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  • Medical Record Security Still Suspect
  • Redskins on Defense After Trademark Canceled
  • U.S. Supreme Court Protects Public Employees' First Amendment Rights
  • Lawyers Allowed to Check Social Media Posts of Jurors


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Medical Record Security Still Suspect
Jennifer Ecklund
Thompson & Knight in Dallas
"More than 1,000 major data breaches have now been reported by health care providers since the federal government began requiring disclosure in 2009. That milestone reflects the unauthorized exposure of records for nearly 31.7 million individuals during the past five years. The health care setting has particular challenges in dealing with data breaches because of the high volume of sensitive information to be protected, the large number of people who may be involved in the care of an individual patient, and data available on a wide range of personal and portable devices. While hospitals, pharmacies and associated businesses are increasing investment in encryption software and similar cybersecurity tools, government investigations and penalties are also on the rise."
Media Contact: Barry Pound,

Redskins on Defense After Trademark Canceled
William Munck
Intellectual Property Lawyer
Munck Wilson Mandala in Dallas
"The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled decades-old federal trademark registrations for the Washington Redskins team name, saying that the term 'redskin' is disparaging to a substantial group of Native Americans. While the action does not prevent the NFL team from using the name, it potentially complicates their business model. The Redskins' trademark has been registered for generations and has been criticized by the Native American community for almost as long, with more voices being added to the chorus recently. While rebranding away from using the name may be costly, the overall brand will likely benefit."
Media Contact: Robert Tharp,

U.S. Supreme Court Protects Public Employees' First Amendment Rights
Sheldon H. Nahmod
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
"The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously made it clear that public employees need not fear employer discipline when they testify truthfully under subpoena as whistleblowers about matters of public concern arising out of their employment. This is a very important First Amendment public employee decision."
Nahmod co-authored an amicus brief in support of Central Alabama Community College employee Edward Lane on behalf of 65 law professors who teach and write in the areas of employment law and constitutional law.
Media Contact: Gwendolyn E. Osborne,

Lawyers Allowed to Check Social Media Posts of Jurors
Daniel T. Coyne
Clinical Professor
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
"The ability to review public social media of jurors and potential jurors is an incredibly valuable tool for defense attorneys. We now have additional information about jurors we did not have a decade ago through their tweets, posts, blogs and other social media communication. As a result, we are better able to identify potential jurors who have misrepresented themselves or who many have preconceived notions before they are seated." 
Coyne, a criminal defense attorney, often teaches seminars on "How to Use Social Media for Pretrial Investigations and Cross-Examination."
Media Contact: Gwendolyn E. Osborne,



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