The Construction Law blog explores legal news, precedent-setting cases and other developments that affect the construction industry. HBS attorneys write about a variety of issues such as notable complaints, jury awards, rulings and appeals cases, as well litigation strategy at each phase of the process. We also share tips on avoiding or mitigating risk exposure, insurance coverage, statutory requirements imposed upon contractors, contractual transaction matters and dispute resolution. This blog is a must-read for builders, transportation providers, insurance carriers and government construction leaders.
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 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 Georgia Water blog informs readers about one of the most dynamic and high-profile legal areas today: environmental law. Impacting every segment of our society and governed by statutes and regulations at the global, national, state and local level, environmental law seeks to protect the environment, natural resources and endangered species from the effects of human activities. The blog explores these issues and provides advice on legal and regulatory compliance, how to manage risk and how to limit liability and exposure to claims.
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.
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 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.
Hall Booth Smith, P.C.’s Southeastern Farmland and Timberland Legal Blog provides updates and analysis on key legal issues impacting institutional and traditional owners of farm property and timber property in the Southeastern United States. Authored by a team of agricultural, real estate, and transactional lawyers, these articles will address emerging issues in rural property ownership and answer common questions that arise out of the operation, leasing, divestiture and acquisition of farm and timber properties.
The vaping Report blog examines the complex and interconnected product liability, scientific and technical issues, and health considerations in lawsuits stemming from vaping and e-cigarette products. HBS’s team also explores the often opaque global manufacturing, distribution and retail channels that can complicate efforts to identify related parties, obtain jurisdiction, enforce a judgment or recover a contribution should fault be found. The blog also monitors and analyzes changes in regulatory or legislative matters, and judgments that set new precedent in the fast-changing and loosely regulated vaping industry.
The Dental Law blog, “ToothWisdom,” shares the latest information on a variety of areas affecting dental practice, such as discussions of liability cases, legal updates and the latest trends in plaintiff and defense strategies. The blog provides strategies for dealing with liability issues, including how to avoid liability in the first place, and best practices for business operations such as cutting costs to improve the bottom line. Readers will find practical advice and effective solutions for everyday problems encountered in their dental practices.
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.