Dickie McCamey Opens Second Office in New York

Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. is pleased to announce the opening of its Buffalo, New York, office effective June 1, 2017. This marks the firm’s 16th office and its second in New York State.

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An Increase in Ransomware Attacks Are You Prepared for the Inevitable?

On May 12, 2017, a ransomware cryptoworm (now referred to as the “WannaCry” worm) was unleashed worldwide on systems utilizing Microsoft Windows operating systems. The effects were ubiquitous, with governmental and private systems located in over 150 counties compromised in the attack. By encrypting data on the infected systems, the attackers were able to demand ransom payments in Bitcoin in exchange for the encryption key to release of the systems. Although the attack garnered substantial media attention, indications are that the attack itself was not expensive for the insurance industry. Nevertheless, the Financial Times has reported that so-called “ransomware” has become “the fastest growing cause of cyber insurance claims.” The ransomware attack is not new — its prevalence, however, has increased.

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CMS Green-Lights Approved MSA

Supreme Court Holds that the First Amendment Permits Registration of Disparaging Trademarks

With the coming of spring, the most significant change that is usually anticipated by the Medicare Secondary Payer community is the publication of the updated Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Arrangement Reference Guide. This year, spring came and went without publication of a new reference guide. However, as summer has now descended upon us, this year’s big guide update has actually been made in the Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Portal User Guide, a distinct guide that provides instruction for online WCMSA submission to CMS. Through this update, CMS has announced changes to their MSA re‑review process.

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An Asian-American dance-rock band, “The Slants,” has the right to register its band’s name as a trademark, the Supreme Court ruled on June 19, 2017, in a long-awaited decision. In Matal v. Tam, the Court held that the federal trademark statute violates the First Amendment insofar as it serves to ban offensive speech.

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