As we look once again at the topics that have seen an uptick in discussion on the LexBlog Network, this week brings a good mix. With the first two topics, we see a great deal of discussion and meticulous analysis while with the latter two topics don’t see quite the same depth of conversation, but we do see select pieces presenting some very poignant opinions.
- Standard Fire v. Knowles only further underscored the LexBlog Network’s strong ability to provide commentary, straight from lawyers, on the Supreme Court. Oral arguments in this case, which examines the reach of 2005’s Class Action Fairness Act, took place on Monday and the Network even had someone on hand in Mayer Brown’s Archis Parasharami, who provided a recap later that day.
- The Hospice of North Idaho’s Settlement with Health & Human Services has, easily, seen the most discussion over the past two weeks of any specific topic. In the case, the hospice agrees to pay HHS $50,000 and put together a two-year corrective action plan following the theft of an unencrypted laptop. The case is noteworthy because it marks the first HIPAA settlement for a breach involving less than 500 patients.
- Our LargeLaw Partner Layoffs section is exactly what it sounds like—large law firms are facing some tough times and have now turned to shedding salary as a means of attempting to stay free of financial distress. In our best post on the subject, John Grimley says that isn’t going to work.
- And last but not least, we have some pointed commentary on Judicial Vacancies as recent mainstream-media articles reveal there are an almost overwhelming number of them—more than 100 vacancies on the federal bench, out of some 856 federal district and appellate judges. Max Kennerly shows its impact on the Standard Fire v. Knowles case described above while Philip Thomas is just plain fed up.