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OIG Rings in the New Year With New Anti-Kickback Statute Safe Harbors

Just in time for the New Year, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued final regulations (Final Regulations) that revised two existing Anti-Kickback Statute safe...more

OIG Interprets and Incorporates Statutory Exceptions to CMP Law

As of January 6, 2017, final rules published by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (the “OIG”) implementing certain exceptions to the Civil Monetary Penalty law (“CMP”)...more

Client Alert: Action Needed by Organizations whose Websites allow User Postings

Businesses and nonprofits that operate a website or other online presence (mobile app, blog, portal, game, etc.) where users may post content (for example, in a user forum) will need to take action in 2017 in order to obtain...more

New Year, New Possibilities: OIG Final Rule Amends Beneficiary Inducement Rules

The Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) of the Department of Health and Human Services has issued a final rule (“Final Rule”) adding new safe harbors to the federal anti-kickback statute, amending existing safe harbors, and...more

For the Time Being, Tech Companies Remain Shielded from Liability for Users’ Uploaded Content

Thanks to recent decisions by the First and Second Circuit Courts of Appeals, tech companies will remain protected from liability for some of their users’ uploaded content under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and...more

Is It Safe? Limits of “Safe Harbor” for Temporary Holds on Senior Investor Transactions Under Proposed FINRA Rule 2165

Introduction - In addition to the recent increase in regulatory focus on senior investors, earlier this fall, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) filed a rulemaking proposal (the filing) with the...more

Swiss-US Privacy Shield Will Replace Swiss-US Data Protection Safe Harbor

On January 11, 2017, the Swiss Federal Council announced that a new framework will govern the transfer of personal data from Switzerland to the US. According to the Federal Council, the Swiss-US Privacy Shield Framework...more

HHS OIG Finalizes New Exclusion Rules as Administration Exits

With just a week left before a new administration takes office, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) finalized changes to the regulations authorizing OIG to exclude...more

HHS OIG Revises Various Safe Harbors Related to Beneficiary Inducements

On Dec. 7, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’) Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a final rule revising federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) safe harbors and the beneficiary inducement...more

OIG Issues Annual Solicitation of Suggestions for New Fraud Alerts, Anti-Kickback Safe Harbors

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is inviting public recommendations for new or modified safe harbor provisions under the federal anti-kickback statute. The OIG also...more

California Employment Law Notes - January 2017

$90 Million Judgment Reinstated: Employers Must Relieve Employees Of All Duties During Their Rest Periods - Augustus v. ABM Sec. Servs., Inc., 2016 WL 7407328 (Cal. S. Ct. 2016) - Jennifer Augustus filed this...more

New Year's Resolution for Website Operators: Register Your Copyright Agents Before December 31, 2017 to Avoid Liability for Users'...

The U.S. Copyright Office announced a new online system to designate copyright agents for online service providers under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The online designation system replaces the former paper...more

The AHA’s Letter to Santa Claus

The American Hospital Association, after having been “nice” all year, penned its letter to Santa Claus with its wish list for Christmas. Its four page letter (actually addressed to President-Elect Donald Trump at 1717...more

Cyber Alert: 2016 Breach Roundup, Part II: U.S. and EU Data Breach Notification Regulations Highlights and Trends

Frameworks requiring breach notifications of various kinds significantly expanded in scope in 2016 at both the state and federal levels. However, at least in the U.S., some of the new federal requirements may not be in place...more

Antitrust & Distribution Alert - The End of the Insurance Block Exemption Regulation

On 31 March 2017, the EU Insurance Block Exemption Regulation n° 267/2010 (“IBER”) will expire and will not be renewed. Therefore, the types of cooperation it covered will fall under the general rules of competition...more

WARNING: Proposition 65 Warning Requirements Have Changed

Thirty years after its enactment, California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (commonly referred to as “Proposition 65”) remains an undiminished irritant to businesses who sell products that are used in...more

HHS OIG Expands Anti-Kickback Safe Harbors and Civil Monetary Penalties Law Exceptions; Issues Guidance on Gifts of Nominal Value

On December 7, 2016, the Office of Inspector General (the “OIG”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued a final rule modifying the safe harbors to the anti-kickback statute1 and the civi monetary...more

Don’t Lose Your DMCA Safe Harbor Protection

If your website allows users to post content, you’re probably already familiar with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Among other things, the DMCA provides online service providers a “safe harbor” from potential liability...more

IP Alert: New Ruling Regarding DMCA Safe Harbor Protections

In Brief: The recent Second Circuit decision in EMI Christian Music, Inc. v. MP3tunes, LLC builds on BMG Rights Management et al v. Cox Communications, further emphasizing that courts expect online service providers and...more

OIG Implements New Anti-Kickback Statute Safe Harbors and Civil Monetary Penalty Regulations

On December 7, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a final rule to implement revisions to certain Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) safe harbors, as well as revisions to...more

Limited Partners Take a Licking in Two Delaware Supreme Court Decisions

Notwithstanding the ascendency of the limited liability company, the Delaware limited partnership continues to serve as an important, tax-advantaged vehicle for certain capital-intensive ventures — especially in the energy...more

OIG Creates New AKS Safe Harbors, Codifies Others

On January 6, 2017, two new safe harbors to the federal anti-kickback statute (the “AKS”) will become effective pursuant to a final rule published by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of the...more

IRS Issues New Guidance on the Beginning of Construction Safe Harbor For Renewable Energy Projects

The IRS recently issued Notice 2017-4 (the “Notice”) which makes two important changes to its “beginning of construction” rules for taxpayers seeking to take advantage of the section 45 renewable electricity production tax...more

OIG Finalizes New and Amended Anti-Kickback and CMP Safe Harbors

On December 7, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a final rule to establish new safe harbors under the anti-kickback statute and civil monetary penalty (CMP) rules,...more

OEHHA Adopts Revised Temporary Regulations for BPA Warnings in Food & Beverage Packaging

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) recently adopted revised regulations providing safe harbor warnings for food and beverage product packaging containing BPA. These new regulations, which take effect...more

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