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  • July 9, 2019

    Ex-M&A Firm Employee Pleads Guilty To Stealing Funds

    A former administrative assistant at a Pittsburgh-area mergers and acquisitions firm pled guilty in state court Tuesday to using more than $286,000 of the company's funds for personal use over 16 years, the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office announced.

  • July 9, 2019

    Can Data Solve BigLaw’s Diversity Problems?

    Even the most well-intentioned law firms can struggle to build and retain diverse teams. Those at the cutting edge are finding the answers could lie in their own internal data.

  • July 9, 2019

    12 Attorneys On How Diversity Gives Them The Edge

    Law360 asked lawyers how diverse backgrounds can be an advantage for them and their firms, and the answers poured in. Here are a dozen personal accounts of diversity at work.

  • July 9, 2019

    Ex-CCO Says She Was Fired For Blowing Whistle On Boss

    A former chief compliance officer with the broker-dealer National Securities Corporation said the company CEO fired her after she uncovered and reported his insider trading, according to a suit filed Monday in New York federal court.

  • July 9, 2019

    Nursing Home Operator Owes $2M To Brain Clinic: 7th Circ.

    The Seventh Circuit on Monday backed a lower court's decision granting a Milwaukee brain injury center over $2 million in its suit claiming a nursing home facility operator that housed its operations misused funds collected for services, rejecting the managing member's contention the center did not "own" the redirected money.

  • July 9, 2019

    UnitedHealthcare Says Prostate Cancer Treatment Suit Flawed

    UnitedHealthcare Insurance Co. has urged a Florida federal judge to pare down a proposed class action accusing the insurer of wrongly denying coverage for a particular prostate cancer treatment, arguing there were flaws in the patients’ fiduciary breach claims.

  • July 9, 2019

    Feds, Alaska Tribal Health Co. Reach Deal In Funding Suit

    The federal government has reached a deal with a tribally governed health care organization in its suit challenging an Indian Health Service decision that the organization says would reduce certain cost payments by millions of dollars.

  • July 9, 2019

    Ex-Laser Surgery Chain Workers Win Cert. In Layoffs Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Monday granted a bid by former employees of Tampa-based Laser Spine Institute LLC to certify a class of workers who say they were laid off without the 60-day advance notice required by federal law when the institute closed all of its remaining surgical centers.

  • July 9, 2019

    PE Firm Prospect Hill Closes 2nd Fund At $380M

    Boston-based private equity investor Prospect Hill Partners, recently rebranded from J.W. Childs Associates LP, has closed its second iteration of its fund on Tuesday with $380 million, $80 million ahead of its reported target.

  • July 8, 2019

    J&J Loses Bid To Escape Okla.'s Opioid Megatrial

    Johnson & Johnson on Monday lost a hard-fought bid for a midtrial win in Oklahoma's landmark case over the opioid crisis, and the trial continued with a pharmacy enforcement agent called by the defense who explained that drug dispensaries are one place where opioids can find their way into the wrong hands.

  • July 8, 2019

    NY Hospital Can Shield Internal Records In Baby Injury Suit

    A New York appellate panel has ruled that health care providers sued for allegedly causing an infant’s brain damage and a nonparty hospital need not produce documents created as part of the hospital’s internal review of the incident, saying the documents are privileged under a state law.

  • July 8, 2019

    How The Legal Pipeline Is Failing Black Attorneys

    Despite decades of programming and well-meaning talk about increasing diversity, African Americans still make up a lower percentage of law firm lawyers than both Latinos and Asian Americans. Here's what some attorneys are doing about it.

  • July 8, 2019

    WADA Joins Europol In Massive Crackdown On Steroids

    Law enforcement seized 3.8 million steroids, other illicit doping substances and counterfeit medicines set to be sold on the black market as part of an international anti-doping crackdown aided by the World Anti-Doping Agency, the European Union’s police agency Europol said Monday.

  • July 8, 2019

    Ex-Hospice Aide Says Settlement Ended Records Theft Case

    A Pittsburgh-area nurse's aide asked a federal court Monday to enforce the $5,000 settlement of her unpaid-overtime lawsuit against her former employer after one of the hospice's attorneys allegedly refused to drop a criminal case accusing her of absconding with patient files and trade secrets when she was fired.

