Health

  • July 26, 2017

    Kickback Suit Against Fla. Anesthesiologists To Be Dropped

    The federal government on Tuesday consented to the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists' decision to drop its False Claims Act suit accusing several anesthesia providers of running a physician kickback scheme.

  • July 26, 2017

    IRS Brings Transfer Pricing Row With Medtronic To 8th Circ.

    The IRS has asked the Eighth Circuit for another chance to prove Medtronic Inc. owes hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes in a major transfer pricing case against the medical device manufacturer, saying the U.S. Tax Court flubbed an analysis of Medtronic’s license with its Puerto Rican subsidiary.

  • July 26, 2017

    Texas Co. Owner Gets 4 Years In $374M Medicare Scam

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a home health care company owner convicted of health care fraud to four years in prison, rejecting an argument from prosecutors that her role in an alleged $374 million Medicare fraud scheme merited a harsher sentence.

  • July 26, 2017

    Miss. Hospital Can’t Nix Suit Over Medical Docs Seen On TV

    A Mississippi federal judge on Tuesday rejected Alliance Health Partners LLC’s bid to dismiss a woman’s suit claiming that after she gave her baby up for adoption, the hospital company improperly disclosed her medical records to an attorney for the child’s father, who showed them on television.

  • July 25, 2017

    DC Circ. Sides With Hospitals In Medicare Pay Battle

    A D.C. Circuit Court panel Tuesday said the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services acted improperly when it changed its methods for calculating reimbursements to hospitals for uncompensated care in 2012, overturning a lower court’s ruling.

  • July 25, 2017

    Dallas Atty Facing Up To 10 Yrs In $22M Workers' Comp Scam

    A Dallas attorney who was indicted alongside four family members in September 2015 for allegedly perpetrating a scheme to collect more than $22 million in workers' compensation claims entered into an agreement with the government Monday and pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

  • July 25, 2017

    Fla. Judge Slashes Suit Alleging Tricare False Claims Scam

    A Florida federal judge cited numerous deficiencies Monday in a False Claims Act suit alleging a nationwide scheme to defraud the federal Tricare health benefits program of hundreds of millions of dollars, slashing several counts and giving the would-be whistleblower limited opportunity to fix his claims.

  • July 24, 2017

    Medidata Win Fortifies Policyholders In Digital Fraud Fights

    A New York federal judge recently ruled that a thief's use of emails to trick employees of Medidata into wiring money overseas was a covered incident under the company's computer fraud policy, weakening insurers' arguments that such coverage is meant to apply only to hacking into policyholders' computers.

  • July 24, 2017

    $425M DSI Renal Ch. 7 Recovery Suit Can Proceed

    The court-appointed trustee of defunct DSI Holdings LLC can pursue a $425 million suit against insiders and investors in the dialysis provider who he says abused the bankruptcy process to cheat creditors out of proceeds from the company’s lucrative sale, as a Delaware bankruptcy court mostly denied requests last week to toss the case.

  • July 24, 2017

    Fla. To Pay $1.1M In Atty Fees In 'Gun Gag' Law Case

    Florida will pay $1.1 million in legal fees to the doctors who successfully challenged the constitutionality of a state "gun gag" law curbing doctors from asking patients about firearm ownership, the doctors' attorneys announced Monday.

  • July 24, 2017

    Leading Fla. Surgeon Settles False Claims Suit For $4M

    A Florida doctor who is a leading authority on parathyroid surgery will pay $4 million to resolve a False Claims Act whistleblower suit accusing him of knowingly filing duplicative charges with federal health care programs, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday.

  • July 24, 2017

    Workers' Comp Laws Bar Ex-NFLers' Claims, Judge Rules

    A California federal judge freed a trio of National Football League teams from two former players’ remaining claims in a suit alleging players were encouraged to abuse painkillers, ruling Friday that the allegations are barred by state workers’ compensation law.

  • July 24, 2017

    Discovery Is Relevant To Horizon Plan Row, NJ Justices Say

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday ruled that hospitals suing Horizon Healthcare Services Inc. over its two-tier provider system can access research the insurer used in formulating the plan, reasoning that the information is relevant to lower-tier hospitals’ claims the system gives higher-tier hospitals a competitive edge.

