By: Scott Cole, Esq. The Public Comment period for the Environmental Impact Study for the proposed Glades Reservoir in Hall County is open.  The Public Comment session at the Hall County Auditorium last night had many speculating on what the true purpose of the reservoir could be.  Hall County Commissioners appear wedded to the purpose of supplying water to meet the future needs of Hall County residents despite recent population projections indicating current supplies could meet demand well into the future.  Local environmentalists are convinced the reservoir is nothing more than amenity for the thousands of undeveloped acres surrounding the proposed reservoir.  At the same time, the state’s water planners appear ready to step in to support the proposed reservoir as regional storage to supplement flows in other parts of the basin.  But the impacts are known.  Until Lake Lanier is “full,” the Glades Reservoir will keep water ordinarily stored…       Read More

Written by: Elizabeth Wieters, Esq. In August, the South Carolina Court of Appeals issued two opinions in Stoneledge at Lake Keowee Owners’ Ass’n v. Clear View Constr., LLC, 776 S.E.2d 426 (S.C. Ct. App. 2015) and Stoneledge at Lake Keowee Owners’ Ass’n v. Builders FirstSource-Southeast Grp., 776 S.E.2d 434 (S.C. Ct. App. 2015). Our firm represented the initial general contractor in the underlying lawsuit. We do not represent the appellants in these specific opinions, but the issues on appeal are seminal nonetheless. The Stoneledge opinions visit an area of law which needed to be touched upon in South Carolina and impact pleadings practice in construction defect lawsuits as they address claims of a general contractor against its subcontractors. The first Stoneledge opinion we examine concerns Marick Homebuilders’, the general contractor’s, negligence and equitable indemnity claims against its subcontractor, Clear View Construction. As to the negligence cause of action, the appellate…       Read More

Compiled by: Richard Sheinis, Esq. Google accused of invading student privacy via Chromebook computers Fox News Google is disputing the accusation that it invaded the privacy of students using laptop computers powered by the tech giant’s Chrome operating … Cyber attack hits MaineGeneral Health, patient information possibly compromised WCSH-TV Adding to the threat vector, the FBI in September issued an alert warning about the cybersecurity risks that networked medical devices and wearables … Florida Man Linked to Massive JPMorgan Hacking Case Is Indicted NBCNews.com But prosecutors previously said he supervised the computer programming functions of an unlicensed bitcoin exchange operated by Murgio and … Man Pleads Guilty to Facilitating Computer Hacking of Vermont Company Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog) WASHINGTON-Nima Golestaneh, 30, an Iranian national, pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud and unauthorized access to computers related to … Australian Government Hit by Massive Cyber Attack eSecurityPlanet…       Read More

Written by: Sam Crochet, Esq. Recently, Georgia hand surgeon Jim Roderique announced he is retiring from the medical profession. A mainstay on many employer-panels over the years, Dr. Roderique’s retirement brings to light an important issue to consider for defending and managing workers’ compensation claims—regular maintenance of the posted panel of physicians. As we know all too well, gaining control of who the medical provider is by having a valid panel can significantly impact the payout of medical/income benefits over the life of a claim. That is why a posted panel of physicians can be an employer’s best friend…or worst enemy. The advantage can be lost by failing to list a minimum of six (6) practicing physicians (and periodically checking with panel-providers to keep phone numbers and addresses up to date!). In light of Dr. Roderique closing his doors, it is helpful to know where you stand. We encourage you…       Read More

Compiled by: Richard Sheinis, Esq. UPDATE 1-Data breach at HK toy maker VTech highlights broader problems Reuters Data belonging to 4.8 million parents reportedly stolen. * Hacking raises … The breach also included information relating to children. As more devices … Health Care Industry Plans Tech, Data Security Investments eWeek Health care organizations are planning robust spending on technology and data security, according to a TD Bank survey of 300 senior finance … FCC, Cox Communications agree to $595000 breach settlement ZDNet The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) completed its first-ever data breach action involving a cable operator, settling the incident with Cox … Criminal hacking groups in Russia are becoming more like sophisticated corporations NEWS.com.au (blog) A GROUP of about 20 Russian hackers has fleeced over $1 billion from … The group would first infect a computer at a bank with malware that gave the … Operation Isis: Anonymous member…       Read More