Connecticut has taken another step towards expanding the meaningful use of telemedicine in connection with treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. SB 302, signed by Governor Dannel Malloy and effective July 1, 2018, allows providers to prescribe controlled substances via telemedicine for the treatment of psychiatric disabilities or substance use disorder, including medication assisted therapy. The law reverses Connecticut’s prior per se ban on prescribing Schedule I, II, or II controlled substances via telehealth technologies.
A decade into the cryptocurrency revolution, the digital currency’s future is awash with questions from regulation and enforcement to exactly what type of asset they are to the impact of volatility in market values.
Well, it has now happened. The European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect on May 25, 2018. In the lead up to G-Day, commentators published a voluminous amount of materials in legal journals, newsletters, and blog posts about what GDPR is, what it is supposed to accomplish, how to comply with it, the potential penalties for not complying, and the challenges that U.S. companies are facing in trying to re-work their entire data maintenance practices to keep pace with the GDPR’s requirements. One topic, however, that has gotten scant attention is what the GDPR will mean for litigators seeking discovery from Europe. Well, here is a prediction – U.S. courts will have little patience for GDPR compliance requirements if the result is a failure to preserve electronically stored information (ESI), a substantial delay in producing requested documents and data, or an outright refusal to produce the materials requested.
Fully connected and self-driving cars are here. Improvements to alternative energy sources for vehicles continue to advance at a rapid pace. The automotive industry is potentially facing dramatic new legal and regulatory challenges. And the road ahead shows no signs of slowing down.
In 2017, for the first time ever, Norway registered more electric and hybrid vehicles than traditional vehicles with internal combustion engines. Even in the United States, as of May Tesla’s Model 3 became the best selling vehicle in its segment, regardless of powertrain, beating out traditional stalwarts from the traditional German luxury marques. However, with all of the incentives surrounding EVs, it is important to take stock in the externalities driving consumers toward larger-scale EV adoption. The following is a list of some perks (“carrots”) and punishments (“sticks”) being implemented to encourage this shift.