• 06.06.16

    Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: An Overview

    Why it matters: The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) was signed into law on May 11, 2016 and gives trade secret owners a federal cause of action for injunctive relief and monetary damages for the misappropriation of trade secrets, while also providing employee protections. In a rare ...

  • 06.03.16

    Just Got Hit With a TCPA Suit? You May Have Insurance Coverage

    Companies that employ auto-dialing, text messaging and bulk faxing in their marketing efforts may find themselves the subject of a class action lawsuit for violating the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Because each violation of the TCPA could cost the advertiser up to $1,500, TCPA ...

  • 05.20.16

    Retail Clinics Drive New Healthcare Utilization and That Is a Good Thing

    Once the stepchild of the American health care system, primary care is now the linchpin of efforts to improve the health and health care of individuals and communities and to bring down costs. Factors contributing to the demand for primary care include the coverage expansion under the Affordable ...

  • 05.19.16

    Why You Should Continue to Pay Attention to PACE

    As commercial property owners and tenants continue to seek sustainable building designs that incorporate energy efficiency or green building features, Property Accessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing will continue to receive more attention, and rightfully so.With the increasing population, growing ...

  • 05.19.16

    Fake Subscription Notices, Real FTC Lawsuit

    Fake subscription notices are the subject of a new lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission in an Oregon federal court.The defendants, a web of dozens of companies, sent consumers "Notice of Renewal/New Order" mailers for subscriptions to real magazines and newspapers, such as The ...

  • 05.16.16

    Greener Pastures Ahead for Class Action Bar

    California is already fertile ground for the class action bar, but the land is about to become even greener.On May 5, the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed rules that will, if adopted in their present form, provide a decisive blow to consumer arbitration provisions in nearly all ...

  • 05.12.16

    What the Defend Trade Secrets Act Means for Businesses

    On Wednesday, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, marking the most significant trade secret reform in almost two decades. The DTSA received an overwhelming bipartisan support, passing the Senate on April 4, 2016, with a 87-0 vote and the House of Representatives on ...

  • 05.11.16

    Ohio's Medicaid Reform Explores Unmapped Territory

    On April 15, 2016, Ohio released a draft Section 1115 waiver application to implement the Healthy Ohio Program. The Healthy Ohio Program, a five-year demonstration beginning in 2018, would modify features of coverage for Medicaid beneficiaries aged 18 to 64 who are newly eligible under the ...

  • 05.10.16

    In 9th Circ. Neighbors Say No, Fair Housing Act Says Yes

    "The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed a decision in favor of the city of Yuma, Arizona, and concluded instead that there was sufficient evidence to present to a jury that the city had rejected the developer's application for an increase in zoning density for reasons of ...

  • 05.10.16

    This Article Is 100% Natural (I Hope the FTC Agrees)

    Consumer demand for “natural” products is showing little sign of slowing, and marketers are eager to meet that demand. The problem, of course, is the question: just what is “natural”? Is something still “natural” after it has been processed? Is something ...

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