CNN must face a libel suit accusing the cable news network of publishing articles that misrepresented the mortality rate for pediatric surgery at a Florida hospital and cost the hospital’s CEO his job, after the 11th Circuit ruled Thursday that CNN cannot stand behind Georgia's anti-SLAPP law in federal court.
Massachusetts federal prosecutors on Thursday fought a bid by Insys Therapeutics Inc. executives embroiled in an alleged conspiracy to bribe doctors into prescribing fentanyl-based drugs to disclose grand jury instructions, arguing the government did not wrongly explain the conspiracy charges.
In a shocking decision, a Texas federal judge ruled late Friday that the entire Affordable Care Act must be invalidated because its individual mandate, a cornerstone of the landmark law, will soon become unconstitutional.
Chardan Healthcare Acquisition Corp., a blank check company formed by investment bank Chardan Capital Markets LLC for the purpose of acquiring a health care business, raised $70 million in an initial public offering that was guided by Loeb & Loeb LLP.
A California federal court on Thursday dismissed an investor's proposed class action alleging shares of Molina Healthcare Inc. declined when it became apparent the health insurer wouldn’t achieve the growth executives had touted, saying the executives’ statements were forward-looking and inactionable.
The U.S. Department of Justice urged a D.C. federal judge Friday not to keep CVS and Aetna apart while reviewing a proposed merger settlement the judge had blasted as having been pushed through without adequate judicial scrutiny, arguing that a delay is unnecessary and beyond the court’s authority.
In a closely watched medical malpractice case, a Florida state appeals court on Friday declined to rule on whether a hospital’s privileged communications are discoverable under a 2004 state constitutional amendment, saying the judge’s order to produce the records wasn’t adequately explained.
A Pennsylvania federal judge has given the state the go-ahead to seek a second injunction against Trump administration rules that weaken the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate, lifting a stay in the case Friday.
An employee of a Blackfeet Tribe early childhood health and education program overseen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services pled guilty to stealing money through a scheme where she and others falsely claimed thousands of overtime hours they did not work, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.
A Florida federal court rejected bids by prison health contractors Corizon Health and Wexford Health Sources to toss a Florida inmate's suit alleging their inadequate and negligent treatment led to him suffering a heart attack and amputation of both legs, finding Thursday that he has sufficiently alleged a constitutional violation.
The Medicines Co. said late Thursday that it priced a $150 million private convertible senior notes offering, the proceeds of which the New Jersey-based biopharmaceutical company plans to use to fund the development of a therapy that has been shown to significantly reduce cholesterol linked to heart attacks and strokes.
A split Ninth Circuit panel has narrowed a lower court’s nationwide ban on Trump administration rules exempting employers with moral or religious objections from providing birth control coverage otherwise required by the Affordable Care Act, but agreed that the states’ Administrative Procedure Act claims were likely to succeed.
A long-running patent case over teeth-straightening technology has become the “oldest and least favorite” case of one Texas federal judge, who warned lawyers for two dental companies to stop writing her “whiny” letters.
Health care providers, insurers and investors in 2018 cheered and jeered remarkable rulings and cases involving False Claims Act liability, billions of dollars in Affordable Care Act funding and huge sums of Medicare Advantage reimbursement. Here, Law360 recaps the year’s biggest litigation developments.
Personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys saw yet another year of record jury verdicts and precedent-setting rulings in 2018, including a Texas Supreme Court ruling lowering the bar for video evidence in injury cases and a $115 million personal injury settlement paid by the city of Chicago. Here, Law360 looks back at some of the year’s top verdicts and decisions.
The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated a jury’s verdict finding a hospital not liable for a patient's death from an infection as a result of an alleged failure in treatment, saying that although the trial judge erred by granting a directed verdict against a doctor who previously settled, the error was harmless.
A hospice company accused of wrongly billing Medicare for unnecessary care will pay almost $6 million to clear up two cases against it, Pennsylvania federal prosecutors announced Thursday.
A Florida federal judge said Thursday that she would not delete references to allegations of a kickback scheme involving Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP from her report and recommendation for a lead plaintiff in a class action against health care administration company Mednax.
Four former executives of the bankrupt Constellation Healthcare Technologies Inc. have been indicted for bilking investors out of $300 million in connection with a merger designed to take their publicly traded company private, New Jersey federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Medical technology platform Wuxi Apptec Co. Ltd. said Thursday it raised more than $1 billion in an initial public offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, marking the latest Chinese company to access Hong Kong’s international markets through a massive IPO in 2018.
While gridlock may prevail between the Democratic House and GOP Senate in Washington next year, it will be another story at the state level. For the first time since 1914, a single political party will control both chambers of every legislature except one, says Lou Cannon of State Net Capitol Journal.
Health plans that prevent patients from applying any form of drug manufacturer copay assistance toward their deductible — known as copay accumulator programs — not only increase the cost of health care, but have the potential to put businesses in significant legal peril, says Stacey Worthy of Aimed Alliance.
He was White House counsel to two presidents. When Reagan was shot, he explained the chain of command to a four-star general. And until a few years ago, many people still thought he was Deep Throat during the Watergate scandal. Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius may be the quintessential Washington insider. White and Williams attorney Randy Maniloff learned more.
A federal judge in South Carolina recently sentenced a former speech therapist to 111 months in federal prison on convictions of criminal health care fraud. Practitioners should be aware of the implications as the sentence is an unrequested and unexpected upward departure, say Bart Daniel and Elle Klein of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.
Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.
A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.
Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.
In this Lexis Practice Advisor excerpt, Elizabeth Harlan of Astrachan Gunst Thomas offers practical employer strategies for inhibiting and reacting to violence in the workplace.
In the second installment of this three-part legislative preview, Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal examines a number of issues that should keep state lawmakers occupied next year.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear Cochise Consultancy v. United States ex rel. Hunt, which deepened the circuit split over how the False Claims Act’s statute of limitations applies in certain qui tam actions. The decision should bring sorely needed clarity, say Matthew Curley and Scott Gallisdorfer of Bass Berry & Sims PLC.