The way things are lining up, the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that employers that provide health insurance include coverage for some contraceptive costs in those plans stands to be one of the biggest legal stories of 2014. The latest development on this front—as we wait for the Supreme Court to hear oral arguments on the issue—have the mandate facing two different injunctions, with one coming from a Sixth Circuit panel and the other coming from Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Due to timing and the staggering numbers involved, the Target data breach has generated quite the response—from the media, from consumers and from lawmakers. But the public relations hit Target is taking is only the tip of the iceberg, as the retailer is already seeing the beginning of a crashing wave of litigation. And if early cries are any indication, the breach may spurn legislation as well.
When you see that a shirt or cleaning spray or a soap is certified by so-and-so that it’s environmentally friendly, did you know the certifying body might actually just be the company that’s selling you the product? Well, if not, hopefully you won’t see these labels much longer as the Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on what’s commonly-called “greenwashing.”
There’s never been more money pouring into sports television contracts then there is right now. A rapidly changing TV landscape has left sports programming as one of the last holdouts to remain immune to technological developments with on-demand video. But while the intersection of sports and television has benefited greatly from a favorable regulatory environment, that may soon change as both the FCC and lawmakers are taking a look at ending sports blackouts.
It’s a weird world we live in, where individuals who in some cases decide whether someone lives or dies have their job security determined by politics. I’m referring of course, to judges. And partisan elections for judges are more popular than you might think. And even in places where there aren’t true partisan elections, the contests are often still impacted by politics. But does it end up influencing the judges’ decisions. Unfortunately, it probably does.