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The 2024 Virginia General Assembly considered many health care-related bills during the course of the most recent session. Here is an overview of some of the more notable ones that became law July 1, 2024, unless otherwise noted. Attorneys and practice areas related to this topic include: Jonathan M. Joseph Rachel V. Rogers Health Care...
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By Robert D. Michaux The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that for a copyright owner possessing a timely claim, there is no time-based limit for obtaining damages for past infringement in the Copyright Act. How far back can a copyright infringement plaintiff reach for damages? Before the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision May 9, 2024 in...
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Timothy G. McCormick has been elected a partner of Christian & Barton. He focuses his practice on electricity, natural gas, water, telecommunications, cable television and other public utility regulatory matters. He is also an experienced trial attorney. Prior to joining the firm, McCormick was a U.S. Marine Corps judge advocate officer who held a variety...
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On April 23, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), consistent with its January 2023 proposed rule, voted 3-2 for a nationwide ban against non-compete clauses in employment agreements with certain limited exceptions. These provisions, common in employment contracts, including many of those created to meet the needs of the health care sector, are intended to...
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Christian & Barton’s Michael W. Smith and W. David Harless were recognized in Chambers and Partners’ 2024 USA Guide for their litigation practices, an honor each has held annually for the past two decades. In addition, the firm once again received state-level ranking in the general commercial litigation practice category.For more than 30 years, Chambers...
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For nearly 40 years the confidentiality of patient records created by federally-assisted programs to diagnose or treat substance use disorders have been protected by federal law (42 U.S.C. § 290dd-2) and regulations (42 C.F.R. Part 2). Part 2 requirements predate, and are more stringent than, the requirements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act...
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By Robert D. Michaux Federal judicial caseload statistics from U.S. courts indicate a decline in the number of appeals concerning intellectual property filed in and pending before federal appellate courts over the last decade. Only a small fraction of rulings by federal appellate courts are formally published, with unpublished opinions having no legal weight as...
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Virginia’s single technology platform that connected emergency departments across the state has expanded to permit data sharing between all health care providers, insurers and other organizations that have a treatment, payment or operations relationship with a patient in the Commonwealth.The Smartchart Network Program, formerly known as the Emergency Department Care Coordination (EDCC) Program, became effective...
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Christian & Barton attorney Steven W. Lippman received an Emerson G. Spies Award from the Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD) during the organization’s Annual Meeting Jan. 19. The award recognizes a YLD member who demonstrates outstanding enthusiasm, loyalty and dedication in performing work for the VBA the preceding year. Since 2022 Lippman has...
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued the Health Data, Technology and Operability: Certification Program Updates, Algorithm Transparency, and Information Sharing (HTI-1) final rule Dec. 13. HTI-1 will impact health care providers, developers of certified health IT, health information networks, and health information exchanges,...
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