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  • June 18, 2018

    The Best Firms For Minority Equity Partners

    The legal industry is making sluggish gains when it comes to attracting and retaining attorneys of color, but this select group of firms is taking broader strides to diversify at the top.

  • June 18, 2018

    LabCorp Shakes HIPAA Suit Over Data Intake Station Setup

    A D.C. federal judge axed a suit that accused Laboratory Corporation of America of violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act by failing to adequately shield its computer intake stations from public view, finding that the plaintiff could not mount an action based solely on the federal health privacy law. 

  • June 18, 2018

    4 Takeaways From The FDA's Info-Sharing Guidance

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently released finalized guidance loosening restrictions on what information drug and medical device companies can share with insurers and other third-party payors, a development attorneys view as a sign that the agency is softening its stance on off-label promotion.

  • June 18, 2018

    Texas Cancer Center Owes $4.3M For HIPAA Failings

    A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services administrative law judge has ordered a Texas-based cancer hospital to pay a $4.3 million penalty for three data breaches that exposed the personal health information of more than 33,000 people, the agency announced Monday.

  • June 18, 2018

    In Their Own Words: Minority Partners On Reaching The Top

    Despite decades of industrywide initiatives, movement up the ladder has stagnated for minority lawyers. Here, five industry success stories tell Law360 about the paths they took and what needs to change in BigLaw.

  • June 18, 2018

    6th Circ. Won't Rehear Norton Health Retirees' ERISA Suit

    The full Sixth Circuit on Monday said it won't reconsider a panel's ruling saying that a common law standard that allows courts to interpret ambiguous contract provisions didn't apply when an Employee Retirement Income Security Act plan administrator was given discretion, rejecting arguments from Norton Healthcare Inc. retirees that the decision flouted the court's precedent.

  • June 18, 2018

    Mass. Top Court Greenlights Nurse Staffing Ballot Question

    A ballot question limiting the number of patients who can be assigned to a single nurse will be asked to Massachusetts voters this fall after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Monday shot down a bid by a group of voters who challenged the question on constitutional grounds.

  • June 18, 2018

    NJ Court Finds No Negligence In Priest's Fall At Hospital

    A priest who went to the hospital to give a patient last rites only to fall and break his own hip doesn't have a negligence case because some of his evidence was hearsay and the hospital owner could not have foreseen the accident, a New Jersey appellate court has found.

  • June 18, 2018

    Pa. Injury Firm Inks Deal With Feds For Medicare Repayments

    Federal prosecutors said Monday they'd inked a deal with Philadelphia-based Rosenbaum & Associates to resolve claims that the personal injury firm failed to reimburse the government for Medicare payments made to health care providers on behalf of clients.

  • June 18, 2018

    Kirkland Guides Cressey’s $1.1B Health Care Fund Close

    Health care-focused private equity shop Cressey & Co. LP on Monday said it snapped up $1.1 billion from investors for its latest private equity fund and co-investment vehicle, with Kirkland & Ellis LLP guiding the firm.

  • June 15, 2018

    Minority Lawyers On Why They Left BigLaw

    Despite the proliferation of diversity committees and inclusion initiatives, corporate law firms remain overwhelmingly white and male, especially at leadership levels. Here, minority attorneys discuss their reasons for leaving a large firm.

  • June 15, 2018

    Taking On The ‘Petri Dish’ Of BigLaw Bias

    The often-informal processes for deciding matters like compensation at law firms can create, as one expert put it, a “petri dish” for the effects of unconscious bias. Here’s how some firms are looking to shake up the system.

  • June 15, 2018

    The Best Firms For Minority Attorneys

    While U.S. law firms have long vowed to make their ranks more diverse and inclusive, the industry has long failed to deliver on those promises. Here are the firms making some headway, according to this year’s Diversity Snapshot.

  • June 15, 2018

    Law360’s Diversity Snapshot: By The Numbers

    Efforts to increase diversity have again yielded few meaningful changes in law firm demographics, according to Law360’s annual headcount survey, even as law schools continue to enroll students of color in increasing numbers.

  • June 15, 2018

    Law360’s Pro Say: What BigLaw Should Do About Diversity

    For years law firms have had programs aimed at increasing attorney diversity, but nothing is working. On this week’s Pro Say podcast we take a look at our latest survey of diversity at law firms, and unpack what experts say are the things that could actually move the needle on this issue.

  • June 15, 2018

    FCA Decision Tracker: Continued Interpretations Of Escobar

    Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court's Escobar ruling shook up the legal landscape for False Claims Act cases, Law360’s ninth post-Escobar roundup explores how courts are continuing to address key parts of the decision.

