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|Federal Court Enforces Exculpatory Clause in Residential Alarm Contract Even though Alarm Company was Likely Negligent|
Philip Reed Kujawa; Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP;
July 1, 2010, previously published on June 24, 2010The absolute necessity for alarm and security companies to have properly drafted contracts with exculpatory language was demonstrated again in a case recently decided by the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. Christine Gage v. HSM Electronic Protection Services, Inc., d/b/a Stanley...
|States Must Permit Unionizing of Local First Responders under Proposed Federal Legislation|
Jeffrey J. Corradino, Garen E. Dodge, Steven J. Porzio, Thomas V. Walsh; Jackson Lewis LLP;
June 21, 2010, previously published on June 10, 2010Sweeping legislation is pending in Congress that would usurp the authority of states to manage their own public safety employees. The Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act (PSEECA) would guarantee collective bargaining rights for state and local public safety officers.
|Say it Isn't PicasSo - Paris Art Theft Raises Security and Title Concerns|
Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP;
June 3, 2010, previously published on May 21, 2010A major art heist this past week raises considerable issues regarding art security and title. At the Paris Museum of Modern Art, a brazen thief made off with five paintings, valued together in excess of $120 million. The masked intruder's plunder included significant works by Picasso, Matisse,...
|New Amendment Standardizes Federal Requirements For National Interest Determinations|
Christopher R. Brewster, G. Christopher Griner, Farhad Jalinous; Kaye Scholer LLP;
May 19, 2010, previously published on May 12, 2010A foreign-owned or controlled U.S. Government contractor may not receive a facility security clearance unless its “Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence” (“FOCI”) is mitigated in accordance with the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual...
|Massachusetts Data Privacy Fact Sheet For Employers|
Berin Romagnolo; McCarter & English, LLP;
May 18, 2010, previously published on May 11, 2010Effective March 1, 2010, employers who collect, retain, or have access to personal information about a Massachusetts resident must comply with the Massachusetts Data Privacy Law. The new law requires employers to adopt and implement a written information security policy and program designed to...
|Federal Agencies Seek Comment on New Cybersecurity Certification Program for Broadband Providers and Other Security and Privacy Issues|
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP;
May 13, 2010, previously published on May 6, 2010A pair of recent Notices of Inquiry from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) demonstrate the increasing attention being paid by the federal government to information security and privacy. In the FCC Notice of...
|Lending Art to Museums|
Judith A. Bresler, Stephanie Vaidya; Withers Bergman LLP/Withers LLP;
April 20, 2010, previously published on April 9, 2010Those lending works of art to museums should carefully consider the agreements crafted to govern such loans. The savvy lender will ensure that a loan agreement includes not only standard provisions for the location and length of the loan, but also terms tailored to protect the lender from potential...
Caroline Stripp, Pierre Valentin; Withers Bergman LLP/Withers LLP;
April 20, 2010, previously published on April 9, 2010A free port is a tax-free zone where goods may be stored free of tax. There are free ports in the UK. However, they do not offer as many tax advantages or the high level of security as the well established free ports in Switzerland. A newly opened state-of-the-art free port in Singapore looks set...
|March 1, 2010: Massachusetts Security Regulation Affecting All Companies with Personal Information of Massachusetts Residents|
Theodore P. Augustinos, Mark E. Schreiber, Socheth Sor; Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP;
March 24, 2010, previously published on Winter 2010Under the Massachusetts Security Regulation (201 CMR 17.00) (the Regulation) promulgated by the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR), every person or company that owns or licenses certain personal information about a Massachusetts resident must develop,...
|Governor Patrick Signs Groundbreaking Legislation Expanding Access to Restraining Orders |
Mary Lou Flynn-DuPart; Jackson Walker L.L.P.;
March 9, 2010, previously published on February 24, 2010On February 9, 2010, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law Senate Bill 2212, An Act Relative to Harassment Prevention Orders (“Act”), declaring that victims of stalking, harassment, and sexual assault who were not protected under the current restraining order law, M.G.L. 209A, would...