for a variety of worthy projects - rebuilding after a natural disaster, medical education and care, summer camp experiences for disadvantaged children,…more

Charitable Organizations, Commercial Bankruptcy, Creditors, Debt Collection, Non-Profits

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SEC Approves NYSE and NASDAQ Rules on Compensation Committees and Advisers

The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved new listing requirements promulgated by the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ Stock Market relating to the composition and oversight provided by compensation committees…more

Compensation Committee, Independence Rules, Investment Adviser, Listing Standards, Nasdaq

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Environmental Law - Mar 14, 2014: California Proposes Inaugural List of Priority Products to Be Regulated by the Safer Consumer Products Regulations

After years in the making, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released its list of the first group of Priority Products it proposes to regulate under the California Safer Consumer Products regulations…more

Children's Products, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Green Chemistry, Hazardous Substances

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Manatt on Medicaid: The Basic Health Program: New Final Guidance Offers Insight Into Program Rules and Financing

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) gives states the option to establish a Basic Health Plan (BHP)—an alternative coverage vehicle for lower-income individuals who would otherwise be eligible for Marketplace…more

CMS, Healthcare, Medicaid

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Advertising Law - August 2014 #3

FTC: Telemarketing Sales Rule Ripe For Review - It’s time to review the Telemarketing Sales Rule, the Federal Trade Commission has announced. Enacted in 1995, the Telemarketing Sales Rule (the Rule) has been…more

Advertising, FDA, FTC, Mobile Apps, Privacy Policy

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Health Update - Jun 2014

Removing Regulatory Barriers to Accelerate EHR Adoption - Recognizing the potential long-term value of EHRs for improving care and reducing costs, many hospitals considered offering physicians financial support to…more

CMS, Data Protection, EHR, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform

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Manatt on Medicaid: Supporting Medicaid Delivery System Transformation through Federal Waivers

States have long relied on Section 1115 Medicaid waivers to advance payment and delivery reforms in their Medicaid programs, including far-reaching managed care programs and innovative provider-led care management initiatives…more

CMS, DSRIP, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform, Medicaid

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Health Update - July 2014

Avoiding the Regulatory Land Mines of Commercial ACOs - While providers are showing great interest in creating ACOs to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), they are showing even greater enthusiasm…more

ACOs, EHR, Halifax Hospital, Health Insurance, Healthcare

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Manatt on Medicaid: Are Health Homes Here to Stay?

Launched amid a flurry of activity in late 2010, the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) Medicaid health home program was quickly adopted by several states. To spur adoption of this coordinated care model, the ACA provided a 90%…more

Affordable Care Act, CMS, Healthcare, Home Health Care, Medicaid

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Advertising Law - August 2014 #3

FTC: Telemarketing Sales Rule Ripe For Review - It’s time to review the Telemarketing Sales Rule, the Federal Trade Commission has announced. Enacted in 1995, the Telemarketing Sales Rule (the Rule) has been…more

Advertising, FDA, FTC, Mobile Apps, Privacy Policy

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Real Estate and Land Use - June 2014

Bowman v. California Coastal Commission - Why it matters: The Court in Bowman held that a permit condition could not be modified or deleted by a second permit that included the same project, even if the first permit had…more

California Coastal Commission, CEQA, Environmental Impact Report, Environmental Policies, Permits

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FDIC Clarifies Supervision of Bank/Third-Party Payment Processor Relationships

In an effort to rectify “misunderstandings” and get out of the line of political fire, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) issued updated guidance to clarify its supervisory approach to institutions establishing…more

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Manatt on Medicaid: CMS Launches Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program to Advance Delivery System Reform

On July 14 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP), an initiative to provide $100 million in federal funding for technical assistance (TA) to states to…more

CHIP, CMMI, CMS, Federal Funding, Funding

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Properly Structured Sales and Marketing Programs for Condo Hotel Developers Are Imperative Under Salameh

Last month the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an important opinion that could establish a safe harbor to protect condominium hotels from being characterized as securities under federal and state securities laws. In…more

Condominiums, Hotels, Marketing, Sales, SEC

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Panel Calls For Litigation Reform To Address Patent Trolls

In a June 18, 2013, panel discussion titled “Trolls, Traders, and Wizards – Understanding the Market for Innovation,” the impact of the recently implemented America Invents Act (AIA), as well as the prospects for even more…more

America Invents Act, Cisco, Litigation Strategies, Patent Reform, Patent Trolls

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A New Year’s Resolution to Avoid Cyber Attacks: It Is Not IF but WHEN … Just Ask Target

On December 13, 2013, it was reported that Target was the victim of a successful cyber attack, resulting in the theft of personal financial information from up to 110 million Target credit card customers – the largest theft in…more

Credit Cards, Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Hackers

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The New NYSE and Nasdaq Listing Standards: What Should Companies Be Doing?