  • July 21, 2017

    Medidata Covered For $4.8M Computer Fraud, Judge Rules

    Medidata Solutions Inc. is entitled to coverage from a Chubb Ltd. unit for a $4.8 million loss it suffered when it was tricked into wiring the money overseas, a New York federal judge ruled on Friday, holding that the incident constituted covered computer fraud under Medidata's crime policy.

  • July 21, 2017

    Ky. Couples Win Fees In License Row Despite Magistrate

    Couples suing a Kentucky county clerk for refusing to give them marriage licenses as part of her protest against same-sex marriage are entitled to attorneys’ fees even though their case ended up getting dismissed, a Kentucky federal judge said Friday in shooting down a magistrate judge’s recommendation to deny fees.

  • July 21, 2017

    Cherokee Nation Says Opioid Dispute Belongs In Tribal Court

    The Cherokee Nation fought Friday to continue pursuing in its tribal court a lawsuit seeking to hold Walgreens, McKesson and other companies accountable for an opioid crisis plaguing its citizens, saying the case is akin to ones brought by state governments in their own courts and an “expression of its sovereign right.”

  • July 21, 2017

    Chinese Students Ask To Join $89M EB-5 Scam Suit

    Three Chinese college students asked an Illinois federal judge on Thursday for permission to join the Securities and Exchange Commission’s suit against an immigration attorney accused of funneling money from the nearly $89 million he collected from EB-5 visa holders into his own pockets.

  • July 20, 2017

    Jurors Won't Hear Theory J&J Conspired To Hide Talc Danger

    A California judge ruled Thursday that a woman alleging Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products caused her ovarian cancer can’t claim during opening statements in next week’s much-anticipated bellwether trial that J&J conspired to keep warning labels off talc products, saying the evidence shows only legal lobbying.

  • July 20, 2017

    10th Sentence Handed Down In Fla. Health Care Fraud Case

    A federal judge in Miami has sentenced the last of 10 South Florida assisted living facility owners charged last year for conspiring with a local pharmacy to defraud Medicare and Medicaid, according to the U.S. Department of Justice and court records.

  • July 20, 2017

    Texas Inmates Need Relief From Summer Heat, Judge Rules

    A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that Texas must provide relief from high summer temperatures for inmates at a geriatric and medical prison, granting a preliminary injunction to a certified class of prisoners suing the state over exposure to sweltering indoor temperatures, which they say violates their constitutional rights.

Expert Analysis

  • ACA Repeal: Deciphering The Path Ahead

    Michael Parme

    There is simultaneously abundant content about Congress’ recent efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and minimal information that would assist the casual observer to make an educated guess about where these efforts are headed. However, the U.S. Senate offered some insight Tuesday when it voted to move ahead with the health care debate, says Michael Parme of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Discussions Before Deliberations

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • The Best Documents In Your Case May Be From 3rd Parties

    Wyatt Dowling

    Cases are built on evidence and evidence comes from discovery. But discovery is largely a voluntary process. Serving a document subpoena on a third party can be an efficient and creative way to fill in the gaps that may exist in the productions of opposing parties, says Wyatt Dowling of Yetter Coleman LLP.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Northern District Of Illinois Is Botching TCPA Fax Rule

    David Almeida

    While the D.C. Circuit’s recent decision eliminating the solicited fax rule under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act seems clear on its face, at least two opinions from the Northern District of Illinois have inexplicably disregarded that holding, say David Almeida and Mark Eisen of Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP.

  • How Section 1332 Waivers Could Impact Health Care Reform

    Maura Monaghan

    Although Alaska’s Section 1332 “State Innovation Waiver" was the first to be approved by the Trump administration, it almost certainly will not be the last. In the absence of comprehensive health care reform, the administration is likely to promote these waivers as a means of devolving certain health care regulations to the state level, say attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • Improving Medicare With Expanded Telehealth Services

    Anthea Daniels

    The U.S. Senate Finance Committee recently approved a bill that would expand Medicare reimbursement of telehealth services. Anthea Daniels of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC reviews the proposed changes and how they would loosen the current telehealth limitations.