Pennsylvania Federal Court Rules on Important Grane Healthcare ADA Case

In a recent decision that has been making headlines across the country, a Pennsylvania federal court held that a local Cambria County company conducted over 300 unlawful pre-offer medical exams in violation of the ADA.  Cambria Care Center (“CCC”) had …

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules Severance Payments Can Be Taxed

It’s a common scenario for many employers. An employee who is terminated by the employer is offered a severance package.  The employee would prefer that the severance payments are made under a 1099 (and therefore not subject to any tax …

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United States Supreme Court Clarifies What Plaintiffs Have Standing to Sue for False Advertisement Under the Lanham Act – Lexmark International, Inc. v. Static Control Components, Inc., No. 12-873

In a March 25, 2014 decision, the United States Supreme Court clarified  what class of plaintiffs have standing to sue for false advertisement under the Lanham Act (codified at 15 U.S.C. §1125(a)).

Lexmark sells the only cartridges that work in …

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Buyers of real estate and their lenders are familiar with the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment.  Originally developed in the 1980s in response to the CERCLA statute, the Phase I protocol has been refined over the years.  EPA got into …

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Can covered entities run Windows XP and remain HIPAA compliant?

Microsoft recently announced that, after April 8, 2014, it will not longer provide security updates or technical support for Windows XP.[1]  Microsoft’s statement that “businesses that are governed by regulatory obligations such as HIPAA may find that they …

Posted in Health Care Law, Med Law Blog

These Countries Lead in Patent and Trademark Application Filings

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has released some interesting statistics on international patent and trademark filings in 2013.  The United States, Japan and China lead in the number of international patent application filings, which saw a 5.1% increase in …

Posted in Intellectual Property

Practical considerations to protect against being ‘out of network’

Practical considerations to protect against being ‘out of network’

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Watch Out for Trademark and Copyright Registration Scams!

The requirements for registering trademarks, copyrights and business names can sometimes be puzzling.    A variety of new scams are targeting people unfamiliar with the process by demanding payment for registering or renewing trademarks, copyrights or business names.   Although any person …

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H.H.S. Proposed Rule Affects HIPAA Privacy Rule And Background Check Reporting

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a proposed rule that would modify the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule by allowing health care providers to make certain disclosures to the National Instant Criminal …

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Here Is What Is Happening In Pennsylvania’s Legislature Regarding Trusts And Estates

Bill Ries has prepared a status report for the Pennsylvania Legislature’s current Trust & Estate matters.

DEL Legislative Update Tables 1-10-14

Bill Ries can be contacted at 412-594-5646


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