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Nisha Patel joins McDonald Hopkins as counsel in the Chicago office

Nisha Patel has joined McDonald Hopkins as counsel in the Business Department’s Commercial Finance Group in the firm’s Chicago office.

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CMS final rule overturns arbitration ban in long-term care resident agreements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a final rule amending the requirements that long-term care facilities must meet to participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs. The Trump administration’s final rule overturns an Obama-era ban that prevented facilities from entering into pre-dispute, binding agreements for binding arbitration with any resident or resident’s representative.

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How will you respond to a ransomeware attack?

It’s Saturday morning and one of your employees has gone to the office to get a jump on the week’s work. Instead of being able to get to that work, the employee is faced with locked and inaccessible files, and an onscreen message that the files have been encrypted. The employee alerts IT and the front office. IT confirms what everyone suspects – it is ransomware.

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Texas amends data breach notification law

 

 

 

 

Texas has amended its data breach notification law to create new reporting requirements and deadlines.

The amendments, effective Jan. 1, 2020, require an entity that experiences a data breach to notify impacted individuals within 60 days of discovery. Previously, the law only required notice to impacted residents “as quickly as possible.” Additionally, the new law requires notification to the Texas Attorney General, also within 60 days of discovery, if a breach impacts more than 250 Texas residents. The Attorney General notification must include a detailed description of the nature and circumstances of the breach or the use of the sensitive information acquired as a result of the breach; the number of Texas residents impacted by the breach; measures taken or intended to be taken in response to the breach; and information concerning whether law enforcement is investigating the breach. The law previously did not require notice to be made to the Texas Attorney General.

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New DOJ Antitrust Division policy incentivizes robust corporate antitrust compliance programs

Last week the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division announced a landmark new policy to incentivize companies to develop robust antitrust compliance programs. For the first time, the Antitrust Division will now consider a company’s antitrust compliance program as a factor in evaluating whether or not to bring criminal charges against the company and its officers.

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New Jersey revises data breach law, expands definition of personal information

On May 10, 2019, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphey signed Assembly Bill 3245 into law. AB 3245 expands the definition of “personal information” under the state data breach statute and addresses electronic notification in the event that a data breach involves a username or password.

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McDonald Hopkins IP litigators obtain significant win by invalidating four patents and receiving judgements of no infringement and no misappropriation

Two members of McDonald Hopkins intellectual property litigation team, Dave Cupar and Matt Cavanagh, won a significant judgment in a patent and trade secret case in favor of their client, Horizon Global Americas Inc., ending an eight-year legal battle between Horizon and a former business partner, Let’s Go Aero, Inc. (“LGA”) over intellectual property rights to hitch-mounted bike racks and automobile accessories. Horizon Global Americas Inc. is a subsidiary of Horizon Global Corporation (NYSE: HZN), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of branded towing and trailering equipment.

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EEOC Confirms Pay Data Collection Reporting

After what seems like months of drama about EEO-1 reporting issues, on April 30, 2019, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission confirmed that employers will be required to submit pay data by September 30, 2019. The text of the EEOC’s notice is below and can be found on the EEOC website:

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McDonald Hopkins recognized in Chambers USA 2019 rankings

McDonald Hopkins is pleased to announce the attorneys and practice areas that have been recognized by Chambers USA 2019.

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Workers Compensation attorney Margaret O’Bryon joins McDonald Hopkins in Cleveland office

Margaret O’Bryon is bringing 15 years of experience developing an expertise in workers’ compensation to McDonald Hopkins LLC, joining the firm as counsel in the Cleveland office.

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