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A different approach—Virginia’s Consumer Data Protection Act

With Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s signature on March 2, 2021, Virginia, a bit surprisingly, became the second state to set comprehensive rules for how companies handle and share personal information. Virginia’s Consumer Data Protection Act (CDPA) will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2023, incidentally the same day as the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), a ballot measure that will strengthen the landmark California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). While Virginia’s CDPA and California’s CCPA share several features, each law takes a somewhat different approach.…

Virginia CLE presentation: “Insurance, Nanotechnology, and Risk”

For anyone interested, I am presenting my recently approved Virginia CLE presentation "Insurance, Nanotechnology, and Risk" in mid-September to a national intellectual property law firm based here in D.C.  The presentation covers issues related to the alleged environmental, health, and safety (EHS) risks accompanying certain nanoscale materials from the perspective of both the insured and insurer. Particular emphasis is placed on (i) insurer approaches to EHS risk and uncertainty, (ii) the first commercial insurance exclusion for nanotechnology in the US, (iii) industry reaction to certain recent adverse EHS studies concerning carbon nanotubes, and (iv) three initial steps nano-related businesses should consider when dealing with these issues. The PowerPoint was originally presented at the Nanotechnology Health and Safety Forum in Seattle in June 2009, and the National Nanotechnology Initiative also asked for it to be presented at the opening plenary for its October 2009 workshop on "Nanomaterials and the Environment & Instrumentation."  I anticipate additional presentations of the CLE in D.C. and Virginia over the upcoming months.  Please let me know if you have any interest in attending one of the future sessions and I will try to hook you up for some free CLE credit.…