Health

  • November 29, 2017

    Atty Seeks Arbitration For Ex-Pot Co. Exec's Malpractice Suit

    The attorney accused by a former marijuana vending machine mogul of being partly to blame for alleged securities law violations that led to a $12.3 million settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told a California federal court on Tuesday that the malpractice suit against him and his firm belongs in arbitration.

  • November 29, 2017

    Prenatal Vitamin Maker Fights To Stop OTC Label Change

    A prenatal vitamin maker urged a California federal judge Wednesday to preliminarily bar First Databank Inc. from changing codes on prescription prenatal vitamins so they’re sold over-the-counter, arguing that the change will mislabel the supplements and deny pregnant women covered by Medicaid access to vitamins that prevent birth defects.

  • November 29, 2017

    Northwestern Memorial Can't Escape Ex-Nurse's Age Bias Suit

    An Illinois federal judge refused Tuesday to grant summary judgment to a hospital that allegedly fired a nurse because of her age, saying the bias allegations create a viable factual possibility that age, rather than alleged unauthorized patient care, was the reason for the firing.

  • November 29, 2017

    7th Circ. Clears Prison Medical Contractor In Inmate's Suit

    The Seventh Circuit affirmed a district court decision Tuesday granting a quick win to prison contractor Advanced Correctional Healthcare, one of its doctors and a nurse in a suit brought by an inmate claiming his medical needs were ignored while at a county jail in Indiana.

  • November 29, 2017

    BioChemics Obtains 11th-Hour Deposit On $17M Owed To SEC

    Attorneys for BioChemics Inc. notified a Boston federal judge on Wednesday that it secured a down payment on the $17 million it owes the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission just 15 minutes before a hearing where government attorneys were set to pounce on the company for default.

  • November 29, 2017

    Pharma Marketers Can't Escape Tricare Kickback Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday rejected several defendants’ attempts to dismiss allegations they received kickbacks to steer Tricare beneficiaries to participate in a fraudulent billing scheme, saying a whistleblower had adequately alleged the illegitimacy of the claimed “marketing” payments.

  • November 29, 2017

    AGs Back Pa.'s Suit Over Contraception Mandate Exemptions

    A coalition of attorneys general from states including Massachusetts, California and New York on Tuesday voiced support for an effort by their counterpart in Pennsylvania to block regulations recently announced by the Trump administration dialing back the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate by allowing employers to claim religious or moral objections.

  • November 29, 2017

    Gymnastics Doc Pleads Guilty To More Sexual Abuse Claims

    Sports doctor Larry Nassar on Wednesday pled guilty in Michigan court to charges of felony criminal sexual conduct stemming from allegations of sexual abuse from more than 100 young female gymnasts, entering his plea after copping to similar charges a week ago in a separate case.

  • November 29, 2017

    HHS Pick Bashes ACA, Sweats Drug Prices On Capitol Hill

    President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services testified Wednesday on Capitol Hill, disparaging the Affordable Care Act and struggling to defend drug pricing decisions during his time at Eli Lilly & Co.

  • November 29, 2017

    Siemens Picks Frankfurt For 2018 IPO Of Health Care Unit

    German industrial conglomerate Siemens AG said Wednesday its board of directors selected the Frankfurt Stock Exchange for the long-awaited initial public offering of the company’s health care technology unit, targeting the spinoff for the first half of 2018.

  • November 29, 2017

    Calif. Appeals Court Upholds BOE's $17M Sales Tax Reshuffle

    A California appeals court reversed a lower court ruling Tuesday, saying a decision by the state’s Board of Equalization over a $17 million sales tax dispute among three cities should have been left intact.

  • November 29, 2017

    On Rehearing, Fla. Panel Reverses Allstate PIP Win

    A Florida appeals court on rehearing Wednesday reversed a win for Allstate Insurance Co. over its personal injury protection policy language on Medicare fee schedules, ruling it should not have retroactively applied a state Supreme Court decision to the case.

  • November 29, 2017

    Feds Seek 30 Years For Fla. Eye Doc's $32M Medicare Fraud

    Federal prosecutors are seeking a 30-year prison sentence for Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, who was found guilty of overbilling Medicare by $32 million, telling the court Tuesday that a lengthy imprisonment is needed to account for his “truly horrific” crimes and to deter similar offenses.

  • November 29, 2017

    Philly Doctor, Staffer Accused Of Running Opioid Pill Mill

    A doctor and his receptionist were accused of operating an opioid pill mill out of his Philadelphia office, allegedly charging hundreds of dollars for each prescription without offering patients any kind of medical service, according to an indictment unsealed in Pennsylvania federal court Tuesday.

  • November 29, 2017

    KKR Collects $1.45B For Health Care PE Fund

    New York-based KKR & Co. LP has clinched a $1.45 billion investment vehicle that will focus on health care businesses based in the Americas, according to a Wednesday statement from the private equity giant.

