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Technology is continually reshaping the legal industry, and we aim to be a step ahead of the pack. As a small firm serving Louisiana and Texas, we need the ability to be in multiple locations at once to address multiple concerns ranging from filing a petition, deposing a witness, or a court appearance. At Sudduth and Associates, that is not a problem.​

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We believe in family and community and encourage interests outside the practice of law. We welcome you to become a part of our family and experience excellent service and traditional values in everything we do. Join with us as we continue our multi-generational tradition of service and leadership in this wonderful community we call home.

 

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Technology is continually reshaping the legal industry, and we aim to be a step ahead of the pack. As a small firm serving Louisiana and Texas, we need the ability to be in multiple locations at once to address multiple concerns ranging from filing a petition, deposing a witness, or a court appearance. At Sudduth and Associates, that is not a problem.​​

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FDA Issues FAQs on 3D Printing of Medical Devices, Accessories, Components and Parts During the COVID-19 Pandemic​

On March 26, 2020, the US Food and Drug Administration issued FAQs on 3D printing of medical devices, accessories, components and parts during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While the use of 3D printers can help address critical device shortages, FDA recommends healthcare professionals take additional precautions when using 3D-printed products that have not undergone FDA premarket review. IN DEPTH As demand for critical medical devices and personal protective equipment (PPE) continues to exceed available supplies, healthcare professionals (HCPs), consumers and companies are evaluating 3D printing options to create the necessary supply. On March 26, 2020, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued FAQs on 3D Printing of Medical Devices, Accessories, Components, and Parts During the COVID-19 Pandemic. FDA regulates devices made with 3D printing technology in the same manner as it regulates devices made using other manufacturing processes. In 2016, FDA issued draft guidance on Technical Considerations for Additive Manufactured Devices to clarify device design, manufacturing and testing considerations for device manufacturers using 3D printing. FDA recommends that entities interested in using 3D printing technology to manufacture devices review this document for best practices and recommendations to address quality and performance issues. The FAQ also addresses several COVID-19-specific issues of interest, such as: 3D Printing of PPE Products (e.g., gowns, masks, gloves, respirators). FDA acknowledges that it may be possible to use 3D printing to create PPE products. However, manufacturers using 3D printing techniques should consider how technical limitations may affect their ability to produce safe, effective products. For example, while 3D printed surgical masks and respirators may provide a physical barrier, FDA states they are “unlikely to provide the same fluid barrier and air filtration protection” as their FDA-cleared counterparts.HCP Use of 3D-Printed Devices. FDA does not prohibit HCP use of 3D-printed PPE. FDA does, however, provide the following specific recommendations for HCPs using 3D-printed masks:Check the mask’s seal for leaksConfirm ability to breathe through any makeshift filter materialsExercise caution in clinical or surgical environments (e.g., where the need for liquid barrier protection and flammability is a concern)Be aware that the mask may not provide the appropriate filtration to prevent transmission of infectious agentsSafely dispose of infectious materials and disinfect any part of the mask intended for reuse3D Printing Accessories, Components or Parts for Medical Devices. In general, FDA recommends that entities use original parts or those with the same specifications, dimensions and performance, if available. If an entity decides to 3D print such items, however, the agency recommends that such entities use plans from original parts when available, verify that any 3D-printed products fit and work properly before they are used in a clinical setting, and work with relevant medical device manufacturers, where possible. FDA also notes that complex parts (such as working pumps or electronics) may be more difficult to 3D print than other parts.3D Printing Entire Medical Devices. FDA states that it is willing to discuss printing entire medical devices, but that some devices are more amenable to 3D printing than others. Interested manufacturers and entities should contact the agency at COVIDManufacturing@fda.hhs.gov.Ventilators, Ventilator Tubing Connectors and Ventilator Accessories. In the FAQs, FDA states that its recently issued Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ventilators, ventilator tubing connectors and ventilator accessories (see our prior On the Subject here) “could include items such as 3D-printed tubing connectors for multiplexing ventilator use.” This statement indicates FDA’s willingness to permit the use of 3D-printed materials for use in ventilator components and accessories as a solution to address the impending severe shortage of ventilators nationwide. Key Takeaways: While FDA is willing to permit the use of 3D printing to help address critical device shortages, the agency notes that 3D-printed masks may not provide the same level of protection as FDA-cleared surgical masks and N95 respirators. Therefore, the agency is encouraging HCPs to take additional precautions when using 3D-printed products that have not undergone FDA premarket review. Other entities who wish to make, distribute or sell 3D-printed PPE are encouraged to contact the agency at COVIDManufacturing@fda.hhs.gov Link to original article

