by: Bradley R. Coppedge, Esq. Any “basic” estate plan will (or should!) include a Last Will and Testament, along with a Power of Attorney, and an Advance Directive for Healthcare.  Let’s look briefly at these latter two ancillary documents, which allow you to designate who makes decisions for you if you become unable to act or speak for yourself. A. Financial Power of Attorney A Power of Attorney, also known as a Financial Power of Attorney, General Power of Attorney or Durable Power of Attorney, is an instrument by which you authorize another person or persons to act on your behalf. This person is known as your “agent” or your “attorney in fact.” This document allows your agent to make financial decisions on your behalf should you become incapacitated, without the need to have the Probate Court appoint a guardian or conservator, which is a time-consuming and expensive process. A…       Read More

Compiled by: Richard Sheinis, Esq. Swedish Government Scrambles to Contain Damage From Data Breach New York Times STOCKHOLM – Sweden’s government is scrambling to contain the political fallout from a huge breach of confidential data, including the possible … Apple Issues Cyber Warning for iPhone Users, Issues Security Patch Fox Business The latest cyber threat is also a risk to Android device users, but Google has taken steps as well to block the virus. “The vulnerability also has the … Iran-Linked Cyber Spies Use Simple Yet Effective Hacks: Report Reuters TEL AVIV (Reuters) – A cyber spying group with links to Iran and active for the past four years is targeting countries including Israel, Saudi Arabia, … Arrested Russian’s Wife Denies US Charge He Is Global Hacking Mastermind New York Times His case provides a rare insight into U.S. efforts to track down and prosecute international cyber criminals. It comes…       Read More

Written by: Sean Cox, Esq. Life Care Planners purport to calculate the total cost of future care related to the catastrophic injury. The term is a misnomer. Typically they do not, nor are they typically qualified to, determine what medical care the injured person needs. Neither will Life Care Planners typically help the injured person or her family plan how to obtain or provide that care. According to one of the fathers of life care planning, Paul M. Deutsch Ph.D., “at no time during the plan development process should budgetary concerns influence care and rehabilitation recommendations.“ There are several ways to attack Life Care Planner testimony. First, a Life Care Planner can be challenged on his or her qualifications. Rare is the Life Care Planner that is a physician. Typically, a Life Care Planner will prepare a schedule of treatment for the plaintiff, and the physician will simply sign-off on…       Read More

Hall Booth Smith international business attorney John Parkerson on Friday, July 21 attended the “Doing Business in Africa Investment Forum,” where he moderated a panel discussion titled “Africa Is Not A Country – Health in Perspective.” Panelists included the Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Liberia, Hon. Cynthia Blandford; International Association of National Public Health Institutes, U.S. Secretariat, Dr. Sue Binder; and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Advisor on the Zika response, Yarkasah Peter Paye. Panelists focused on public health challenges facing Africa, and the recent significant successful responses, following Ebola and other health crisis on that continent. The photos show Parkerson and dignitaries attending from Africa, including among others Hon. Alhaji Minkalailu Mansaray, the Minister of Mines & Mineral Resources of Sierra Leone; and representatives from Nigeria, Ghana, and Republic of Liberia.

Written by: Charles A. Dorminy, Esq. A report released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention July 6, 2017, shows that the opioid epidemic is still raging. https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/opioids/index.html The report showed that providers in the highest prescribing counties prescribed six times more opioids per person than the lowest prescribing counties in 2015. Half of US counties had a decrease in the amount of opioids (MME*) prescribed per person from 2010 to 2015. The MME prescribed per person in 2015 was about three times as high as in 1999. Counties covering the majority of Eastern Tennessee and Northern Alabama appear to be tops on the list. According to the report, the amount of opioids prescribed per capital in those counties were in the highest range, from 959 to 5,543 MME, morphine milligram equivalents. This calculation is a way to calculate the total amount of opioids, accounting for differences in…       Read More

