HBS’s Catastrophic Injury Litigation blog examines precedent-setting cases, changes in law that may impact verdicts, emerging litigation tactics and other important matters related to catastrophic injury litigation, birth trauma, liability, causation, damages and settlements. Written by HBS’s dedicated team of Medical Malpractice attorneys formed more than 30 years ago, this must-read blog provides valuable information, insight, context and best practices guidance for hospitals, insurers, physicians, medical practice groups, urgent care centers, and other health care professionals.
The Coronavirus Litigation Blog will provide analysis of the legal implications for businesses that may arise as a result of this heretofore unprecedented pandemic. As the breadth of infection grows, so too are businesses being faced with new challenges on a daily basis when it comes to navigating how best to balance the need to continue operations with the necessity for public safety. Hospitals, nursing homes, retailers, restaurants, apartment complexes, and any businesses that cater to large swaths of the public need to approach the challenges surrounding Covid-19 with the most information possible. Our hope with this blog is to provide useful, realtime, and unparalleled legal analysis to allow our clients to respond to the ever-changing liability issues surrounding Covid-19 in the most prudent way possible.
The Correctional Healthcare blog provides updates and analysis on issues associated with the correctional healthcare industry and recent legal proceedings involving correctional healthcare providers. HBS attorneys have successfully litigated numerous cases involving lawsuits brought by inmates and represented correctional health care companies on issues related to professional malpractice, regulatory compliance, contractual negotiations, and risk management. Our experience brings superior knowledge and skill to all correctional health care companies and practitioners.
The Data Privacy and Cyber Security blog explores legal developments, trends and business strategies around data protection, retention, privacy, reporting obligations, risk management, how to respond to hacking or security breaches, what to disclose and when, and other agenda-setting topics. The blog features tips to help clients identify data protection concerns, assure that their businesses are in compliance and develop proactive plans that reduce the risk of data security breaches. We also weigh in on breaking news such as cyberattacks, ransomware, phishing, viruses and other matters.
The Employment Law blog keeps readers up to date of the latest employment law cases, legal developments and trends impacting business operations, labor relations, compensation, benefits and the many other employment-related issues. The blog explores best practices to avoid, resolve and prevail in disputes. It also shares tips for creating effective harassment policies and training programs, how to reduce the risk of discrimination claims, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA).
The Going Global with HBS blog follows rapidly evolving legal developments, policy and regulatory changes that affect cross-border business. Topics range from trans-border business operations, export/import matters, legal contractual issues, joint ventures and licensing, dispute resolution, regulatory issues, international due diligence and many other issues that are relevant and timely. The blog covers matters that impact U.S.-based companies that do business overseas or are looking to expand internationally, as well as matters foreign firms should consider when entering the U.S. market.
The Governmental Liability blog provides strategic analysis and shares actionable insights on noteworthy cases as well as legal developments on matters that impact the liability and interests of state and local governments, their employees, law enforcement, public school systems, and entities who do business with governmental partners. Hall Booth Smith’s specialized team of governmental liability attorneys keep readers up to date on new case law in tort and Constitutional questions; legal theories; issues that impact sovereign, qualified and official immunities; and emerging regional, national, and international legal trends in the business of government.
This blog covers the quagmire of risks as well as the endless opportunities for Healthcare or Life Sciences organizations. Our attorneys explore what’s at stake gleaned through case law, business trends, regulatory and legislative changes, and other factors that impact Healthcare and Life Sciences. Our analyses provides insights and actionable advice on navigating the complexities of this ever-changing field. Each blog will include practical tips for identifying, quantifying and/or mitigating potential risks, or tactics for protecting the interests of Healthcare organizations in the pursuit of the tripartite aim to lower costs, improve quality and expand access to Healthcare, all while avoiding running afoul of legal and/or regulatory requirements.
HBS’s immigration law blog, “Immigration America: A Brave New World,” tracks the most current and comprehensive information on immigration laws and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) rules, regulations and policy changes. Our attorneys provide practical advice for employers, as well as individuals and families, who have immigration needs such as visas, permanent residence (Green Card), citizenship, deportation matters and other immigration-related issues. The blog also discusses major news stories, such as the phasing out of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The Intellectual Property Blog provides insights and strategic recommendations on the ever-evolving IP landscape to inspire and guide strategies for the protection of copyright and trademark rights. The blog explores and explains the confusing array of IP laws, regulations, precedent rulings and case law. It also features practical considerations that apply to a wide range of situations for entities and individual creators or artists, such as whether a mark can be deemed unregisterable because of its disparaging nature, and whether “Google” is a generic term.
The HBS estate planning blog, “Life Death and Taxes,” explores the many facets of estate planning, ranging from complex tax matters to the differences between a Last Will and Testament and a Revocable Trust. Estate planning can involve sensitive issues, such as providing care and guardianship/conservatorship for beneficiaries with special needs, wealth preservation, charitable giving, tax planning, document creation and post-death administration of estates. This blog is a must-read for young and old, and everyone in between.
The HBS Insurance blog explores evolving trends in coverage and underwriting in addition to legal challenges and claims that are likely to impact future decisions by insurers and insureds. The blog covers a wide variety of news and precedent cases in the property coverage, liability coverage, transportation risk, surety/bond and London market sectors at both the state and federal level. The blog also shares best practices for policy procurement, dispute resolution and strategies that help our clients ensure that their legal rights and obligations are being met.
The New York Legal Update blog offers information and insight about key issues, court decisions, and legislation emerging from this jurisdiction, particularly in the areas of medical and pharmacy negligence, health and long-term care, premises liability, and intellectual property. The blog will keep you informed on happenings in both state and federal courts, and address topics that are local to the New York region, as well as have national implications.
The Opioid Task Force blog covers strategies and best practices for compliance with laws and defense of opioid prescription-related actions. Hear from attorneys, providers, insurers and pharmaceutical companies as we explore patient file confidentiality, file maintenance and prescription drug reporting through Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, including PMPAware in Georgia. We also cover the important differences between Medical Board investigations and hearings, how to circumvent criminal charges, the proper scope of investigatory subpoenas, HIPAA compliance and important rulings and verdicts in opioid cases.
The HBS Transportation blog examines the latest news and legal developments in the transportation industry that affect insurers, insureds and various self-insurance funds. We cover topics that have local, regional and national implications, such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Electronic Logging Device Mandate (ELD), drug testing issues, distracted driving legislation, catastrophic injury lawsuits and a myriad of other issues. We also share practical tips on how to comply with new rules and regulations, such distracted driving legislation that has passed in several states.
The HBS Workers’ Compensation blog follows news and analyzes lawsuits, verdicts, rulings, appeals and other legal developments that affect insurance carriers, self-insured employers/servicing agents and uninsured employers. We explore how changing lifestyles and technology plays bigger role in workers’ compensation cases, such as the use of physical fitness data from wearable devices (i.e. FitBit and Apple Watch) and whether injuries sustained at company-sponsored softball games are compensable. We also share practical tips for implementing proactive response systems to minimize the initiation of claims.