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  • March 19, 2019

    Md. Law Firm Settles Medicare Reimbursement Claims

    Maryland-based law firm Meyers Rodbell & Rosenbaum PA will pay $250,000 to settle allegations that it failed to reimburse federal coffers for a client’s Medicare benefits, according to federal authorities.

  • March 19, 2019

    Insurer Gets Quick Win In NYU Superstorm Coverage Spat

    A New York federal court on Tuesday granted summary judgment to Factory Mutual Insurance in a suit brought by New York University alleging the insurer held out on coverage for damages incurred by Superstorm Sandy in the school's Langone Medical Center network.

  • March 19, 2019

    Busted Deal Slows Health Firm's $20M Chancery Dispute

    A Delaware vice chancellor on Tuesday put the brakes on expedited proceedings in a suit filed by The Innovation Institute LLC seeking $20 million from a subsidiary of its founding member after the company said an acquisition it had been pursuing fell apart, lessening the need for an immediate decision on the disputed payment.

  • March 19, 2019

    Justices Ponder FCA Ambiguities In Time Limit Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court grappled Tuesday with when the "government knowledge" statute of limitations should apply in False Claims Act cases, exploring context, clarity and congressional intent underlying what the litigants and some justices claimed was a badly written statute.

  • March 19, 2019

    Humana Workers Get Classes OK’d In Pay, OT Action

    A Connecticut federal judge has certified four classes in a suit accusing Humana Inc. of shorting home health care workers on pay and not properly paying them overtime wages, but chose to narrow the scope of who could be included in some of the classes.

  • March 19, 2019

    1st Circ. Says Adjuster Acted Properly In Nursing Home Row

    The First Circuit on Monday affirmed that an insurance claims adjuster didn’t act in bad faith in its handling of a wrongful death suit against a nursing home that later yielded a $16 million verdict, holding a lower court didn’t err when it found the adjuster made several “reasonable and prompt” offers to settle the case.

  • March 18, 2019

    AbbVie Faces 1st Antitrust Suit Over Humira 'Patent Thicket'

    AbbVie Inc.'s colossal "patent thicket" for its $20-billion-per-year immunosuppressant Humira has empowered it to block less-expensive biosimilars in violation of numerous antitrust laws, according to a first-of-its-kind suit launched Monday.

  • March 18, 2019

    Tivity Atty's 'Suspicious Stock Sales' Support Suit, Judge Says

    Fitness and wellness program provider Tivity Health lost a bid to kill a stock-drop suit on Monday when a Tennessee federal judge said allegations of "suspicious stock sales" by executives, including Tivity's chief legal officer, bolstered the case against the company.

  • March 18, 2019

    Morgan Lewis Latest Firm To Join BigLaw's Wellness Push

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP on Monday unveiled a new wellness program for its 2,200 attorneys and specialists to be led by the firm's first director of employee well-being, joining a host of BigLaw firms that have rolled out initiatives to target mental health among lawyers.

  • March 18, 2019

    Hospitals Agree To Settle Antitrust Suit With Washington AG

    A nonprofit hospital chain and affiliated doctors’ clinic have reached a settlement plan with the Washington attorney general in an antitrust suit accusing them of carrying out anti-competitive deals affecting medical care in the Puget Sound region.

  • March 18, 2019

    As Judicial Ranks Stagnate, 'Desperation' Hits The Bench

    Litigation’s languishing, judges are burned out and attorneys are avoiding federal courts. While filings have increased 38 percent since 1990, the bench has grown by only 4 percent, thanks to congressional gridlock. How is the legal system coping? (This article is part of a series on the lack of new judgeships in the federal judiciary).

  • March 18, 2019

    These Are The Nation's 27 Most Overworked District Courts

    The Judicial Conference of the United States has recommended Congress add 73 permanent federal district judgeships to 27 districts in 18 states. They include courts with high caseloads, stopgap judgeship positions and yearslong vacancies. (This article is part of a series on the lack of new judgeships in the federal judiciary).

  • March 18, 2019

    House Dems Want Probe Into EBSA Enforcement

    Two Democrats on the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor urged the federal government's nonpartisan watchdog to take a look at the enforcement activities at the Employee Benefits Security Administration on Monday, saying the watchdog hasn't checked on the agency in years.

