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  • October 11, 2018

    VA Sued For Witholding Docs On Mar-a-Lago 'Shadow Council'

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was hit with a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit Thursday, claiming it has failed to hand over documents related to allegations that members of President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club have acted as “shadow rulers” of the VA, secretly directing personnel and policy decisions.

  • October 11, 2018

    Trans University Staffers Win $780K Over Bias About Surgery

    A Wisconsin federal jury awarded over $780,000 on Wednesday to two transgender women who were denied gender-confirming medical care by a state health plan through the University of Wisconsin.

  • October 11, 2018

    Chiropractor, Insurer End Row Over Injections Coverage

    An insurer and a chiropractor policyholder who allegedly mishandled injections have mutually ended their coverage suit, according to documents filed in New Mexico federal court on Wednesday.

  • October 11, 2018

    Grassley Seeks FTC Probe Of Hospital, Insurer Contracts

    The Federal Trade Commission should immediately look into allegations that hospitals are driving up health care costs by nailing down anti-competitive, high-price contracts with insurers, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, told the agency Wednesday.

  • October 11, 2018

    11th Circ. OKs Nurse's 5-Year Sentence For Patient ID Theft

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday affirmed an enhanced sentence of 60 months for a nursing home worker convicted of using information in her patients’ medical charts to file fraudulent tax returns.

  • October 11, 2018

    5 NY Docs Charged With Prescribing Opioids For Cash, Trips

    A Fifth Avenue psychiatrist was among five doctors who have been charged with writing prescriptions for millions of oxycodone pills they knew were unnecessary in exchange for more than $5 million in cash, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York said Thursday.

  • October 11, 2018

    Court Urged To Decertify Class In Hospital Price Hike Row

    NorthShore University HealthSystem has again sought class decertification in an antitrust suit accusing it of harming the market for acute-care inpatient services, saying the latest class representative doesn’t pass muster.

  • October 11, 2018

    Cannabis Co. MedMen Picks Up PharmaCann In $682M Deal

    California-based cannabis company MedMen Enterprises Inc. said Thursday that it has agreed to acquire Chicago-based medical cannabis provider PharmaCann LLC in an all-stock transaction valued at $682 million.

  • October 11, 2018

    Blue Cross Insurer, LabCorp Beat STD-Testing Antitrust Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has dismissed an antitrust suit brought by a lab testing company that alleged Independence Blue Cross and LabCorp worked together to eliminate competition for testing of sexually transmitted diseases in the state, saying that a contractual obligation is not an antitrust violation.

  • October 10, 2018

    Senior Dem Says VA Stonewalling Mar-A-Lago Trio Probe

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie has wrongly attempted to "stonewall" a congressional investigation into claims that three members of President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club are secretly influencing U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs personnel and policy decisions, a senior congressional Democrat claimed Tuesday.

  • October 10, 2018

    Trump Approves Prohibition On Pharmacy 'Gag Clauses'

    President Donald Trump has put his signature on a pair of bills designed to ban the practice of hiding lower prescription drug costs from patients, the federal government said Wednesday.

  • October 10, 2018

    Canadian Regulators Find Pot Company Disclosures Lacking

    As marijuana-related companies migrate toward mainstream capital markets and public offerings become more common, Canadian securities regulators said Wednesday that such issuers need to improve their disclosure practices or face regulatory action.

  • October 10, 2018

    Blue Cross Blue Shield Robs Chicago Taxpayers, Suit Says

    The parent company of Blue Cross Blue Shield Illinois overbills the city of Chicago for health insurance payments it makes on behalf of city employees, defrauding taxpayers, according to a derivative suit on behalf of the city filed in Illinois state court.

  • October 10, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Sears, WeWork, Bayer

    Sears Holdings Corp. is getting ready to file for bankruptcy, SoftBank is in talks to snap up a large chunk of shared-office-space company WeWork, and Bayer AG is reportedly mulling selling off its animal health unit.

  • October 10, 2018

    Senate Dems Fail To Derail Short-Term Health Insurance Plans

    Senate Democrats failed to topple President Donald Trump’s rules allowing short-term health insurance they’ve termed “junk” plans, after a floor vote Wednesday fell one vote shy of passage.

  • October 10, 2018

    UPMC Denied Quick Win In Gender Discrimination Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has agreed to allow a former technology director with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to move forward with claims that the hospital chain used an organizational restructuring as a pretext for firing her on the basis of her gender.

  • October 10, 2018

    NJ Appeals Court Puts Doc Back On Hook After Tainted Trial

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Wednesday overturned a jury’s finding that a doctor did not harm a woman who died of gastric cancer, saying the trial court allowed the defense to sneakily use a motion in limine to improperly kill a claim.

  • October 10, 2018

    Bon Secours Health System Wants Claims In FCA Suit Tossed

    Bon Secours Health System has urged a New York federal judge to grant it a quick win on most of the claims in a lawsuit filed by a former vice president of a now-closed program accusing the system of Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

  • October 10, 2018

    Delta Likely To Evade $1M Suit Over Terminal Detention

    A $1 million suit brought by a noted Massachusetts doctor against Delta Airlines Inc. over his alleged false imprisonment in a London terminal is likely headed for dismissal, a federal judge said Wednesday, despite a stern warning from the doctor’s lawyer that tossing the case could pave the way for an airline “police state” on American soil.

  • October 10, 2018

    AbbVie Faces 2nd Investor Suit Over Humira Kickbacks

    AbbVie Inc. was hit with another proposed class action over its allegedly illegal strategy to market its blockbuster drug Humira, this one filed Tuesday by shareholders in Illinois federal court who say the company's misleading statements caused them huge losses.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • Fed. Circ. Ruling Highlights Bid Protester Standing Issues

    Stuart Turner

    There is friction between the need for courts to consider the standing of government contract bid protesters and the exclusive authority of the procuring agency to perform evaluations. The Federal Circuit's decision last week in CliniComp provides an illustration, say Stuart Turner and Nathaniel Castellano of Arnold & Porter.

  • An Update On Missouri's Medical Records Access Law

    Dennis Harms

    The Missouri Legislature recently changed the law regarding production of medical records by health care providers. It appears to mean that providers can meet requirements to administer a patient's records with a written statement that no such records exist, says Dennis Harms of Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard PC.

  • The Insurance And Tax Consequences Of Settling FCA Cases

    Andy Liu

    When you settle a False Claims Act case, will you have to pay the money out of pocket, or could some or all of it be covered by insurance? Can you write off some or all of the amount from your taxes? ​​​​​​​Andy Liu and Jason Lynch of Nichols Liu LLP address these questions and survey the relevant case law.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Telemedicine — The Next Frontier For DOJ Scrutiny?

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    CVS is the first major drugstore company to offer customers the option to use their smartphone to “see” a doctor. With the U.S. Department of Justice affording more resources to health care fraud prosecutions, telemedicine services are certain to attract the scrutiny of investigators, say Lionel André and Michelle Bradford of Murphy & McGonigle PC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • 2 Important Takeaways From 7th Circ.'s FHA Ruling

    Jeffrey Rosenberg

    In Wetzel v. Glen St. Andrew, the Seventh Circuit recently held that landlords can be held liable under the Fair Housing Act if they are aware of discriminatory harassment toward their tenants and do nothing to stop it. Just as importantly, the court recognized that the FHA prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, say attorneys at the Law Office of Yuriy Moshes PC.