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On May 15, 2017, the Supreme Court resolved a split among the Circuit Courts of Appeals, holding that the filing a time-barred / stale claim does not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Midland Funding v. Johnson (U.S. May 15, 2017). The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U. S. C. §§1692 et seq., […]
by Kenneth R. Charette and Theresa M. DeAngelis, Summer Associate Many of our healthcare clients often inquire as to whether the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) permits the transfer or use of “de-identified” patient data. Such information has a variety of practical applications, including genetic research, comparative effectiveness studies, policy assessments, and […]
Federal courts have the inherent authority to sanction bad-faith conduct by ordering a litigant to pay the other side’s legal fees. The United States Supreme Court, however, recently reaffirmed a limitation of the courts’ inherent sanction powers to compensatory damages only, excluding any opportunity for punitive sanctions. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger, et […]