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HTMLFifth Circuit Adopts Majority Rule on What Constitutes “Other Instruments” of an ERISA Plan
Marjorie L. Cohen; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 5, 2014, previously published on November 10, 2014
ERISA plan administrators facing broad requests for production under ERISA section 104(b)(4) may limit their production to formal legal documents governing the plan, based on new guidance from a panel of the Fifth Circuit in Murphy v. Verizon Communications., Inc., No. 13-11117 (5th Cir. October...

 

HTMLHHS: No Sensational News Exception to HIPAA. Health Care Providers Should Plan Now for Dealing with Ebola Publicity
Paul Gillan; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 5, 2014, previously published on November 12, 2014
Many people in the general public - and most in the health care industry - would recognize the names Eric Duncan (who died of Ebola in a U.S. hospital), Nina Pham (who contracted Ebola through exposure in a U.S. hospital) and Kaci Hickox (who was subjected to quarantine due to potential exposure to...

 

HTMLFCC Proposes $10 Million Forfeiture for Privacy Violations
Richard L. Reiter; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 10, 2014, previously published on October 30, 2014
On October 24, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed a $10 million forfeiture penalty against TerraCom, Inc. (TerraCom) and YourTel America, Inc. (YourTel) (collectively, the Corporations) for alleged data security violations. Although the FCC is currently unaware of any...

 

HTMLRomance between Nursing Home Residents - Should the Facility Step In?
Lori R. Semlies; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 10, 2014, previously published on February 20, 2014
State and federal regulations weren’t enacted to protect nursing home residents only from neglect and abuse. Federal law requires facilities to maintain environments that promote, maintain or enhance a resident’s quality of life. Adults have the right to make choices about significant...

 

HTMLClawback Suit Targets International Investors
Michelle M. Arbitrio; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 10, 2014, previously published on June 17, 2014
In 2008, a few months before the $65 billion Madoff Ponzi scheme fell apart, the $3.65 billion Petters Ponzi scheme made headlines. Tom Petters told investors that they were financing the purchase and sale of consumer electronic goods when no goods existed. Rather, Petters used funds from new...

 

HTMLSubpoena Duces Tecum and Your Average Joe
Steven L. Young; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 10, 2014, previously published on January 24, 2014
Attorneys sometimes forget that members of the general public may not share our familiarity with the legal system. The service of a subpoena duces tecum (bring it with you under penalty of punishment) on a “civilian” can generate numerous questions. The subpoena is an imposing, formal...

 

HTMLThe “3 Cs” of Physician Ethics
Jodi V. Terranova; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 10, 2014, previously published on January 16, 2014
It’s not surprising that 70 percent of respondents to the Gallup poll ranked physicians as “highly” or “very highly” honest and ethical, considering that those who were polled are also patients who put their lives in physicians’ hands.

 

HTMLTo Indemnify or Not to Indemnify? That Is the Question!
Steven L. Young; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 10, 2014, previously published on June 26, 2014
We are taught early on that we are each responsible for our own actions. If we make a mistake that results in damages to someone else, we have to pay for those damages. That is the basic concept of indemnification, and the law enforces it.

 

HTMLDrop-down Menus: The Pitfalls of Electronic Medical Records, Part II
Jodi V. Terranova; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 10, 2014, previously published on June 5, 2014
In an earlier blog post, I discussed the importance of time stamps and signatures in electronic medical records (EMRs). A potential pitfall in using EMRs is the prevalence of drop-down menus.

 

HTMLThe Connecticut Supreme Court Restricts the Plaintiff’s Ability to Rely On the “Malfunction Doctrine” to Support A Product Liability Claim
Eric W. F. Niederer; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 10, 2014, previously published on October 1, 2014
A recent decision handed down by the Connecticut Supreme Court may significantly impact the way product liability lawsuits are litigated within the state of Connecticut in the future. In a products liability case, the “malfunction doctrine” permits the plaintiff to argue at trial that a...

 


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