Health

  • June 27, 2016

    Calif. Skin Clinic Secretly Recorded Calls, Patient Says

    A dermatology group with 18 locations across the Southwest is flouting California privacy laws by recording phone calls with current and prospective patients without their consent, according to a proposed class action filed in California state court.

  • June 27, 2016

    The Firms That Won Big At the Supreme Court

    While the usual appellate powerhouse firms scored big at the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2015 term, a dark horse managed to emerge with a spotless 5-0 record, and a veteran boutique was able to shape landmark rulings on both the Affordable Care Act and the Obama administration’s executive orders on immigration. Here, Law360 takes a look at how the country’s top firms performed at the high court this session.

  • June 27, 2016

    High Court's Abortion Ruling Arms Foes Of Fla. Law

    With the U.S. Supreme Court's takedown of a Texas law that regulated abortion clinics under the guise of protecting women's health, challengers to a new Florida law passed for the same reason will have more ammunition to block its implementation during a hearing Wednesday.

  • June 27, 2016

    The Top Supreme Court Dissents Of The Term

    While Justice Antonin Scalia's death resulted in a Supreme Court term notably lacking his famously pithy, well-reasoned dissents, the justices still managed to make their ire known. Here, we look at the most noteworthy dissents of the term and how Scalia's absence made a mark.

  • June 27, 2016

    The Supreme Court Term By The Numbers

    A vacant seat on the court. Controversial decisions on abortion and affirmative action. A judicial deadlock on immigration. For the U.S. Supreme Court, it was both business as usual and a session unlike any other. Here, Law360 takes a deep dive into the numbers behind the high court's latest term, examining the vote counts, overturn rates and dissents from this divided court.

  • June 27, 2016

    The Funniest Moments Of The Supreme Court's Term

    Late Justice Antonin Scalia joked about taking bribes, Justice Stephen Breyer imagined a hot dog detector and Chief Justice John Roberts needed help deciphering a young lawyer's lingo. Amid the customary seriousness of this term's U.S. Supreme Court arguments, there were some memorable moments of courtroom comedy. Here, Law360 looks back at humorous highlights from the past year.

  • June 27, 2016

    BlueCross Data Breach Suit Dismissal Appealed To 4th Circ.

    Two policyholders accusing CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield of potentially compromising their information along with that of a million others after a May 2015 data breach will appeal to the Fourth Circuit a Maryland federal judge’s decision last month to toss their proposed class action, according to a filing Friday.

  • June 27, 2016

    Hueston Hennigan DQ Order Stands In Kickback Fraud Suit

    A California federal judge didn’t budge Friday from an earlier ruling disqualifying Hueston Hennigan LLP from representing the California State Compensation Insurance Fund in a pair of kickback suits against physicians over the firm’s simultaneous representation of an individual charged in a related criminal action, saying signed conflict of interest waivers didn’t reflect “informed written consent.”

  • June 27, 2016

    A Divided Court Finds New Ways To Be Unanimous

    The U.S. Supreme Court's struggle to avoid 4-4 splits this term led to a new kind of unanimity, experts say, with the four justices in the ideological middle forging consensus on narrow points of law.

  • June 27, 2016

    4 Takeaways From Supreme Court's Abortion Ruling

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s evisceration of anti-abortion measures in Texas casts doubt on comparable restrictions adopted elsewhere in recent years during a sweeping campaign against abortion rights, experts say. Here are four takeaways from the monumental ruling.

  • June 27, 2016

    8 Wasn't Enough For Lawyers Seeking High Court Clarity

    The eight-justice U.S. Supreme Court failed to reach majority decisions in some of the most closely watched cases of the term, leaving controversial legal questions unanswered and underscoring the stakes of the political fight over the late Justice Antonin Scalia's replacement.

  • June 27, 2016

    Dallas Suit Accuses Investment Firm Of EB-5 Fraud

    A Texas developer is accusing his former business partners of fraud, saying in a suit filed Friday that U.S. Freedom Capital LLC and its principals misallocated money raised through the EB-5 visa program and cheated him out of fees.

  • June 27, 2016

    Pa. Appeals Court Won't Disturb 'Killer Nurse' Row Ruling

    A Pennsylvania appellate court on Friday affirmed a trial court order denying post-trial relief after a jury held that Blank Rome LLP and St. Luke’s University Health Network wrongfully sued to stifle malpractice claims of family members whose loved ones died at the hospital while a “killer nurse” was working.

  • June 27, 2016

    Attys React To Supreme Court's Abortion Ruling

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Texas law regulating abortion doctors and clinics, ruling 5-3 that it places an unconstitutional “undue burden” on access to abortion. Here, attorneys tell Law360 why the decision is significant.

  • June 27, 2016

    VA Failed To Meet Call Response Time Goals, GAO Report Says

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has failed to meet its call response time goals for a line to support veterans in emotional crisis, according to a report publically released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office on Monday, which said that the agency needs measurable targets.

