Internet defamation (and intellectual property infringement) cases are on the rise.  And cases involving anonymous defendants are becoming more common.  They of course present tricky First Amendment issues.  Indeed, most such cases result in the anonymous defendants remaining masked and escaping liability.  But in four example health care cases – a scare tactic, accidental disclosure, hacking, and impersonation set of cases – the plaintiffs successfully took on the First Amendment challenge.  Knowing how these plaintiffs prevailed may help with your own response plan to a surprise cyber-attack by persons you don’t know.

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Managed Care Lawsuit Watch is Crowell & Moring’s summary of key litigation affecting managed care. If you have questions or need assistance on managed care law matters, please contact any member of the Health Care Group. Cases in this issue include:

  • Helfrich v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield Ass’n
  • King v. CompPartners, Inc.
  • Unilab Corp. v. Angeles-IPA
  • Kaiser Found. Health Plan, Inc. v. Burwell
  • Smilow and Katz v. Anthem Life & Disability Ins. Co.
  • Aetna Life Ins. Co. v. Huntingdon Valley Surgery Ctr.
  • Baptist Hosp. of Miami, Inc. v. Humana Health Ins. Co. of Florida, Inc.
  • Rose v. Healthcomp, Inc.

Crowell & Moring’s 2015 Litigation and Regulatory Forecasts provide an in-depth look at the trends in the courts and in the regulatory agencies, both inside the Beltway and beyond, that will impact business in the coming year.

The Litigation Forecast examines the latest litigation developments facing companies in areas ranging from health care and antitrust to privacy and cybersecurity. We also provide our third-annual jurisdictional analysis that spotlights the data trends that can help shape complex litigation strategy.

In the inaugural edition of the Regulatory Forecast, we dig into the regulatory trends in Washington and beyond that are going to be affecting industry. The report focuses on sectors ranging from energy to health care, and features on-the-ground analysis from key regions, such as California and Europe, that are setting the pace for the future of industry regulation.

To access both reports, please visit crowell.com/forecasts. The PDF for each can also be accessed by clicking on one of the icons below.

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