Haynes and Boone News

Sean McKenna in FierceHealthPayer: Anti-Fraud: Home Care, Hospice Fraud Trends to Watch

Monitoring home healthcare and hospice claims is a program integrity priority due to continuing fraud, abuse and general noncompliance involving such benefits. How can payers fight these trends? FierceHealthPayer: Anti-Fraud spoke to Sean McKenna, J.D., to find out. >>

Ron Breaux in Bloomberg BNA Privacy and Security Law Report: Views on Lessons Learned from Payment Card Breaches

Payment card breaches at Target Corp. (245 PRA, 12/20/13) and Neiman Marcus Group Ltd. (37 PRA, 2/25/14) have heightened congressional, consumer and company interest in data security issues. >>

Casa Mañana Selects Karen Denney for 2014 Outstanding Service Award

FORT WORTH – Haynes and Boone, LLP Partner Karen Denney has been chosen by Casa Mañana, Inc. (“Casa”) to receive the 2014 Outstanding Service Award, presented by the Live Theatre League of Tarrant County, for her volunteer work with Casa. Casa is a non-profit theatre that produces children’s and Broadway theatre and provides children’s theatrical education classes. >>


Recent Publications

HIPAA Covered Entity Challenges FTC’s Authority to Regulate Data Security

Although a federal court recently ruled that the United States Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) has the authority to regulate data security practices, a clinical testing laboratory is arguing that the FTC’s regulatory authority does not extend to entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”). >>

D.C. Circuit Creates Circuit Split by Holding FCA First-to-File Bar Applies Even When First Action is No Longer “Pending”

The D.C. Circuit recently expanded the scope of the False Claims Act’s first-to-file defense. See United States ex rel. Shea v. Cellco Partnership, __ F.3d __, 2014 WL 1294687 (D.C. Cir. April 11, 2014). >>

Four Haynes and Boone Women Join the Firm On Shortlist for 2014 Americas Women in Business Law Awards

Haynes and Boone, LLP has received eight nominations for the third annual Americas Women in Business Law Awards, presented by Euromoney Legal Media Group. Four firm lawyers are shortlisted for individual awards which recognize excellence in specific practice areas. Haynes and Boone is also nominated for its initiatives in four firm wide categories, as well as the best overall firm in a region.

Purvi Patel’s Industry Recognition Continues With Addition of Dallas Business Journal 40 Under 40 Honor

DALLAS – Haynes and Boone, LLP Trademark Chair and Partner Purvi Patel has been designated as a Dallas Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree, recognizing her as one of 42 innovators, deal makers and influential leaders who excel in their respective companies and industries and show dynamic leadership in their communities.

Patel was the youngest ever to be made partner in the firm’s history and today successfully manages the firm’s nationwide trademark practice. In this role, she counsels Fortune 500 companies and high growth ventures on the protection of their valuable brand investments, and has been consistently recognized in the legal industry for her talents. She has successfully expanded a fledgling practice and represents Fortune 10 companies as well as emerging brands.

Haynes and Boone Advises Alta Mesa Eagle in $173 Million Sale

HOUSTON – In its continued service to clients involved in major shale plays, Haynes and Boone, LLP energy lawyers recently advised an Alta Mesa Holdings, LP subsidiary, Alta Mesa Eagle LLC, in its sale of Eagle Ford oil and gas properties for a sale price of $173 million, subject to customary purchase price adjustments.

The Haynes and Boone deal team was led by Houston Partner Buddy Clark and included Houston Associate Austin Elam.

In Trademark Battle Against Former U.S. Marketing Agent Haynes and Boone Prevails for Chinese IP Firm

In a dispute litigated from California to Oregon to the People’s Republic of China, Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers have successfully defended a Chinese IP Firm’s trademark against the claims of its former U.S. marketing partner.

The latest victory for firm client AFD China Intellectual Property Law Office (AFD China) came March 28 after a three-day trial in an Oregon federal district court when a jury decided the former marketing agent, AFD USA, had no right to claim ownership of the “AFD” mark because AFD China was the first to use it in U.S. commerce.