The Third Circuit said a lower court wrongly sealed whistleblowers' settlement of litigation over sharing proceeds from the resolution of Medicare and Medicaid billing False Claims Act lawsuits against laboratory companies, citing Wednesday the public's right to such records.
One of three clinic owners accused of sending $3.6 million of fraudulent invoices to Blue Cross Blue Shield for unnecessary chiropractic services cannot withdraw his guilty plea because of an alleged promise that he would be granted immunity for acting as an informant, an Illinois federal judge ruled Tuesday.
The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan both pushed for quick wins in federal court Tuesday in the tribe’s suit alleging the insurer violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by mismanaging a tribal employee health benefit plan.
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday will weigh a challenge to a state law allowing doctors and hospitals accused of medical malpractice to seek medical history and other information from a patient-plaintiff’s previous doctors, in a case that touches on privacy and constitutionality issues. Here, Law360 recaps the history of the case in advance of Thursday’s oral arguments.
A Jacksonville, Florida-based orthopedic medical group has agreed to pay the government nearly $4.5 million to settle allegations that it billed federal health care programs for millions of dollars in services that weren't necessary or reasonable, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
A Miami-area hospital will pay the federal government about $12 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by submitting false claims to federal health care programs for medically unnecessary cardiac procedures, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.
A Maryland appeals court on Tuesday affirmed a lower court’s decision finding for a gynecology practice and a doctor in the middle of a trial stemming from an arm injury a baby sustained during delivery, holding that the baby’s mother didn’t provide sufficient evidence to support a claim of lack of informed consent.
A New York federal judge on Tuesday sentenced an Illinois man to five years behind bars after he pled guilty to concocting a $26 million investment fraud scheme and stealing the identity of a former Canadian health department official to cover his tracks.
New York firm Stein Law PC and its former client, a Florida diabetes testing supply company, continued their contentious dispute over $1 million in legal fees before the Eleventh Circuit Wednesday, asking the appeals court to reverse parts of a jury's conflicting verdict.
A Louisiana-based radiation treatment center's class action lawsuit accusing a medical group of engaging in a massive junk fax campaign that violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act reached its conclusion Tuesday as a federal judge stamped final approval on a settlement worth nearly $9.3 million.
A Nevada jury has awarded the family of a prematurely born child $14.5 million over allegedly botched care provided to the child, who went into anemic shock months after her discharge from the hospital.
Anthem Inc. asked a D.C. federal judge Wednesday for permission to call its key expert witness back to the stand in an ongoing antitrust trial over its $54 billion proposed merger with Cigna Corp., saying the U.S. Department of Justice's expert raised issues for the first time on rebuttal.
A Florida federal judge on Tuesday released a western Florida surgery center from False Claims Act litigation that the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists is bringing against several providers over a variety of alleged kickback schemes that defrauded Medicare and Medicaid, following a request for voluntary dismissal by the whistleblowers.
A New Jersey appeals court on Wednesday clarified a state Survivor Act amendment imposing a two-year statute of limitations that began running at the time of death, ruling that a widow’s claims were time-barred because they stemmed from when her late husband was alive.
A former drug development executive sued Bayer Corp. in New Jersey federal court on Wednesday alleging she was robbed of a promising career after speaking up when her boss removed a pregnant worker from a project leadership role and replaced her with a man.
An appeals court in New York on Tuesday nixed a personal injury suit against an elderly care transportation provider, ruling that the company had no reason to know that a driver would physically assault someone at a hospital.
The former leader of a defunct Chicago hospital is asking the Seventh Circuit to overturn his conviction and 4.5-year jail sentence because he had nothing to do with a scheme to pay kickbacks to doctors referring patients to the hospital, according to arguments presented to the federal appellate court Wednesday.
House leaders unveiled the latest stopgap government funding measure Tuesday, aiming to keep the government running into the first several months of President-elect Donald Trump’s new administration.
Latham & Watkins LLP partner Daniel Meron brought in a major victory for the University of Massachusetts Medical School when the First Circuit granted it immunity in a False Claims Act suit, and is helping UnitedHealthcare navigate its own FCA litigation, making him one of Law360's Health MVPs of 2016.
The NFL Alumni Association and its president struck back at a former player’s attempt to move his suit to state court, telling a Florida federal judge on Tuesday that the move is blatant forum shopping and would require significant additional expense.
Recently, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission decided once again to force itself into the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's ill-fitting shoes, establishing safety and effectiveness standards for over-the-counter homeopathic drugs. The FTC is only obfuscating the already-strained regulatory framework for homeopathic drugs, say attorneys from Venable LLP.
The first paragraph of Philip Hirschkop’s obituary is going to contain the word "Loving." That’s undeniable. But many of Hirschkop’s other cases are just as groundbreaking in their own right. They aren’t household names like Loving, but they have affected millions in the nation’s households, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.
Whether or not courts regard multiple acts, errors, omissions or claims as interrelated or related is very fact-specific and highly dependent on the language of the policy in question. In the second part of this article, Rory Jurman and Steven Cula primarily explore how Florida courts have interpreted related claim provisions.
Courts have reached varying conclusions regarding the extent to which claims must be related in order to constitute a single claim under an insurancy policy. Rory Jurman and Steven Cula of Fowler White Burnett PA explain the question of interrelatedness and discuss how various states have approached the issue.
Currently, little is known for certain about how Trump's administration will influence the insurance industry. However, Thomas Rohback and Patricia Carreiro of Axinn Veltop & Harkrider LLP discuss some of the potential challenges and opportunities likely to arise once Trump comes into office.
Voters in eight states legalized marijuana last month and more than one-fifth of Americans now live in states with legal recreational marijuana markets. But marijuana companies still lack adequate access to capital and financial services, say attorneys with Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.
As law firms and clients conduct more business on a regional or national scale, multijurisdictional practice is becoming more prevalent for practicing attorneys. Attorneys engaged in both private practice and as in-house counsel need to be aware of the ethical risks of practicing across jurisdictions — including the implications of engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, say Melinda Gentile and Monique Cardenas of Peckar & Abramson PC.
In Becker v. Community Health Systems Inc., the U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded $1.9 million in damages to a Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower in a decision that clarifies several key aspects of SOX whistleblower protection and underscores the importance of providing strong protection to corporate whistleblowers, say Jason Zuckerman and Dylan Yépez of Zuckerman Law.
It is increasingly necessary for law firms to implement strategies to improve efficiency, staffing and value to meet client needs. Haley Altman, CEO and co-founder of Doxly Inc., discusses how to successfully leverage analytical tools and emerging technology to increase profitability.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently adopted a first-of-its-kind standard intended to reduce workplace violence against health care workers. The standard imposes broad, unclear obligations on health care employers and, once enacted in California, is expected to spread to additional states and possibly industries, say Michael Taylor and Daniel Birnbaum of BakerHostetler.