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Current Legal Highlights

SOURCE OF LAW          BILL/CASE            VENUE

Federal Legislation
Terrorism insurance**  S. 467               Conference
                                            Committee
Patriot Act**          H.R. 3199            Senate/House
First responders*      H.R. 1646            House

Court Cases
Noncompete             Palmer & Cay v.      Court of Appeals
agreements*            Marsh & McLennan     Eleventh Circuit
Negligent hiring*      Doe v. Big Brothers  Illinois Appeals
                       Big Sisters          Court
Premises liability*    Morris v. De La      California
                       Torres               Supreme Court

State Legislation
Identity theft*        Formerly             North Carolina
                       S.B. 1048            Legislature
Privacy                Formerly             Rhode Island
                       S.B. 345             General Assembly

SOURCE OF LAW          STATUS                    SIGNIFICANCE

Federal Legislation
Terrorism insurance**  Compromise language       Program will expire
                       being discussed           unless this bill, with
                                                 two-year extension,
                                                 passes.
Patriot Act**          Final vote pending        Contested provisions
                                                 now permanent, but
                                                 secret warrants and
                                                 roving wiretaps
                                                 extended 4 years.
First responders*      Telecom and the           Would dedicate certain
                       Internet Subcommittee     radio frequencies for
                                                 use by first
                                                 responders.

Court Cases
Noncompete             Decided for               The court found that
agreements*            Palmer & Cay              the noncompete
                                                 agreement set up by a
                                                 former employer was too
                                                 broad.
Negligent hiring*      Decided for Big Brothers  Defendant not liable
                       Big Sisters               for a volunteer's
                                                 sexual assault of a
                                                 child.
Premises liability*    Decided for Morris        Business owner can be
                                                 held liable for not
                                                 calling 911 when a
                                                 patron was being
                                                 attacked.

State Legislation
Identity theft*        Signed into law           Allows victims of
                       by governor               identity theft to put
                                                 a credit freeze on
                                                 their accounts.
Privacy                Signed into law           Employers may not make
                       by governor               audio or video
                                                 recordings of workers
                                                 in restrooms or locker
                                                 rooms.

*More detailed information is in this issue of Legal Report. **As of
December 19, 2005
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