Health

  • July 17, 2019

    6th Circ. Won't Give Doc Another Shot At NYT Defamation Suit

    The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday declined to revive an Ohio State University oncology researcher's defamation suit against The New York Times, finding that an article the newspaper published about him containing allegations of scientific misconduct wasn't defamatory.

  • July 17, 2019

    Republicans Criticize Another Trump Judicial Nominee

    Several Republican senators took the rare step of sharply criticizing another one of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees during a hearing Wednesday, taking particular issue with his past ruling in support of Obamacare's mandated coverage of contraception. 

  • July 17, 2019

    Heath-Minded REIT Nabs $858M Share Sale For Hospital Buys

    Medical Properties Trust Inc. on Wednesday said a follow-on stock offering brought in more than $850 million, which the Goodwin Procter-led real estate investment trust plans to use toward the acquisition of more than a dozen U.S. health care facilities.

  • July 17, 2019

    No Need To Reopen 21st Century Ch. 11, Doctors Say

    A group of ex-21st Century Oncology doctors embroiled in a dispute with the bankrupt cancer treatment chain is asking a New York bankruptcy court to reject the company's proposed adversary action against them.

  • July 17, 2019

    Air Ambulance Co. Inks $3M Deal To Ground Overtime Suit

    A helicopter ambulance provider has agreed to pony up $3 million to settle a suit brought on behalf of more than 400 current and former employees who claim the company flouted Kentucky law by not properly paying them overtime.

  • July 17, 2019

    Loestrin Buyers Win Cert. In Antitrust Battle With Pharmas

    A Rhode Island federal judge agreed to certify a class of Loestrin purchasers suing Warner Chilcott and Watson Pharmaceuticals for nearly $2 billion for allegedly sidelining generic alternatives to the widely used birth control drug.

  • July 17, 2019

    Attys Should Honor Their Word In Fee Split, Pa. Judge Says

    Attorneys at a small Pittsburgh law firm should honor their word and can be jointly held to an oral agreement to split the fees from a $4.25 million medical malpractice settlement, a Pennsylvania state court judge said Wednesday in overruling their efforts to toss the case.

  • July 17, 2019

    Nursing Home Mogul Esformes To Face Sentencing In Sept.

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday set a September sentencing date for Miami nursing home mogul Philip Esformes, who was convicted on charges of kickbacks, money laundering, bribery and obstruction of justice related to an alleged $450 million health care fraud scheme.

  • July 16, 2019

    Surgeon Tells Calif. Judge Women's Bodies Reject J&J Mesh

    A surgeon who specializes in removing pelvic mesh devices told a California judge Tuesday that women's bodies reject the devices leading to lifelong pain and other complications, during the first full day of testimony in the bench trial on state Attorney General Xavier Becerra's claims that Johnson & Johnson falsely marketed its mesh.

  • July 16, 2019

    Landscaping Co. To Pay $800K Over Doctor's Icy Fall

    A landscaping company that was responsible for ice removal outside an Illinois medical center reached an $800,000 settlement in state court with a doctor who was injured in a fall on a slippery sidewalk, according to lawyers involved in the case.

  • July 16, 2019

    Flawed Vetting Of Jurors Warrants Med Mal Retrial, Court Says

    A Pennsylvania appellate court said Tuesday that the widow of a man who died from a leg amputation should get a new trial because the lower court mistakenly allowed two jurors who admitted bias against medical malpractice plaintiffs.

  • July 16, 2019

    A Look Back At Justice Stevens' Most Important Opinions

    Justice John Paul Stevens wrote over 1,000 opinions in his 34 years on the U.S. Supreme Court, leaving a footprint in the court’s jurisprudence still visible today. Here, Law360 looks back at his most important decisions, from landmark First Amendment cases to those involving the separation of powers.

  • July 16, 2019

    Justice John Paul Stevens' Brand Of Judicial Humility

    His critics called him a "liberal activist." His fans? A "liberal icon." But those who worked for Justice John Paul Stevens remember a common law judge who took things one case at a time.

