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In a post from September 2018, I reported that Facebook’s targeting advertising practices have subjected the social media site to scrutiny, including multiple civil lawsuits and administrative complaints. In short, the various plaintiffs asserted that Facebook’s micro-targeting permitted advertisers to “screen out” members of various protected classes. Facebook did this, the complaints allege, by using data to exclude women, seniors, individuals with disabilities, and minority groups from certain advertising (including those for housing). In an…
During my visit to Utah last week, I had the opportunity to visit the Lehi headquarters of NetDocuments and sit down with Alvin Tedjamulia, cofounder and chief technology officer, for a briefing on the company’s road map for 2019. Among the features planned for release later this year is a governance module that effectively embeds governance policies in the document at the platform level, circumventing the Achilles’ Heel of end users whose carelessness or…
Updates released today to the cloud-based practice management platform Rocket Matter add two notable features not previously available in the platform: a business intelligence module and customizable dashboards. Other enhancements include an improved contacts page and the ability to view documents stored in the application. Rocket Matter labels its releases using names from Game of Thrones, and it is calling this one Winterfell, the name of the large castle that is the ancestral…
The rapid adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies leaves manufacturers with a choice: accelerate with the market or be left behind.  According to a 2019 Global Market Insights, Inc. report, the market for artificial intelligence in manufacturing will grow to $16 billion by 2025.  Factors driving the adoption of Industry 4.0, the general name given to the deployment of cyber-physical systems, Internet-of-Things technologies and cognitive computing in the manufacturing environment, include: Reducing the cost of operations…
Momentum and support continues to build for telehealth commercial coverage laws across the United States, designed to ensure that covered members of health insurance plans can enjoy the full scope of their medical benefits – whether in-person or virtually.  Last summer, the Massachusetts Legislature considered a sweeping telehealth bill that would have instituted certain requirements for insurance coverage.  (Read our critique of that bill here.)  Although the 2018 legislative session ended before the…
Transportation companies again dominate this year’s Top 150 U.S. Postal Service Suppliers list. All told, USPS spent nearly $16 billion on purchases in FY 2018, about $900 million more than last year.  Not surprisingly for an agency charged with moving the mail, six of the top ten contractors provide transportation services or equipment. The Top 150 list has been compiled annually since 1999 by David Hendel, a partner in the firm’s Technology, Manufacturing,
Matt Friendly Associate Office: Miami Years at Firm: 5 What is your favorite part about practicing health care law? I appreciate that health care is constantly evolving and changing. While the vastness of the field can be intimidating for some, it provides career-making opportunities to gain experience in a sub-specialty and build a reputation within that space. I am also grateful for the heavy volume of deal activity in health care – with no signs…
Next week, the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) will consider Venezuela’s request for the establishment of a panel to decide whether U.S. sanctions affecting Venezuela violate international trade law. In December, Venezuela filed its second ever complaint at the World Trade Organization challenging U.S. sanctions. Specifically, Venezuela claimed that the U.S. imposed “coercive trade-restrictive measures” in an attempt to isolate Venezuela economically. These measures included “certain U.S. laws and regulations relating to goods of Venezuelan origin,…
On March 15, 2019, the State Administration for Market Regulation and the Cyberspace Administration of China (“CAC”) jointly issued the Announcement on the Implementation of App Security Certification (the “Announcement”), creating a voluntary (but state-sanctioned) security certification scheme for mobile applications (“Security Certification Scheme”). Operators of mobile applications are encouraged to obtain this certification to demonstrate their compliance with China’s national standard, GB/T 35273 Information Security Technology — Personal Information Security Specification (“the Standard”), in…
Florida Governor Ron De Santis signed SB182 into law yesterday.  SB182 redefines medical use of marijuana to include possession, use or administration of marijuana in the form of smoking. The new law also triggered the dismissal of an appellate court action regarding the constitutionality of Florida’s medical marijuana law which previously banned the smoking of medical marijuana. Notwithstanding the new law legalizing smokable medical marijuana it will take time for dispensaries to start selling it,…