Health

  • July 26, 2017

    Ill. Rail Worker Granted New Trial In Injury Case

    An Illinois appeals panel on Tuesday overturned a circuit court jury verdict in favor of Union Pacific Railroad in the case of a worker hurt by a fall in a snowy rail yard, finding the judge had wrongly excluded evidence and ordering a new trial.

  • July 26, 2017

    J&J Hid Talc Cancer Risk To Save Image, Calif. Jury Told

    Johnson & Johnson hid the dangers of talcum powder to preserve its corporate image, counsel for a woman alleging J&J’s products gave her terminal ovarian cancer said during Wednesday’s opening statements in the much-anticipated first California jury trial over the J&J products.

  • July 26, 2017

    J&J, DePuy To Face Partly Revived FCA Suit Over Hip Device

    A First Circuit panel on Wednesday partially revived claims against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. in a False Claims Act suit filed by two whistleblower physicians over allegedly defective hip replacement devices.

  • July 26, 2017

    Fla. Hospitals' Old Suits Doom Coverage Bid, 11th Circ. Told

    A group of insurers on Wednesday urged the Eleventh Circuit to affirm a lower court decision that they don't owe coverage to a Florida health care system for suits alleging anti-competitive practices, saying the court followed precedent in holding the suits are not covered because they relate to prior litigation.

  • July 26, 2017

    NJ Justices Underscore Limits To Blocking Discovery Bids

    A New Jersey Supreme Court decision allowing hospitals to secure documents from Horizon Healthcare Services Inc. in litigation over the insurer’s tiered coverage plan should serve as a warning to lower appellate courts to largely avoid tackling whether an ongoing lawsuit will succeed when weighing bids to force discovery, experts say.

  • July 26, 2017

    Kickback Suit Against Fla. Anesthesiologists To Be Dropped

    The federal government on Tuesday consented to the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists' decision to drop its False Claims Act suit accusing several anesthesia providers of running a physician kickback scheme.

  • July 26, 2017

    Pharmacist Cops To $192M Tricare, Insurance Fraud

    A Mississippi pharmacist has pled guilty to taking part in a $192 million Tricare and insurance fraud by providing customers with compounded medications that weren’t needed, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

  • July 26, 2017

    Shkreli Loses Bid To Nix Charges After Resting Case

    Attorneys for former Turing Pharmaceuticals and Retrophin CEO Martin Shkreli on Wednesday rested their case without calling any witnesses to testify at his securities fraud trial over allegations he defrauded investors and paid them off with looted company funds, and lost a long-shot bid to dodge the charges.

  • July 26, 2017

    Aetna Faces Investor Suit Over ACA Marketplace Withdrawal

    Aetna Inc. was slapped with a putative class action in Pennsylvania state court on Tuesday alleging that it cost investors $1.7 billion by withdrawing from Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges to make good on threats aimed at coercing government approval of its now-defunct merger with Humana Inc.

  • July 26, 2017

    IRS Brings Transfer Pricing Row With Medtronic To 8th Circ.

    The IRS has asked the Eighth Circuit for another chance to prove Medtronic Inc. owes hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes in a major transfer pricing case against the medical device manufacturer, saying the U.S. Tax Court flubbed an analysis of Medtronic’s license with its Puerto Rican subsidiary.

  • July 26, 2017

    FDA Raises Safety Concerns With Hep B Vaccine

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration raised safety concerns with Dynavax Technology Corp.’s hepatitis B vaccine Heplisav-B, saying that there were more deaths and serious cardiac events seen in patients taking the vaccine than those taking a comparative drug.

  • July 26, 2017

    Texas Co. Owner Gets 4 Years In $374M Medicare Scam

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a home health care company owner convicted of health care fraud to four years in prison, rejecting an argument from prosecutors that her role in an alleged $374 million Medicare fraud scheme merited a harsher sentence.

  • July 26, 2017

    Last-Ditch ACA 'Skinny Repeal' Gets Quick Blowback

    Republican efforts to salvage Affordable Care Act repeal legislation by passing a purported “skinny repeal” quickly encountered resistance from governors, insurers and doctors on Wednesday amid concern about its impact on coverage and premiums.

