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By Jennifer J. Thomas The United States Department of Health and Human Services, Offices for Civil Rights (“OCR”) and BlueCross Blue Shield of Tennessee (“BCBST”) announced a settlement this week for $1.5 million for a breach of protected health information under the Health...
By Bradley C. Myers, Charles S. McCowan, Jr., and M. Dwayne Johnson The Louisiana Supreme Court recently issued a major decision in favor of industry by reversing the rulings of a trial court and an appellate court that found plaintiffs in a toxic tort case were entitled to an award of punitive...
By Tara M. Madison Social networks like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are transforming the way companies communicate with consumers. Facebook, YouTube and Twitter can be powerful business tools, but you must be mindful of certain legal limitations and guidelines. The words “Facebook,”...
Louisiana Supreme Court Affirms Constitutionality of Statutory Cap for Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases
By Jason R. Cashio The Louisiana Supreme Court has, once again, affirmed the constitutionality of the statutory cap for damages in Medical Malpractice cases. On March 13, 2012, the Court reiterated its prior holding that the cap is constitutional and applicable to all qualified healthcare...
By Angela W. Adolph Last week, Standard & Poor’s (“S&P”) proposed a new methodology for rating local governments’ general obligation debt. It would not apply to special purpose districts, such as school districts, or revenue bonds. The new methodology uses the same...