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Health

  • December 4, 2018

    ProHealth Exec Says Gender Bias Led To Firing

    A female ProHealth Care executive has alleged in a lawsuit filed in New York federal court that a male executive traumatized her and that she was told she was being sacked while she was on leave for panic attacks.

  • December 4, 2018

    MVP: Debevoise & Plimpton's Andrew L. Bab

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP partner Andrew L. Bab helped shepherd a complex deal that made waves in the health care space this year, working with private equity firms TPG Capital and Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe in a $4.1 billion acquisition of Kindred Healthcare, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2018 Health MVPs.

  • December 4, 2018

    Welltower Gets $300M Investment From Qatar Sovereign Fund

    Health care-focused real estate investment trust Welltower Inc. said on Tuesday that an affiliate of Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund has acquired $300 million in the company’s common stock.

  • December 3, 2018

    Fla. Hospital Seeks Sanctions Over Deleted Facebook Profile

    Lee Memorial Health System said Monday that a patient claiming she was sexually assaulted by a nurse at the Florida hospital should be sanctioned for deleting her Facebook profile during litigation, spoiling evidence the hospital says could have been used in its defense.

  • December 3, 2018

    Trump Admin. Urges Broad Easing Of Health Laws

    The Trump administration published a sweeping health care manifesto Monday that criticized the ubiquity of comprehensive health insurance and recommended a wide-ranging relaxation of state and federal laws in order to strengthen competition and bring down prices.

  • December 3, 2018

    Gov’t Told To Say Why CVS-Aetna Deal Needs Quick Wrap-Up

    A D.C. federal judge rebuked the U.S. Justice Department on Monday for trying to speed through the CVS-Aetna merger before he carried out his role in clearing the deal.

  • December 3, 2018

    Atty Fighting Sanctions Says Lies Ignored In Insys Case

    An attorney for the billionaire founder of Insys Therapeutics filed documents in Boston federal court Monday to suggest that prosecutors believed a then-suspect who is now cooperating with prosecutors in the company's bribery case was lying to them in a 2016 proffer, but chose not to prosecute him for the lies.

  • December 3, 2018

    Texas Court Says Insurer Waited Too Long To Collect $6M

    A Texas appellate court has ruled that United Healthcare is time-barred from pursuing more than $6 million worth of emergency room facility fees it paid to a hospital and two affiliated urgent care centers that the insurer claimed weren’t entitled to collect the fees.

  • December 3, 2018

    Investor Flags Antibiotics Co. Melinta's $75M Stock Sale

    A stockholder filed a proposed class action in Delaware Chancery Court claiming antibiotics company Melinta Therapeutics Inc.'s board breached its fiduciary duty by entering into an agreement to sell $75 million of the company’s stock to shareholder Vatera Holdings LLC at a time when the stock value is distressed.

  • December 3, 2018

    Fla. Judge Recommends Trimming Pharmacy FCA Suit

    A Florida magistrate judge has recommended trimming a False Claims Act suit accusing a compounding pharmacy and its private equity fund owner of running a $68 million kickback scheme involving medically unnecessary prescriptions for Tricare beneficiaries.

  • December 3, 2018

    Parents Seek Win Against Tribal Hospital In Birth Injury Suit

    The parents of a baby born with serious brain injuries have urged an Oklahoma federal court to grant their motion for partial summary judgment against a tribal hospital over claims that negligent care resulted in the injuries, arguing that the court should immediately find in their favor on three significant issues.

  • December 3, 2018

    2 Firms Lead Nov. IPO Action Fueled By Blank Check Cos.

    Two firms leaped ahead of peers based on proceeds from initial public offerings they steered in November, bolstered by blank check companies that generated the largest IPOs in an otherwise quiet month for deals.

  • December 3, 2018

    Fenwick, DLA Steer ResMed’s $225M Propeller Health Buy

    Technology-focused medical device maker ResMed said Monday it will acquire a stake in digital therapeutics firm Propeller Health from Safeguard Scientifics in a $225 million deal, with Fenwick & West LLP and DLA Piper guiding the buyer and seller, respectively.

  • December 3, 2018

    Walmart, 3 Pharma Cos. Sued Over Tainted Combo Drug

    Walmart and three pharmaceutical companies were hit with a proposed class action in Florida federal court Saturday alleging they contributed to the production and sale of contaminated batches of a drug used to treat high blood pressure and diabetes.

  • December 3, 2018

    Miami Man To Remain Jailed For Trial In $1B Medicare Fraud

    A Miami businessman who has been jailed for nearly two and a half years on charges of carrying out a $1 billion health care fraud must remain in custody through his trial early next year, a Florida federal judge ruled Monday, finding no violation of his due process rights.

