Health

  • 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.

  • December 12, 2017

    11th Circ. Affirms Patient Recruiter Conviction In $2M Fraud

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday upheld the conviction of the owner of a Miami-area consulting and staffing company who was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in a $2.3 million Medicare fraud scheme that saw him refer patients to home health care agencies in exchange for kickbacks.

  • December 12, 2017

    Calif. Surrogacy Agency Not Covered For Negligence Suit

    Admiral Insurance Co. need not defend a surrogacy agency in a negligence suit brought by former clients whose surrogate-born daughter developed a rare form of eye cancer, as the agency failed to disclose the claim on its policy application, according to a California appellate opinion filed Tuesday.

  • December 12, 2017

    GOP Introduces 5 Bills To Delay Affordable Care Act Taxes

    House Republicans introduced five bills on Tuesday aimed at undercutting the employer mandate and taxes imposed under the Affordable Care Act, looking to reduce the tax burden stemming from the health care law in 2018.

  • December 12, 2017

    Amgen Whistleblower Was Original Source, 2nd Circ. Told

    An attorney for a whistleblower told the Second Circuit Tuesday that his client was an “original source” under the False Claims Act, because he showed Amgen Inc. knew it falsely promoted quality of life benefits for its anemia biologic Epogen.

  • December 12, 2017

    Mexican Antitrust Watchdog Fines Latex Glove Makers $13M

    Mexico’s antitrust commission on Monday levied fines equaling more than $13 million against five latex glove manufacturers and almost a dozen individuals stemming from a coordinated effort to rig bids for various products used by the Mexican public health sector. 

  • December 12, 2017

    FDA Warning Wire: Chocolate 'Snuff' Sold As Street Drug Sub

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a bite out of the marketers and distributors of a chocolate “snuff” for peddling the powder as an alternative to illegal street drugs and scolded a South Korean drugmaker for slipshod quality control practices. Here's this week’s roundup of the FDA’s enforcement activities.

  • December 12, 2017

    Ex-Home Health Co. Owner Gets 9 Years For Medicare Fraud

    The owner of a now-defunct Miami home health agency must serve more than nine years in prison and pay $15.1 million in restitution after pleading guilty to charging Medicare for services patients weren’t eligible to receive, federal prosecutors said Monday.

  • December 11, 2017

    Dueling Experts Tee Up Closing Arguments In MDs’ Fraud Trial

    Opposing experts testified Monday about the mental health of a doctor claiming she was legally insane at the time she and her surgeon boyfriend allegedly committed health care fraud and money laundering as the California federal trial wound down, setting the stage for closing arguments to begin Tuesday.

  • December 11, 2017

    Surgeon Tells Jury Complications Not Limited To J&J Mesh

    The chief of female pelvic medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center told a New Jersey jury Monday that research and her own hundreds of surgeries reveal complications can arise from all methods of pelvic prolapse repair, not just Johnson & Johnson unit Ethicon’s Prolift, which a woman alleges is responsible for debilitating pain.

  • December 11, 2017

    Ill. Firm Must Face Privacy Claims Over Deposition Disclosure

    An Illinois appeals court on Friday partially reversed and remanded a privacy lawsuit against Illinois firm Williams McCarthy LLP, whose lawyer was sued for improperly revealing the mental health status of a woman who claimed she was wrongfully excluded from a trust.

  • December 11, 2017

    What Your Colleagues Think Of Litigation Finance

    We asked, and you answered. Here are the results of Law360’s inaugural survey on third-party legal funding.

  • December 11, 2017

    Has Litigation Finance Shed Its Stigma?

    Once a taboo topic in the halls of BigLaw, litigation finance is winning over converts. And the peer pressure is building for rival law firms to join the bandwagon.

  • December 11, 2017

    Why Investors Are Taking The Leap To 3rd-Party Funding

    They often don’t know exactly what they’re buying, and there’s an ever-present chance they could come up empty in a given case. Here’s why investors are flocking to litigation finance anyway.

  • December 11, 2017

    Ex-Katten Atty's Expert Defends No-Work Consulting Deals

    An executive compensation expert on Monday told the jury in the fraud trial of former Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP attorney Evan Greebel that there’s nothing unusual about consulting deals that don’t involve much consulting, as the defense sought to refute a central theory of the government’s case.

