Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP argued in a filing docketed Tuesday that a former client suing the firm in Pennsylvania state court for $30 million over an alleged betrayal had twice waived any conflicts stemming from the firm’s representation of potential adversaries.
Three nurse practitioners and a doctor were arrested Tuesday following an Alabama federal grand jury indictment accusing them of operating a “pill mill” out of a doctor’s office, prescribing medically unnecessary opioids, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.
UnitedHealth Group Inc. health services subsidiary Optum Inc. has agreed to pay $4.9 billion to acquire independent medical clinic operator DaVita Medical Group, Optum announced Wednesday, in a purchase advised by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.
A program the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs implemented to streamline its medical supply purchases lacked sufficient planning and oversight, meaning it hasn’t yet met its cost savings and efficiency goals and needs improvement, a government watchdog said Monday. Correction: A previous version of this article indicated the report was issued by the VA Office of Inspector General. The error has been corrected.
The Sixth Circuit on Monday affirmed a lower court's decision to toss a doctor’s suit against the Michigan Board of Medicine and the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs on the basis that the agencies had sovereign immunity under the U.S. Constitution.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., asked the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday to explain its ongoing efforts to protect whistleblowers at the agency, saying she was “troubled” by reports alleging that retaliation against VA employees is on the upswing.
A Chubb Group unit on Monday asked the Second Circuit to find that it does not owe Medidata Solutions Inc. coverage for a $4.8 million loss it suffered when it was tricked into wiring money overseas, saying the fraudster’s use of email does not render it computer fraud.
Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc. and three of its recent hires pushed a Massachusetts federal court Monday to toss or send elsewhere a lawsuit in which competitor Shire Pharmaceuticals LLC accuses them of breaching employment agreements and stealing confidential customer information.
The House of Representatives voted to approve a bill Tuesday afternoon to increase punishments for medical professionals and others who perform female genital mutilation procedures on their patients.
An owner of a group of clinics in the Chicago suburbs was sentenced to 20 months in prison Tuesday in Illinois federal court after admitting he defrauded Blue Cross Blue Shield by sending approximately $3.6 million in bills for unnecessary patient care or services that were never provided.
A Surgery Partners Inc. shareholder on Monday told the Delaware Chancery Court that Bain Capital Private Equity was allowed to work both sides of a deal and get favorable terms to finance the $760 million acquisition of a surgery facility owner this year.
Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc. on Monday priced an upsized $1.5 billion private bond offering that will refinance previously issued debt, marking the Canadian drug giant’s third major bond sale this year as it revamps its balance sheet and seeks to regain investor confidence.
Honduran officials announced Tuesday that they have extradited Eric C. Conn, a fugitive Kentucky lawyer who fled the U.S. after pleading guilty to his role in a $550 million Social Security fraud scheme and was recently captured following six months on the run.
Top House Republican tax writer Kevin Brady, of Texas, said Tuesday the finalized version of the GOP tax bill making its way through Congress will more than likely get rid of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate.
CVS Health’s acquisition of Aetna sets the health care industry on a potentially transformative path and highlights the urgency with which companies are attempting to grow in order to combat competitors, and while the transaction doesn’t set off the traditional antitrust alarm bells, there are still reasons regulators might be wary.
A California doctor urged the Ninth Circuit to overturn a lower court’s ruling enforcing his settlement with California Emergency Physicians Medical Group, which prohibits him from working with the health care chain, arguing Monday that the deal violates state law by imposing substantial restrictions on where he can work.
Canadian pension funds and private equity firms will be making a formal bid for German metering business Techem, Nordic Capital is set to shell out roughly €1.1 billion to acquire a German nursing home operator, and 21st Century Fox Inc. is favoring The Walt Disney Co. over other suitors for the sale of certain assets.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline's challenge to the indefinite suspension of his law license for misconduct in probing abortion providers, marking the second time the high court has declined to weigh in on the issue.
Montana’s attorney general on Monday announced that the state is suing Purdue Pharma over its allegedly deceptive marketing of opioids, including OxyContin, saying more than 700 people in the state have died of opioid overdoses in the last 17 years.
A West Virginia federal judge on Monday tossed a suit against Blasingame Burch Garrard & Ashley PC by a pelvic mesh class member who said she was pushed into a settlement and the money became property of her bankruptcy estate, saying a different court already settled the question of whose property it was.
Federal courts across the country are handing down important rulings interpreting the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision on False Claims Act liability in Universal Health Services v. Escobar. As the rulings keep pouring in, stay up to speed on Law360’s latest coverage and analysis of Escobar’s impact.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released guidance explaining when health care providers may share protected health information with family or friends of a patient in crisis, such as following an opioid overdose. However, some may find the guidance less than clear, says Patricia Markus of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.
The opioid epidemic is putting a white-hot spotlight on physicians for the foreseeable future. Careful adherence to regulations in their roles as both practitioner and employer can help physicians avoid unwanted scrutiny and penalties that could, at their harshest, threaten their livelihoods, say Joseph Gorrell and Matthew Collins of Brach Eichler LLC.
There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.
The Fifth Circuit's decision in U.S. v. Trinity is the most recent addition to a remarkable run of appellate decisions affirming dismissal of False Claims Act cases on materiality grounds. Trinity, however, stands apart from the crowd in a number of ways, says Rebecca Martin of McDermott Will and Emery LLP.
The U.S. House and Senate have now both detailed their tax reform plans, and both plans could have significant effects on the health care industry. Lower corporate tax rates could benefit companies in the health sector, but changes to the orphan drug tax credit and medical expense deduction would be damaging, say attorneys at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.
Defending depositions is challenging. The lawyer is the only shield and protector for the witness and the client. The rules of engagement are less than clear, and fraught with ethical perils. Difficult judgment calls often must be made in the heat of battle. This is where lawyers really earn their keep, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.
Three October bid protest decisions from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the Government Accountability Office — in Sonoran, IPKeys and CliniComp — may affect how government contractors approach the proposal and protest process, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.
Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.
Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.