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A New Hurdle in Prop. 65 Compliance: Inter-Supply Chain Information Requests
Verrill, August 2018

Most industry professionals are aware that a revised set of California Proposition 65 or “Prop. 65” regulations will take effect at the end of the month on August 30, 2018.  Prop. 65 is a so-called right-to-know statute that, among other things, requires manufacturers and retailers to provide any California consumer with a “clear and reasonable” warning prior to exposure to a chemical identified on a list developed and maintained by a California agency...

Anthem Breach a Sign of Increased Attacks on Health Care Institutions
Verrill, March 2015

The attack on Anthem’s networks that exposed the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of as many as 80 million Anthem health insurance customers brings home the importance of cyber hygiene at the individual as well as the corporate level. On February 5, 2015, Anthem reported that cyber criminals gained access to its customer databases through sophisticated hacking techniques that involved impersonating administrator logons to run database queries and extract troves of PII...

Are you Covered for That? An Intro to Title Insurance
Verrill, October 2013

Title insurance is a contract between an owner of an interest in real estate and a title insurance company, whereby the insured pays a one time premium and the insurance company provides the owner with protection against loss or damage resulting from liens, encumbrances or other defects in title. Title insurance is available and recommended for various types of real estate transactions...

At Long Last, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Common Rule is Here
Verrill, October 2015

For those of us who work in the clinical research field, the last two days have been quite exciting. At long last, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Common Rule is here, and the field is alive with talk of the proposed changes and the various ways in which the changes would impact the conduct of research in the U.S. To recap the events, on Wednesday, September 2, the U.S...

BORIM Issues Guidance on Recent Changes to Practice of Medicine Regulations
Verrill, September 2019

The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine (“BORIM”) recently finalized revisions to 243 CMR 2.00 (Licensure and the Practice of Medicine). These changes took effect on August 9, 2019. Because of the uncertainty resulting from certain of those changes, on September 6, 2019, BORIM issued guidance in the form of responses to “Frequently Asked Questions” (“FAQs”)...

Breaking the Ice
Verrill, August 2016

Maine delegation at the State of Maine Reception at the U.S...

CMS Cracking Down on Health Care Fraud and Abuse
Verrill, September 2019

To increase provider and supplier transparency and accountability, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently issued a final rule (“Final Rule”) with comment period that allows CMS greater ability to prevent fraud and abuse by providers and suppliers enrolled in federal health care programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Programs (“CHIP”)...

Compromise Reached in Maine Workers’ Compensation Reform
Verrill, June 2019

Governor Mills has signed into law amendments to the existing Workers’ Compensation Act that are the product of a bipartisan effort to avoid a series of proposed legislation that would have had the very real risk of dragging Maine back to pre-1992 status. With the election of a Democratic governor and Democratic majority in the Legislature, proponents decided the time was right to attempt to swing the workers’ compensation pendulum decidedly in favor of employees...

Deflategate Hearing Highlights Dangers of Arbitration Agreements
Verrill, October 2015

Yes, there is a connection between the current wrangling over deflated footballs in Federal Court in New York and your next construction arbitration. At issue in NFL v...

Deflategate Hearing Highlights Dangers of Arbitration Agreements
Verrill, October 2015

Yes, there is a connection between the current wrangling over deflated footballs in Federal Court in New York and your next construction arbitration. At issue in NFL v...

FDIC Letter: Four Steps for Managing Interest Rate Risk
Verrill, October 2013

On October 8th, the FDIC issued a Financial Institution Letter (FIL-46-2013) entitled “Managing Sensitivity to Market Risk in a Challenging Interest Rate Environment.”  The letter outlines four key areas for banks to consider in managing the risk of rising interest rates.In issuing the FIL, the FDIC noted that it was “increasingly concerned that certain institutions may not be sufficiently prepared or positioned for sustained increases in, or volatility of, interest rates...

Federal Communications Bar Association–Verrill Dana: Solving the Digital Divide
Verrill, June 2019

Wireless Technology is the Key to Low-Income and Minority Households’ Access to Broadband Last Friday afternoon, inside a Verrill Dana conference room above the city of Boston, national and northeast telecomm. attorneys and professionals gathered to discuss the progress and remaining needs in achieving affordable access to high speed, broadband internet for all Americans...

Foreign Companies Pursuing Business in China: Proceed with Caution
Verrill, May 2018

The trade relationship between the United States and China is top of mind for many business owners, especially within the technology sector. Recently, Chinese President Xi Jinping denied the U.S. Government’s request to end subsidies for key industries identified by the “Made in China 2025 Initiative,” including new advanced information technology, aviation, rail, new energy vehicles, agricultural machinery, new materials and biopharma...

