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Hold My Beer Browns get Doused with Lawsuit in Mistaken Identity Case
Waller, November 2019

On Sunday, September 8, 2019, the Cleveland Browns hosted the Tennessee Titans for the first game of their 2019 season. The game did not go well for the Browns that day. They lost badly to the Titans - 43 to 13. During the fourth quarter, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield threw an interception that was run back for a “pick six” by Titans player Malcolm Butler. Butler jumped into the stands to celebrate, and Titans cornerback Logan Ryan joined him...

Health Care Fraud and Abuse Enforcement Overview 2018
Waller, July 2019

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) recently released the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program Annual Report. The 2018 Report highlighted key enforcement areas and policy considerations. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 established a national Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program (the Program) under the direction of the Attorney General and the Secretary of HHS...

Hanley vs Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment LLC Putting the Telephone Consumer Protection Act on Ice
Waller, June 2019

The sports world is under attack again for its text marketing tactics directed to consumers. This time the target is Tampa Bay Sports & Entertainment, LLC, the owner of the National Hockey League team, the Tampa Bay Lightning. In a federal class action lawsuit filed in March 2019 (Bryan Hanley vs. Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment LLC, Case No. 8:19-CV-550-CEH-CPT (M.D...

"Legal and Marketing Departments Must Work as a Team for Brand Protection and Promotion in the Sports Industry" by Kevin Brown in Professional Sports and the Law
Waller, April 2019

In the pre-digital age, companies that strategically focused on brand protection and promotion often included only those companies selling directly to consumers - typically through more limited print and radio/television media. Company lawyers and their marketing counterparts might communicate on an as-needed basis when direct legal threats to the brand arose (from customer class actions or competitor advertising claims) or for more routine trademark enforcement measures...

Code Sec 199A Deduction20 Off Qualified Trade or Business Taxable Income Maybe Part II by J Leigh Griffith Taxes - The Tax Magazine
Waller, March 2019

In December 2018, Part I of this column was based on the Proposed 199A Regulations1 and included the applicable definitions and the basic concepts and mechanics of the 199A 20% deduction of Qualified Business Income (“QBI”) up to the 20% of the excess of the taxpayer’s taxable income over the taxpayer’s net capital gain...

Tennessee Healthcare Providers Get a First Look at Gov Bill Lee's Priorities
Waller, March 2019

Earlier this week, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee delivered his first State of the State, which included a number of proposals that could impact healthcare in Tennessee: Healthcare Modernization Task Force–Gov...

"Close Enough for Jazz Characterizing the Disposition of Criminal Cases in News Reports" by Robb Harvey and Kevin Elkins in Communications Lawyer
Waller, February 2019

The pressure of the 24/7 news cycle leaves media professionals with competing demands of getting the news out quickly and ensuring that the published/broadcast story is right. The “substantial truth” doctrine provides some comfort but is no guarantee against a lawsuit...

"Opportunity Zone Benefits; Nuts and Bolts; and Loose or Missing Screws" By J Leigh Griffith and Shane P Morris Taxes - The Tax Magazine
Waller, February 2019

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “TCJA”) created a new tax incentive designed to encourage long-term investment in low income communities, as defined in Code Sec. 45D(e),1 which are specifically designated as “qualified opportunity zones” (“QOZs”) in accordance with procedures set forth in Code Sec. 1400Z-1...

The Healthcare Industry: A Look Back. A Look Ahead.
Waller, January 2019

While buzzwords like consolidation and price transparency continue to dominate headlines, major players throughout the healthcare ecosystem are working tirelessly behind the scenes to deploy creative and complex service methods that leverage a smarter, more holistic approach to care. The goal? Control escalating costs and deliver tangible value to patients – all while maintaining a healthy balance sheet...

Starwood Data Breach Serves as Wakeup Call to Tennessee Bars, Hotels and Restaurants
Waller, November 2018

We suspect that thousands of Tennessee restaurants, hotels, bars and other hospitality businesses gather personal information from their customers for marketing purposes.   It’s just a birthdate, address, anniversary, spouse’s name – good stuff to know, right? That’s all fine and dandy until some hacker steals the information...

FDA and DEA Approve CBD-Based Epilepsy Medication
Waller, October 2018

Late last month,  the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a final order placing FDA-approved drugs that contain cannabidiol (CBD) derived from cannabis and no more than 0.1 percent tetrahydrocannabinols in Schedule V of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 (CSA). Schedule V of the CSA includes drugs such as Robitussin and Lyrica...

California Passes Law Requiring Public Companies to Include Women on Boards
Waller, October 2018

Gov. Jerry Brown signed California Senate Bill 826 into law, which requires publicly held companies whose principal executive offices are located in California to have a minimum of one woman on their boards of directors by the end of 2019. Thereafter, women’s representation will have to increase based on the law, with what will be codified as Section 301...

