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Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), a relatively new way to provide health care services to patient populations, have grown in numbers since their promotion in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

On May 21, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a highly anticipated ruling clarifying that employers can require employees to sign class action arbitration waivers. It may not sound like a big deal, but employers should recognize that it is.

This article appeared in the Indianapolis Business Journal on May 11, 2018. 

I saw the magician David Copperfield in Las Vegas one time. The headline of the act was that he would make an elephant disappear, right before the audience’s eyes! After lots of buildup, which was actually audience conditioning, the elephant was introduced with a flourish. And then, as David Copperfield worked his magic, it was gone.

Should video game publishers have to pay or seek permission to use copyrighted tattoos on their characters, or is it allowed under the fair use doctrine? That’s the question before a federal judge in a novel copyright lawsuit in Manhattan. Video game makers as well as other media producers that may include tattoos in their work should be closely watching the outcome of this case.

On Monday, May 14, 2018 the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) released a decision that will effectively overturn a federal law that has, for the past 25 years, prohibited states from legalizing and regulating sports wagering within their own borders.

Community leaders in Evansville, Indiana, understand that quality of place drives economic growth. Many in the community have worked behind the scenes to grow a vibrant and inclusive culture, but the public perception has not caught up to the reality of life in Evansville today.

The Securities and Exchange Commission has released new guidance (“Guidance”) to ensure public companies disclose cybersecurity incidents and risks to their investors. As evidence of its view of the importance of the Guidance, the SEC recently announced a $35 million settlement with Altaba, (formerly Yahoo), which waited two years to disclose a massive data breach in 2014.

Jenny Kehl, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Water Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Lynde B. Uilhein Endowed Chair at the WATER Institute, discusses virtual water and all it entails.

Posted in Litigation

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Jan. 30 that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has launched a new criminal investigation and prosecution effort targeting physicians who prescribe or dispense opioids in amounts disproportionate to their peers, along with pharmacies that distribute disproportionate amounts of opioids. Sessions also announced that he has assigned experienced federal prosecutors in “opioid hot spot districts” to focus solely on investigating and prosecuting opioid-related health care fraud.

Posted in Estate Planning

In a recent Florida Appeals decision, Landau v. Landau, a trustee who failed to file proper and complete trust accountings for two years, and to file trust income tax returns for the same two years, was hit with a freeze of the trust assets by the Court. Because the trustee was also the lifetime income beneficiary of the trust, this freeze effectually prevented the trustee from using the trust for his own support.

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