It has been nearly two months since the NYSE and Nasdaq listing standards became effective that require compensation committees to assess the independence of their consultants, legal counsel and other advisors. Arising out of…more

Compensation Committee, Dodd-Frank, Listing Standards, Nasdaq, NYSE

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Governor Signs Bill Providing Retroactive Tax Relief to Sellers of Qualified Small Business Stock

On October 4, 2013, Governor Brown signed into law California Assembly Bill 1412 (Stats. 2013, ch. 546) ("AB 1412"), which provides tax relief to those individual taxpayers affected by the decision in Cutler v. Franchise Tax…more

Income Taxes, Qualified Small Business Stock, Retroactive Application, Small Business

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Assets Held by Charitable Organizations Are Safe From Claims of Creditors in Bankruptcy Cases . . . Or Are They?

A charity, fulfilling its charitable mission, is successful in raising money for a variety of worthy projects - rebuilding after a natural disaster, medical education and care, summer camp experiences for disadvantaged children,…more

Charitable Organizations, Commercial Bankruptcy, Creditors, Debt Collection, Non-Profits

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Supreme Court Allows Future Conditions to Be Used as the Baseline Under Limited Circumstances

Neighbors for Smart Rail v. Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority (August 5, 2013, S202828) __ Cal.4th __(“Neighbors”). What is the baseline against which environmental impacts are measured? There has been…more

CEQA, Environmental Assessments, Environmental Claims, Environmental Policies, High-Speed Rail

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Employment Law: August 2014

California Supreme Court Weighs In On Commission Wages - Why it matters: Employers in California that pay commission wages should familiarize themselves with a new decision from the California Supreme Court limiting…more

ADA, Disability, EEOC, Employee Rights, Pregnancy

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Health Update -- Oct 23, 2013

Mapping The New Fraud And Abuse Landscape - In an age of increased government scrutiny and enforcement, providers, payers, pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers, along with their business partners,…more

Anti-Kickback Statute, Compliance, DOJ, Enforcement, False Claims Act

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Health Update

Assessing the Medicare Shared Savings Program: Diverse Participants, Diverse Results - Rising healthcare costs and declining reimbursements have placed immense pressure on providers and health systems to manage the health…more

Affordable Care Act, Healthcare, Medicare, Shared Savings Program

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Health Update

Assessing the Medicare Shared Savings Program: Diverse Participants, Diverse Results - Rising healthcare costs and declining reimbursements have placed immense pressure on providers and health systems to manage the health…more

Affordable Care Act, Healthcare, Medicare, Shared Savings Program

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Manatt on Medicaid: Supporting Medicaid Delivery System Transformation through Federal Waivers

States have long relied on Section 1115 Medicaid waivers to advance payment and delivery reforms in their Medicaid programs, including far-reaching managed care programs and innovative provider-led care management initiatives…more

CMS, DSRIP, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform, Medicaid

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Salinas v. Texas: Anything You Don’t Say Might Be Used Against You...

On June 17, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Salinas v. Texas, 133 S. Ct. 2174 (2013). The defendant, Genovevo Salinas, had voluntarily accompanied police officers to their station for questioning about a double…more

Convictions, Criminal Prosecution, Fifth Amendment, Miranda Warnings, Right to Remain Silent

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Virtual Currency & IRS Reality

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued Notice 2014-21 to provide guidance for the tax treatment of virtual currency, such as Bitcoin. In the Notice, the IRS describes how existing general tax principles apply to…more

Bitcoins, Income Taxes, IRS, Virtual Currency

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Mexico and the U.S.: Who Needs Who?

Immigration reform discussions are often based on the premise that immigrants desperately want to come to the U.S. and will do whatever it takes to migrate. But this is, increasingly, an incomplete and even dated picture…more

Immigrants, Immigration Reform, Mexico

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Major Reforms in Telecommunications, Broadcasting, and Economic Competition Open New Investment Opportunities in Mexico

The excessive concentration and lack of economic competition in many sectors of the Mexican economy, especially in the realms of telecommunications and broadcasting, are well known. For decades politicians have been talking…more

Broadcasting, Competition, Foreign Investment, Monopolization, Telecommunications

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Assets Held by Charitable Organizations Are Safe From Claims of Creditors in Bankruptcy Cases . . . Or Are They?

