LEGISLATION / LITIGATION

Reaching for the Sky: The Ascendency of Mediation
By Cynthia E. Brazzil and Joseph P. Buttiglieri    [Summer 2014]
Most people are aware of the high cost and time expenditure required by litigation. Professionals such as CPA’s, doctors and attorneys are often not only aware but directly familiar with these issues. Many contracts are now written to mandate some resolution of disputes other than “going to court”.
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What’s all of the fuss about? Why people are losing health care coverage.
By Thomas L. Boyer    [Winter 2013]
The Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) requires medical insurance coverage to provide several new benefits and include a variety of standards some of which have already been implemented such as children may remain on their parents’ insurance until age 26, there can be no maximum to the amount of benefit paid and no one can be refused medical insurance because of a pre-existing condition. Although these and other requirements raise the cost of medical insurance to some extent, they were fairly easily absorbed by the medical insurance system. However, the ACA also specifies 10 benefits that must be included in all health insurance plans beginning January 1, 2014. Providing these 10 essential benefits is resulting in significant policy changes and higher premiums.
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Prepare now for federal health care
By Thomas L. Boyer and Kevin J. McGiness    [Winter 2012]
On March 23, 2010 President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) commonly referred to as Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act and the Federal Health Care Law. The statute is over 2,000 pages long and there are very few explanatory regulations or “official interpretations.” The Act is very detailed, complicated and in some cases contradictory. Much of the complexity is the result of the law’s need-based approach in that there are few concrete numbers, but rather formulas governing the application of PPACA to individuals and their dependents based upon income and other economic factors.
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Creditors, before you contact a delinquent debtor
By Gloria M. Chon    [Spring 2012]
Frustration is natural for a creditor dealing with a delinquent debtor. However, if the debtor borrowed money primarily for personal, family or household purposes, there are specific federal and state rules that regulate the creditor’s collection efforts.
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When the right court may be the wrong court
By Robert S. Zawideh    [Fall 2010]
In the comedy classic “Who’s On First,” Bud Abbott tries to explain a lineup for a baseball game that appears perfectly simple and straightforward to him, but which leaves Lou Costello confused and exasperated. There are times when selecting the right court can have the same effect on parties to lawsuits.
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What to do when being sued
By Faith M. Gaudaen    [Fall 2010]
What would you do if you received notice that you were being sued? If you don’t know the answer to that question, you’re not alone. Most people do not know what a “summons and complaint” is much less what to do with it.
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