A New Jersey federal judge on Monday refused to toss a proposed class action accusing Quest Diagnostics of unlawfully making unsolicited phone calls to collect debts, ruling that the plaintiff had sufficiently alleged that the equipment used to place the offending call qualified as an "autodialer" under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
A Texas federal judge’s declaration that the entire Affordable Care Act is invalid left attorneys questioning why the judge didn’t actually halt the ACA’s operation and where the litigation is headed next.
A proposed Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rule requiring drugmakers to include the list price of their drugs in television advertisements exceeds the agency’s statutory authority and violates the First Amendment, several parties claimed as the comment period closed Monday.
A New Jersey insurance broker is accused of conspiring to bilk Blue Cross Blue Shield out of $10 million through a scheme in which he obtained employee health insurance plans for hundreds of individuals who weren’t eligible for them, federal prosecutors announced Monday.
Insys Therapeutics Inc. has been sanctioned by an Arizona federal court for failing to prepare a witness who was supposed to answer questions about why employees replaced the word "cancer" with an exclamation point in emails, in Blue Cross Blue Shield's suit alleging that the embattled opioid maker bribed doctors to overprescribe its flagship painkiller, Subsys.
The Boston Globe's health care publication STAT is entitled to access certain sealed documents leading up to Kentucky's $24 million settlement with Purdue Pharma LP over OxyContin's role in the opioid crisis, a Kentucky appeals court has affirmed.
A pair of pension funds investing in health care company Centene sued the company Friday, claiming it concealed financial problems with its $6.8 billion acquisition of Health Net, including Health Net’s liability for over $1 billion in California taxes.
Versant Ventures said Monday that it has raised a combined $700 million in two separate funds that the health care investment firm will use to invest in Canadian startups alongside its primary biotech fund.
A former Squire Patton Boggs corporate specialist has joined Reed Smith LLP, bringing extensive experience handling complex M&A and transactional matters for Chinese clients with business in U.S. markets to the firm's Los Angeles office.
The operator of a New Jersey hearing aid company was sentenced Friday to seven years in state prison for colluding with a doctor to supply tens of thousands of highly addictive opioid pain pills to a drug ring, state prosecutors announced.
CNN must face a libel suit accusing the cable news network of publishing articles that misrepresented the mortality rate for pediatric surgery at a Florida hospital and cost the hospital’s CEO his job, after the 11th Circuit ruled Thursday that CNN cannot stand behind Georgia's anti-SLAPP law in federal court.
Massachusetts federal prosecutors on Thursday fought a bid by Insys Therapeutics Inc. executives embroiled in an alleged conspiracy to bribe doctors into prescribing fentanyl-based drugs to disclose grand jury instructions, arguing the government did not wrongly explain the conspiracy charges.
In a shocking decision, a Texas federal judge ruled late Friday that the entire Affordable Care Act must be invalidated because its individual mandate, a cornerstone of the landmark law, will soon become unconstitutional.
Chardan Healthcare Acquisition Corp., a blank check company formed by investment bank Chardan Capital Markets LLC for the purpose of acquiring a health care business, raised $70 million in an initial public offering that was guided by Loeb & Loeb LLP.
A California federal court on Thursday dismissed an investor's proposed class action alleging shares of Molina Healthcare Inc. declined when it became apparent the health insurer wouldn’t achieve the growth executives had touted, saying the executives’ statements were forward-looking and inactionable.
The U.S. Department of Justice urged a D.C. federal judge Friday not to keep CVS and Aetna apart while reviewing a proposed merger settlement the judge had blasted as having been pushed through without adequate judicial scrutiny, arguing that a delay is unnecessary and beyond the court’s authority.
In a closely watched medical malpractice case, a Florida state appeals court on Friday declined to rule on whether a hospital’s privileged communications are discoverable under a 2004 state constitutional amendment, saying the judge’s order to produce the records wasn’t adequately explained.
A Pennsylvania federal judge has given the state the go-ahead to seek a second injunction against Trump administration rules that weaken the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate, lifting a stay in the case Friday.
An employee of a Blackfeet Tribe early childhood health and education program overseen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services pled guilty to stealing money through a scheme where she and others falsely claimed thousands of overtime hours they did not work, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.
A Florida federal court rejected bids by prison health contractors Corizon Health and Wexford Health Sources to toss a Florida inmate's suit alleging their inadequate and negligent treatment led to him suffering a heart attack and amputation of both legs, finding Thursday that he has sufficiently alleged a constitutional violation.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb recently provided some clarity on questions raised by both pharmaceutical manufacturers and health care providers about the interplay between the so-called expanded access pathway and the Right to Try Act, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.
The passage of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act in August expanded the range of transactions that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is able to review for national security concerns — especially transactions related to China, say attorneys at White & Case LLP.
David M. Hargrove's new book, "Mississippi’s Federal Courts: A History," is a remarkably candid portrait of the characters and courts serving the state's federal judiciary from 1798 on, and contributes new scholarship on how judges were nominated during the civil rights era, says U.S. District Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District of Mississippi.
While gridlock may prevail between the Democratic House and GOP Senate in Washington next year, it will be another story at the state level. For the first time since 1914, a single political party will control both chambers of every legislature except one, says Lou Cannon of State Net Capitol Journal.
Health plans that prevent patients from applying any form of drug manufacturer copay assistance toward their deductible — known as copay accumulator programs — not only increase the cost of health care, but have the potential to put businesses in significant legal peril, says Stacey Worthy of Aimed Alliance.
He was White House counsel to two presidents. When Reagan was shot, he explained the chain of command to a four-star general. And until a few years ago, many people still thought he was Deep Throat during the Watergate scandal. Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius may be the quintessential Washington insider. White and Williams attorney Randy Maniloff learned more.
A federal judge in South Carolina recently sentenced a former speech therapist to 111 months in federal prison on convictions of criminal health care fraud. Practitioners should be aware of the implications as the sentence is an unrequested and unexpected upward departure, say Bart Daniel and Elle Klein of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.
Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.
A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.
Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.