A charity, fulfilling its charitable mission, is successful in raising money for a variety of worthy projects - rebuilding after a natural disaster, medical education and care, summer camp experiences for disadvantaged children,…more

Charitable Organizations, Commercial Bankruptcy, Creditors, Debt Collection, Non-Profits

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Health Update - July 2014

Avoiding the Regulatory Land Mines of Commercial ACOs - While providers are showing great interest in creating ACOs to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), they are showing even greater enthusiasm…more

ACOs, EHR, Halifax Hospital, Health Insurance, Healthcare

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Hold Your Bets: Third Circuit Rejects Sports Betting Law

The four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA (the leagues) scored a significant victory in September in their ongoing lawsuit to prevent legalized gambling in the state of New Jersey. In a 2–1 decision, the U.S. Court…more

Sports Betting

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Insurance Recovery Law - August 2014

“Contractual Liability” Exclusion Applies Only To An Insured’s Assumption of Another’s Liability - Why it matters: The Michigan Court of Appeals joined the majority of courts nationwide in holding that a “contractual…more

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Employment Law: August 2014

California Supreme Court Weighs In On Commission Wages - Why it matters: Employers in California that pay commission wages should familiarize themselves with a new decision from the California Supreme Court limiting…more

ADA, Disability, EEOC, Employee Rights, Pregnancy

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Health Update -- Nov 26, 2013

10 Megatrends Shaping Healthcare’s Next 10 Years - The American healthcare system is undergoing massive change. From transformational policies to disruptive technologies to groundbreaking medical advances, powerful forces…more

Affordable Care Act, Big Data, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform

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Southern District Opinion Allows Seizure of Emails From Host Provider With Minimal Showing of Probable Cause

A Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge last week approved the government’s ability to conduct searches and seizures of entire email accounts stored by third-party providers like Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! and Apple…more

Apple, Corporate Counsel, Email, Evidence, Fourth Amendment

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Manatt on Medicaid: The Numbers

Even as the news media tries to untangle the latest data on Marketplace enrollment, an equally important and still-evolving story is playing out on the Medicaid side of the open enrollment equation. According to a Centers for…more

Affordable Care Act, CHIP, CMS, Healthcare, Medicaid

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Simplified, Real-Time Verification Issue Brief

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires a coordinated and streamlined eligibility and enrollment process for all Insurance Affordability Programs (IAPs), including Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), and…more

Affordable Care Act, CHIP, Eligibility, FDSH, Health Insurance Exchanges

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Appellate Law -- Aug 06, 2013

In an opinion issued late last week, the California Supreme Court interpreted the Unfair Competition Law, Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200 et seq. (the “UCL”), to allow a UCL unlawfulness claim based on a “borrowed” federal law,…more

Savings Clause, Supremacy Clause, Truth in Savings Act, Unfair Competition

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Real Estate and Land Use - August 2014

Chula Vista Citizens for Jobs and Fair Competition, et al. v. Donna Norris, et al. - Why it matters: With land use issues and development projects increasingly the subject of local ballot initiatives, it is imperative to…more

Air Pollution, Environmental Impact Report, Environmental Liability, Environmental Policies, Land-Use Permits

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HIPAA Omnibus Rule Reshapes Landscape for Health Care Privacy, Security Compliance

Originally published in Health IT Law & Industry Report, on January 23, 2013. On Jan. 17, 2013, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (‘‘HHS’’) issued a long-awaited omnibus rule…more

Business Associates, Data Protection, Electronic Medical Records, HHS, HIPAA

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Real Estate and Land Use - August 2014

Chula Vista Citizens for Jobs and Fair Competition, et al. v. Donna Norris, et al. - Why it matters: With land use issues and development projects increasingly the subject of local ballot initiatives, it is imperative to…more

Air Pollution, Environmental Impact Report, Environmental Liability, Environmental Policies, Land-Use Permits

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Employment Law: August 2014

California Supreme Court Weighs In On Commission Wages - Why it matters: Employers in California that pay commission wages should familiarize themselves with a new decision from the California Supreme Court limiting…more

ADA, Disability, EEOC, Employee Rights, Pregnancy

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BSA Compliance Fails, Go to Jail: A New Challenge for Directors and Officers of Financial Institutions

For many years the government has encouraged directors and officers of corporations to ensure that they have robust compliance programs to detect and prevent violations of law. This is especially important in regulated…more

