• December 4, 2017

    CVS, Aetna Seek Health Care Industry Shakeup With Megadeal

    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.

  • December 4, 2017

    Medical Group's Rehiring Ban Is Illegal, 9th Circ. Told

    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.

  • December 4, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Techem, Alloheim, 21st Century Fox

    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.

  • December 4, 2017

    High Court Won't Hear Ex-Kan. AG's Suspension Appeal

    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.

  • December 4, 2017

    Montana AG Hits Purdue With Opioid Suit

    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.

  • December 4, 2017

    Blasingame Burch Freed From Ex-Client's Pelvic Mesh Suit

    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.

  • December 4, 2017

    Investors Tell 1st Circ. Sarepta Hid FDA Testing Issues

    A group of shareholders asked the First Circuit on Monday to revive their securities class action claiming executives at Sarepta Therapeutics Inc. selectively omitted facts and misled investors in 2014 about the clinical trial and regulatory outlook of a treatment for the most common form of muscular dystrophy called Duchenne.

  • December 4, 2017

    Fla. Compounding Pharmacy Can't Escape Tricare FCA Suit

    A Florida federal judge refused Monday to dismiss the federal government’s False Claims Act suit against a compounding pharmacy accused of overbilling Tricare for prescriptions, saying the government had sufficiently backed its allegations against both the company and its owner.

  • December 4, 2017

    FBI Pressured Witness With Surprise Visit, Greebel Atty Says

    An attorney for former Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP attorney Evan Greebel told the New York federal judge overseeing his fraud trial Monday that federal agents had improperly pressured a potential defense witness by arriving unannounced at his apartment door.

  • December 4, 2017

    Feds Can't Skirt $33M Brain Damage Verdict, Family Says

    The parents of an infant who suffered irreversible brain damage during a botched delivery performed by a doctor at a federally funded health clinic told the Eleventh Circuit on Friday that the government shouldn’t get back portions of a $33 million verdict if the boy dies earlier than expected.

  • December 4, 2017

    Morgan Lewis Expands Health Care Practice In Houston

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP continued to expand its health care and litigation teams with three partners and an of counsel to its Houston outpost, the firm announced on Monday.

  • December 4, 2017

    High Court's Cert Denials Include Same-Sex Benefits Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a trio of employment cases, including a closely watched suit over whether Houston can extend the same spousal benefits to city workers in same-sex and heterosexual marriages, and a former Bellagio employee's race and sex bias suit.

  • December 4, 2017

    15 Minutes With The AMA's General Counsel

    Brian D. Vandenberg took over as general counsel and senior vice president of the American Medical Association in February, bringing to the role a background in working for companies at the intersection of health and innovation.

  • December 3, 2017

    CVS Inks $69B Takeover Of Aetna

    CVS Health Corp. unveiled a $69 billion deal for Aetna Inc. on Sunday, paving the way for a union of a major pharmacy operator and a health insurance giant after Aetna saw its own takeover of a rival implode amid antitrust scrutiny earlier this year.

  • December 2, 2017

    Senate Passes $1.4 Trillion Tax Cut Legislation

    The U.S. Senate passed an expansive tax cut bill early Saturday that is projected to add more than $1 trillion to the deficit, after garnering enough support from faltering and fiscally conservative Republicans.

  • December 1, 2017

    Mass. AG, Medicaid Billing Co. Reach Deal Over Data Breach

    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has announced a deal with a company that processes Medicaid bills for school districts to resolve allegations that it flouted state consumer protection and data security laws in connection with a breach that put children at risk for identity theft and fraud.

  • December 1, 2017

    Texas Justices Won't Hear Houston Doc's Free Speech Row

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday declined to hear a case brought by a Houston anesthesiologist who claimed she was wrongfully terminated by Memorial Hermann Health System, leaving in place a lower appellate court's September decision tossing most of her claims against the hospital under a state free speech law.

  • December 1, 2017

    Pfizer, Dana-Farber Win Bid For Bristol-Myers Docs In IP Suit

    Pfizer Inc. and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute were allowed access on Friday to what a Boston federal judge described as critical information guarded by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and development partner Ono Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. in a claim seeking to add two American researchers to six cancer immunotherapy patents.

  • December 1, 2017

    DC Circ. Won't Rethink Hospital Win In Medicare Pay Battle

    The D.C. Circuit has declined to revisit its July decision finding that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services acted improperly when it changed its methods for calculating reimbursements to hospitals for uncompensated care in 2012.

  • December 1, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Merck, Mednax, Volkswagen

    Merck’s consumer health business could be valued at around €4 billion in a sale, multiple private equity suitors have interest in buying Florida-based medical services group Mednax, and Volkswagen is in talks to buy a stake in a Russian maker of light commercial vehicles.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: 2 Courts To Convince

    Kathryn Kolbert

    My first argument before the U.S. Supreme Court taught me that my job as an advocate was not solely focused on convincing the justices of the wisdom of my constitutional analysis. I also served as a spokesperson for both my clients and abortion providers across the nation, says Kathryn Kolbert, director of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College.

  • How IT And Procurement Pros Can Inform Law Firm Budgeting

    Steve Falkin

    As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.

  • Getting Real About Artificial Intelligence At Law Firms

    Mark Williamson

    Artificial intelligence needs to be legally defensible in order to be useful to law firms. There are requirements for making this happen, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Countering Statutes Of Limitations With Equitable Estoppel

    David Newman

    There are only a few situations in which a New York plaintiff can avail itself of the discovery rule to delay the accrual of a cause of action. However, New York does offer parties a way to avail themselves of discovery-rule-like protections — the doctrine of equitable estoppel, say David Newman and Matthew Lippert of Sills Cummis & Gross PC.

  • Proportionality, Not Perfection, Is What Matters

    John Rosenthal

    A few jurists and commentators have recently caused a stir in the e-discovery community by arguing that litigants should avoid using keyword searches to filter or cull a document population before using predictive coding. This “no-cull” rationale undermines the principle of proportionality at the heart of the recent changes to Federal Rule 26, say John Rosenthal and Jason Moore of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Florida Amendment 7 Objections Are On Life Support

    Corey Lapin

    Although the citizens of Florida voted to amend the state's constitution in 2004 to allow nearly unfettered access to records of “adverse medical incidents,” defendants have continued to use new and refined theories in response to Amendment 7 discovery requests. The recent ruling in Edwards v. Thomas may put an end to many of these tactics, says Cory Lapin of Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP.

  • Make Way For The 'Unicorns'

    Lucy Endel Bassli

    By "unicorn" I don’t mean the next great tech startup with a valuation of $1 billion. I mean the new breed of lawyers realizing that there are better ways to get their day jobs done, says Lucy Endel Bassli, assistant general counsel leading the legal operations and contracting functions at Microsoft Corp.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McConnell Reviews 'Unequal'

    Judge John McConnell

    As widespread claims of sexual misconduct continue to surface in the entertainment industry and beyond, a discussion of how judges treat workplace discrimination cases may be particularly timely. Here, U.S. District Judge John McConnell reviews the book "Unequal: How America’s Courts Undermine Discrimination Law," by professors Sandra Sperino and Suja Thomas.

  • Congressional Forecast: November

    Richard Hertling

    After months of talk, speculation and behind-the-scenes negotiations, the Republican tax reform proposal is expected to be released to the public this week. The stakes surrounding it are high; failure to pass the bill could put at risk Republican control of Congress in the 2018 elections, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Roundup

    Making Pro Bono Work

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    In this series, attorneys explore the challenges and rewards of pro bono volunteering in the legal profession.