  • March 18, 2019

    Ohio Sues OptumRx To Collect $16M In Alleged Overcharges

    Following through on an earlier threat, the state of Ohio announced Monday it has sued OptumRx in state court, accusing the pharmacy benefit manager of not forking over $16 million it should have passed on in discounts to the state's Bureau of Workers' Compensation after a drop in drug prices.

  • March 18, 2019

    High Court Won't Hear Suit Over Ch. 7 Patent Sale

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a holding company's argument that a patent license it claims to have bought in a bankruptcy is still valid because the bankruptcy trustees didn't know they had to assume it.

  • March 18, 2019

    Fla. Oncologists Hit Cancer Centers With Antitrust Suit

    A group of oncologists have hit a cancer treatment company with an antitrust suit in Florida federal court that claims the company forces doctors to sign illegal noncompete agreements and holds a monopoly over oncology and radiation services in three counties around Fort Myers, Florida.

  • March 18, 2019

    High Court Won't Take Post-Escobar FCA Materiality Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to consider whether a senior living company's allegedly untimely certifications of medical necessity can support a False Claims Act suit, one of several recent petitions to ask the justices to clarify the materiality standard from their landmark Escobar decision.

  • March 18, 2019

    Walmart Won't Get Colo. High Court Review Of Injury Award

    The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday denied Walmart’s request that it take up an appellate court decision that the retail giant said increases businesses’ liability from personal injury cases, with the full court voting to leave the ruling in place.

  • March 18, 2019

    No Evidence Of Harm From ACA-Exempt Plans, Feds Insist

    The federal government and health care organizations on Friday blasted each other’s bids for quick wins in a suit over the maximum duration for certain health plans exempt from Affordable Care Act requirements, with the government arguing there's no evidence of competitive injury to those selling ACA-compliant plans.

  • March 18, 2019

    15 Minutes With Mount Sinai Health System's General Counsel

    When asked whether she has always been interested in health care, Mount Sinai Health System General Counsel Beth Essig says it's complicated, since she has worked at the organization for 40 years. Here, she talks about the benefits of making a career at one institution, describes a lesson about leadership and explains how she stays healthy.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Bashant Reviews 'Doing Justice'

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    My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.

  • Firms Can Leverage Communications When Economy Is Slow

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    Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.

  • Why A Data Center Sale And Partial Leaseback Is A Win-Win

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    The sale and partial leaseback of older data centers is a clever way to right-size a company, and data center operators benefit from this structure as well because it guarantees them an instant anchor tenant, says Michael Rechtin Jr. of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

  • 5 Excise Tax Tips For Tax-Exempt Employers

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    Two key deadlines are fast approaching for the new excise tax under Section 4960 of the Internal Revenue Code. Seth Safran at Proskauer Rose LLP explains five things tax-exempt employers should do to help ensure they are in compliance.

  • Ethical Social Media Marketing For Lawyers

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    Social media presents rich opportunities to reach prospective clients. Attorneys should not let those opportunities pass them by, but they should keep their ethical obligations in mind as they post, says Cort Sylvester of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Norton Rose Diversity Director Nina Godiwalla

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    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Nina Godiwalla, director of diversity and inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • What EU Investment Screening Will Mean For Dealmakers

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    Last week, the European Council approved a regulation to screen foreign direct investment into European Union member states on national security grounds. Dealmakers considering near-term transactions with a nexus to the EU will need to evaluate how the new regulations may impact deal timelines, disclosures, certainty and costs, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • 5 Mistakes Law Firms Make When Responding To RFPs

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    More and more corporations are now using requests for proposals to make data-driven decisions about which law firms to work with, so it is more important than ever for law firms to avoid common RFP mistakes, says Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group.

  • Takeaways From FDA's New Bulk Drug Substance Restrictions

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    New policies from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration bar two bulk drug substances from usage by outsourcing facilities. More broadly, health care providers should take note that outside of drug shortages, outsourcing facilities cannot lawfully use any bulk substances at this time, say attorneys at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • State Net

    States Grapple With Complexities Of Health Reform

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    Governors and lawmakers in statehouses across the country are currently weighing a plethora of health care proposals. Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal seeks insight from two health care experts regarding how some of these proposals fit into this year's broader legislative picture.