Many insurance policies contain a war exclusion precluding coverage for loss caused by war. But in world where violent conflicts involve a wide variety of different groups and parties, what exactly constitutes “war”? In a recent coverage dispute presenting this issue, a federal judge concluded that costs Universal Cable Productions incurred after the 2014 armed … Continue Reading

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Emerging Legal Issues in Urban Education: Recent Court Decisions and Agency Actions Affecting Public Education The October 2016 term of the United States Supreme Court was historic. Justice Neil Gorsuch was nominated by President Donald Trump to the United States Supreme Court on January 31, 2017.  After Democrats filibustered the confirmation vote of Gorsuch, Republicans invoked the “nuclear option,” allowing a filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee to be broken...Continue Reading…
Pumpkin Patches and Prices This weekend, I did the quintessential fall activity – visited the pumpkin patch at our local Anderson Farms! The perfect way to spend a fall day; we even got a little lost in the corn maze before picking out the perfect pumpkin to carve. What I really want to talk about is not just pumpkins,...
Targeting Failure to Repay As a False Claim Contractors and providers may face false claims damages when they fail to return overpayments even though no fraud is involved. A recent civil settlement demonstrates that the government is targeting failure to repay, and it can be as costly as fraudulent billing. Fair Warning Given A medical practice paid nearly $450,000 to resolve an investigation, 250% more than the contested amount of $175,000. No false billing occurred....… Continue Reading

As part of a new tracking system, the Department of Homeland Security will be keeping records of immigrants’ social media handles and search results. Russia to Facebook: Turn over user-information or risk being blocked. Google is ending a policy that required news sites to allow users at least one free article-click. A new social media...

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Supreme Court will consider a 1986 law about phone records and how it applies to emails in 2017 outside the US The New York Times reported that the US Supreme Court will consider a case against Microsoft to “decide whether federal prosecutors can force technology companies to turn over data stored outside the United States.”  In 1986 Congress passed the Stored Communications Act (SCA) to control telephone records long before the Internet we know today, but...… Continue Reading
The SEC Announces Another Seven-Figure Whistleblower Award The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week announced a payout of more than $1 million to a whistleblower who provided information that resulted in a successful SEC enforcement action against a “registered entity” (e.g., a broker-dealer) that “impacted retail customers.” The SEC announced the award, while keeping the details of the enforcement action, the...… Continue Reading
Readers may be aware of YouTube celebrity couple Ethan and Hila Klein, better known by their social media moniker @h3h3productions. They rose to Internet fame producing comedic “reaction” videos that ridicule and comment upon other Internet content, boasting 4.9 million subscribers on their YouTube channel.  Not everyone laughed along though, particularly fellow YouTuber Matt Hosseinzadeh,...… Continue Reading