Compiled by: Richard Sheinis, Esq. Cyber Attack Could do as Much Damage as Superstorm Sandy New York Post A major, global cyber attack could trigger an average of $53 billion of economic losses, a figure on par with a catastrophic natural disaster such as … 22,000 People Agree to Clean Toilets for WiFi Because They Didn’t Read the Terms Gizmodo … and a marketing stunt to announce that Purple is the first WiFi provider to be compliant under the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). FedEx Says Cyberattack to Hurt its 2018 Results CNBC Package delivery company FedEx said its 2018 results would be hurt in part due to disruption of operations at its TNT Express unit as a result of a … India’s Religare Says It Suffers Cyber Attack New York Times MUMBAI – Several units of India’s Religare financial services group suffered a cyber attack, but its systems,…       Read More

Written by: Jeffery R. Saxby, Esq. A St. Louis (MO) jury recently spotlighted the considerable danger associated with opioid injury or death litigation – a jury’s potential imposition of exorbitant punitive damage awards as an effort to cure a perceived social ill.  Healthcare providers and medical facilities must institute and follow specific practices and procedures in an effort to protect and insulate themselves from the threat of runaway juries assessing ridiculously high compensatory and punitive damage awards. Fertile Ground for Liability Let’s face facts, the opioid epidemic has caught physicians and medical facilities unprepared.  Due to a lack of preparedness and training, physicians who have prescribed opioids for pain management are facing liability both for prescribing too much as well as too little.  The new wave of opioid related litigation not only arises from physical injuries or death associated with the use of opioids, but is increasingly arising from reported…       Read More

Featured on Hospitality Upgrade Magazine’s Tech Talk. Written by: Sam Crochet, Esq. US companies collect, analyze, and leverage consumer data to optimize efficiency, advertise and, hopefully, increase profits. However, with the rise of data breach incidents, varying laws and consumer demand pressure companies to secure networks, scrutinize vendor usage—such as security of one cloud processor versus another, and be transparent with “collection practices.” Privacy officers and in-house counsels may already understand US data privacy is controlled by a patchwork of state and industry-specific federal laws. However, companies across the hospitality community are (or should be) racing against the clock to satisfy increased requirements of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which becomes effective May 25, 2018. The GDPR will replace the current Data Protection Directive, which was well-intentioned, but inadequate in light of growing technologies. There are notable changes and increased obligations within the GDPR to which US businesses must…       Read More

Compiled by: Richard Sheinis, Esq. Hackers are Targeting Nuclear Facilities, Homeland Security Department and FBI Say CNBC Since May, hackers have been penetrating the computer networks of companies that operate nuclear power stations. Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating … Man Pleads Guilty to Manipulating Lottery Winning Tickets via Hacked Computer BleepingComputer Eddie Tipton, 54, admitted to creating malware in the form of a DLL file, which he loaded on the secure computers of the Multi-State Lottery Association … Illinois Legislature Considers First of Its Kind Geolocation Privacy Law On the Wire (blog) Illinois Legislature Considers First of Its Kind Geolocation Privacy Law … Ann Williams, would require private entities collecting geolocation data to first … Data Breach Hits California Association of Realtors SC Magazine A subsidiary of the California Association of Realtors suffered a data breach that exposed user information for a two-month period earlier this year. WSU Gets Costly Lesson…       Read More

Compiled by: Richard Sheinis, Esq. ‘Petya’ Computer Virus Spreads All the Way Across the World, but is Gradually Slowing Down The Independent The computer virus that spread rapidly across the world is still making its ….. “And I think it underlines the whole need for debate over privacy versus … Automobile Association Under Fire for Car-Crash Handling of Data Breach The Register Breakdown and car insurance outfit AA has been scolded for its handling of a data breach that spilled customer email addresses and partial credit … FBI: More Than 200,000 Records Breached in Wooster Area Cleveland 19 News The FBI is warning of a government computer data breach that involves more than 200,000 records containing confidential personal information of … Google Staffers Hit by Breach at Third-Party Booking Firm Infosecurity Magazine “The unauthorized party was able to access the name, contact information and payment card data associated with certain…       Read More