  • December 11, 2017

    NLRB Partial Settlements Shift Is Trump Board's 1st Reversal

    The National Labor Relations Board said Monday that its judges can sign off on partial settlement proposals even if the agency’s general counsel and the charging party in a given case object, restoring the board’s “reasonableness” settlement standard in the Trump board’s first reversal of Obama-era policy.

  • December 11, 2017

    UnitedHealth Wants Out Of Medicare FCA Suit

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. on Friday urged a California federal court to scrap a False Claims Act suit claiming the insurer overcharged Medicare by submitting information that made patients seem sicker than they were, arguing the federal government knew about submission errors but didn’t consider them important.

  • December 11, 2017

    Retailers Defend Solodyn MDL Claims Against Medicis

    Walgreen Co., CVS Pharmacy Inc., Rite Aid Corp. and other retailers alleging Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. paid generic-drug makers to stay out of the market for acne medication Solodyn urged a Massachusetts federal court Monday to reject Medicis' efforts to nix some of their claims.

Expert Analysis

  • FCA Attention Turns To Electronic Health Records

    Jaime Jones

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has committed significant resources toward encouraging health care providers to use electronic health records systems. Unsurprisingly, the increased adoption of EHR systems and the government’s subsidization thereof has attracted attention from relators filing qui tam suits under the False Claims Act, say Jaime Jones and Brenna Jenny of Sidley Austin LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Siemens Lesson — Tillerson Is Right

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    Since its whopping $800 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement in 2008, Siemens cleaned up — and it has “cleaned up” in its long-standing competition with General Electric. How? As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly told President Donald Trump, you don’t need to pay bribes to succeed in international business, says Peter Y. Solmssen, former general counsel of Siemens.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Rise In International Enforcement

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    The 2008 Siemens matter — then the largest sanction ever imposed in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action — set the stage for future cross-collaboration in global anti-corruption enforcement, say Cheryl Scarboro, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and Diana Wielocha of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

  • Is A Shift In DOJ Qui Tam Intervention Policy Coming?

    Brian McEvoy

    A U.S. Department of Justice official recently made a surprising policy announcement that has the potential to change the practice of attorneys involved in bringing and defending against qui tam lawsuits under the False Claims Act, say Brian McEvoy and Michael Besser of Polsinelli PC.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: Highlights From The 1st Corporate Trial

    Robert Feldman

    The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case of U.S. v. Harris Corp. was tried in March 1991 — so long ago that pretty much only the parties and counsel remember it. With a smile, I’ve just about given up correcting people who say their case is "the only FCPA case ever to be tried,” says Robert Feldman of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.

  • Opinion

    Trump's Contraception Rules Suffer From Fatal Legal Flaws

    Nancy Northup

    As the comment period comes to a close Tuesday for the Trump administration’s interim final rules on contraception, the administration will start preparing final regulations — risking access to birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act for thousands of women, says Nancy Northup, CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

  • Congressional Forecast: December

    Richard Hertling

    Members of Congress face a daunting to-do list in the final weeks of 2017. While some believe a looming deadline will help get things done, there is worry on Capitol Hill that the legislative pileup and long-simmering partisan battles on major budget and policy issues have created a prime opportunity for political brinkmanship to paralyze the high-stakes negotiations, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Strange Case That Started It All

    Burton Wiand

    At the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in April 1978, we filed a case against Page Airways and envisioned the trial of a precedent-setting enforcement action that would have defined Foreign Corrupt Practices Act standards at an early stage. Instead, the matter was settled under circumstances that I am sure are unique in SEC history, says Burton Wiand of Wiand Guerra King PA.

  • The Billing Evolution: How Far Along Is Your Firm?

    Sharon Quaintance

    In a recent study, 20 out of 25 law firms surveyed have made billing process improvement a top priority for 2018. Firms can foster consistency and increase efficiency at all stages of their billing cycle by focusing on a few specific procedures, say Sharon Quaintance and Christine Indiano at HBR Consulting.

  • 10 Tips For Effective Practice Before The 5th Circ.

    Justin Woodard

    The Fifth Circuit is among the busiest federal circuit courts in the country. What can you do to increase your chances of reaching oral argument? And if given the opportunity, how can you present a persuasive argument? Former Fifth Circuit clerk Justin Woodard, an associate at Jones Walker LLP, shares some advice.