January 27, 2020

New Gig Law

“California cannot simply eliminate that business model and force truck drivers to be employees.”

— That’s according to Gibson Dunn Partner Joshua Lipshutz, who represented NFI Industries’ Cal Cartage Transportation Express, which along with other trucking companies, was sued by the Los Angeles City Attorney for allegedly misclassifying truck drivers as independent contractors following passage of a new gig worker law. A judge ruled this month the new law does not apply to independent truck drivers.

Controlled Substances

“A prescription for a controlled substance is an order for a medication that may be issued only by a physician or other authorized healthcare practitioner. … While pharmacists are highly trained and licensed professionals, they did not attend medical school and are not trained as physicians.”

— Lawyers for a series of pharmacy chains argued in federal court filings in Ohio that doctors and other healthcare practitioners who write prescriptions bear ultimate responsibility for improper distribution of opioids to patients, not pharmacists. Some Ohio counties have sued the pharmacy chains, alleging they improperly distributed opioids.

Daily Occurrence

“Today is no different than any other day.”

— Amanda Crawford, executive director of the Texas Department of Information Resources, said her department sees billions of attempted cyberattacks on any given day, after Gov. Greg Abbott warned that 10,000 attempted attacks per minute from Iran had been detected in 48 hours on state agency networks. Crawford said the state “is being extra vigilant” given recent clashes between the United States and Iran.

Climate Resilience Fund

“In the big picture, something is going to deliver this bad news to the city eventually. Probably it’s thoughtful to say to someone you have value now and you should capture that value.”

— John Macomber, a professor at the Harvard Business School who specializes in resilience investment, on the creation of a “resilience fund” by the town of Surfside, Fla. The small South Florida town started the first-of-its-kind fund to help residents adapt to climate change. The fund will be used for projects like buyouts of residents’ homes, as well helping residents assess the risks of living in the area.

Safety Concerns

“In addition to the multiple, well-documented performance issues with the MBTA, the findings of this report clearly underscore the need for a dedicated long-term revenue stream to ensure not only the reliability, but most importantly the safety of the MBTA.”

— Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo said regarding a report stating the public transportation system in metropolitan Boston needs to improve safety along its network of subways, buses and commuter rail trains. The report was based on the finding of a panel of transit experts hired in June by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s fiscal and management control board to review safety on the system after a series of subway car derailments and other safety concerns.

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