North Carolina Passes New Certificate of Need Session Law

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Significantly Increased CON Thresholds and a “Shot Clock” on the Expiration of CONs

In recent months we have provided updates regarding the status of various legislative efforts to amend North Carolina’s certificate of need law (“CON Law”). One effort was successful: Session Law 2021-129 (Senate Bill 462) was signed into law by Governor Roy Cooper on August 30, 2021, and the provisions described below become effective October 1, 2021. While Session Law 2021-129 narrows the scope of the CON Law’s reach, as discussed below, many services remain regulated by the CON Law.  

Cost Threshold Increases

Effective October 1, 2021, the

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Lawsuit claims Indiana treasurer granted illegal contracts

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A whistleblower lawsuit alleges that Indiana’s state treasurer violated state law in handing out contracts that paid more than $6 million to firms linked to her political supporters.

The lawsuit, which was filed by a former top office staffer whom Treasurer Kelly Mitchell fired, claims the Republican bypassed required approvals from other state agencies in awarding contracts for lobbying and financial services without seeking competitive bids.

The lawsuit alleges those contracts went to eight banks, a financial services company and the Indianapolis law firm Ice Miller. It says all 10 companies either directly contributed or had business

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After Ida, New Orleans criminal justice system faces new challenges

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With thousands of criminal cases already backlogged due to COVID-related court delays and jury trials put on hold for over a year, the criminal justice system in New Orleans now faces a whole new set of challenges and uncertainties after Hurricane Ida devastated the city on Sunday — including tearing off portions of the roof of Municipal and Traffic Court. 

Meanwhile, conditions at a number of local jails in parishes that were severely impacted by the storm remain a question. 

Prior to Ida’s arrival on Sunday afternoon, around 2,500 people incarcerated at local jails in the way of the storm

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Fantasy Guru Matthew Berry On Greatest Fantasy Loser Punishments, Boneless Wings, And His Greatest Fantasy Story Ever

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September is upon us and you know what that means?!

No, not Pumpkin Spice season.

Yes, Succession season 3 is just weeks away, but we’re getting sidetracked.

The VMAs? Do people still watch that?

It’s NFL season baby so chill your beer glass and prepare to lovingly tell your fantasy opponents you hate their guts and to not look you in the eye until someone bails you out of drafting Cam Newton.

We spoke with ESPN’s Matthew Berry, the most influential figure in fantasy sports about a range of topics under the fantasy umbrella, his

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Artificial Intelligence Might Make Us Rethink Contract Law

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I’ve never been one for hyperbolic talk about artificial intelligence. While I do think it presents an existential threat to some lawyer jobs — specifically those doing low-skill tasks as part of Biglaw behemoths — when a company told me several years ago that they would license AI based off the brains of famous attorneys within the decade I went right ahead and laughed.

The point is, AI is a tool, and a very powerful one, that you’re using all the time without even thinking about it. It’s why midway through this article, Google is likely showing you an ad

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