  • July 16, 2019

    GAO Rejects Protest Over VA Erectile Dysfunction Drug Deal

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied a pharmaceutical company's protest over a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs contract to provide erectile dysfunction medication, saying that the agency reasonably nixed the solicitation over the firm's high-priced bid.

  • July 16, 2019

    Workers Sue Yale Over Wellness Program's Fines

    A trio of Yale University workers sued the school in Connecticut federal court Tuesday over its employee wellness program’s $1,300 per year fine for nonparticipants, saying the penalty places the program in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

  • July 16, 2019

    Retired Justice John Paul Stevens, Hero To Left, Dead At 99

    Retired Justice John Paul Stevens, a World War II veteran who became a liberal icon during his more than three decades on the U.S. Supreme Court, died Tuesday at 99, the Supreme Court said.

  • July 16, 2019

    Philly Kids Hospital's Owner Proposes Fast Ch. 11 Sale Plan

    Center City Healthcare LLC, the bankrupt owner of two medical facilities in Philadelphia, submitted bidding procedures Tuesday in Delaware governing the proposed Chapter 11 sale of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children with a transaction closing deadline in early October.

  • July 16, 2019

    Insurer's Opioid Suit Not Rooted In Federal Law, Judge Says

    An Illinois risk fund’s lawsuit seeking to hold more than 30 parties liable over the nation’s opioid crisis belongs in state court because it does not involve significant questions of federal law, a Chicago federal judge said Monday.

  • July 16, 2019

    Drexel Says Insurer Must Pay For Sex Assault Claims Defense

    Drexel University has accused its insurer of reneging on an obligation to provide defense coverage for a string of lawsuits against the school over a former high-ranking university doctor who pled guilty to sexually abusing patients.

  • July 16, 2019

    Panel Weighs Fla. House's Entry Into Medical Pot Law Case

    Florida's First District Court of Appeal appeared during oral arguments Tuesday to lean toward letting the state House of Representatives enter a case in which a lower court found that regulations it established for medical marijuana treatment centers are unconstitutional.

  • July 16, 2019

    Loestrin Buyers Seek Approval Of $1M Lupin Deal

    Loestrin end payors on Monday moved for preliminary approval of their $1 million settlement with Lupin Pharmaceuticals to resolve their portion of litigation accusing the company of working with another pharmaceutical duo to sideline generic alternatives to the widely used birth control drug.

  • July 16, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Prime US REIT, Muss, InvenTrust

    Prime US REIT is reportedly paying $1.2 billion for a portfolio of U.S. properties, Muss Development is said to have leased out 42,982 square feet in New York to EmblemHealth, and InvenTrust has reportedly picked up a Florida shopping center from Blackstone for $97 million.

  • July 16, 2019

    Cannabis-Focused SPAC Prices $575M Canadian IPO

    A special purpose acquisition company focused on buying a cannabis-related business closed a $575 million initial public offering in Canada on Tuesday in what is said to be the largest IPO from a blank-check vehicle in Canadian history.

  • July 16, 2019

    No-Cost NJ Hospital Saves Cardiac-Patient Steering Claims

    The New Jersey appeals court on Tuesday revived civil conspiracy and unfair competition claims by charity hospital Deborah Heart and Lung Center against Virtua Health and a physician's group, ruling a jury should determine whether a conspiracy to steer cardiac patients away from Deborah existed.

  • July 16, 2019

    Judge OKs Release Of National Opioid Sales Data

    The Ohio federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation over the opioid crisis said that national data on opioid sales before December 2012 should be publicly available.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Ballard Spahr Diversity Chief Virginia Essandoh

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    In the final installment of this monthly series, legal recruiting expert Carlos Pauling from Major Lindsey & Africa talks with Virginia Essandoh about the trends and challenges she sees as chief diversity officer at Ballard Spahr.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McMahon On 'Roosevelt For The Defense'

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    In "Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense," authors Dan Abrams and David Fisher meticulously chronicle the forgotten high-profile 1915 libel trial of Teddy Roosevelt, capturing the interesting legal customs of an era before things like notice pleading and pretrial discovery, says Chief U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York.

