Health

  • February 24, 2017

    Scrap Metal Co. Looks To Keep Alive Biowaste Delivery Suit

    A&M Metals Processing LLC on Thursday urged a Florida federal court not to dismiss its suit against waste company Stericycle Inc. over 4 million pounds of biomedical waste that it claims was wrongly delivered to A&M's Tampa facility, saying it has properly pled its breach of contract and other claims.

  • February 24, 2017

    Will Congress Subject Itself To ACA Replacement?

    As Republicans maneuver to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, experts are looking for answers to a little-explored question: Will Congress still require its members to use the same insurance that it designs for the American people?

  • February 24, 2017

    Hospital Declares Bankruptcy After $51M Aetna Loss

    Texas hospital Humble Surgical Hospital LLC, which was slapped in December with a $51.4 million judgment related to allegations it scammed Aetna Life Insurance Co. out of millions by enticing patients to use out-of-network services and paying kickbacks to doctors, filed notice Friday that it has declared bankruptcy.

  • February 24, 2017

    Judge's Anthem-Cigna Analysis Unfair, Economists Say

    A D.C. federal judge unfairly held Anthem and Cigna to higher standards than the U.S. Department of Justice when assessing potential benefits and costs of a proposed merger, economists and scholars told the D.C. Circuit on Friday.

  • February 24, 2017

    Nurses Ineligible For Union, 6th. Circ. Tells NLRB

    The Sixth Circuit on Thursday denied the National Labor Relation Board's bid to require a Michigan long-term living facility to bargain with a nurses union, saying evidence suggests the nurses discipline other employees and, thus, do not qualify for union membership.

  • February 24, 2017

    ERISA Applies To Religious Hospitals, Workers Tell Justices

    Former employees of religious hospital systems have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold circuit court rulings that their former employers are subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, arguing that the businesses are run as hospitals not churches, so they don’t qualify for a religious exemption.

  • February 24, 2017

    Cynosure Investors Sue To Block $1.4B Hologic Merger

    Shareholders in medical aesthetics company Cynosure Inc. filed suit in Massachusetts federal court Friday to halt the company’s proposed $1.44 billion sale to Hologic Inc., saying they don’t have enough information to ensure the cash purchase is a good deal.

  • February 24, 2017

    Texas Atty Gets 6 Months In Reinsurance Fraud Case

    A Texas attorney accused of defrauding insurance plan managers through a Ponzi-like scheme involving the purported sale of reinsurance has been slapped with six months in prison and a $1.2 million fine after admitting to a single charge that he hindered investigators examining the alleged scam.

  • February 24, 2017

    Weil Lures PE Partner From Gibson Dunn

    A former Gibson Dunn partner who has represented financial advisers in private equity-backed deals with Sheridan Healthcare Inc. and Burger King has joined Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York.

  • February 24, 2017

    Hospital For Special Surgery Sues Fla. Cos. Using Its Name

    The Hospital for Special Surgery on Thursday sued a group of companies that have allegedly advertised a false connection with the hospital to entice investors for 40 orthopedic centers around the country.

  • February 24, 2017

    Plug Pulled On $50M Antitrust Suit Against SC Health Giant

    A South Carolina federal judge on Thursday dismissed antitrust claims alleging Palmetto Health carried out a scheme to dominate the health care market in the Richland County area, saying a smaller hospital system that brought the $50 million suit did not suffer an antitrust injury or have antitrust standing.

  • February 24, 2017

    DOJ, Nevada Hospice Plan To Settle FCA Suit

    The U.S. and a Nevada hospice have reached an agreement settling whistleblower claims that the health care provider violated the False Claims Act by seeking Medicare reimbursement for services provided to ineligible patients, both sides told a Nevada federal court Thursday.

  • February 24, 2017

    VCA Investor Pushes For More Details On $9.1B Sale To Mars

    A VCA Inc. shareholder launched a putative class action Thursday against the pet health care services company, contending in a California federal court that the disclosures surrounding a planned $9.1 billion takeover by candy and consumer brands conglomerate Mars Inc. lacked key financial information and details about a potential private equity suitor.

  • February 24, 2017

    Advent Lobs €3.6B Offer To Buy German Health Care Co.

    Private equity giant Advent International Corp. has officially offered to buy German health care products company Stada Arzneimittel AG in a deal valuing the business at about €3.6 billion ($3.8 billion), the companies said Thursday.

  • February 24, 2017

    ‘Black-Box Medicine’ Faces Headwinds Over Med Mal Liability

    The use of complex algorithms to sort through massive amounts of health data to improve medical care, or "black-box medicine," could expose providers to a new world of malpractice claims, experts say, and doctors may decline to adopt the technology without legal protections.

