UnitedHealthcare should hand over subpoenaed information about its dealings in testosterone replacement drugs if it wants to become part of a proposed class of insurers and third-party payors accusing drug companies of fraudulently marketing the drugs, Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. told an Illinois federal court Monday.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission must reconsider two regulations surrounding employer-sponsored wellness programs that had been challenged by the AARP, a federal judge found Tuesday, but he kept the rules in place for the time being to avoid "disruption and confusion."
A Louisiana federal judge has refused to reconsider her July decision to release a pair of insurers from multiple suits over coverage for injuries allegedly caused by careless sandblasting in a Louisiana shipyard.
A Markel Corp. insurer and a builder settled a dispute on Monday over whether a policy exclusion barred coverage for defects in a Florida construction project because the damage was to the contractor's own work.
Hospitals must exhaust their administrative remedies before suing to recover Medicare Advantage reimbursements allegedly improperly recouped by insurers managing Advantage plans, the Eleventh Circuit ruled Friday in a dispute between 11 hospitals and a UnitedHealthcare unit.
Midsize firms on average are the least racially and ethnically diverse, but the level of diversity also varies widely among firms in this group, according to the latest Diversity Snapshot. Here’s a look at how a few of these firms are faring.
A handful of law firms have agreed to put themselves under the lens of academia in an effort to root out structural inequalities and implicit bias. Here’s a look at what they’re finding.
The Fifth Circuit said Monday that Yahoo Inc. must pay $4.4 million after backing out of a deal with prize insurer SCA Promotions Inc. involving a $1 billion NCAA March Madness contest, reversing the technology giant's $550,000 refund on an initial payment to SCA.
In-house attorneys are intensifying long-standing efforts to diversify their outside counsel, and they’re looking to create a critical mass of law department leaders that will bring about meaningful change.
Travelers Indemnity Co. must face a suit alleging its housing insurance practices in the D.C. metro area are discriminatory under the Fair Housing Act’s “disparate impact” framework, a D.C. federal court said Monday in a ruling that could hamstring the insurance industry’s broader legal battle against FHA disparate impact claims.
A cardiac surgery group slammed UnitedHealthcare on Friday with a putative class action in New Jersey federal court alleging that the insurer has systematically underpaid out-of-network providers for emergency medical services and directed its insureds to ignore bills from such physicians.
A federal judge on Monday denied a bid from the NFL Player Disability and Neurocognitive Benefit Plan and its board to assess attorneys' fees against a former player's counsel, holding there's no precedent to support the request.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday declined to review two lower courts’ findings that insurer State Farm did not have to cover claims made against a father for injuries sustained by his son as a minor.
A surgical center and its medical director have launched a malpractice action in New Jersey state court against insurance agents and attorneys, saying the center and doctor were forced to declare bankruptcy after being hit with a more than $1 million judgment in a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit from their former employees.
U.S. data analytics firm Verisk Analytics Inc. has agreed to buy London-based Sequel, a private-equity-backed insurance and reinsurance software company, in a deal worth £250 million ($322.5 million), the companies said Monday.
The Fifth Circuit on Friday vacated an order requiring excess insurer U.S. Fire Insurance Co. to pay $2.5 million to a primary carrier to cover the cost of asbestos claims against a custom fabricator, finding that a pollution exclusion in U.S. Fire's policy applies to the claims, but that a lower court must decide whether an exception to the exclusion is in play.
Lawyers representing United Services Automobile Association policyholders asked in Florida federal court Saturday for the agreed-to max of $5.1 million in attorneys' fees, plus $100,000 in costs, after settling a class action accusing USAA of shorting sales tax reimbursement for replacing totaled cars.
Many are investing in recruitment and retention initiatives aimed at minorities, while at least one is finding that its hiring efforts naturally bring in diverse attorneys. Here’s a look inside a few of the firms that added 20 or more minority attorneys in 2016.
The racial makeup of BigLaw’s equity partnership has barely budged in recent years, but some law firms are making notable strides on diversity at the top. Here are the firms with the most racially diverse equity tiers, according to Law360’s Diversity Snapshot.
The legal industry has again failed to make substantial progress on hiring and promoting minority attorneys, according to Law360’s annual headcount survey, despite more minorities graduating from law school than ever before.
As prescriptions for pain-suppressing opioids have soared, some have speculated that litigation will follow. Such litigation could take various forms, including personal injury lawsuits making design defect and/or failure-to-warn claims, consumer fraud actions, and more. Manufacturers and retailers should take steps now to protect themselves, say authors from Innovative Science Solutions and Locke Lord LLP.
There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)
An Ohio district court's ruling in Jammal v. American Family is notable for is departure from industry practice and prior precedent treating many insurance agents as independent contractors. Insurers and other employers will be watching the U.S. Court of Appeals to see what guidance this case ultimately provides for assessing contractor status, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.
Appraisal proceedings, unique to Delaware law, require acquiring corporations to pay shareholders if the price of a merger or acquisition deal is below fair market value. Fortunately directors and officers insurance might be able to cover affected companies' defense and other costs, say Peter Gillon and Benjamin Tievsky of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.
Proportionality is often a question of whether discovery production has reached a point of diminishing returns, and about the marginal utility of additional discovery once the core discovery in the case has been completed. In other words, proportionality is a method to avoid going in circles or getting sidetracked, not an excuse for cutting corners, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.
As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.
In December 2015, the parts of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure concerning proportionality in discovery were amended. The amendments changed the language defining the scope of relevance, but substantively, this remains the same as it has been for nearly 40 years, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.
For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.
UnitedHealthcare's efforts to challenge a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services overpayment rule has the potential to benefit other Medicare Advantage organizations. However, those hoping to ride on UHC's coattails and benefit from a swift and clean victory should understand UHC's unique litigation position, says Ursula Taylor of Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP.