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Lead Article: Legal, Operational, and Practical Considerations For Hospitals and Health Care Providers in Responding to Communicable Diseases Following the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

 

 

by Jane Jordan, Greg Measer, Asha Agrawal and James G. Hodge, Jr. – This article analyzes some of the potential issues that may arise during epidemics or other public health emergencies. It specifically focuses on legal and operational preparedness experiences at Emory University during the 2014 Ebola crisis. Emory University Hospital was the first health care facility in […]

 

 

Ebola, Quarantine, and Flawed CDC Policy

 

 

by Robert Gatter – The CDC’s Interim Guidance for Monitoring and Movements of Persons with Potential Ebola Virus Exposure is deeply flawed because it disregards the science of Ebola transmission. It recommends that officials quarantine individuals exposed to the virus but who do not have any symptoms of illness, ignoring the fact that only those with Ebola […]

 

 

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Social Media and a Right to Privacy

 

 

Tiffany Hendricks – The Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal released a groundbreaking opinion in Nucci v. Target Corp., et al., denying plaintiffs’ right to privacy argument in response to a motion to compel discovery of their Facebook information. The court reasoned: “[T]he photographs posted on a social networking site are neither privileged nor protected by […]

 

 

The FCC’s Rulemaking Power

 

 

Joseph Feldman – On February 26, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) decided to reclassify broadband under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 with a 3-2 vote. This decision allows the FCC to regulate broadband services using rules originally created for telephone lines, where Internet Service Providers (“ISPs”) had otherwise been self-regulating. Before […]

 

 

Conflict Minerals Disclosure

 

 

JULIE BLACKMORE & JOE BUCCIERO – 2013 was the first year public that companies dealt with the conflict minerals rule. This year, we can review which companies chose to report, how they did so, and what the future will look like for conflict mineral disclosures. The rule is relatively self-contained, so it is an easy way to dip […]

 

 

Protecting your Intellectual Property while Crowdfunding

 

 

ALEXIS KANAREK – “Countless success stories are evidence that Kickstarter offers a quick and easy way to turn ideas into reality. But it seems with every sweet success story that comes out of Kickstarter there is a sour failure lurking around the corner.” Crowdfunding platforms, like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, provide innovators with the funds and […]

 

 

Enormous Cost of Regulating Electric Utility Engines

 

 

RANON ALTMAN–The Supreme Court is poised to rule on the issue of whether the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) improperly refused to consider costs in determining whether to regulate hazardous air pollutants (“HAP”) emitted by electric utility engines.  Electric utility engines are “fossil fuel fired combustion unit[s]” that produce electricity. If the EPA decides to regulate […]

 

 

Uber Drivers: Employees or Independent Contractors?

 

 

YANI CRESPO–Over the past few years, the idea of sharing and utilizing empty space in vehicles for profit—commonly referred to as “ride-sharing”—has rapidly taken hold in many major American cities. Ride-sharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft, promote their services as a way to better utilize the empty seats in most cars by “sharing” them […]

 

 

The Enduring Controversy Over Digital Royalties in Music

 

 

SAMUEL WINIKOFF–The debate over licensing music in the Digital Age came to the forefront of industry news last year, thrusting the industry’s arcane system into the mainstream media. Various artists, songwriters, and industry players have entered the discourse, advancing their sentiments into what has become a growing conversation over the viability of a music-licensing regime […]

 

 

 

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