Anti-Money Laundering, Bank Secrecy Act, Compliance, Deferred Prosecution Agreements, DOJ

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Health Update - Jun 2014

Removing Regulatory Barriers to Accelerate EHR Adoption - Recognizing the potential long-term value of EHRs for improving care and reducing costs, many hospitals considered offering physicians financial support to…more

CMS, Data Protection, EHR, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform

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CARB Cap and Trade Linkage Effort with Quebec Back on Track: Reopened Comment Period Ends January 23rd

California's cap and trade program, part of the AB 32 program to reduce greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions, took effect on January 1, 2012. On January 1st of this year, the first cap and trade compliance period began. Now, the…more

Cap-and-Trade, CARB, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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California Voters Approve Tax Methodology Change to Benefit Energy Projects

On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, California voters approved Proposition 39-THE CALIFORNIA CLEAN ENERGY JOBS ACT. Proposition 39 changes the way taxes are assessed for companies with multistate operations. This change is projected…more

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New Year's Day Federal Tax Legislation

On January 1, 2013, the House and Senate approved the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8, as amended by the Senate) (the "2012 Tax Relief Act"). The 2012 Tax Relief Act, signed into law by President Obama on…more

Alternative Minimum Tax, American Taxpayer Relief Act, Estate Tax, Fiscal Cliff, Gift-Tax Exemption

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New IRA Rollover Interpretation Has Implications For Banks

In a new interpretation with implications for banks, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced its intent to change course and limit rollovers from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to one rollover per year per person,…more

Aggregation Rules, Banks, Income Taxes, IRA, IRA Rollovers

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Insurance Law -- Nov 19, 2012: New York Department of Financial Services Offices Closed Due to Hurricane Sandy

The offices of the New York Department of Financial Services in downtown Manhattan have been closed due to damage to the building resulting from Hurricane Sandy. It is currently anticipated that the office at State Street, which…more

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Employment Law: August 2014

California Supreme Court Weighs In On Commission Wages - Why it matters: Employers in California that pay commission wages should familiarize themselves with a new decision from the California Supreme Court limiting…more

ADA, Disability, EEOC, Employee Rights, Pregnancy

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Citizens for a Green San Mateo v. San Mateo County Community College District

Why it matters: The 30 day statute of limitations for CEQA challenges was upheld to bar litigation alleging that a project, as constructed, was different from how that project was described in the CEQA document…more

CEQA, Environmental Claims, Statute of Limitations, Trees

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Ninth Circuit Upholds Rescission of Life Insurance Policy and Rejects Novel Theories

This week the Ninth Circuit affirmed a grant of summary judgment in favor of USAA Life Insurance Company, holding that the insurer was entitled to rescind the policy under California law when it discovered that its insured had…more

Insurers, Life Insurance, Medical Records, Misrepresentation, Premiums

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Health Update - August 2014 #5

The Five Megatrends Shaping Pharma’s Next Decade: Sustaining Success in a New Market Landscape - Disruptive trends in the healthcare system will force companies to change their strategies. With new care models emerging,…more

ACOs, Affordable Care Act, Emerging Markets, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform

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Health Update - July 2014

Avoiding the Regulatory Land Mines of Commercial ACOs - While providers are showing great interest in creating ACOs to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), they are showing even greater enthusiasm…more

ACOs, EHR, Halifax Hospital, Health Insurance, Healthcare

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Real Estate and Land Use - August 2014

Chula Vista Citizens for Jobs and Fair Competition, et al. v. Donna Norris, et al. - Why it matters: With land use issues and development projects increasingly the subject of local ballot initiatives, it is imperative to…more

Air Pollution, Environmental Impact Report, Environmental Liability, Environmental Policies, Land-Use Permits

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Health Update - August 2014 #5

The Five Megatrends Shaping Pharma’s Next Decade: Sustaining Success in a New Market Landscape - Disruptive trends in the healthcare system will force companies to change their strategies. With new care models emerging,…more

ACOs, Affordable Care Act, Emerging Markets, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform

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Feds, States Sweep Country for Mortgage Relief Scams

In an enforcement sweep dubbed “Operation Mis-Modification,” the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and 15 state Attorneys General have targeted “foreclosure relief scammers that have…more

Attorney Generals, CFPB, Debt-Relief Industry, Enforcement, Foreclosure

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CEQA "Modernization"—Urgent End-of-Session Alert

We recently reported in our August 20, 2013, newsalert that Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg’s August 6 amendments to SB 731, The CEQA Modernization Act of 2013, continued to stray further from meaningful CEQA reform…more