Cannabis Cultivator Paves The Way For Marijuana Companies On The NASDAQ Exchange
Waller, August 2018

Tilray, Inc. officially launched its initial public offering on Thursday, becoming the first U.S. cannabis cultivator to directly list on an American exchange. Based on a better-than-expected share price of $17, the company raised more than $153 million in the offering. The IPO is notable for two reasons: 1) Tilray was incorporated in Delaware in January 2018 and is, therefore, the first U.S. cannabis company allowed to list directly on Nasdaq. The company’s U.S...

"QAPI Spells Success for SNFs" Jeff Parrish in McKnight's Long-Term Care News
Waller, August 2018

The skilled nursing sector has seen a significant number of facility divestitures and closures in the last few years. Quite frankly, this negative trend is due in part to a reluctance by some operators to implement clinical-based care standards and a lack of honest self-evaluation to improve the clinical care provided at skilled nursing facilities. Outdated operating models – solely meeting the basic needs of patients – does not bode well for SNF operators to survive...

Federal Government Urges Caution When Buying Digital Coins or Tokens
Waller, August 2018

When it comes to digital coins or tokens, it’s best to approach with caution, ask plenty of questions and conduct extensive research before making an investment, warns the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”)...

At Long Last, Fintech Companies Can Apply For National Bank Charters
Waller, August 2018

After two years of review, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) recently announced that it will begin accepting applications for special purpose national bank charters from financial technology (fintech) companies. The OCC’s announcement came hours after the Treasury Department endorsed the approach...

Reversing the Ban on Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements
Waller, June 2018

The hits keep coming to plaintiffs’ attorneys seeking to invalidate nursing home arbitration agreements. Last year, the plaintiffs’ bar could smell victory when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its new rule banning arbitration clauses in nursing home admission contracts...

With Insider Trading Back In The News, Is It Time to Revisit Your Insider Trading Policy?
Waller, June 2018

Recent insider trading charges are shining a renewed spotlight on the need for companies to take a fresh look at their insider trading policies. On May 31, 2018, the SEC issued a press release announcing that it has filed civil charges against an executive of a bulge bracket investment banking firm in an insider trading scheme based primarily on the “misappropriation theory” of insider trading. On the same day, the FBI and the U.S...

Restaurants and Hotels Get The Green Light to Give Away Alcohol
Waller, June 2018

Generations of restauranteurs and hoteliers have been told they cannot give away liquor. Since liquor by the drink was originally adopted in Tennessee in the late 1960s, it has been illegal to give away wine or spirits at any restaurant, hotel, entertainment venue or other on-premise outlet. No more. P.C. 755 allows any liquor by the drink establishment to serve a complimentary sample of wine...

Straight from the Stalking Horses Mouth
Waller, June 2018

It goes without saying that a lender must work to maximize its recovery when a borrower is in default and has no reasonably realistic or meaningful way to cure the default. This scenario far too often forces a lender to determine the most efficient and effective method to sell its collateral...

"Straight from the Stalking Horses Mouth" Co-authored by Ryan K Cochran and Blake D Roth ABL Advisor
Waller, June 2018

It goes without saying that a lender must work to maximize its recovery when a borrower is in default and has no reasonably realistic or meaningful way to cure the default. This scenario far too often forces a lender to determine the most efficient and effective method to sell its collateral...

CFTC issues advisory for virtual currency derivative products
Waller, June 2018

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has clarified the priorities and expectations when a designated contract market (DCM) or swap execution facility (SEF) lists new virtual currency derivatives or when a derivatives clearing organization (DCO) clears virtual currency derivatives.   Background and Key Terms The CFTC is an independent federal agency that administers the Commodity Exchange Act, which regulates transactions in commodity interests...

CBO Releases Highly Anticipated Report on Trump's ObamaCare Repeal Bill; 23 Million Americans Projected to Lose Insurance by 2026
Waller, May 2018

Earlier this year, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its report on the direct spending and revenue effect of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA), as passed by the House of Representatives. CBO made this estimate in conjunction with the Joint Committee on Taxation...

Does Your Bank's Website Invite ADA Lawsuits?
Waller, May 2018

Does your bank have a website? Unless your bank uses an abacus to tally deposits, the answer is probably yes. If so, do you know if your bank’s website complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”)? Did you even know that your website might be subject to scrutiny under the ADA? Let’s discuss...

New Tennessee Open Carry Law is Game Changer for Many Restaurants, Hotels
Waller, May 2018

Among the many liquor laws passed this legislative session by the Tennessee General Assembly, one of the biggest changes, in our humble opinion, is the new Open Carry law. P.C. 755 allows restaurants, hotels and other liquor-by-the-drink establishments to serve alcohol into common areas and allow adjacent restaurant patrons to bring alcoholic beverages into their restaurant. You can now walk between restaurants with your cocktail, glass of wine or mug of suds...

 

 

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