  • June 15, 2018

    Letter For Defendant Spells Trouble For Miami-Dade Judge

    A public reprimand has been recommended for a Florida state judge who wrote a character reference letter on behalf of a man awaiting federal court sentencing for his role in a $63 million Medicare kickback scheme, according to a formal complaint Friday by the state’s Judicial Qualifications Commission.

  • June 15, 2018

    Walgreens' Dual Role Helped Spur Ky. Opioid Crisis, AG Says

    Walgreens helped spread unneeded opioids throughout Kentucky as both pharmacy chain and distributor, the state's attorney general said in a lawsuit filed Thursday, allegedly cultivating a public health nightmare that has killed Kentuckians, defrauded Medicaid and spurred an armed-robbery epidemic.

  • June 15, 2018

    5th Circ. Vacates $4.3M Penalty In Medical Practice Tax Row

    A Fifth Circuit panel partly vacated a lower court's quick win for the IRS that found a now-deceased Texas doctor liable for more than $4.3 million in penalties for the unpaid withholding taxes of his medical practice, saying there was still a genuine issue of material fact that warranted a trial.

  • June 15, 2018

    Association Health Plan Rule Almost Ready For Prime Time

    Twenty Republican senators encouraged the U.S. Department of Labor on Friday to pull the trigger on a rule allowing small businesses to band together to create employee health plans, urging the agency to publish the finished rule now that the White House Office of Management and Budget has approved it.

Expert Analysis

  • BigLaw Blogs In A Post-GDPR Marketing Universe

    Stephan Roussan

    Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.

  • Navigating NLRB's Continually Shifting Landscape

    Colin Wells

    The National Labor Relations Board's recent decision in Long Beach Memorial Medical Center — concerning whether certain employer work rules violate the National Labor Relations Act — and its recent return to a Republican majority following John Ring’s confirmation as chairman demonstrate how shifts in board precedent and enforcement policy can leave employees and employers in a constant state of limbo, says Colin Wells of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • Is Your Mental Health Parity Compliance Up To Par?

    Michelle Capezza

    Compliance with the requirements of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act is an enforcement priority for the U.S. Department of Labor this year. Given recently proposed FAQs from the DOL, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, sponsors of group health plans should review and analyze their programs, says Michelle Capezza of Epstein Becker Green.

  • The Potentially Far-Reaching Impact Of Sports Betting Case

    Cory Lapin

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association was focused on sports betting but could be construed as conferring substantially more power on states in general, on issues including gun control, marijuana legalization and sanctuary cities, says Cory Lapin of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • Analyzing The Economics Of Litigation Funding

    J.B. Heaton

    The growth of litigation funding has only increased the controversy surrounding it. Looking to move beyond the rhetoric for and against the practice, attorney and investment analytics expert J.B. Heaton, of J.B. Heaton PC and Conjecture LLC, attempts an objective analysis of the underlying economics of the litigation funding arrangement.

  • How Courts Are Interpreting DC Circ. Autodial Ruling

    Cory Eichhorn

    Two competing interpretations of the D.C. Circuit's March ruling in ACA International v. Federal Communications Commission are only the beginning of what is sure to be a continuing debate on the definition of an automatic telephone dialing system, say Cory Eichhorn and Annelise Del Rivero of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Rule 23 Changes: How Electronic Notice Can Save Money

    Brandon Schwartz

    Courts are acknowledging a shifting consumer preference toward electronic mediums. Proposed changes to Rule 23, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially provide for the use of electronic notice in class actions — a change that could save parties a significant amount of money, say Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC.

  • How We Got Here: A Look Back At Trailblazing Women In Law

    Jill Norgren

    Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.

  • Insurers Use Calif. Fraud Law Against Health Providers

    Zachary Rothenberg

    California's Insurance Fraud Prevention Act has emboldened car insurance companies to sue health care providers for allegedly overcharging patients whose bills are ultimately paid by the insurers in personal injury claims. As IFPA suits become increasingly common, health care providers should take precautions to minimize their exposure, says Zachary Rothenberg of Nelson Hardiman LLP.

  • Officials Must Note Financial Conflict Of Interest Law

    Adam Raviv

    The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control was forced to resign earlier this year after her investment manager purchased stock in tobacco and pharmaceutical companies on her behalf, creating a conflict of interest with her official role. The incident highlights how important it is for public officials to understand the conflict of interest statute and structure their investment arrangements accordingly, say attorneys with WilmerHale.