  • December 3, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: DLA Piper's Eric Falkenberry

    DLA Piper’s Eric Falkenberry quantifies litigation risk for buyers and sellers in the M&A arena, runs data boot camps for colleagues and helps dream up innovative new analytics tools, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • November 30, 2018

    The Data-Driven Lawyers Of 2018

    Big Data. Statistical Analysis. Insights. Innovation. These data-driven lawyers are making their mark on the legal industry and developing systems and practices that will change the way law is practiced in the 21st century.

  • November 30, 2018

    New Lab Payments Inflated By $11B, Watchdog Warns

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' implementation of new laboratory payment rates in Medicare could cost an extra $11 billion unnecessarily, the Government Accountability Office said Friday in a report that urged CMS to change course.

  • November 30, 2018

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen HSBC's private bank unit hit with an action from nearly 250 claimants, Dutch bank ABN Amro sue more than a dozen insurers and Aviva's health unit take on the Saudi Arabian embassy and government. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • November 30, 2018

    11th Circ. OKs Indictment Change In Med-Smuggling Case

    The Eleventh Circuit has decided that a federal district judge had been right to allow prosecutors to modify a criminal indictment against a Florida doctor who was later convicted of smuggling medical products into the U.S. as part of a health care fraud scheme.

Expert Analysis

  • Diligence Remains Key For Medicare Advantage Plans

    Michael Kolber

    In UnitedHealthcare v. Azar, a D.C. federal court recently determined that it was too easy for Medicare Advantage health plans to be accused of fraud based on erroneous data. Though the court struck down a regulation instructing plans to use "reasonable diligence," plans should not scale back compliance programs, says Michael Kolber of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.

  • Protecting Law Firm Talent At Both Ends

    Susan Blakely

    By 2030, it is possible that 75 percent of lawyers practicing in the U.S. will be millennials. A broadened focus on retention and advancement of all young lawyers is therefore a logical step forward but it fails to address another major retention issue that law firms should explore, says Susan Smith Blakely of LegalPerspectives LLC.

  • Q&A

    Wendy Olson Talks Twin Falls, Tribes, Private Practice

    Wendy Olson

    Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho Wendy Olson discusses her decades of experience prosecuting white collar crimes and civil rights violations, her work and challenges as U.S. attorney, and her move to private practice.

  • Prospects For Tax Policy In A Divided Post-Election Congress

    Evan Migdail

    The outcome of next week's election remains uncertain, but it is possible to predict some of the policy changes and legislative initiatives likely to arise during lame duck and 116th congressional sessions if Democrats regain a majority in the House of Representatives, say Evan Migdail and Melissa Gierach at DLA Piper LLP.

  • How SUPPORT Will Affect Pharma Interactions With DEA

    Jodi Avergun

    While the SUPPORT Act is largely directed at treatment and prevention, it contains several momentous provisions for companies that manufacture, distribute or dispense opioid medications. Interestingly, the act also imposes significant analytical and reporting hurdles on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, says Jodi Avergun of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Brown Reviews 'Dangerous Leaders'

    Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown

    Anthony Thompson’s "Dangerous Leaders: How and Why Lawyers Must Be Taught to Lead" explores the conflict many lawyers face when charged with the responsibility of leadership. The book is an excellent read for all lawyers, says U.S. District Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown of the Eastern District of Louisiana.

  • A First Look At The Sweeping New Opioid Law

    Kathleen McDermott

    The SUPPORT Act, signed into law this week, is Congress' long-anticipated response to the national opioid crisis. The act's wide-ranging provisions take aim at the entire health care continuum, reflecting the breadth of the crisis as well as the collective resolve of Congress to address the challenges, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Larger Issues Possibly At Stake In High Court Medicare Case

    Keith Bradley

    The U.S. Supreme Court's eventual decision in Azar v. Allina Health Services will be important for all hospitals or care providers that participate in Medicare. But it also has the potential — and risk — to become ensnared in much deeper issues about the foundations of administrative law, say Keith Bradley and Sven Collins of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Breaking The Rules: 3 Ways To 'Lead' A Direct Examination

    Matthew Menchel

    Trial lawyers are frequently taught that they should appear invisible during direct examination — that their job is merely to prompt the witness to start speaking. But the most powerful direct examinations are the ones in which the examiner, not the witness, is controlling the pace, say attorneys with Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • A Closer Look At CMS' Drug Price Disclosure Proposal

    Kellie Combs

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week proposed a rule that would require disclosure of list prices in ads for prescription drugs. However, a number of questions remain regarding the proposed rule's impact, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray LLP.