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Cybersecurity and data privacy attorney Dominic Paluzzi named to Cybersecurity Docket’s 2018 Incident Response 30

Dominic A. Paluzzi, the co-chair of McDonald Hopkins’ national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group, has been named to Cybersecurity Docket’s 2018 Incident Response 30, a list of the 30 “best and brightest” data breach response attorneys and compliance professionals in the industry “who not only have the right stuff to manage a data breach response, but are also the kind of professionals critical to have on speed-dial when the inevitable data breach occurs.” Dominic was a recipient of the inaugural Incident Response 30 list in 2016.

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Ohio contractors: Ensure compliance with public bidding and contracting laws or risk not being paid

Ohio’s Sixth District Court of Appeals issued a recent decision that reaffirmed the long-standing principle that contractors are responsible for ensuring compliance with not only the public contracting and bidding laws of the state of Ohio, but also the local ordinances as they relate to government contracts. It is the contractor, not the public entity, who will suffer if these laws are ignored.

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We’re extremely proud that Mark Guinto has been named a USPTO Outstanding Volunteer

CLEVELAND– At the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association’s April meeting on April 12, McDonald Hopkins’ intellectual property attorney Mark C. Guinto received the United States Patent and Trademark Office Outstanding Volunteer Award for assisting individuals and businesses in need of IP legal advice.

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West Virginia passes law permitting forced pooling

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice recently signed into law HB 4268, the “Co-Tenancy Modernization and Majority Protection Act.” A victory for landowners and the natural gas industry, the bill will take effect July 1, 2018 and essentially acts as a forced pooling law similar to that already in effect in Pennsylvania.

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Beware: Avoiding hidden antitrust dangers

Cleveland antitrust attorneys Jennifer Dowdell Armstrong and Christopher Dean sit down with host Mike Witzke to discuss the hidden dangers regarding antitrust violations that businesses must be aware of, such as algorithmic pricing, merger review and per se offenses. Armstrong and Dean also discuss why small and mid-sized businesses must be aware that civil and criminal antitrust concerns are not only an issue for large corporations.

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50 out of 50: Every state in the US now has a breach notification law

The day has finally come. Every state in the U.S. now has a breach notification law, despite constant pressure for one uniform national law. Alabama and South Dakota have joined the 48 other states and the District of Columbia in enacting data breach notification statutes days apart, with South Dakota’s statute enacted on March 21, 2018, and Alabama’s statute enacted on March 28, 2018.

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Medicare claims for outpatient physical therapy services often fail to comply with requirements

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report in March titled “Many Medicare Claims for Outpatient Physical Therapy Services Did Not Comply with Medicare Requirements.” In the report, OIG found that 61 percent of the Medicare claims it reviewed for outpatient physical therapy did not comply with Medicare requirements for medical necessity, coding or documentation. OIG estimated that during the 6-month audit period, Medicare paid $367 million for these claims. It concluded that these payments were made because the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) did not effectively prevent the improper payments for these services.

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CMS finalizes coverage for Next Generation Sequencing tests for patients with advanced cancer

On March 16, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a decision memo for Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) tests for Medicare beneficiaries with advanced cancer. In the memo, CMS stated that NGS tests as a diagnostic lab test are reasonable and necessary if the following conditions are met:

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How crowdfunding can bar you from getting a patent

Let’s set the stage: Nikola has a brilliant idea but doesn’t have the time or money to focus on turning his idea into a working product. Nikola hears about a website where he can ask anyone on the internet to donate money to help develop his invention. He will then work on his invention and eventually send a working product to anyone who sent him money. So, when should Nikola file for a patent?

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Data privacy and cybersecurity attorney Colin Battersby joins McDonald Hopkins

DETROIT– Colin M. Battersby has joined McDonald Hopkins, a business advisory and advocacy law firm, as counsel in the firm’s national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group. He is based in Detroit.

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