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The New York Attorney General’s office announced that drugmaker Endo Health Solutions has agreed to pay $50 million dollars to resolve a lawsuit brought by the state of New York as well as two New York counties alleging that Endo (and other major drug manufacturers) improperly marketed and sold pres
In November 2018, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions launched the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) China Initiative, to prevent, combat, and prosecute theft of intellectual property, technology, trade secrets, and other confidential and proprietary information.
On September 14, 2021, District Court Judge David N. Hurd of the Northern District of New York granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) barring the New York State Department of Health (DOH) from enforcing the vaccine mandate to the extent that it requires that any employers deny religious exempti
LIBOR, which is the benchmark used in many loans, bonds, and other financial instruments (including derivatives), is scheduled to be phased out shortly.
Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) rights for college and high school athletes remains a hot topic as we enter the start of the academic year. Many sponsors and professional teams see a number of intriguing reasons to partner with student athletes. These reasons range from expanding long-standing suppor
On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced that COVID-19 vaccinations will be mandatory for a significant swath of the United States workforce. The White House announced a comprehensive, six-pronged plan to combat COVID-19 variants while protecting the economy and keeping schools open and safe.
A group of New Jersey home health care companies (collectively, the BAYADA Companies), have agreed to pay $17 million to resolve claims that they violated the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute.
In November 2020, California voters passed a ballot initiative, Proposition 22, by an overwhelming majority. Proposition 22 exempts certain app-based drivers from the requirements of California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) by deeming them independent contractors, rather than employees.
John Peter Smith Hospital (JPS) agreed to pay more than $3.3 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by upcoding hundreds of claims submitted to federal healthcare programs.
On August 16, 2021, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that all healthcare workers in New York State are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The mandate is applicable to staff at hospitals and long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, adult care facilities, and other cong
In December 2020, the Council of the District of Columbia passed the Ban on Non-Compete Agreements Amendment Act of 2020.
The Middle District of Pennsylvania recently rejected arguments that a report created in response to a data breach was protected as work-product and/or under attorney-client privilege because:
Hospitals have long used color-coded wristbands as a patient safety initiative. Recently, the FDA issued a letter to medical device manufacturers to caution them against using colors for device identification wristbands that could create confusion for clinicians and result in inappropriate medical
On August 2, 2021, the Italian fashion brand Liu Jo filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of New York against model Kendall Jenner for $1.8 million, alleging that Jenner breached the terms of her modeling agreement by failing to reschedule a photoshoot that was postponed due to COVID-19 travel re
Non-fungible tokens have attracted widespread attention this year due to high-profile auctions involving NFTs representing digital artwork. Just as NFTs have invigorated the digital art landscape, they can rejuvenate patent monetization – making it easier, more secure, and accessible.
The majority of states in the US have either decriminalized cannabis or enacted laws authorizing its uThe majority of states in the US have either decriminalized cannabis or enacted laws authorizing its use for medical or non-medical se for medical or non-medical (aka “recreational” or “adult”) use.
On July 26, 2021, a bipartisan group of senators, led by Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), introduced the False Claims Amendments Act of 2021, a bill that would amend the False Claims Act (FCA) in several ways.
On July 30, 2021, a notice of proposed rulemaking was published in the Federal Register with changes to two regulations that have the potential to materially affect the supply chains of products where manufacturing in the United States does not rise to the level of “substantial transformation."
The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued new guidance on best practices for maintaining cybersecurity in connection with ERISA plans (the Guidance).
In the latest WorldSmart podcast, International Co-Chairs Hunter Carter and Malcolm McNeil sit down with Customs & Import Compliance Partner Angela Santos to discuss the global forced labor problem, how forced labor can impact company supply chains, steps that should be taken to mitigate forced labo
The order authorizes businesses and other organizations to exclude or refuse service to individuals who aren’t wearing a mask and to ask them to leave the premises.
Effective August 2, 2021, Virginia’s Health and Safety Codes Board adopted OSHA’s, June 21, 2021, Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to protect healthcare and healthcare support service workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19.
It’s not uncommon for a worker to perform services for an employer – A – that simultaneously benefits another person – B. (Under the FLSA, “person” means “any individual, partnership, association, corporation, business trust, legal representative, or any organized group of persons.”)