Polsinelli PC said Thursday it has added five lawyers to its real estate finance and health care litigation practices in Dallas, capping off a month that included a move to six floors of new office space.
A whistleblower in a long-running $630 million False Claims Act suit against Omnicare Inc. on Thursday submitted two Texas federal decisions regarding Medicaid certification for the court to consider while deciding whether summary judgment should be granted.
Health insurance companies are sharply criticizing the Obama administration’s proposal to create maximum travel times and distances for access to care in private Medicaid plans, warning in newly released letters that the caps will undermine remote services delivered via telemedicine.
A Cigna Corp. shareholder filed a proposed class action on Friday, asking the Delaware Chancery Court to block the Connecticut company's $54 billion acquisition by fellow health insurance giant Anthem Inc., alleging that the deal constitutes a breach of fiduciary duty by Cigna directors.
A proposed class action filed in Indiana federal court has accused Medical Informatics Engineering Inc. of ignoring warning signs that its security systems were inadequate to prevent a recently disclosed data breach exposing medical information and other data on nearly 4 million Americans.
Cincinnati Insurance Co. must cover a Missouri medical center's costs to repair medical machinery and replace specialty equipment after a devastating tornado in 2011, the Eighth Circuit affirmed Friday, holding that all those costs fall under the Cincinnati policy's extra expense provision.
An Indiana federal judge on Thursday rejected the challenge of a medical test company to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services decision denying Medicare coverage for its product that confirms the identity of biopsy patients with DNA.
A New Jersey hospital urged the Third Circuit on Thursday to reverse the dismissal of its suit against health care provider Healthfirst Inc. seeking $26.3 million in unpaid government-assisted medical claims, arguing that the federal court shouldn’t have had jurisdiction and it incorrectly interpreted a state health care law.
Aetna Life Insurance Co. on Thursday told a Texas federal judge to reject a motion by a surgical hospital to stay an order publicizing its “restricted” and “attorneys only” documents, saying the order was an appropriate sanction following years of misconduct in a case accusing the hospital of reaping millions of dollars by enticing patients to use its out-of-network services and charging excessive fees.
The National Abortion Federation hit back at anti-abortion activists Friday, telling a California federal court that they committed fraud and endangered its staff by furtively videotaping and releasing footage of its confidential meetings.
Pennsylvania’s highest court was urged on Thursday to uphold a decision finding that a state-brokered agreement aimed at protecting senior citizens from the ongoing feud between the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark Inc. required UPMC to continue honoring Medicare Advantage contacts with the insurer.
The U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals ruled Thursday a U.S. Navy medical office must pay Xerox Corp. early termination charges on an equipment rental contract, saying it did not meet the conditions for a fee-free opt-out in the agreement with the company.
The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a long-term highway funding bill, alongside a three-month patch also including emergency veterans’ health care funding, buying time to negotiate a bicameral compromise bill that could be funded through proposed corporate tax reforms.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association and other groups lodged a formal complaint Thursday with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and the Office of Inspector General, saying 10 mothers and their children received substandard medical care and suffered severely while detained by DHS.
Most of the Affordable Care Act’s co-op insurance plans have fallen short on enrollment and suffered heavier losses than expected, jeopardizing billions of dollars in government loans, according to a report on Thursday from the Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller on Thursday urged everyone in the state to freeze their credit after electronic medical record services provider Medical Informatics Engineering and subsidiary NoMoreClipboard revealed a breach last week affecting up to 3.9 million Americans.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC has held early-stage talks to combine with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. in a deal that could potentially create the world's largest hotel company, while Cigna Corp. digs in for a more than yearlong regulatory review of its proposed $54 billion takeover by rival health insurer Anthem Inc., and PartnerRe Ltd. opens up to possible takeover talks with Exor SpA.
A putative class of customers accused CVS Health Corp. of running a scheme to overcharge insurance-using customers for generic drugs they sell to other customers for less than the cost of co-pays, according to a suit filed in California federal court Thursday.
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel blasted the Department of Veterans Affairs in a new report Tuesday that found that while corrective action was taken after scheduling improprieties were found at a Wyoming medical center, the department still refuses to acknowledge the potential harm to patients.
The Indian Health Service told tribal leaders on Wednesday that they were not consulted about an $80 million labor settlement, which will be paid largely out of local health providers’ coffers, because the deal with unions was an “internal agency matter.”
Trial lawyers should approach direct examination with the same excitement as cross-examination. If you do not, the jury will notice and your case will suffer. An effective direct examination backs the lawyer out of the action and puts the witness front and center to tell the story in a conversational, comforting, interesting fashion, says James Murray of Dickstein Shapiro LLP.
At the heart of the dispute in Amarin Pharma Inc. v. U.S. Food and Drug Administration before the Southern District of New York is the complaint that the federal government cannot prosecute the simple promotion of a drug’s off-label use because such an interpretation raises First Amendment concerns, says Emily Pincow of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.
Two recent decisions from the New Jersey Tax Court may prove problematic for nonprofit organizations currently relying on the state’s property tax exemption statute, say Richard Ricci and Sean Collier at Lowenstein Sandler LLP.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' proposed rule to simplify compliance with the Stark Law could benefit providers tremendously since the law is a strict liability statute and is increasingly being used by both whistleblowers and the government to impose multimillion-dollar judgments and settlements on hospitals and other health care providers, say attorneys at Arent Fox LLP.
Manipulating gender disparity in the service of hawking a flawed investment product does nothing but trivialize a serious and important issue. The tortured logic in Burford Capital LLC’s recent plug for third-party litigation financing is nothing more than a marketing ploy to boost revenues, says Lisa Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform.
As the D.C. Circuit's recent ruling in Council for Urological Interests v. Burwell attests, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' interpretation of the Stark Law has vacillated over the years. However, CMS' flexibility is not unlimited, particularly where, as with respect to the issue of per-click equipment leases, Congress has spoken plainly, say attorneys at Dentons LLP.
Fisher and Romaine’s well-known article, “Janis Joplin’s Yearbook and the Theory of Damages,” argues that commercial damages should be measured as of the time the challenged act occurred, an approach that has generally been favored. However, their argument is somewhat contrived, says Paul Godek, principal at MiCRA and a former economic adviser at the Federal Trade Commission.
Once a class action is brought and won or settled, consumers have the responsibility of confirming the continued efficacy of applicable laws and the class action tool. When a large portion of eligible consumers fail to join a class or cash their settlement checks, they allow improper corporate behavior to be more profitable than costly, say Brian Kabateck and Sally Son of Kabateck Brown Kellner LLP.
At the heart of the appeal in United States v. Zadeh, which involves a Texas district court ruling allowing patient medical records to be turned over to the federal government without a warrant, is the collision of two competing interests — a patient’s expectation of privacy and the government's desire to gain access to evidence for use in court, says Friedman & Feiger LLP's Martin Merritt, executive director of the Texas Health La... (continued)
A high-profile criminal investigation of two marijuana cultivation facilities on Native American trust lands in California is a reminder that, despite recent U.S. Department of Justice assurances of possible prosecutorial forbearance, tribes considering violating the federal drug laws do so at their peril, says Troy Eid, a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig LLP and former U.S. attorney for the District of Colorado.