Obamacare’s ‘risk corridor’ program: Litigation status and prospects

April 18, 2017 by David Kaufman

Health law attorneys Deborah Dorman-Rodriguez and David M. Kaufman analyze the controversy surrounding Obamacare’s “risk corridor” program — which was designed to reduce risks for insurers entering new marketplaces — and the resulting litigation. … Read More

Legal Implications Surrounding Bitcoin

June 22, 2017 by Kelsey Gilmore

Bitcoin has been making its way into the news and into legal discussion for the past couple years and more so now as its value continues to rise. Bitcoin is a decentralized, virtual, form of currency, created in 2009. Bitcoin is decentralized because it is not monitored, controlled, or administered by any legal or governmental entity. Over the past six months the price of Bitcoin has tripled in value despite daily fluctuations of up to $300. A recent news article, You can’t hold a bitcoin, but the web currency’s value has skyrocketed. Why?, states: The rise comes in spite of headwinds. … Read More

JV Roundup: The Changing Nature of Privacy

June 2, 2017 by Jean Sica

At what point does freedom of expression meet the right to the protection of private life? This subject was explored through a Facebook privacy lawsuit last year and continues to be a subject of public and legislative concern. The following are recent lawsuits reflecting the changing nature of privacy. These and others can be found in Westlaw Jury Verdicts & Settlements.  Atkins v. TFP Company A Georgian woman sued a private investigator for attaching a GPS tracking device to her vehicle while it was parked in a public place. The investigator had been hired by the woman’s spouse who suspected his wife was having an extramarital … Read More


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Digital Identity: How a Cryptocurrency Could Lead to the Most Fundamental Change in Identity in Centuries


Long viewed as the anonymous, digital currency used by those in the illicit drug trade, the technology that makes Bitcoin secure (known as blockchain) is about to radically change how we identify ourselves. More fundamentally, the very concept of what identity means will be altered over the next five to ten years. This paradigm shift will have widespread implications for developed and developing countries, where the lack of trusted institutions has led to large numbers of people being effectively unbanked. Yet, this should not be surprising given that Bitcoin is not actually anonymous—to the contrary, it is very transparent—nor is

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