Government Contractors & Employers of 100+ Employees Must File New EEOC Report by September 30, 2019
Verrill, September 2019

All employers that are required to submit an EEO-1 federal report — employers of 100 or more or federal government contractors and first-tier subcontractors with 50 or more employees and at least $50,000 in federal government contracts — must now also file the newly required Component 2 data report regarding wages for 2017 and 2018. The report must be submitted by September 30, 2019...

Government Contractors and Employers of 100+ Employees Must File New EEOC Report by September 30, 2019
Verrill, September 2019

EEO-1 Component 2 Report Due by September 30, 2019 All employers that are required to submit an EEO-1 federal report—employers of 100 or more, or federal government contractors and first-tier subcontractors with 50 or more employees and at least $50,000 in federal government contracts—must now also file the newly required Component 2 data report regarding wages for 2017 and 2018. The report must be submitted by September 30, 2019...

How Practitioners Can Apply Legal Project Management to M&A: New Tools for New Times
Verrill, August 2014

Managing a complex project with multiple interested parties and specialists, often across borders and time zones, while subject to time and budgetary pressures, is a challenging exercise.  It demands special skills, techniques, and tools.  Just ask any manager involved in developing the next jetliner, or smart phone, or power plant.  Or you can ask an M&A lawyer. The fact of the matter is, however, that most M&A lawyers do not see themselves in such a light...

Indiana Discrimination Bill: A Higher Law?
Verrill, April 2015

By now you’ve likely heard about the “Indiana Discrimination Bill” that passed through the Indiana legislature on Monday after a vote of 63-31. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act has been described as allowing any individual or corporation to cite their religious beliefs as a defense when sued by a private party. The intent, it would appear, was to protect business owners who did not want to serve same-sex couples...

Is a Benefit Corporation Right for You?
Verrill, November 2019

The “benefit corporation” is a relatively new type of business entity. In 2010, Maryland became the first state in the U.S. to enact a statute recognizing and providing for the organization of this form of entity. In September, Maine joined 30 other states that have enacted benefit corporation legislation over the past nine years, and such legislation is currently pending in several more states...

Keep Medicare Enrollment Information Correct and Current or Suffer Consequences
Verrill, October 2019

While most providers understand the need to bill Medicare correctly, many often fail to recognize the potentially disastrous results of not keeping Medicare informed of your correct and up-to-date practice information. A recent case highlights the dangers of a seemingly innocent error, which resulted in a physician’s Medicare billing privileges being revoked...

Law Court Dismisses Appeal of Oakfield Wind Power Project
Verrill, December 2012

In a memorandum of decision issued yesterday, the Maine Supreme Court dismissed an appeal (Docket # BEP-12-225) of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection license issued to First Wind for the construction of the 150-MW Oakfield Wind Power project.  The opinion, issued just two weeks after the Court heard oral argument, did not reach the merits of the appeal, which consisted of a single claim that the visual impact standard applied to wind power projects is unconstitutionally vague...

Madness or Badness: Is Your Office NCAA Pool Illegal?
Verrill, March 2015

It doesn’t matter whether you know a basketball from a hockey puck or a three-point play from a five course meal, every March, office works across the country dutifully fill out their NCAA basketball tournament pool brackets, kick in five dollars, and hope against hope that their months-long lack of interest in college hoops is somehow an advantage in selecting the winners in 67 games. Does anyone stop to ask whether this office bracket challenge is even legal? The answer is not a simple one...

Maine DEP Proposes Changes to Wetlands Rules
Verrill, June 2018

The Maine DEP is proposing changes to its wetlands rules that clarify the definition of wetlands of special significance. Wetlands of special significance (WOSS) include coastal wetlands and great ponds, as well as other freshwater wetlands. Certain qualifying attributes for Wetlands are, the presence of critical or imperiled plant communities, or location within significant wildlife habitat or a peatland...

Maine’s New Paid Leave Law: Employer Confusion
Verrill, June 2019

On May 28, 2019, Governor Mills signed into law the nation’s first ever paid leave law requiring leave for any reason. The statute itself is uniquely brief, giving the impression that it is straightforward, but there are a host of important issues that the statute does not address. Below, we have identified what we know—and what we do not know—about the Maine’s new paid leave law thus far...

MarineLog Op-Ed: Freezing The Jones Act
Verrill, October 2016

Verrill Dana attorney Ben Ford authored an opinion editorial for MarineLog titled, "Freezing The Jones Act." The article discusses The Jones Act, and how it could impede U.S. involvement in Arctic development. The full article can be found on in the October issue of MarineLogand on the publication's website...

Massachusetts Budget Update: Commonwealth Now Waiting on Governor Baker
Verrill, July 2019

On July 22, 2019, the Massachusetts House of Representatives (“House”) and Senate Conference Committee (“Conference Committee”) released the Commonwealth’s $43.1 billion fiscal year 2020 budget bill (“H. 4000”). It passed the House unanimously and the Senate by 39-1. H. 4000 now heads to Governor Charlie Baker...

 

 

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