  • The First Deference Ruling Of High Court Term

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    PDR Network v. Carlton & Harris is a Telephone Consumer Protection Act case, but the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last week drew some important battle lines over the broader question of agency deference, say Artin Betpera and David Carter of Womble Bond.

  • Occupational License Laws May Hurt Health Care Competition

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    Though occupational licensing regulations and scope-of-practice laws help to maintain health care quality, they may also increase barriers to entry, which reduces competition and exacerbates provider shortages and rising health care costs, say experts at Analysis Group.

  • Rohrmoos Highlights Steps To Securing Atty Fees In Texas

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    The contours of the Texas Supreme Court's decision in Rohrmoos Venture v. UTSW DVA Healthcare provide important clarifications, reminders and cautions regarding attorney fee claims — most importantly, that providing billing records is essentially indispensable, say attorneys at Jones Walker.

  • How A Procedural Misstep Can Invalidate IRS Penalties

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    The U.S. Tax Court’s recent determination in Romano-Murphy v. Commissioner, that failure to provide a preassessment hearing invalidated IRS penalties, highlights important distinctions between key functions and personnel within the IRS Office of Appeals, say Michael Chittenden and Michael Lloyd at Covington.

  • An Ethics And Compliance Punch List For Gov't Contractors

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    The U.S. Department of Justice recently reiterated that it will not tolerate government contractors that lack a required business and ethics compliance program. With consequences so high, now is the time for companies that have fallen behind to catch up, say Robert Tompkins and Rodney Perry at Holland & Knight.

  • Key Differences In Nev. And Calif. Data Privacy Laws

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    Nevada’s recently enacted Senate Bill 220 gives state residents a broad right to opt out of the sale of their personal information. Companies currently preparing for the California Consumer Privacy Act cannot assume that CCPA compliance equates to compliance with S.B. 220, say Sadia Mirza and Yanni Lin at Troutman Sanders.

  • A Look At China's New Cybersecurity Guidance

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    Businesses providing services over the internet are likely to face continued challenges to comply with the expanding implementation of China's cybersecurity law, especially with respect to broadening definitions of personal information holders under new guidance, say Xiaoyan Zhang and Vincent James Barbuto of Reed Smith.

  • How Purdue Opioid Win Could Bolster J&J In Okla. Trial

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    North Dakota's consumer fraud and public nuisance claims against opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma were recently dismissed by a state court. The decision provides a framework for opioid defendants to challenge similar allegations in other jurisdictions, and may prove timely for Johnson & Johnson in its current Oklahoma trial, says Cameron Turner of Segal McCambridge.

  • Government Contractor Compliance: 1 Size Can’t Fit All

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    Contractors that do business with federal, state and local government entities face an interesting — and intensifying — predicament: How to develop a comprehensive yet straightforward compliance program that satisfies varying laws in varying jurisdictions, say Jeniffer Roberts and Katherine Veeder at Alston & Bird.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Can Improve Their Job Interviews

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    When evaluating potential new hires, law firms should utilize structured interviews in order to create a consistent rating system that accurately and effectively assesses candidates' skills and competencies, says Jennifer Henderson of Major Lindsey.

  • Employer Options For White Collar Contractors After Dynamex

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    Though multiple worker classification questions still swirl around the California Supreme Court's Dynamex decision, many have wondered what it means for white collar independent contractors. The law is still murky on this point, but there are several steps that might help hiring companies rebut a misclassification claim, say Raymond Bertrand and James de Haan at Paul Hastings.

  • State Net

    State Efforts To Rein In Drug Costs Have Mixed Success

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    Reducing the soaring costs of commonly used prescription drugs has become a political priority in the nation’s statehouses. But thus far, states have done better at increasing transparency around drug pricing than at actually lowering prices, says Lou Cannon of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • How To Streamline Virtual Law Team Mass Tort Defense

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    A primary benefit of the virtual law team in mass tort litigation is creative collaboration. A "company case" approach is essential to breaking down the silos between team members, say attorneys at FaegreBD and Reed Smith.

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