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

Is a Sex-Specific Dress Code Enforceable?

May 26, 2017 by Anna Wiles

On September 25, 2014 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a complaint against R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. (Harris) in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (District Court),  under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The complaint alleged that Harris had discriminated against a transgender employee, Aimee Stephens, because of her sex.  Stephens began working at Harris as a Funeral Director/Embalmer in October 2007.  In July of 2013, Stephens told her employers and coworkers that she would be undergoing gender reassignment surgery – transitioning from a male to a female.  She … Read More

JV ROUNDUP: Vehicular Negligence in California

May 11, 2017 by Jean Sica

Recent California motor vehicle accident cases as summarized in Jury Verdicts & Settlements: *Montes v. State of California 2017 WL 1410999   Verdict date: April 4, 2017 Amount: $1,368,000 A motor vehicle traveling southbound on Freeway 41 was reportedly rear-ended by a CalFire fire truck and pushed into the vehicle in front. The plaintiffs brought a lawsuit against defendant State of California, alleging the fire truck driver negligently traveled too fast for the road conditions; drove inattentively; and was not in a proper condition to to be operating a fire truck since he had not slept in 30 hours. *Dixon, Estate of v. … 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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