Monday morning briefing: The Supreme edition

A brand new issue of Lawyers USA is out this morning, and here are previews of some the stories inside. Subscribers can click on the links for the full stories:

New online health accounts that give consumers a way to store and track their medical data are the newest frontier in the unregulated terrain of electronic health records.These accounts fall outside HIPAA requirements, leaving them in a murky legal area with few laws. More here.

Medtronic, Exxon and Heller - oh, my!

Take a look back at the Supreme Court term that was, which was marked by a number of significant cases that boosted the rights of criminal defendants, gave employees greater options for seeking redress, buoyed businesses and made federal preemption the presumptive law of the land. More here.

One of those decisions, the ruling to drastically slash a punitive damages award against Exxon over the 1989 Valdez oil spill from $2.5 billion to $500 million, has lawyers debating whether the ruling will have an impact on punitive damage awards beyond maritime cases. More here.

The Court’s recent ruling striking down the District of Columbia’s handgun ban did not close the door on lawsuits aimed at the gun industry. More here.

Defense attorneys declared victory in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that a murder defendant does not forfeit his right to keep the victim’s prior testimonial statements out of evidence unless the defendant killed the victim to prevent trial testimony. But victims’ rights legal advocates say the decision could be a blessing in disguise for prosecutors – particularly those seeking to convict accused domestic abusers. More here.

In other news:

Mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are set to get a big helping hand from the feds. (WaPo).

President George W. Bush remembers former press secretary Tony Snow. (AP).


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