CEQA, Environmental Claims, Environmental Policies, New Legislation

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Advertising Law -- Dec 16, 2013

SPECIAL FOCUS: FTC Workshop on Native Advertising – The “Blurred Lines” Remain Fuzzy - The increased prevalence of online native advertising – commercial content designed with the look and feel of editorial comment – has…more

Advertising, FTC, GAO, Music, Native Advertising

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My Life for Your Love: California Supreme Court to Decide Whether Frankie Valli’s Life Insurance Policy is Community Property

On April 3, 2014, the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the matter In re Marriage of Valli, S193990. The major legal question presented to the Court is whether a life insurance policy purchased with community…more

Community Property, Life Insurance

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Creaking Open the Doors for Marijuana Businesses May Be Big Risk

Banks struggling with the question of whether – and how – to work with marijuana-related businesses can look to Colorado and Washington for ideas, but will do so at their own risk if the ongoing dialogue between FinCEN and the…more

FinCEN, Marijuana, Marijuana Cultivation

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Health Update - Jun 2014

Removing Regulatory Barriers to Accelerate EHR Adoption - Recognizing the potential long-term value of EHRs for improving care and reducing costs, many hospitals considered offering physicians financial support to…more

CMS, Data Protection, EHR, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform

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Advertising Law

SPECIAL FOCUS: Supreme Court Adopts Broad Standing Test for False Advertising Plaintiffs - On March 25th, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion regarding the test for standing in false advertising cases under…more

Advertising, False Advertising, Lanham Act, Lexmark, Lexmark v Static Control Components

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Sierra Club v. County of Fresno

Why it matters: The court refined its previous test for air quality impacts analysis under CEQA, and required recirculation of an EIR due to its failure to specifically analyze the impacts on human health resulting from the…more

CEQA, Environmental Impact Report, Environmental Policies, Sierra Club, Sierra Club v County of Fresno

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Health Update - Jan 27, 2014

Going Digital with Patients: Managing Potential Liability Risks of Patient-Generated Electronic Health Information - Patients are increasingly using new electronic tools, such as personal health records and mobile…more

Affordable Care Act, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection, EHR

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Health Update - Feb 20, 2014: Manatt on Medicaid: Medicaid Premium Assistance for Employer-Sponsored Insurance

The Medicaid expansion under the ACA has triggered a renewed interest in the Health Insurance Premium Payment (HIPP) program, a longstanding option for states to use premium assistance to subsidize employer-sponsored insurance…more

Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits, Employer Mandates, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform

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New Law Prohibits Agreements That Pay Nonexempt Employees A Fixed Salary For Fixed Regular And Overtime Hours

On January 1, 2013, AB 2103 went into effect, explicitly overturning the case of Arechiga v. Delores Press, Inc., 192 Cal. App. 4th 567 (2011), and prohibiting compensation agreements that guarantee nonexempt employees a fixed…more

Compensation Agreements, Non-Exempt Employees, Over-Time, Wage and Hour, Wages

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Digital First Sale: Online Marketplace For "Used" Digital Music Strikes Discord With The Copyright Act

A recent decision out of New York illustrates the difficulty that courts in the digital era face in applying laws designed for a brick-and-mortar world. In Capitol Records, L.L.C. v. ReDigi Inc., the U.S. District Court for the…more

Capitol Records, Copyright, Digital Goods, First Sale Doctrine, Music

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Health Update - August 2014 #5

The Five Megatrends Shaping Pharma’s Next Decade: Sustaining Success in a New Market Landscape - Disruptive trends in the healthcare system will force companies to change their strategies. With new care models emerging,…more

ACOs, Affordable Care Act, Emerging Markets, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform

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Financial Services Law

Court: FTC Can Regulate Payday Lenders Affiliated With Indian Tribes - In what is being hailed by the Federal Trade Commission as a victory for regulators, a federal court judge in Nevada has ruled that the FTC has the…more

FTC, Jurisdiction, Payday Loans, Tribal Loans

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Governor Signs Bill Providing Retroactive Tax Relief to Sellers of Qualified Small Business Stock

On October 4, 2013, Governor Brown signed into law California Assembly Bill 1412 (Stats. 2013, ch. 546) ("AB 1412"), which provides tax relief to those individual taxpayers affected by the decision in Cutler v. Franchise Tax…more

Income Taxes, Qualified Small Business Stock, Retroactive Application, Small Business

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Insurance Recovery Law - August 2014

