Monday Morning Regulatory Review: Obamacare Fractal Geography; Volcker Rule Stay & Reconsideration; OSHA Interpretations & Ripeness; And Rearview Mirrors & Cameras
The final week of 2013 does not go gently into that good night, with four unrelated but significant issues. Obamacare further disintegrated as a nationwide legal program with further administrative exceptions and delays and piecemeal judicial bars to enforcement that have worn out their welcome.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was busy in 2013, especially when it came to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
How Divorce in New Jersey is Like the Old “Cheeseburger! French Fries! Coke!” Skit from Saturday Night Live
The way equitable distribution happens in the real world in most cases in New Jersey is like a scene right out of a 1970s episode of Saturday Night Live.
FCC proposes to eliminate rules designed primarily to enforce NFL blackout decisions.
2013 was a year of triumph and tragedy for insurers. Positive financial results and the absence of domestic natural catastrophes such as Superstorm Sandy help to buoy the bottom line while the Marathon bombings in Boston and growing data concerning global warming raised the spectre of future uncertainty in underwriting risk.
Fingerprints, voice prints and vein patterns in a person’s palm are three examples of biometrics that may be “moving into the consumer mainstream to unlock laptops and smartphones, or as a supplement to passwords at banks, hospitals and libraries,” reports Anne Eisenberg at the New York Times.
In a press release this week, the Royal Bank of India (RBI) echoed recent comments from European regulators about the risks associated with virtual currencies and also said it is “presently examining the issues associated with the usage, holding and trading or [virtual currencies] under the extant legal and regulatory framework of the country,” suggesting that the press release is not the last word on this issue from the RBI.
Spoke the other day with a consumer goods client who goes to a couple of trade fairs every year in the PRC. He told me of some funny (and not so funny) trade fair stories, some of which revolved around intellectual property, intellectual property protection, and intellectual property theft.
Another Small Healthcare Provider Settles Potential HIPAA Violations Following Data Breach, Office for Civil Rights Announces
A familiar story – small health care provider suffers a data breach affecting patient data, reports incident to the federal Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and winds up becoming subject to an OCR investigation that goes well beyond the breach itself, resulting in a significant settlement payment and corrective action plan.