  • February 24, 2017

    Trans Student To Push Forward In High Court Bathroom Fight

    Counsel for the transgender student challenging a policy barring him from using the boys’ bathroom at his high school said Friday he intends to push forward with his case in the U.S. Supreme Court after the high court asked both sides how they wanted to proceed.

  • February 24, 2017

    Health Hires: Squire Patton Boggs, Lando & Anastasi, Barnes

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP has brought in a health care and life sciences partner from the federal government, Lando & Anastasi LLP has hired three new patent agents and Barnes & Thornburg LLP has added a health care partner from Krieg DeVault LLP.

  • February 24, 2017

    Claims Slip Through Ala. BCBS Defenses In Antitrust MDL

    An Alabama federal judge on Thursday said Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama was entitled to summary judgment on some claims in multidistrict litigation alleging a vast price-fixing conspiracy among BCBS plans but said it was only partially protected by an antitrust immunity doctrine.

  • February 24, 2017

    Trump Orders Agencies To Create Deregulation Task Forces

    Flanked by some of the nation’s top manufacturing executives, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday directing federal agencies to create task forces to identify burdensome regulations ready for the chopping block, promising the end of “an impossible situation” for U.S. companies and new economic growth.

  • February 24, 2017

    Baker Donelson Sued For Reversal On CMS Retroactive Billing

    Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC cost a rehabilitation service more than $1 million after reversing course on assertions that it could retroactively bill the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under a therapy services contract for military veterans, a lawsuit removed to Mississippi federal court Thursday alleged.

Expert Analysis

  • What Lawyers Can Learn From Kellyanne Conway

    Michelle Samuels

    Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway's TV appearances provide some examples of what lawyers should and shouldn't do when speaking to the media, says Michelle Samuels, a vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • The Mistakes Lawyers Make When Copying And Pasting

    Robert D. Lang

    We all recognize that cutting or copying text from earlier works and pasting it into new documents saves attorneys time. However, with this increase in speed comes an increased risk of making, or not catching, errors, says Robert Lang of D’Amato & Lynch LLP.

  • Tax Implications Of The Affordable Care Act Repeal

    Michael White

    Because the Affordable Care Act was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court as a tax law, its repeal would entail a $1.1 trillion tax revenue loss over 10 years. Based on the direction that the Republicans take in crafting their replacement bill and what portions of the ACA will be repealed, individuals and corporations could be looking at drastic tax changes, say Michael White and Eddie Geraghty of M. White & Associates LLC.

  • Opinion

    Calif. Court Gets Automatic Funding Disclosure Right

    Matthew D. Harrison

    Detractors of litigation funding have strained to characterize a recent decision from a California federal court as significant headway in their crusade against the litigation funding industry. However, in truth, this is a victory for both the industry and those in need of capital to bring meritorious claims against wrongdoers in an often prohibitively expensive legal system, say Matthew Harrison and Priya G. Pai of Bentham IMF.

  • Health Care Deal Predictions From '17 JP Morgan Conference

    Amber McGraw Walsh

    Not surprisingly, many different views emerged at this year's J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference on the future state of the Affordable Care Act and what it would mean for investors. After a long and seemingly endless cycle of election analysis, we’re happy to report some deal trends and predictions of our own, say attorneys with McGuireWoods LLP.

  • Civil Litigation Outlook For 2017

    Reid Schar

    Several areas of civil litigation appear poised for growth this year, including securities class action activity, which could outpace even the significant 2016 levels, and trade secret litigation, which could see further growth in the coming year under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. Meanwhile, as companies increasingly face the specter of data breaches, several developments in 2017 could bring greater clarity to this area of the law... (continued)

  • Legal Pot Industry Bugged By Lack Of Pesticide Guidance

    Telisport W. Putsavage

    Marijuana cultivation suffers from the same pest and disease pressure as any large commercial greenhouse operation. However, the circumstance unique to this setting is that any use of a pesticide in the cultivation of marijuana is a violation of federal law, says Telisport Putsavage of Putsavage PLLC.

  • How The GDPR Will Impact Life Sciences And Health Care

    Rohan Massey

    The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation will considerably increase the sanctions and penalties that can be imposed on organizations that breach its requirements. The implications for organizations operating in the life sciences and health care sectors are likely to be particularly far-reaching, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Health Republic's Curious Liquidation: Part 8

    James Veach

    Although Health Republic's liquidation is a matter of considerable public interest, the process has been far from transparent. Last fall, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' discussion of consumer operated and oriented plans was closed to the public, in potential violation of the NAIC's policy statement on open meetings, says James Veach of Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass LLP.