“Contractual Liability” Exclusion Applies Only To An Insured’s Assumption of Another’s Liability - Why it matters: The Michigan Court of Appeals joined the majority of courts nationwide in holding that a “contractual…more

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Jim Brown's Right Of Publicity Claim Revived By Keller Victory On Appeal

A Ninth Circuit panel decision issued on July 31, 2013, has revived NFL legend Jim Brown's state law right of publicity claims against video game maker Electronic Arts, Inc. ("EA"). Back in March 2009, Brown filed an action in…more

Electronic Arts, Entertainment Industry, First Amendment, Football, Lanham Act

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Ringing in the New Year with Revised Estate and Gift Tax Laws

Congress has averted the so-called fiscal cliff by passing the "American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012" (the "Act") on January 1, 2013, which President Obama signed into law the following day. The good news is we finally have…more

American Taxpayer Relief Act, Estate Tax, Exemptions, Fiscal Cliff, Generation-Skipping Transfer

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Georgia Supreme Court: Business Judgment Rule Valid, But Bank Officers Can Still Be Liable

In the context of Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) litigation against the former directors and officers of a failed bank, the Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the validity of the business judgment rule in the state –…more

Banking Crisis, Banks, Board of Directors, Business Judgment Rule, Corporate Officers

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Expansion of California’s Anti-Deficiency Laws Means More Litigation For Creditors

Turning a narrow consumer shield into a potentially broad sword, this summer California expanded its anti-deficiency judgment laws to prohibit not only the judicial pursuit of mortgage deficiency balances, but also to declare…more

Anti-Deficiency Provisions, Creditors, Debt Collection, Deficiency Judgments, Foreclosure

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Manatt’s Amicus Briefs Help Protect LGBT Youth From Abusive “Gay Conversion” Therapy

In a highly publicized, published opinion, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently upheld California’s SB 1172, the first law in the United States to bar licensed mental health providers from treating patients under…more

First Amendment, Gay Conversion Therapy, Mental Health, Minors, Sexual Orientation

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A New Year’s Resolution to Avoid Cyber Attacks: It Is Not IF but WHEN … Just Ask Target

On December 13, 2013, it was reported that Target was the victim of a successful cyber attack, resulting in the theft of personal financial information from up to 110 million Target credit card customers – the largest theft in…more

Credit Cards, Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Hackers

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New Published Decision Reaffirms Protection for Insurers Bringing Good Faith Interpleader Actions in California

In Farmers New World Life Ins. Co. v. Rees,—Cal. Rptr. 3d—, 2013 WL 4654611 (August 30, 2013), the Second District of the California Court of Appeal vindicated the rights of an insurer that interpleaded funds in good faith,…more

Attorney's Fees, Good Faith, Insurers, Pleadings

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Advertising Law - August 2014 #3

FTC: Telemarketing Sales Rule Ripe For Review - It’s time to review the Telemarketing Sales Rule, the Federal Trade Commission has announced. Enacted in 1995, the Telemarketing Sales Rule (the Rule) has been…more

Advertising, FDA, FTC, Mobile Apps, Privacy Policy

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Health Update - August 2014 #5

The Five Megatrends Shaping Pharma’s Next Decade: Sustaining Success in a New Market Landscape - Disruptive trends in the healthcare system will force companies to change their strategies. With new care models emerging,…more

ACOs, Affordable Care Act, Emerging Markets, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform

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Employment Law: August 2014

California Supreme Court Weighs In On Commission Wages - Why it matters: Employers in California that pay commission wages should familiarize themselves with a new decision from the California Supreme Court limiting…more

ADA, Disability, EEOC, Employee Rights, Pregnancy

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Argentina: Then, Now and Next?

Flash back ten years, and Argentina enjoyed an average annual growth of 9%, was the strongest economy in Latin America and considered an impending rival to the up-and-coming BRIC countries. Over the ensuing years, as employment…more

Commodities, Economic Injuries, Economic Loss Doctrine, Inflation Adjustments, International Monetary Fund

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Manatt on Medicaid: CMS Launches Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program to Advance Delivery System Reform

On July 14 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP), an initiative to provide $100 million in federal funding for technical assistance (TA) to states to…more

CHIP, CMMI, CMS, Federal Funding, Funding

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Health Update -- Manatt on Medicaid

Manatt on Medicaid: New Strategy for Financing 12 Months of Continuous Coverage for Newly Eligible Adults - The federal government recently issued sub-regulatory guidance that will allow states to receive 98.7 percent to…more