How Colleges and Universities Can Comply with NCAA Rules during COVID-19 Pandemic​

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has severely affected the world of college sports. Division I conferences canceled their conference tournaments and the NCAA announced it would not be holding NCAA basketball championships this season, ending March Madness.

Whistleblower Suit Against Pharmaceutical Company Heads to Trial​

Last month the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled in favor of whistleblowers against a pharmaceutical company’s motion for summary judgment, setting up a trial on the whistleblowers’ claim that the company defrauded federal and state governments by illegally bribing and rewarding doctors for prescribing its drugs. The case shows the powerful reach of the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute, two federal laws that work together to ensure healthcare providers who bill government insurance programs make decisions based on sound medical judgment rather than to gain lucrative benefits from drug companies

The CARES Act Throws a Lifeline to Hospitals and Providers Confronting the COVID-19 Pandemic​

On Friday, March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was enacted into law. The CARES Act provides broad relief to the many sectors of the economy reeling from the effects of COVID-19

Using Leave Sharing Plans with COVID-19​

The IRS has issued specific guidance for the tax treatment of a leave-sharing arrangement that permits employees to donate PTO/ leave/vacation time in an employer-sponsored leave bank for use by other employees adversely affected by an event declared a major disaster or emergency by the President.

COVID-19 and International Travel: The Latest Immigration Consequences of the Coronavirus

The global COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact international travel to the United States as well as the availability of U.S. consular services around the world. The following is a summary of the latest updates.

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WE ARE FULLY CAPABLE AND WILLING TO CONDUCT CLIENT MEETINGS AND NEW CONSULTATIONS VIRTUALLY FOR SAFETY AND PUBLIC HEALTH. IN-PERSON MEETINGS ARE STILL ALWAYS AVAILABLE (IF YOU ARE SHOWING SIGNS OF ILLNESS, PLEASE CALL). WE ARE COMMITTED TO WEATHERING THIS STORM WITH YOU AND FOR YOU. CALL NOW FOR YOUR FREE CONSULTATION.

 

NOTICE: During this time, we are still operating fully. We are conducting business as usual through email, telephone, and video conferences. We are using this time productively to advance our clients' situations both in, and out of court. There currently isn't a uniform center for information regarding court dates, however, we are in-tune with all of the necessary officials and will be providing regular updates. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

COVID-19 RESPONSE:

 

WE ARE FULLY CAPABLE AND WILLING TO CONDUCT CLIENT MEETINGS AND NEW CONSULTATIONS VIRTUALLY FOR SAFETY AND PUBLIC HEALTH. IN-PERSON MEETINGS ARE STILL ALWAYS AVAILABLE (IF YOU ARE SHOWING SIGNS OF ILLNESS, PLEASE CALL). WE ARE COMMITTED TO WEATHERING THIS STORM WITH YOU AND FOR YOU. CALL NOW FOR YOUR FREE CONSULTATION.

 

NOTICE: During this time, we are still operating fully. We are conducting business as usual through email, telephone, and video conferences. We are using this time productively to advance our clients' situations both in, and out of court. There currently isn't a uniform center for information regarding court dates, however, we are in-tune with all of the necessary officials and will be providing regular updates. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

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