After losing in both district and appeals courts, Arkansas asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to decide whether its ban on abortions after 12 weeks gestation is constitutional, arguing that current laws are outdated and that women will be able to turn unwanted children over to the state.
A California federal judge on Tuesday denied a bid made by Celgene Corp. to halve the time period covered by a whistleblower’s False Claims Act suit over alleged off-label marketing of cancer drugs Thalomid and Revlimid and related kickbacks to doctors.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stay the D.C. Circuit's recent revival of a U.S. Department of Labor rule extending Fair Labor Standards Act protections to most home care workers, paving the path for them to qualify for minimum wages and overtime.
Planned Parenthood filed Monday for class certification for all Medicaid patients who are seeking its services in Arkansas, the latest move in its bid to reinstate Medicaid payments amid an abortion video scandal that spurred the governor to declare the organization does not represent Arkansas’ values.
A slew of medical and public health organizations, attorneys general and legal scholars urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review the constitutionality of a suspended and controversial Texas abortion law, saying Tuesday that protecting women's rights and public health requires intervention.
Sen. Rand Paul and 34 other Republican senators on Tuesday sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services asking that the inspector general conduct a full audit of all fetal tissue research that is funded or supported by the department.
Geico sued a Massachusetts chiropractic and sports injury clinic and related entities Monday in federal court, claiming they’d concocted a scheme to defraud the company out of up to $1.1 million by overbilling for insurance payments and paying kickbacks to patients for cooperating with the scheme.
Spirit Airlines urged the Sixth Circuit on Monday to overturn an arbitration award that will give domestic partners of flight attendants access to the same range of health plans available to married spouses, arguing that the neutral arbitrator in the dispute improperly allowed a retired union representative to vote on it.
A man who sued Stryker Corp. after his toe implants broke urged the Fifth Circuit on Monday to stand by its 2-1 ruling sending the claims to state court and to ignore the manufacturer's argument that the ruling encourages abuse of the Louisiana Medical Malpractice Act.
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is not obligated to provide in-network coverage to Highmark Inc.’s Medicare Advantage plan members, the hospital's counsel told the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday, arguing that a lower court misinterpreted a deal the state brokered.
Investors defended their $625 million suit accusing Husch Blackwell LLP of operating a racketeering scheme to conceal a client’s $1.35 million health sector fraud, asserting Monday the suit is not an attempt to hold Husch accountable for its client's crimes.
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. on Monday slammed another insurer’s attempt to prevent the disqualification of its counsel at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt PA in a dispute over multidistrict antitrust litigation liability, saying the insurer’s supplemental brief was improperly filed and is “filled with hyperboles.”
Pharmaceutical distribution giant AmerisourceBergen on Tuesday said it would look to expand its outsourcing business by purchasing compounded sterile preparation provider PharMEDium for $2.575 billion in cash from its private equity backers, in a deal guided by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.
New Jersey lawmakers on Monday called on the state Attorney General to investigate Horizon's plans for a new tiered coverage program and establish a permanent oversight mechanism to ensure its transparency, which they argue has been sorely lacking.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a Fifth Circuit ruling on a 2013 state law he claims is designed to protect the health and welfare of Texas women, but which opponents claim is meant to stifle access to abortion procedures, according to a brief made available Monday.
The Obama administration on Monday unveiled an online portal to receive questions from developers of mobile medical apps about compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a notable effort to strengthen privacy in the booming digital space, experts say.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up a Tennessee hospital's bid to reverse a Sixth Circuit ruling that an administrative audit did not constitute the public disclosure needed to kill a False Claims Act suit accusing the hospital of fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements.
A chiropractic clinic has filed a putative class action alleging United Services Automobile Association broke so-called MedPay automobile insurance contracts by using an alternative method for calculating reimbursements, according to documents removed to Florida federal court Friday.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told a New York federal judge Monday that a decision ordering U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez to face most of a criminal corruption case shows the agency can question a former House Ways and Means Committee aide in a health care insider-trading probe.
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill allowing terminally ill adults to receive life-ending prescription drugs, a major victory for a "right-to-die" movement that has made only modest progress over the years.
Given the times we live in, it is almost inevitable that everyone will, sooner or later, need to consult with legal counsel. With that in mind, I thought it might be interesting to discuss a few things that clients just won't tell their lawyers, says Francis Drelling, general counsel of Specialty Restaurants Corp.
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield recently became the fifth major health care provider to disclose a breach since the beginning of 2015. So how can health care providers and their attorneys improve network security? One of the first steps is realizing that the solution is not always technical in nature, says Scott Lyon of Sedgwick LLP.
By whatever name you call it — health information technology, digital health, mobile health, telehealth — there is a lot of private equity and venture capital money flowing to this space. But to help mitigate the risk of your health IT investment becoming a headline, it is imperative that you carefully examine your target’s privacy and security practices, says Erin Whaley of Troutman Sanders LLP.
Justice Antonin Scalia often admits, “I’m a fed,” acknowledging that the U.S. Supreme Court is appointed, confirmed and vested with federal power. A critical counterbalance to that are state attorneys general, who uniquely, often singularly, come before the court to defend the interests of states. Here comes another big term for state AGs, says Joseph Jacquot, a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP and former deputy attorney general of Florida.
M&A activity in the specialty pharmacy sector has been quite active, as witnessed by a number of key recent deals spread across different players, including large pharmacy providers and big-box retailers. Although increased valuations are expected to follow, opportunities remain for private equity sponsors able to understand the complex regulatory framework, say attorneys with McGuireWoods LLP.
The standard articulated in the Eleventh Circuit's decision in Schumann v. Collier Anesthesia PA provides courts with tremendous flexibility in determining whether unpaid interns might be entitled to wages and overtime pay. Given the incidence of internships today, the ruling heightens potential Fair Labor Standards Act concerns for employers, say Sara Soto and Joelle Simms of Bressler Amery & Ross PC.
Listening to Pope Francis last week as he made his way from Washington to New York to Philadelphia, one could be forgiven for imagining he was a poverty lawyer in robes. Again and again, he shone light on challenges that pro bono lawyers have wrestled with for years, including the death penalty, housing and homelessness, immigration and even climate change, say Kevin Curnin and Jennifer Colyer of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.
Unilateral drug price increases alone — when not done by agreement or through collusion with competitors — are almost never actionable under U.S. antitrust law. As long as Turing Pharmaceuticals AG acted alone in raising Daraprim's price, it would be highly unlikely to face any antitrust claim or criminal antitrust penalties, say attorneys at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.
Ten years after the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation created the Guidant Corp. Implantable Defibrillators Products Liability MDL and assigned it to Judge Donovan Frank in the District of Minnesota, the litigation’s key players returned to Minnesota to reflect on the lessons learned. See what the judges, lien administrator, and plaintiffs and defense counsel had to say.
The False Claims Act is undergoing an identity crisis. Decisions this year by the First, Fourth and Seventh Circuits have magnified a split among the federal appeals courts regarding what conduct actually constitutes a false claim under the FCA, say David Hall and Matthew Nettleton of Wiggin and Dana LLP.