  • June 27, 2016

    Pentagon To End Transgender Service Member Ban

    The U.S. Department of Defense is planning to rescind its ban on the open service of transgender individuals in the military sometime in the next few weeks, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed on Monday.

  • June 27, 2016

    High Court Won't Hear Patent Row Over Fetal DNA Test

    The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear Sequenom Inc.’s appeal of a decision invalidating its patent for a fetal DNA test, after lower courts found the patent ineligible because it’s directed toward a natural phenomenon, according to an order list Monday.

  • June 27, 2016

    Kansas Seeks To Toss Planned Parenthood Medicaid Suit

    The state of Kansas told a federal court Friday to throw out a putative class action over the state’s decision to end Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood, arguing that the two Planned Parenthood affiliates that brought the suit don’t have standing to sue under the Medicaid Act.

  • June 27, 2016

    Top DOJ Health Care Fraud Atty Joins Hogan Lovells

    Hogan Lovells snared a former U.S. Department of Justice attorney with broad health care fraud experience for its investigations, white collar and fraud practice, the firm announced today.

  • June 27, 2016

    Tarter Krinsky, Patterson Belknap Steer $112M NYC Deal

    Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP represented Delshah Capital LLC in connection with its purchase of several adjacent New York buildings from Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP-counseled St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center for $111.5 million, according to records made public in New York on Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • The Cloud And Ethical Considerations For Lawyers

    Bradley S. Shear

    Despite regular news stories detailing the need to update our digital privacy laws and increase our cybersecurity protections, law firms and in-house legal departments should feel confident that utilizing cloud providers with strong privacy and security protections will not breach their ethical obligation to clients, says Bradley Shear of the Law Office of Bradley S. Shear LLC.

  • A Few Important Decisions From The 'Inferior' Courts

    Fred Taylor Isquith

    With all eyes on the U.S. Supreme Court, litigation lawyers may have glanced quickly at important cases coming from the lower courts and providing guidelines on confidentiality orders, picking off plaintiffs, the treatment of buried disclosure in securities litigation, and antitrust pleadings, says Fred Isquith of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP.

  • In Congress: Only The Senate

    Richard Hertling

    Although the Senate has shown during the past year and a half of Republican control that it can indeed be an effective, functioning body, after several years of total dysfunction, the fight over Zika funding reveals that dysfunction is never far from the surface, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • How Lawyers Can Harness The Power Of Social Media

    Monica Zent

    It’s important to first decide what your personal brand is. Are you a crusader? A wry observer? A compassionate witness? Your social media presence doesn’t have to reflect the deepest aspects of your identity — it’s merely an image that you project, says Monica Zent, founder and CEO of Foxwordy Inc.

  • A New Precedent For Physician Restrictive Covenants In NY

    Thomas A. Telesca

    A recent decision from the New York Supreme Court concerning the enforceability of a physician's restrictive covenant reflects continued changes taking place in the health care field and indicates that attorneys representing individual physicians and medical practices in New York will have to take more care in drafting such contracts, says Thomas Telesca at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek PC.

  • From The Partner's Desk: Tips For Recent Law Grads

    Gary M. Gansle

    One of the most prevalent complaints by associates and recent law school graduates is the lack of meaningful mentoring by more seasoned attorneys. Gary Gansle, leader of Squire Patton Boggs LLP's Northern California employment law practice, offers several tips as a light that can help junior attorneys start down the right path in their career development.

  • Escobar Was A Clear Defeat For FCA Defendants

    R. Scott Oswald

    Last week’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Escobar was — the spin of defense attorneys notwithstanding — an unvarnished victory for government prosecutors, taxpayers and the qui tam relators who file lawsuits on their behalf under the venerable False Claims Act. The 8-0 opinion clarified three key points of law, all in favor of those who battle dishonest contractors, says R. Scott Oswald of The Employment Law Group PC.

  • Health Republic’s Curious Liquidation: Part 2

    James Veach

    Committees of policyholders and medical providers would bring light and energy into the Health Republic bankruptcy and help New Yorkers avoid having to suffer a second Health Republic debacle, this one during its liquidation, says James Veach at Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass LLP.

  • 'Taking My Talents To South Beach': Law Firm Version

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    LeBron James has established his worth by tangible metrics. He cashed in on a free agent bonanza fueled by the NBA’s economic model that supports his regal compensation. But such is not the case when it comes to first-year associate salaries of $180,000 at certain law firms and $2,000 an hour billing rates for certain partners, says Mark A. Cohen, founder of Legal Mosaic LLC.

  • Your 401(k) Plan: A Ticking Time Bomb Of Liability?

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    No one understands the concept and obligations of “fiduciary duty” better than legal professionals — and yet, many law firm partners and principals may be overlooking a significant source of liability in their practices, says Tom Zgainer, CEO and founder of America’s Best 401k.