CMS, FMAP, Healthcare, Medicaid, Medicaid Expansion

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Ethics: Cleaning Up Your Act

Ever read a brief and felt the urge to cry out "this stinks?" Well, an appellate court in Indiana had that experience last summer, and meant it literally. The court's opinion dropped a footnote to complain that the physical…more

Compliance, Corporate Culture, Ethics

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Insurance Law - Feb 21, 2014: Legislative Update: 2013 New York Legislation Affecting Property/Casualty and Life Insurers

Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits (Chapter 10) - Amends Section 3213-a of the Insurance Law, enacted in 2012, to clarify and strengthen certain provisions relating to the requirement that life insurers perform regular…more

Insurers, Life Insurance, Property Insurance

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Insurance Recovery Law - August 2014

“Contractual Liability” Exclusion Applies Only To An Insured’s Assumption of Another’s Liability - Why it matters: The Michigan Court of Appeals joined the majority of courts nationwide in holding that a “contractual…more

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Salinas v. Texas: Anything You Don’t Say Might Be Used Against You...

On June 17, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Salinas v. Texas, 133 S. Ct. 2174 (2013). The defendant, Genovevo Salinas, had voluntarily accompanied police officers to their station for questioning about a double…more

Convictions, Criminal Prosecution, Fifth Amendment, Miranda Warnings, Right to Remain Silent

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Health Update -- Nov 26, 2013

10 Megatrends Shaping Healthcare’s Next 10 Years - The American healthcare system is undergoing massive change. From transformational policies to disruptive technologies to groundbreaking medical advances, powerful forces…more

Affordable Care Act, Big Data, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform

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Health Update - August 2014 #5

The Five Megatrends Shaping Pharma’s Next Decade: Sustaining Success in a New Market Landscape - Disruptive trends in the healthcare system will force companies to change their strategies. With new care models emerging,…more

ACOs, Affordable Care Act, Emerging Markets, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform

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Health Update - May 2014

Litigation Arising from the Affordable Care Act: The Blessing and Curse of Interesting Times - The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has brought the most sweeping changes to the healthcare delivery and payment systems in the…more

Affordable Care Act, CMS, Data Breach, Data Protection, EHR

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SPECIAL FOCUS: FDA Issues Guidance on Distinguishing Liquid Dietary Supplements from Beverages

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a highly anticipated guidance document on liquid dietary supplements this morning, with its current position on how it will distinguish between such products and conventional…more

Advertising, Dietary Supplements, FDA, Food Labeling, Food Safety

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Mobile banking and the Federal Circuit's "divided infringement" decisions

The rapid growth of the mobile banking industry, the raft of litigation that has followed such growth, and why the Federal Circuit's much-anticipated "divided infringement" decisions in Akamai v. Limelight and McKesson v. Epic…more

Covered Business Method Patents, Divided Infringement, Mobile Banking, Technology

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Properly Structured Sales and Marketing Programs for Condo Hotel Developers Are Imperative Under Salameh

Last month the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an important opinion that could establish a safe harbor to protect condominium hotels from being characterized as securities under federal and state securities laws. In…more

Condominiums, Hotels, Marketing, Sales, SEC

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Now in Effect! New Energy Use Disclosures for Nonresidential Buildings (California Public Resources Code Section 25402.10) - UPDATE

UPDATE: Pursuant to a Notice of Postponement of Enforcement issued by the California Energy Commission, which is responsible for enforcement of AB 1103, the initial compliance deadline has been moved from July 1, 2013 to…more

Commercial Property Owners, Deadlines, ENERGY STAR Program, Energy Use Disclosure Requirements

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Health Update - Feb 25, 2014

Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health: Strategies for Overcoming Legal Barriers to Health Information Exchange - A growing number of Medicaid officials believe that coordinating care across the physical and…more

Affordable Care Act, CLIA, Data-Sharing, Eligibility, Final Rules

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Employment Law: August 2014

California Supreme Court Weighs In On Commission Wages - Why it matters: Employers in California that pay commission wages should familiarize themselves with a new decision from the California Supreme Court limiting…more

ADA, Disability, EEOC, Employee Rights, Pregnancy

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Manatt on Medicaid: The Emerging Conversation About the Future of CHIP

During passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a debate erupted over the future of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a well-established program that now offers coverage to 8 million children in low- and…more

Affordable Care Act, CHIP, Federal Funding, Funding, Health Insurance Exchanges

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CHILE – Boom of Nonconventional Renewable Energy Projects in Chile

