Property Rules and Liability Rules for Genetic Data

By Jorge L. Contreras for, originally posted on  For the Innovation Law Beyond IP 2 conference, March 28-29 at Yale Law School In 2009, the Texas Department of Health agreed to destroy a research biobank containing approximately 5.3 million infant blood samples. The samples, stored on index cards as dried blood spots, were collected over an […]

Canadian Court Holds Blanket Criminalization of Assisted Suicide Unconstitutional

By Professor Leslie Francis for healthlawprofblog. In a much-awaited decision, the Canadian Supreme Court on Friday held that Canada’s statutes criminalizing aiding suicide violated the Canadian Charter.  The decision in Carter v. Canada is being widely hailed by advocates of the legal permissibility of the practice and decried by disability advocates.  I’m writing this post to call […]

D.D.C. rejects DOL regulations requiring minimum wage and overtime for many home health aides

By Leslie Francis for  First posted on LawProfBlog, January 19, 2015 – In a pair of recent decisions, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has struck down Department of Labor (DOL) regulations designed to provide wage protections for home care workers.  Challenging the regulations were the Home Care Association of America […]

ACA Subsidy Challenge

By Micah Vorwaller for ACA Subsidy Challenge – Statutory Interpretation and Agency Deference Under Chevron On November 7, 2014, the Center for Law and Bioscience published Travis Walker’s House of Cards – Statutory Interpretation and the Affordable Care Act[1], which provided a clear analysis of the federal circuit split regarding challenges to the ACA via […]

Potential Congressional Vindication of Utah Hemp Extract Patients

By Danny Barber for blog: In the past few years, the cultural attitudes towards the medical use of hemp extracts and marijuana have greatly changed. In one of the more public Utah examples, this past March Governor Gary Herbert signed into law H.B. 105, thereby decriminalizing the cultivation, possession, and use of hemp extract for […]

To Die, To Sleep – Assisted Suicide and Choice

By Travis Walker for the blog. This fall Brittany Maynard moved to Oregon to end her life lawfully. On a quiet Saturday, she took a fatal dose of barbiturates and passed away in a room with family.[1] When the New York Times interviewed Maynard’s husband the next morning, however, he confirmed that “in accordance […]

Cutting Cords: The Present State of Wireless Medical Devices

By Austen Paulsen for BiolawToday blog. Medical devices are being increasingly equipped with wireless capabilities. The wireless technology in these devices can be used to send patient data to other sources, control and program the devices, and to monitor patients remotely. Many patient benefits can be derived from these devices; the most significant benefits being […]

Pradaxa and the FDA’s Expedited Approval Process – A Public Health Dilemma

By Daniel Goaslind for the Blog.  Nearly four years ago one of my best friends and a man whom I greatly respected—my grandfather—died tragically at age eighty-three. In excellent health, he was on his way to a meeting for the Boy Scouts of America when he suffered a ground-level fall and hit his head. In […]

Ebola Quarantine: Resolving Law with Science

By Cullen Archer for the Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences Blog. The Disease Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a zoonosis[1] caused by a virus of the family Filoviridae, whose members comprise two genera of enveloped, negative, single-stranded RNA viruses: Marburgvirus and Ebolavirus.[2] Initial clinical symptoms of sudden onset fever, chills, myalgia, and malaise are followed […]

House of Cards – Statutory Interpretation and the Affordable Care Act

By Travis Walker, Law & Bioscience Fellow Lost in the grandeur of National Federation of Independent Business[1] and Hobby Lobby[2] is a provision of the Affordable Care Act that may[3] send the law tumbling down. This summer, two federal circuits split on whether individuals can receive subsidies to help purchase health insurance in states that failed […]