  • July 8, 2019

    UK Opens Competition Probe Into Health Care Sector Conduct

    Britain's antitrust regulator says it has opened an investigation into suspected anti-competitive arrangements among companies in the U.K.’s private health care sector.

  • July 8, 2019

    Judge Nixes Rule Forcing Drug Prices In TV Ads

    A D.C. federal judge on Monday vacated a federal regulation mandating the disclosure of wholesale drug prices in television advertisements, a decision that came just the day before the controversial requirement was set to take effect.

  • July 8, 2019

    Ill. Court Affirms $4.8M Med Mal Award In Patient Death Suit

    An Illinois appellate panel has upheld a $4.8 million award against a gastroenterologist who jurors found negligently performed a procedure, leading to a patient's death, saying the verdict was not against the manifest weight of the evidence.

  • July 8, 2019

    In Their Own Words: 9 Partners On Diversity At Work

    We asked nine law firm partners with diverse backgrounds about times when their race, religion or identity unexpectedly came into play with their work. Here, in front of the camera, they share those stories.

  • July 8, 2019

    The Best Firms For Minority Equity Partners

    Attorneys of color are still hugely underrepresented in firms’ upper echelons, but Law360’s 2019 Diversity Snapshot shows that some are going above and beyond to put partners of color in their top ranks.

  • July 8, 2019

    Ex-Insys Bosses Still Aiding 8 Kickback Probes, Feds Say

    Prosecutors told a Boston federal judge on Monday that a pair of former Insys Therapeutics Inc. executives who pled guilty to a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe opioids are still cooperating in at least eight related investigations, asking that their sentencing hearings be delayed by four months.

  • July 8, 2019

    Dad Fights Oxford's Bid To Nix Suit Over Son's Benefits Denial

    A father and son have urged a Utah federal judge not to toss their suit alleging that Oxford Health Plans violated federal health and benefits laws by denying coverage for the son’s mental health and substance use treatment, arguing the claims weren’t foreclosed by a class action against United Behavioral Health.

  • July 8, 2019

    Biggest Merger Reviews Of 2019: Midyear Report

    The start of 2019 saw a big loss for the Justice Department on its attempt to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger, while two more megadeals probed by the agency got mired in arduous reviews that are ongoing. The Federal Trade Commission, for its part, split on several vertical merger calls, and enforcers from Europe and the U.K. effectively blocked a string of deals.

  • July 8, 2019

    Attys Seek $7.8M For $24M Deal In Anthem 401(k) Suit

    Attorneys for a group of employees who sued an Anthem Inc. subsidiary over its multibillion-dollar 401(k) plan's fees and investments asked an Indiana federal judge Friday to award them $7.8 million in fees after they reached a $24 million settlement.

  • July 8, 2019

    Akorn Investors Seek Cert. In Suit Over Failed Merger

    Akorn Inc. investors have asked an Illinois federal judge for class certification in their securities fraud suit claiming the generic-drug maker and its executives falsified regulatory submissions that sunk a multibillion-dollar merger and tanked Akorn's share price.

  • July 8, 2019

    Key Contractor Might Cut Off Philly Hospital In Ch. 11

    A crucial service provider at Philadelphia’s Hahnemann University Hospital threatened Monday to make good on an announced July 12 service cutoff barring approval of key concessions for an unsecured creditor committee in the hospital's wider Delaware Chapter 11 bankruptcy loan.

Expert Analysis

  • Commercial Lease Negotiations In Texas After Rohrmoos

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    Following the Texas Supreme Court's decision in favor of tenant rights in Rohrmoos Venture v. UTSW DVA Healthcare, parties to commercial leases should pay close attention to issues like what constitutes a landlord's breach of lease, and whether the tenant will waive the right to terminate in the event of a breach, says Cara Kelly of Greenberg Traurig.