  • July 26, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Rockpoint, NYU Langone, CVS Health

    Rockpoint Group is reportedly buying a Virginia property from Tishman Speyer for $132 million, NYU Langone Medical Center is said to be renewing its lease for 45,000 square feet in Murray Hill and CVS Health is said to be taking nearly 20,000 square feet in New York.

  • July 26, 2017

    Miss. Hospital Can’t Nix Suit Over Medical Docs Seen On TV

    A Mississippi federal judge on Tuesday rejected Alliance Health Partners LLC’s bid to dismiss a woman’s suit claiming that after she gave her baby up for adoption, the hospital company improperly disclosed her medical records to an attorney for the child’s father, who showed them on television.

  • July 26, 2017

    NJ Town, Hospital Reach $5.6M Tax Settlement

    A New Jersey health care system will pay the city of Summit $5.56 million over the next six years to resolve the city’s appeals in state tax court and the system’s counterclaims asserting its right to nonprofit and tax-exempt status, according to a deal announced Tuesday.

  • July 26, 2017

    UPMC Loses Appeal Bid In $300M Overbilling Arbitration Row

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Tuesday it would not hear an appeal of a decision finding that the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center could not force Highmark Inc. into arbitration in a $300 million lawsuit accusing the health care giant of overbilling for chemotherapy drugs and services.

  • July 26, 2017

    How To Manage Health Care Costs And Keep Lawyers Happy

    Law firms could save a significant amount of money by reducing health benefit-related costs, but that can be difficult in an industry that expects premium workplace perks. Here, we look at three ways firms can trim their health care bills, while avoiding an uproar over cuts to benefits.

  • July 26, 2017

    Pa. Justices Snub Appeal Over Atty's $45K Sanction

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Tuesday it would not hear an appeal of a decision upholding a nearly $45,000 sanction on a defense attorney who sent a purportedly intimidating letter to the employer of an opponent’s expert witness in a closely watched medical malpractice case.

  • July 25, 2017

    ACA Repeal Bill Fails Badly In Senate

    Legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act went down to a stinging defeat late Tuesday despite major changes intended to placate both moderate and conservative Republicans.

Expert Analysis

  • Having A Chief Privacy Officer Reassures Your Firm's Clients

    Rita Heimes

    The benefits of appointing a chief privacy officer at your law firm are twofold — not only does the firm benefit from the crucial operational impact of a well-managed privacy program, but you are also demonstrating to clients how seriously you take your duties of confidentiality and competence, says Rita Heimes, research director at the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

  • ACA Repeal: Deciphering The Path Ahead

    Michael Parme

    There is simultaneously abundant content about Congress’ recent efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and minimal information that would assist the casual observer to make an educated guess about where these efforts are headed. However, the U.S. Senate offered some insight Tuesday when it voted to move ahead with the health care debate, says Michael Parme of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Discussions Before Deliberations

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • The Best Documents In Your Case May Be From 3rd Parties

    Wyatt Dowling

    Cases are built on evidence and evidence comes from discovery. But discovery is largely a voluntary process. Serving a document subpoena on a third party can be an efficient and creative way to fill in the gaps that may exist in the productions of opposing parties, says Wyatt Dowling of Yetter Coleman LLP.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Northern District Of Illinois Is Botching TCPA Fax Rule

    David Almeida

    While the D.C. Circuit’s recent decision eliminating the solicited fax rule under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act seems clear on its face, at least two opinions from the Northern District of Illinois have inexplicably disregarded that holding, say David Almeida and Mark Eisen of Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP.

  • How Section 1332 Waivers Could Impact Health Care Reform

    Maura Monaghan

    Although Alaska’s Section 1332 “State Innovation Waiver" was the first to be approved by the Trump administration, it almost certainly will not be the last. In the absence of comprehensive health care reform, the administration is likely to promote these waivers as a means of devolving certain health care regulations to the state level, say attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.