• 06.20.18

    States Report Increases in Children’s Medicaid Dental Utilization

    On May 4, 2018, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) Acting Director Timothy Hill released an Informational Bulletin calling for states to review their Medicaid and CHIP payment policies to ensure alignment with pediatric dental periodicity schedules.

  • 06.20.18

    ERISA Reprocessing Class Actions: Circuit Courts Should Address Flaws

    In an increasing number of cases, courts have used Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(b)(2) to certify classes seeking injunctive and declaratory relief that includes, among other things, an injunction ordering the defendant to “reprocess” past claims for healthcare benefits.

  • 06.20.18

    No More Surprise Medical Bills: California Assembly Bill 72

    On September 23, 2016, the California Legislature passed, and Governor Jerry Brown signed, Assembly Bill 72 (AB 72 or the Act), creating a new regime for the regulation of “surprise bills.”

  • 06.18.18

    Court Rules: PAGA Claim Doesn’t Require Injury

    A Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claim based on the failure to provide and maintain accurate wage statements as required by the California Labor Code does not require proof of injury, a California appellate panel has ruled.

  • 06.14.18

    NAD Cleans Up Vacuum Claims

    Robot vacuums battled it out before the National Advertising Division, with the self-regulatory body ultimately siding with iRobot in a challenge to claims made by its competitor, Bobsweep USA, about the bObsweep vacuum.

  • 06.14.18

    Star Trek, Dr. Seuss Mash-Up, Continues to Make Law

    In the latest round of the battle over a Star Trek version of Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, a California federal court judge has ruled the junior publication’s title did not violate trademark law.

  • 06.14.18

    Fourth Circuit Sets Standard for Lanham Act Attorney Fees

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that a prevailing party is entitled to attorney fees only if it convinces the court by a preponderance of the evidence that the case was “exceptional.”

  • 06.14.18

    ‘Do Not Track Kids’ Tracks Back to Congress

    The Do Not Track Kids Act has made a return to Congress, with lawmakers hoping the third time will be the charm and the protections of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) will be extended to children up to age 15.

  • 06.08.18

    Governor Brown Releases His Final May Revision Budget

    In mid-May, Governor Jerry Brown released his 16th and final “May Revision” to his initial January budget proposal; it included updated revenue information and relatively modest proposed changes.

  • 06.07.18

    Fight California’s Proposed Privacy Law, ANA Tells Advertisers

    The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) is pushing back against a proposed ballot initiative—the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018—that would make sweeping changes with regard to consumer privacy and extend the act’s coverage to companies that conduct ...