Month: January 2016

Last Call for HHEID Contest!

If you haven’t already entered the Hilton Head Island Economic Development Corporation’s Bring Your Business Idea to Life contest, this is your last chance – the deadline for submissions is February 1. JLG is a sponsor of the contest, and we encourage all you budding entrepreneurs out there to throw your hat in the ring. You can read more about the contest on our blog and submit an application on the HHIED’s website. Finalists will be notified by February 15, and the pitch competition will be held on February 23. Good...

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It’s All Negotiable

I recently wrote about the importance of well-written contracts. An important corollary to that lesson is the importance of negotiating your contracts. This may seem like an obvious point for business owners, who are accustomed to negotiating, but you’d be surprised how many people just sign whatever is put in front of them. The best anecdote I’ve heard on this topic lately comes from the travel industry. Renting private homes for vacations – for example, through Airbnb or VRBO.com or similar sites – is becoming more and more popular. So are review sites like TripAdvisor. But some travelers have recently discovered that property owners are slipping some interesting language into their rental agreements: a clause prohibiting the renter from saying anything negative about the property. Some renters, after coming home from their vacation and dissing a property on an online review site, have even been threatened with lawsuits by the property owners. Unfortunately, these types of clauses are legal (for now, at least; some state legislators and regulators are taking up the cause to prohibit them).* They are not, however, unavoidable. If only those travelers had read their rental agreements before they signed them! And better yet, followed up by asking the property owner to change the agreement. We “click to accept” so often these days, I fear that many people have forgotten that we are not automatically bound...

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Article of the Week: Is HIPAA Broken?

This recent Outlook piece from The Washington Post argues that HIPAA is a “toothless tiger” marred by loopholes and lax enforcement. In particular, the author cites frequent instances of health care professionals violating the privacy of their patients and the lack of enforcement actions against those professionals. He also highlights the importance of remaining vigilant about your health records. Here on the JLG blog, we recently talked about using breach of confidentiality claims to provide a private remedy for HIPAA violations (you can read our post here). Also embedded on this page is a spiffy public service video from the Department of Health and Human Services about individuals’ rights under HIPAA. The Washington Post: Your Health Records are Supposed to be Private. They...

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Article of the Week: The Death of Stethoscopes?

We often come across articles in the press that we will think would be of interest to our clients. In our new feature, Article of the Week, we’ll share one of our current favorites. This week’s featured article ponders the future of the stethoscope in the face of new technologies. The Washington Post: “Heart doctors are listening for clues to the future of their stethoscopes.” You can read the full article here....

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