The Court of Appeals has recently issued its decision in Chambers v. Monroe County Board of Commissioners, 2014 Ga. App. LEXIS 551 (2014), providing some clarity in the murky area surrounding idiopathic injuries. The claimant in Chambers was a firefighter/EMT for Monroe County. The claimant was asked by a supervisor to stand from her chair when she heard a pop in her left knee, resulting in knee surgery, and likely an eventual knee replacement. The claimant testified that she did not get up from her chair in an unusual manner and offered no testimony to establish any causal connection between her employment and her injury. The Court of Appeals found that there was some evidence to support the Board’s determination that the injury had no causal connection to the employment as there was no evidence that the employee slipped, tripped, or fell or came into contact with any object or…       Read More

Penn Medicine Rittenhouse has data breachPhilly.com Penn Medicine Tuesday announced a data breach involving receipts from Penn Medicine Rittenhouse that were stolen last month from a locked office … Patient data security: How hospitals keep pace  FierceHealthIT In their efforts to secure patient data, hospital executives continue to worry about mobile devices–and are employing technology to help. But they … CryptoWall ransom malware struck US brokerage Benjamin F. Edwards & Co  CSO Magazine US brokerage Benjamin F. Edwards & Co has admitted that it could have suffered a data breach earlier this year after an employee at the firm became … Cybercrime could cost your business thousandsThe Tennessean Verizon’s 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report even tagged 2013 as the “Year of the Retailer Breach.” However, what most don’t realize is that … Cyber Risks Not Adequately Assessed During Acquisition Deals, Survey Finds Bloomberg BNA “It’s surprising that dealmakers recognize the growing…       Read More

Secret Service warns hotels of data theft  Fox News Hotel computers are obscenely easy for hackers to get ahold of, considering that attackers can have more-or-less unrestricted physical access to … Data breaches up 21% in past year  FierceCIO The trend of targeting healthcare organizations for cyber-attack was also confirmed by Trend Micro’s Q1 report, “Cybercrime Hits the Unexpected.”. Chinese Businessman Is Charged in Plot to Steal US Military Data New York Times WASHINGTON – A Chinese businessman in Canada hacked into Boeing’s computers and stole information about United States military aircraft and Schnucks Could Pay Up to $500000 in Data Breach Settlement CBS Local A judge has given preliminary approval to the data breach settlement and has raised the amount Schnucks will have to pay out from $300,000 to … Patient portals raise concerns for data privacy, security  FierceHealthIT As more health data becomes available, many issues will arise…       Read More

The use of private arbitration to resolve disputes in the construction industry has, for many years, been a popular alternative to traditional litigation. Perhaps the most attractive feature of arbitration is the degree of control over the dispute resolution process that it affords parties.  Arbitration clauses are similar to any other contractual provision, and parties can freely bargain for the location of the arbitration, the identity of the arbitrator or arbitrators, and the amount of discovery that will occur between the parties, among other things. That said, parties to construction contracts containing arbitration clauses should be aware that these clauses are enforceable contractual promises, and Georgia courts will not hesitate to issue an order compelling arbitration if the court determines that the arbitration clause is valid.  See O.C.G.A. § 9-9-6.  Federal law, namely the Federal Arbitration Act (“the FAA”), also strongly favors arbitration when contracts contain evidence of intent to…       Read More

Blue Shield discloses 18000 doctors’ Social Security numbers   ITworld.com By Martyn Williams, IDG News Service | Data Protection. July 07 … The provider rosters for February, March and April 2013 included the data and were … 900000 Danish Social Security Numbers Leaked  Forbes Over the last couple months there have been a lot of stories coming out of Denmark about data security breaches. I’m not entirely certain why there … Florida Law Aims To Tighten Data Security InformationWeek Florida’s new data privacy law increases security accountability for all enterprises; healthcare providers could face greater burden to protect patients’ … Data breach threatens Butler University students, staff, grads  WAVE University officials warned of a major data breach after the California arrest of an identity suspect last month who had a flash drive with Butler … Hacked Companies Face SEC Scrutiny Over Disclosure Bloomberg The prospect of enforcement actions against the targets…       Read More

In the event you collect any personal data while doing business in Singapore, the Personal Data Protection Act in Singapore requires that as of July 2, 2014, organizations collecting and handling personal data in Singapore must have a Data Protection Officer.     The Data Protection Officer is responsible for responding to inquiries and complaints relating to your personal data handling practices, and answering  requests of individuals to access and/or amend their personal data which you hold.  By Richard Sheinis, Esq.

Breach Suit Filed Against PF Chang’s BankInfoSecurity.com   “The P.F. Chang’s complaint won’t stand,” says one data breach attorney not involved in the case, who asked not to be named. “It’s the same old tired …   Hackers access data on more than 160K Butler University students and staffers   SC Magazine   Details: The computer network may have been accessed between November 2013 and May. Quote: “Unfortunately, we do think it’s a remote hacking,” …   Congress Urged to Update Student Data Privacy Law   Government Technology   Although these practices improve learning, they can cause problems when the systems that store the data aren’t secure, when the school districts no …   Most health care vendors earn ‘D’ in data protection, study finds SC Magazine   A security intelligence report found that 58 percent of health care vendors earned a barely passing grade for their data security and…       Read More

A complaint was  recently filed against law enforcement officials and a correctional healthcare company in the Northern District of Texas, Wichita Falls Division, alleging that local law enforcement officials and the correctional healthcare company failed to timely respond to the medical needs of a pregnant inmate.  While  the facts of the case may  obviously be in dispute, the complaint does highlight the types of allegations correctional healthcare companies may face and  defend.  The following is a brief synopsis of the allegations in the complaint:   The Plaintiff is a female who was 34 weeks pregnant.  On June 2, 2012 she was arrested by the Wichita Falls Police Department for a possession charge and was booked into the Wichita County Jail.  At the time of her arrest, she had a pending appointment with her ob-gyn, scheduled nine days later.  She was apparently transported to the  appointment, and her ob-gyn listened to…       Read More