In recent years and consistently, Chile has experienced a significant increase in the development of power generation projects based on nonconventional renewable energy sources (“NCRE Projects”). In addition to Chile’s economic,…more

Electricity, Energy, Energy Projects, Power Plants, Renewable Energy

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California Senate Amends Bill Mandating Microchip Cards; Bill May Reemerge In Next Legislative Session

In an effort to make the legislation more amenable to the banking industry and retailers alike, California lawmakers tweaked a bill that requires the use of microchip technology in payment cards…more

Banks, Gift-Cards, Legislative Agendas, Proposed Legislation, Retailers

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TCPA Connect - August 2014

Capital One Sets Record With $75M TCPA Deal - In what is believed to be the largest Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) settlement on record, Capital One Bank, related companies, and their third-party collection…more

Banks, Capital One, Class Action, Robocalling, Settlement

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Health Update - Jun 2014

Removing Regulatory Barriers to Accelerate EHR Adoption - Recognizing the potential long-term value of EHRs for improving care and reducing costs, many hospitals considered offering physicians financial support to…more

CMS, Data Protection, EHR, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform

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Insurance Law - Feb 21, 2014: Legislative Update: 2013 New York Legislation Affecting Property/Casualty and Life Insurers

Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits (Chapter 10) - Amends Section 3213-a of the Insurance Law, enacted in 2012, to clarify and strengthen certain provisions relating to the requirement that life insurers perform regular…more

Insurers, Life Insurance, Property Insurance

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CFPB Opens Door for Prepaid Card, Nonbank Product Complaints

Expanding its collection of consumer complaints, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it will now accept complaints regarding prepaid cards – including gift cards, benefit cards, and general purpose…more

Banks, CFPB, Compliance, Nonbank Firms, Prepaid Payment Products

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SPECIAL FOCUS: FDA Issues Guidance on Distinguishing Liquid Dietary Supplements from Beverages

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a highly anticipated guidance document on liquid dietary supplements this morning, with its current position on how it will distinguish between such products and conventional…more

Advertising, Dietary Supplements, FDA, Food Labeling, Food Safety

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Financial Advisor Topics in Hostile Takeover Defenses

Originally published in Bloomberg BNA Mergers & Acquisitions Law Report, 15 MALR 1667, 11/26/12. A Discussion of Fee Arrangements, Potential Conflicts and Inadequacy Opinions - The M&A market has continued to…more

Shareholder Activism, Shareholders

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California Supreme Court Upholds “Mixed Motive” Defense in Employment Discrimination Cases

In a long-awaited ruling issued Thursday, February 7, 2013, the California Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Appeal's decision overturning a damages verdict against the City of Santa Monica, finding that employers may properly…more

Discrimination, Harris v City of Santa Monica, Hiring & Firing, Mixed Motive Cases, Pregnancy Discrimination

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Insurance Recovery Law - August 2014

“Contractual Liability” Exclusion Applies Only To An Insured’s Assumption of Another’s Liability - Why it matters: The Michigan Court of Appeals joined the majority of courts nationwide in holding that a “contractual…more

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Citigroup To Pay $7 Billion To Settle Mortgage Claims

To settle charges related to the packaging, marketing, sale, and issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), Citigroup will pay a total of $7 billion, including a record $4 billion fine to the Department of…more

Citigroup, DOJ, Enforcement, Enforcement Actions, FIRREA

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Healthcare Law -- Jul 15, 2013

How Does the DOMA Defeat Impact Healthcare Reform and Health Insurance Access? - NOTE: The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to invalidate the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will affect more than 1,000 federal statutes—and…more

Affordable Care Act, Delays, DOMA, Employee Benefits, Employer Mandates

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Health Update -- Oct 23, 2013

Mapping The New Fraud And Abuse Landscape - In an age of increased government scrutiny and enforcement, providers, payers, pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers, along with their business partners,…more

Anti-Kickback Statute, Compliance, DOJ, Enforcement, False Claims Act

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New York State Department Of Environmental Conservation Initiates Audit And Penalty Waiver Policy

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ("DEC") has issued a new Environmental Audit Incentive Policy (Commissioner Policy No. 59) that is intended to encourage regulated entities to audit their practices and…more

Audits, Department of Environmental Conservation, Disclosure Requirements, Penalties, Waivers

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Health Update - August 2014 #5

The Five Megatrends Shaping Pharma’s Next Decade: Sustaining Success in a New Market Landscape - Disruptive trends in the healthcare system will force companies to change their strategies. With new care models emerging,…more

ACOs, Affordable Care Act, Emerging Markets, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform

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