Health

  • December 14, 2017

    Anti-Vaxxer Can't Sue Hospital Over Firing, 3rd Circ. Says

    A Philadelphia hospital was justified in firing an employee who refused to receive a flu shot, the Third Circuit affirmed on Thursday, finding in a precedential opinion that his opposition to vaccination was not based on his religious beliefs.

  • December 14, 2017

    Usage Of Uterine Device Down Since Warning, FDA Says

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that the usage of a device in gynecological operations has declined since the agency warned three years ago that the device may spread cancer, noting recent research suggests the device's risks correspond with the FDA's earlier estimate.

  • December 14, 2017

    Harris County Sues Pharma Cos. Over Opioid Epidemic

    Harris County, Texas, filed a lawsuit in state court in Houston on Wednesday against 18 pharmaceutical companies and four local doctors, alleging they are collectively responsible for contributing to the opioid epidemic and are liable for covering the costs of responding to it.

  • December 14, 2017

    Health Provider Must Face Insurer Suit Over Client Death

    An Illinois federal judge ruled Wednesday that a mental health care provider will have to face a suit by Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Co. alleging it should not have to defend the provider in an underlying suit over a patient’s suicide.

  • December 14, 2017

    BREAKING: J&J Unit Hit With $15M Pelvic Mesh Verdict In NJ

    A New Jersey state jury on Thursday slammed Johnson & Johnson unit Ethicon with $15 million in damages over claims the company lied about the safety of a pelvic mesh product that caused a woman debilitating pain.

  • December 13, 2017

    Electronic System Proposed For Visa Applicants' Med Data

    The State Department plans to set up a new electronic system that would allow doctors to enter the medical exam results of visa applicants, according to a notice published Wednesday in the Federal Register.

  • December 13, 2017

    6th Circ. Revives $891M Hospital Chain Stock Fraud Suit

    The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday revived an $891 million proposed class action by shareholders accusing Community Health Systems Inc. of lying to cover up an alleged Medicare fraud scheme, saying an executive’s own admission helped pin down the cause of the costly stock drop.

  • December 13, 2017

    ND Physician Group Merger Halted For FTC Review

    A North Dakota federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on Wednesday blocking a proposed merger between a pair of health care providers in the state until the matter could be reviewed at a scheduled Federal Trade Commission administrative hearing in January.

  • December 13, 2017

    Boston Lab Again Fails To Dodge Whistleblower's FCA Suit

    A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has conceded that he previously conflated certain duties belonging to medical laboratories, but that did not mean he should reconsider his decision allowing a whistleblower to sue the Boston Heart Diagnostics Corp. for allegedly overbilling the government.

  • December 13, 2017

    Medicaid Providers Not Paying For Long-Term Care, Suit Says

    An Illinois-based network of nursing homes slapped the state with a class action lawsuit on Tuesday, saying its Department of Healthcare and Family Services and several other state Medicaid contractors are not providing adequate benefits to patients receiving long-term care.

  • December 13, 2017

    Optimis Urges Del. Justices To Reverse $2M Ex-CFO Fee

    An attorney for physical therapy company OptimisCorp argued on appeal Wednesday before a Delaware Supreme Court panel that the Chancery Court made mistakes of fact and law in a decision that awarded a former officer $2 million for attorneys' fees in a company control fight.

  • December 13, 2017

    Ex-Katten Atty Trial Halted Over 'Career-Ending' Claims

    The Martin Shkreli-linked fraud trial of former Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP attorney Evan Greebel came to a screeching halt Wednesday, over unidentified “potentially career-ending” claims raised by Greebel's lawyers involving an unnamed government official.

  • December 13, 2017

    No Coverage For Ex-CEO Of Pot Grower, Insurer Says

    Landmark American Insurance Co. asked an Illinois federal judge Wednesday to absolve it of any responsibility to defend a medical marijuana grower’s ex-CEO in a $5 million dispute between him and the enterprise, saying some of the counterclaims in the underlying matter are excluded from coverage.

  • December 13, 2017

    Cancer Treatment Chain Looks To Wipe FCA Claims In Ch. 11

    Bankrupt cancer treatment chain 21st Century Oncology on Tuesday told a New York bankruptcy court that a whistleblower has not brought sufficiently specific allegations to stop it from wiping the slate clean of claims that it falsely charged for medical services done under a dirty contract with a Florida health system

  • December 13, 2017

    UPMC Drops Suit Against Atty Over Client Solicitation

    The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Monday dropped a state court lawsuit accusing a Pittsburgh attorney of engaging in an unethical plan to “bring the health system down” by stoking fear among prospective patients.

  • December 13, 2017

    Mass. Launches Review Of Massive Hospital Tie-Up

    The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission on Tuesday kicked off a review of a proposed merger between multiple hospital systems that would create the second-largest health care network in the state.

  • December 12, 2017

    Jury To Decide If MD In Fraud Trial Is Insane Or Criminal

    Federal prosecutors delivered closing arguments Tuesday in the criminal trial of a doctor accused of billing insurers for never-provided services and laundering money with her surgeon boyfriend, telling California jurors the suspect ran a demanding practice and cannot credibly claim that a mental defect caused her actions.

  • December 12, 2017

    Broward Health Execs Charged For Conspiring To Ax CEO

    Five North Broward Health District executives were hit Tuesday with criminal charges by a state attorney alleging violations of Florida’s open government laws for supposedly holding secret meetings at which they decided to terminate the former interim chief executive.

  • December 12, 2017

    State AGs Fight To Block Trump's Birth Control Rules

    Five state attorneys general urged a California federal judge at a hearing Tuesday to block the Trump administration’s proposed rules limiting access to birth control, arguing the rules violate the Affordable Care Act and will allow employers to unconstitutionally deny millions of women coverage for contraceptives by invoking religious beliefs.

  • December 12, 2017

    Ill. Doctor Gets 14 Mos. For Illegal Drug Distribution

    An Illinois doctor who pled guilty last year to several counts of illegally distributing hydrocodone was sentenced Monday to 14 months in prison.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: An Update From The DOJ

    Daniel Kahn

    U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors and law enforcement partners have secured more foreign bribery-related trial convictions and guilty pleas this year than in any other year in the history of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, in fact by almost twice as much. These are all significant cases with significant impacts, says Daniel Kahn, chief of the DOJ's FCPA Unit.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Lessons On Losses From 3 Recent FCA Settlements

    Garrett Mott

    Three recent False Claims Act settlements can teach health care organizations important lessons, such as how swiftly and transparently reacting to government inquiries can save a company's bottom line and the public's trust, says Garrett Mott of Hanson Bridgett LLP.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Compliance, Past And Future

    Hui Chen

    More than any other statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has fueled the growth of the compliance industry. While the expansion of corporate compliance is a positive development, the fear-driven and FCPA-centric approach has also produced unfortunate consequences, says ethics consultant Hui Chen, who served as the U.S. Department of Justice's first-ever compliance counsel.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Cross-Border Efforts And Growing Risk

    Patrick Stokes

    The U.S. agencies’ increasing coordination with their foreign partners has led to more potent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations — in terms of both their scope and settlement cost, say Patrick Stokes, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Zachariah Lloyd of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • What To Make Of CVS-Aetna And Other Megadeals

    Randy Gordon

    Under one view, large-scale mergers like the one proposed between CVS and Aetna are fine so long as they don’t restrict consumer choices and stifle innovation. But from another view, “bigness” can be an evil in its own right, says Randy Gordon of Crowe & Dunlevy PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.