  • Takeaways From The High Court's Medicare Ruling

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    Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision in Azar v. Allina Health Services, a case affecting all hospitals that care for Medicare-eligible patients, has potentially far-reaching implications for the government’s ability to change Medicare policy, say Michael Kimberly and Ethan Townsend at McDermott.

  • Much-Needed 3rd Circ. Insights On TCPA Fax Issues

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    In two decisions issued in consolidated cases, the Third Circuit recently offered additional substantive guidance on what is and isn't an advertisement under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and provided businesses issuing customer surveys through faxes with a safe harbor from TCPA liability, say Samantha Southall and Patrick Doran at Buchanan Ingersoll.

  • Measuring The Value Of A Law Firm's Social Media Efforts

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    Most legal marketers struggle to show the return on investment of their social media efforts, but establishing and answering several key questions can help demonstrate exactly how social media programs contribute to a law firm's bottom line, say Guy Alvarez of Good2bSocial and communications consultant Tom Orewyler.

  • Why Association Health Plans Are Still A Great Idea

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    Notwithstanding a recent federal court decision undercutting the U.S. Department of Labor’s association health plan rules, as well as constitutional challenges to the Affordable Care Act that may affect the legality of some plans, employer groups should consider forming AHPs, says Jewell Esposito of FisherBroyles.

  • Anticipating Potential Updates To Ill. Biometric Privacy Law

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    Bills introduced in the Illinois Legislature would amend the Biometric Information Privacy Act to remove the private right of action and expand its definition of “biometric identifier." Attorneys at Quarles & Brady discuss the amendments' potential implications and other BIPA issues that could soon be resolved.

  • A Cautionary Word For Providers Of Drug Addiction Treatment

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    With the national opioid crisis outpacing the historically small addiction treatment industry, economic growth is drawing an influx of providers that are unscrupulous or inexperienced, and increased enforcement activity is following close behind, says Renee Martin of Dilworth Paxson.

  • A First Look At The New Illinois Cannabis Legislation

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    As we await the Illinois governor's signature on a new law legalizing recreational use of cannabis, Darren Grady of SmithAmundsen discusses licensing, tax and timing considerations for those already in the medical cannabis business and those now wanting to enter the market.

  • Top Insights From NLRB’s New Advice Opinions

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    The National Labor Relations Board’s Division of Advice recently issued 18 memos addressing issues such as independent contractor status and union dues. Although it might seem like reading tea leaves, it's possible to discern some patterns by looking at the decisions collectively, says Marc Antonetti of BakerHostetler.

  • What's New For CMS Bundled Payments Program

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    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accepting new applications for its 2020 Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced model until June 24. Certain changes signal an acknowledgment by CMS of industry dissatisfaction and concern with the initial BPCI Advanced structure, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • What To Know About Updates To Nevada's Online Privacy Law

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    While not as far-reaching as the California Consumer Privacy Act, legislation recently passed by the Nevada Assembly amends the state's existing online privacy notice statutes in two notable ways, say attorneys at Husch Blackwell.

  • Can The Affordable Care Act Survive The Latest Challenge?

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    With Texas v. U.S. likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, the court’s reasoning in prior Affordable Care Act litigation offers insight into whether the ACA minus the individual mandate can withstand this constitutional challenge, say Michael King and Emily Felder of Brownstein Hyatt.

  • Opinion

    Millennials Are Pushing Back Against Law Firm Sexism

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    A recent survey of millennial attorneys shows men and women are having very different BigLaw experiences, but share similar goals. It's imperative that partners recognize that they’re the ones in a position to change the culture, says Michelle Fivel of Major Lindsey.

  • A Preview Of The Retirement Plan That Could Become Law

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    A bill intended to help Americans save for retirement passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week with overwhelming bipartisan support. With a similar bill already passed by the Senate in April, Congress seems finally poised to act, says Brenda Berg of Holland & Hart.

  • 3 Law Firm Business Tactics To Support A Niche Practice

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    Once you've chosen a strategy for your law firm, what tactics will promote success? There are three tactical areas important to all firms, regardless of specialty or size, but particularly critical for today’s niche firms, say Yussuf Aleem and Jacob Slowik of Joseph Aleem.

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