Five New York doctors prescribed a potent painkiller sold by Insys Therapeutics Inc. in exchange for money and lavish kickbacks, including lap dances and liquor that two of the doctors accepted, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a felony indictment unsealed Friday.
The Fifth Circuit on Thursday rejected a woman’s attempt to appeal a district judge’s decision to send back to state court her malpractice case against a doctor and hospital for allegedly botching her tonsil surgery, finding it had no jurisdiction.
A New York appellate panel on Friday tossed a suit accusing a medical malpractice insurance carrier of fraudulently inducing a physician to settle a malpractice suit, saying the doctor’s loss of staff privileges was not caused by the deal itself.
The rare reversal of a Kentucky heart doctor’s fraud conviction and prosecutors’ appeal highlights the way the U.S. Department of Justice is using experts to dispute the necessity of health care procedures and could add another answer to when a medical outlier can be distinguished from a fraud.
A federal judge on Friday appointed a special master to keep a watchful eye on Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc. as it faces court-ordered audits and the payment of $36 million to patients who were unnecessarily prescribed its expensive cholesterol drug and to government health programs that footed the bill.
A California federal judge has sent to arbitration a suit filed by a photographer who worked on a Princess cruise vessel and claims he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder because he was forced to document the scene of an alleged murder aboard the ship.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday decided to hear oral arguments in a case where a doctor is fighting medical malpractice claims brought by the parents of a baby who was injured during delivery that asks the court to clarify when a heightened legal standard of negligence applies in emergency care situations.
A Puerto Rican federal court declined to levy sanctions against a Hilton-operated resort in a $20.5 million suit brought by the family of a man who died while snorkeling, ruling Thursday that the resort’s behavior during discovery didn’t warrant sanctions.
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A Texas appellate court on Thursday refused to dismiss a medical malpractice suit alleging a doctor had botched a hysterectomy, saying expert reports submitted in the case provided enough information to keep alive the claims.
A Louisiana appeals court on Wednesday ended a suit alleging a clinic and several physicians' negligence caused the death of a woman who underwent two surgeries in as many days and suffered a stroke after a drop in blood pressure, finding her mother missed a one-year deadline to file her claims.
A Georgia appellate court Thursday overturned a $30 million jury verdict awarded to a woman who was injured in a head-on car collision, ruling the trial judge failed to give the jury a crucial instruction on a defense theory.
The siblings of a woman who died after being attacked by bees saw their suit against a neighbor partially revived Wednesday when a Texas appellate panel held that the family's negligent undertaking claim should proceed because there was evidence the neighbor tried to eradicate the bees.
A Pennsylvania appeals court on Thursday said it would not upend a defense verdict in a lawsuit looking to hold a Philadelphia-area pediatrics practice liable for allegedly failing to offer a flu shot to a child who went on to die from the illness a month later.
Two personal injury firms have settled a dispute in Texas federal court over use of the term “The Strong Arm” in advertising, which both firms had used for years but that one had since trademarked, with the judge agreeing to dismiss the case Wednesday.
A Pennsylvania company specializing in bridge rehabilitation was charged Tuesday with violating federal work safety regulations, leading to the death of an employee working in a trench that caved in and crushed him.
The city of Philadelphia told a state judge on Tuesday that a release signed by a rider in a charity bike race should cancel out a nearly $3.2 million verdict he was awarded earlier this month over injuries he suffered after hitting a sinkhole and being thrown to the street.
The parents of a man who died in a sightseeing helicopter crash into New York City’s East River sued the aircraft’s owner on Tuesday for wrongful death, claiming it was grossly negligent and reckless to use harnesses that provided no means of escape in an emergency.
A Houston area man sued Memorial Hermann Health System in Texas state court Tuesday, alleging the English-only care instructions the hospital gave his non-English-fluent son when the man was discharged after treatment for a heart infection amounted to medical malpractice.
The New Jersey Appellate Division on Wednesday refused to revive a lawsuit by a patron of The Cheesecake Factory alleging a fragment from a dropped plate flew into her eye, ruling that her treating ophthalmologist’s opinion, that a foreign object could have contributed to her discomfort, was speculative.
In Liberty v. Ledesma and Travelers v. Actavis, the California Supreme Court should stand by its long, if not uniform, history of requiring an insurer to provide defense if there is even a remote possibility that the insured's conduct or its effects were accidental, say Kurt Melchior and Joan Cotkin of Nossaman LLP.
There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently ruled that the Fair Share Act applies to asbestos litigation, meaning that defendants are only responsible for the percentage they are found liable for. Defendants in such cases should ensure that all possibly liable defendants are timely joined as parties in the lawsuit, says Theresa Mullineaux of Husch Blackwell LLP.
Trial consultants Bliss Piverger and Christina Marinakis of Litigation Insights Inc. discuss how jurors’ feelings about safety in the wake of a mass shooting can influence their views on lawsuits against premises owners, security companies, event organizers, gun manufacturers and social media platforms.
Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.
It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Not all demonstratives are created equal. While lawyers as a group have mastered the art of presenting arguments orally and in writing, there is much room for improvement in how we present arguments visually, says Jason Fowler of Covington & Burling LLP.
In the final article in this five-part series, longtime trial lawyer David Dolkas discusses Level One and Level Two investigative questioning.
In the fourth article of this five-part series, longtime trial lawyer David Dolkas discusses the Sawatsky method and, specifically, the importance of asking who, what, when, where, why and how questions.
In the third article of this five-part series, longtime trial lawyer David Dolkas contrasts tough questions with tough-sounding questions and discusses which are likely to elicit more information from a source or witness.