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Peer Review Concludes with Termination of Reviewer

You read that correctly: the hospital fired the physician who did the reviewing in a medical staff peer review proceeding. Hospital executives present at the proceeding felt the reviewing physician was too harsh in...more

Attorney Withdrawal: Protect the Client, Obey the Court or Go to Jail? - California Formal Op. No. 2015-192 Addresses the Ethical...

In Formal Opinion No. 2015-192, the California State Bar Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct addressed the difficult choices faced by lawyers who are ethically required to seek leave to withdraw from...more

Court Rules Reporting on Teen's Felony Cyberbullying Case Privileged

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida in Jeter v. McKeithen et al., dismissed defamation and defamation by implication claims brought by a teenager against Florida television station WJHG challenging...more

2014 E-Discovery Year in Review

2014 was another eventful year for e-discovery and information management in Canada. Set out below are some of the major trends and developments that emerged over the last year....more

If You Are Planning Layoffs – Here Are Five Things You Need to Know

Unfortunately, when the price of oil goes down, the employment numbers also move downward in Houston. Many clients in the oil and gas industry are either planning or considering downsizing measures, which means that it is a...more

Are Antitrust Compliance Programs Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege?

We’ve previously written about the components of effective antitrust compliance programs and the potential benefits corporations may achieve by adopting them. In drafting compliance programs, however, corporations should be...more

What’s Mine is Not Yours: Former Officers and Directors and a Corporation’s Attorney–Client Privilege

An officer or director’s company exit often feels like a divorce, with post-departure monetary payments and document-custody issues dominating the immediate aftermath. Companies are quick to enforce non-compete agreements and...more

Quirky Question #248, Is arbitration really better than court?

Question: My company is considering implementing a policy of mandatory arbitration of employment disputes. Putting aside the legal considerations, is this practically a good idea?...more

Binding arbitration in managed care contracts - 6 tips to tailor your dispute resolution provisions

The Affordable Care Act is moving millions of previously uninsured patients into commercial managed care health plans. As the healthcare system grapples with complexity of this shift, the size of disputes between healthcare...more

Disputants Await Clarification of Mediation Privilege’s Boundaries

Today, Canadians are mediating their disputes in record numbers. One partial explanation for this phenomenon is that mediation purports to keep discussions between parties confidential, traditionally backstopped by settlement...more

FINRA Issues Guidance Notice on Confidentiality Provisions in Settlement Agreements and the Arbitration Discovery Process

In Regulatory Notice 14-40, FINRA reminds members that it is a violation of FINRA Rule 2010 (Standards of Commercial Honor and Principles of Trade) to incorporate into a settlement agreement a confidentiality provision...more

Blog: Connecticut Court Holds HIPAA Does Not Preempt Common Law Claim for Breach of Confidentiality

The Connecticut Supreme Court held that the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) does not bar individuals from bringing negligence and emotional distress claims under state common law for breach...more

Protecting Confidentiality of Patent Infringement Settlements: Is Mediation Necessary?

Parties regularly opt to keep terms, conditions and licensing agreements confidential when settling patent infringement disputes. Often, patentees do not want the license terms to serve as precedent in other assertions of the...more

IP|Trend: Discovering Source Code [Video]

Source code is increasingly becoming prevalent in litigation. Patent cases, copyright, trade secret, and even mass tort cases can turn on the content and function of source code. Attorneys Seth Northrop and David Prange...more

Say Cheese… Snap… The Most Damning Evidence in Employment Law

Before smartphones, emails, text messages and other forms of electronic communications, I would ask alleged sexual harassers whether they had any pictures or video from holiday parties, or if they kept hallmark cards that...more

Delaware Program Struck Down: Independent Legal Counsel Still Best Avenue for Private Arbitration

The U.S. Supreme Court decided last Monday to not hear a case involving the State of Delaware's effort to create a state-sponsored program where sitting judges could confidentially arbitrate business disputes. Lower courts...more

Assembly Bill 802 Makes Arbitration Less Confidential

On September 30, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 802 (AB 802) into law, amending Section 1281.96 of the Code of Civil Procedure, relating to consumer arbitration....more

Using Social Media? Beware of Ethical Pitfalls (Part 2)

With the increasing use of social media by attorneys comes ethical risk. In Part 1 of the blog post, we discussed the risks involved with posting about ongoing matters and blogging without a disclaimer. Here are more tips to...more

Using Social Media? Beware of Ethical Pitfalls (Part 1)

Attorneys are using social media websites more and more. We’re visiting a variety of sites to promote our practices, communicate with our peers, and stay in touch with our clients. But social media presents many ethical...more

Court Dismisses EEOC's Controversial Lawsuit Challenging Standard Provisions in Separation Agreements

Earlier this year, the EEOC brought a lawsuit in federal court in Illinois claiming that the severance agreement used by a nationwide retail pharmacy in connection with the terminations of hundreds of employees unlawfully...more

Loose Lips Sink Ships: The Limits of the Attorney-Client Privilege and the Dangers of “Public” Reliance Upon Your Attorney’s...

Public agencies often secure opinions from legal counsel to guide their actions. However, these agencies should be aware that what they say in public about the advice given may jeopardize the confidentiality of the legal...more

When the Wealthy Divorce: Confidentiality

Certainly not every high profile celebrity-type divorce is handled in a confidential manner, as evidenced by the public divorce of Frank and Jamie McCourt. However, by and large, high profile divorces are handled quickly and...more

Muzzling Whistleblowers: When Confidentiality Agreements Go Too Far

Confidentiality agreements can be useful to a company. For example, they can ensure that employees are aware of their company’s valuable trade secrets and can establish requirements to safeguard those assets. But when do...more

Start Spreading the News: With National Union v. TransCanada, New York Prepares to Broadcast Communications with Coverage...

The final opinion of a New York appellate court in National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh v. TransCanada Energy USA, Inc., 119 A.D.3d 492 (2014), is only three paragraphs long, but it raises a host of questions about how,...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Officially Adopts Common Interest Doctrine - This Opinion Is Consistent with Those in Other States and...

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently issued an opinion that, for the first time in New Jersey, expressly adopted the "common interest doctrine." The July 21, 2014, opinion provided confidentiality protections for...more

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