Legal issues for augmented and virtual reality, minimizing the risk of ransomware cyberattacks, and more in this issue of Business News Digest

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Venable attorneys produce periodic alerts and newsletters covering a variety of topics and practice areas. For your convenience, we have assembled below a collection of the latest alerts and newsletters from May 2017.

Digital Media Link

Digital Media Link, May 2017 – A Focus on Augmented and Virtual Reality

In this edition of Digital Media Link, we explore the legal issues surrounding new technologies, with a particular focus on augmented and virtual reality. As we have seen time and again, new technologies do not necessarily mean new statutes or case law, which usually are slow to catch up. What is a lawyer to do, then, when advising on the legal issues associated with these new technologies? We do what we were trained to do – apply the existing rules and precedents to the best of our ability, use our knowledge of the technology and these laws to project how the law will develop, and track developments as they occur. Virtual reality and augmented reality remain so new – at least from the perspective of legal jurisprudence – that we are still in the stage of applying established rules and precedents to these up and coming technologies. In the articles that follow, we take a look at several different legal issues related to these new technologies.

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Ransomware Cyberattacks: How to Minimize Your Risks

An unprecedented cyberattack recently affected a large number of Microsoft Windows-based computers through a type of malware known as ransomware. Although ransomware has been increasingly prevalent over the last few years, this particular version, called "WannaCry," spread quickly and widely around the world. Many believe that the cyberattack will continue.

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executive order

Executive Order 13789 – Identifying and Reducing Tax Regulatory Burdens

In Executive Order 13789 of April 21, 2017, 82 F.R. 19317, President Donald J. Trump ordered the Treasury Secretary to review all significant tax regulations issued on or after January 1, 2016, and identify all such regulations that (i) impose an undue financial burden on taxpayers, (ii) add undue complexity to the federal tax laws, or (iii) exceed the statutory authority of the IRS.

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House Passes the American Health Care Act—What You Need to Know

On Thursday, May 4, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a vote of 217 to 213. The AHCA as passed includes recent amendments offered by Representatives MacArthur and Upton. The key provisions that impact every individual, healthcare provider, healthcare insurance carrier, and employer sponsoring a group health plan are explained in this alert.

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A look inside the CFPB's Enforcement Policies and Procedures Manual, the new "one in-two-out" regulatory policy, and more in the May 5, 2017 issue of Consumer Financial Services Practice Digest

The circuit split regarding SEC's administrative law judges, a look at the CFPB's Examination Playbook, and more in the May 18, 2017 issue of Consumer Financial Services Practice Digest

U.S. Supreme Court alters the patent venue landscape, making the most of your patents, and more in the May 2017 issue of IP Buzz

The Administration's First 100 Days

Carried Interest Legislation Introduced in Congress

D.C. Circuit Hears Constitutional Arguments on SEC ALJs and CFPB's Structure

Legal Developments for Contractors to Consider

My Proposal Has A Minor Error – Is It Fatal?

New York City's "Freelance Isn't Free Act" Took Effect on May 15 – What Do Employers Do Next?

Third Circuit Fortifies the False Claims Act's Materiality Requirement

The UK Criminal Finances Act: Freezing Suspiciously Obtained Property to Fight Global Corruption

U.S. Administration Requests Public Comment on NAFTA Renegotiation; Comments Due by June 12