  • November 28, 2017

    J&J Unit Didn't Provide Pelvic Mesh Warning, Witness Says

    Johnson & Johnson unit Ethicon began selling a pelvic mesh product in 2005 without giving doctors a warning related to patient sexual intercourse, according to testimony Tuesday at a New Jersey state court trial over claims the device caused a woman debilitating pain.

  • November 28, 2017

    Geico Seeks $15M Paid To Fla. Med Group For 'Fake' Claims

    Geico filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking to recover more than $15 million it paid out to Florida-based chiropractic network Path Medical LLC for allegedly fraudulent insurance claims.

  • November 28, 2017

    Firm Must Face Ex-Client's Suit Over Missed Deadline To Sue

    An Illinois federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Florida law firm must face a malpractice suit concerning its withdrawal from representation of a wrongful-death plaintiff that then missed a statute-of-limitations cutoff, saying the claims are good enough to pass initial hurdles.

  • November 28, 2017

    Hospital Asks Texas Justices To Nix Ex-Worker’s Award

    Methodist Healthcare System Ltd. LLP told the Texas Supreme Court on Monday it should review decisions by a trial court and lower appellate court to affirm an arbitration award in favor of an ex-employee who alleged she was fired for discriminatory reasons because the arbitrator clearly acted outside his authority.

  • November 28, 2017

    Health Equip. Co. Asks 6th Circ. To Toss Fire Death Verdict

    A Tennessee federal court erred on the way to a $2.5 million jury verdict against a medical equipment provider over an elderly man’s death in a fire, the provider told the Sixth Circuit on Monday, arguing claims from the man’s son should’ve been dismissed and a new trial is warranted.

Expert Analysis

  • 'KRACK' Wi-Fi Flaw: What Health Care Cos. Should Know

    Bradley Sayles

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a warning about a widespread vulnerability that exists in nearly all wireless networks. Health care providers and other covered entities and business associates should be aware of the vulnerability and take preventative measures to ensure ongoing compliance with information privacy and security requirements, say Bradley Sayles and Amelia Lant of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Opinion

    Representing Women At The Intersection Of Law And Finance

    Andrea Mitchell

    To the extent that companies have tolerated predominantly male leadership in the past because it was deemed necessary for growth and prosperity, or viewed diversity and the underrepresentation of women strictly as human resources issues, a growing body of research suggests otherwise, say Andrea Mitchell and Valerie Hletko of Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Recent Disasters Highlight Drug Shortage Problem

    Ethan Jorgansen-Earp

    A month after Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico, the island's drug manufacturing facilities are still being affected by power outages. This situation makes it clear that the supply of drugs is not unlimited and raises questions as to what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration can do about such shortages, says Ethan Jorgansen-Earp of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Building Sponsorship Relationships

    Michael Scudder

    Within their first year, associates should make it a priority to take on a pro bono matter and approach a partner about supervising the project. By collaborating with a partner on a pro bono case, young associates can cultivate sponsorship relationships while simultaneously contributing to the public good, say Michael Scudder and Jay Mitchell of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • House Bill Would Raise Stakes Of Congressional Inquiries

    Steven Ross

    On Monday, the House passed a bill that, if enacted, would shift the current landscape regarding judicial review of congressional subpoenas and place significant burdens on all recipients of such subpoenas, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Tension Between Legal Marijuana Use And Employer Rights

    Jonathan Crotty

    Earlier this year Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill that provides certain patients the right to use marijuana for medical purposes. However, the law specifically states that employers are not required to accommodate medical marijuana use in any respect, which is a conflict that causes confusion and consternation for legal marijuana users and their employers, say Jonathan Crotty and Sarah Douglas of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP.

  • Trending In Telehealth: Behavioral Health Services

    Amy Lerman

    An increasing number of behavioral health care professionals are becoming more and more interested in using telehealth platforms to connect with their patients, and there is much new and updated guidance from states regarding the practice of providing such services in this space, says Amy Lerman of Epstein Becker & Green PC.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Be A Sponge

    Patrick Mendes

    As a new attorney, it was astonishing to realize how little I knew. I soon began to appreciate that everyone I met had a unique take or way of doing something. Many things I learned during that first year from my colleagues are still incorporated into my practice today, says Patrick Mendes of Tyson & Mendes LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Beyond The Hurdles

    Ann Warren

    There are various barriers to corporate pro bono work, including lack of malpractice insurance coverage, limited resources, and the transactional nature of the majority of in-house legal work. But at the end of the day, we’ve overcome many of these barriers, says Ann Warren, associate general counsel of Duke Energy Corp.

  • 11th Circ. Just Got More Attractive For Business Bankruptcy

    Paul Steven Singerman

    The initial hurdle in every case involving bar order litigation is whether the bankruptcy court has jurisdiction to enter the proposed bar order. The Eleventh Circuit’s recent opinion in Fundamental Long Term Care offers the clearest statement to date of the law upholding the power of bankruptcy courts to issue bar orders, say attorneys with Berger Singerman LLP.