Lawyers: Can you Build Relationships with Data?

Over the last few years, data has become more and more popular a subject, as we try to quantify everything to do with our businesses. “Please don’t make me try to quantify my relationships TOO!” I can hear you opining. But I promise, the goal is a worthwhile one.

What is always our goal when it comes to any business development or relationship development tactic? Maximizing the benefit and maximizing efficiency, right?

In order to do that, it makes sense to implement the use of data, even in your relationship development activities.

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New Program Integrity Rule Expanding Medicare Revocation and Denial Authorities Takes Effect Today

By: George B. BreenMelissa L. Jampol, and Alexis Boaz

Today, a final rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) establishing new enforcement initiatives aimed at removing and excluding previously sanctioned entities from Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) goes into effect.[1] Published September 10 with a comment period that also closed today, the new rule expands CMS’s “program integrity enhancement” capabilities by introducing new revocation and denial authorities and increasing reapplication and enrollment bars as part of the Trump Administration’s efforts to reduce spending. While CMS suggests that only “bad actors” will face additional burdens from the regulation, the new policies will have significant impacts on all providers and suppliers participating in Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP.[2]

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Ohio House introduces bill to protect general contractors

The Ohio House of Representatives on Oct. 23 introduced House Bill 380, which would extend Ohio’s Prompt Pay Act (R.C. 4311.61) to provide payment protection to general contractors in Ohio.

The act currently protects subcontractors by imposing stiff penalties, including 18 percent interest and attorneys’ fees, against general contractors (or higher tier subcontractors) who do not pay subcontractors within 10 days of receiving payment from the owner for work on construction projects in Ohio.

Click here to learn more about the amended bill, which would extend the protection to general contractors by requiring owners to pay general contractors within 35 days of receiving the contractor’s pay application.

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Connolly Gallagher Named Partner, Hank Gallagher Served as Panelist at Delaware Judiciary’s Annual Retreat

Hank Gallagher was a panelist at a presentation to the judges and masters of the Court of Chancery at the Delaware judiciary’s annual retreat on Friday, October 4, 2019, in Rehoboth, Delaware.  His presentation included a discussion of the process for considering amendments to Delaware’s General Corporation Law and alternative entity statutes.

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Trisha W. Hall Elected to be a Fellow to American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Connolly Gallagher Trusts & Estates partner Trisha Hall has been elected to be a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (“ACTEC”), a professional organization of approximately 2,500 lawyers who have demonstrated the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors.

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Tariffs on Wine, Whisky, and Cheese Provide Extra Fright This Halloween

Halloween parties are an annual tradition for many Americans. But this year Halloween may be a little spookier than usual as some popular party items could become more expensive.

On Friday, October 18, new 25% tariffs went into effect on many food and drink imports from the European Union (“EU”). These tariffs were first proposed by the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) back in April as part of an ongoing World Trade Organization (“WTO”) dispute surrounding civil aircraft subsidies granted by the EU.[1] This month, the WTO finally ruled on the matter, siding in favor of the United States over the EU. As a result, the United States has placed $7.5 million worth of tariffs on European goods.[2]

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Connolly Gallagher Managing Partner, Chip Connolly Named to Irish Legal 100

Connolly Gallagher Managing partner Arthur G. (“Chip”) Connolly, III has been named to the Irish Legal 100. The 12th Annual celebration took place at the residence of the Ambassador of Ireland to the United States, His Excellency, Daniel Mulhall in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, October 24, 2019.

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Recent Changes to Massachusetts Cannabis Regulations

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) recently released final revised recreational-use regulations, following a lengthy public hearing and comment review process.  The revised regulations (Revised Rules) will take effect after they are filed with the Secretary of State.  Key elements of the Revised Rules include:

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Gregory J. Weinig to Present at ACTEC Mid-Atlantic Fellows Institute

Connolly Gallagher Trusts & Estates partner Gregory J. Weinig will present on “Representing Fiduciaries” at the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (“ACTEC”) Mid-Atlantic Fellows Institute in Philadelphia on November 7, 2019.

The Mid-Atlantic Fellows Institute was created to develop the  profession’s future leaders through a series of in-depth educational presentations led by outstanding subject matter experts in each field.  Upon completion participants are recognized as Graduates of the Institute.

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Bill Aimed at Removing Authority from NLRB Introduced in the Senate

On October 24, 2019, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Protecting American Jobs Act.  The bill, cosponsored by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Rand Paul (R-KY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Marco Rubio (R-FL), would significantly amend the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) by removing much of the authority currently held by the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”).

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