A California cardiology clinic and its five shareholder physicians agreed to pay $1.2 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations that they improperly performed and billed federal and state health care programs for unnecessary and risky heart stress tests, according to a statement by U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert on Tuesday.
A Middlesex, New Jersey, pain doctor’s license has been suspended indefinitely after accusations that her “bizarre and inappropriate” behavior, including allegedly threatening a patient with a knife in her waiting room, put patients and co-workers in danger, the state attorney general said Tuesday.
The widow of a former member of the U.S. Air Force filed suit Monday against the federal government, saying that doctors at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital failed to diagnose a fatal infection in her wife’s heart.
A New York appellate court has affirmed the decision of a state Supreme Court judge denying a quick win to dentists in a malpractice suit alleging that they had negligently extracted the wrong tooth from a patient, determining that factual disputes still remained.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' process for reporting and removing its doctors when quality or safety concerns arise needs work, the Government Accountability Office found in a report published Monday.
A Georgia federal judge rejected a nursing home owner’s attempt to dodge allegations that one of its facilities failed to treat a pressure ulcer in an elderly woman who ultimately died, determining that an arbitration agreement signed by her daughter was unenforceable.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear a case in which a surgeon accused his former lawyers of improperly pressuring him to take a $4 million settlement deal after he claimed his former hospital intentionally contaminated his surgical tools.
A cancer diagnostics center can’t appeal an Indiana federal court’s refusal to grant it a quick win in a suit over a misread CT scan that allegedly led a woman’s cancer to go long undiagnosed, the court ruled Tuesday.
Larry Nassar, the sports doctor accused of sexual abuse by hundreds of Olympic, college and younger gymnasts, pled guilty Wednesday in Michigan court to felony criminal sexual conduct after years of alleged sexual abuse of young female athletes.
The New Jersey Appellate Division on Wednesday declined to revive a cardiologist’s lawsuit over her former employer’s report to state medical regulators and other hospitals that she resigned while under review for allegedly performing unnecessary procedures, ruling that the hospital was just obeying the law.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed part of a $2 million jury verdict against the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, concluding a lower court properly determined that claims brought by the family of a woman who suffered bedsores and other ailments before her death were brought within the statute of limitations.
A Texas appeals court recently affirmed a lower court's order that a doctor under investigation by the Texas Medical Board for his and his staff's treatment of patients must comply with a subpoena request from the agency for medical and billing records for three patients.
The Florida Supreme Court’s recent decision to sink certain requirements for medical malpractice plaintiffs before they sue will make it easier for patients to bring such cases and shut the door on coordination between accused doctors and other physicians who treated a patient, plaintiffs attorneys say.
A pain management doctor in Amherst, New York, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with fraudulently obtaining opioids by writing and receiving prescriptions for at least two patients already deceased at the time he prescribed the drugs, according to documents released by the U.S. attorney’s office.
The mother of a baby who sustained a permanent arm injury during birth sued the federal government for medical malpractice in Florida federal court, after a public hospital doctor allegedly neglected to deliver the baby via caesarian section.
Attorneys for about a dozen dialysis patients argued in Boston on Tuesday that, although their own experts say otherwise, they should be allowed to seek a jury's opinion on claims that they were gravely injured on the watch of leading kidney clinician Fresenius Medical Care.
An Indiana appellate court on Tuesday upheld a win for a patient who accused her doctor of not treating her arthritis and allowing it to worsen unchecked, ruling that the doctor had not properly rebutted the patient’s claim that he caused her injuries.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Monday it would hear arguments over whether evidence of the known risks and complications of medical procedures should have been allowed into a medical malpractice case against the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center over an allegedly botched hysterectomy.
A former U.S. Air Force mechanic on Monday settled his suit alleging doctors at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital misdiagnosed the weakness in his hand and performed an unnecessary surgery that doctors then bungled.
The New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday affirmed an appeals court's ruling that a patient had waited too long to file suit against an Albuquerque hospital and her doctor for allegedly neglecting to inform her about a mass on her ovary that turned out to be cancerous.
Christopher Scalia and Edward Whelan have published an indispensable collection of the late Justice Antonin Scalia's best speeches. "Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived" puts on full display Justice Scalia’s skilled writing, quick wit and uncommon wisdom on a wide range of topics — from law to turkey hunting, says Judge William Pryor of the Eleventh Circuit.
Financial Crisis Anniversary
The role of the general counsel has significantly grown in importance, with the GC now often replacing the senior partner in the outside law firm as the primary counselor for the CEO and the board. This inside counsel revolution was given great impetus by the financial crisis that started 10 years ago, says Ben Heineman Jr., former general counsel of General Electric Co.
There has been much discussion of discovery proportionality in federal litigation since the December 2015 changes to Civil Rule 26. But arbitrators have long used procedures to simplify the discovery process that courts have only recently begun to adopt, says attorney and arbitrator Richard Seymour.
Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.
Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.
In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.
Financial Crisis Anniversary
After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.
While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.
The shift to electronic filing has somewhat eased the task of reviewing briefs and their supporting files. An e-brief takes e-filing to the next level, says Christine Falcicchio, a principal at Strut Legal Inc.
Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing minority in the legal profession, but recent studies confirm their underrepresentation among partners, prosecutors, judges and law school administrators. We must take action, say Goodwin Liu, associate justice of the California Supreme Court, and Ajay Mehrotra of the American Bar Foundation.