West Virginia’s high court on Friday affirmed the toss of a medical malpractice suit alleging that a doctor injured a patient during a hysterectomy, finding that the lower court rightly determined the suit was time-barred.
The operators of a Mississippi nursing home have agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle claims they billed Medicare and Medicaid for substandard care, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.
An Indiana appellate court panel on Friday revived a suit against an obstetrician-gynecologist accused of not warning a pregnant mother about the risk of serious complications during delivery, resulting in permanent nerve damage to her son.
A Texas appeals court has held that Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center can’t duck a malpractice lawsuit brought by a woman following a hernia surgery, rejecting the hospital’s claim that the suit should be dismissed because it wasn’t given “actual notice” within six months of the incident.
A plastic surgeon who lost his license a decade ago and a licensed physician have been arrested for allegedly performing more than 60 illegal plastic surgeries over the course of four years, the New York attorney general announced Thursday.
A New Jersey psychiatrist has been stripped of his license to practice after he allegedly prescribed 62,000 oxycodone pills to patients without justification and flouted new rules for prescription history monitoring, authorities said Thursday.
A Kentucky federal judge on Wednesday allowed several emails between hospital personnel to be admitted into evidence in a suit alleging that one of the hospital’s surgeons performed experimental bariatric surgery on a mentally disabled patient without consent.
A Texas appellate court on Thursday sided with The Medical Center of Southeast Texas in a patient's appeal of a jury verdict favoring the hospital over claims that a nurse injured the patient's sciatic nerve while giving him an injection for pain in his hip, saying the jury had properly interpreted the evidence.
A physician urged a Georgia federal judge Wednesday to reject a magistrate judge’s recommendation to let stand his indictment on charges he operated two “pill mill” clinics in a $4.5 million scheme, saying search warrants against him relied on biased sources.
A New Jersey appeals court on Thursday backed the state nursing board’s order that a nurse suspected of being intoxicated at work undergo substance abuse evaluation and monitoring, ruling that the order was warranted for the nurse’s questionable, if not confirmed, conduct.
A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday introduced a bill that would require non-U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to follow the VA’s opioid prescription safety guidelines when treating veterans, in a further attempt to combat the opioid crisis.
The federal government brought additional claims against a doctor and Inspira Medical Center Vineland in New Jersey federal court Wednesday, alleging they were responsible for the death of a baby shortly after a breech birth and that they should cover its expenses as a defendant in an underlying medical malpractice suit.
The New Jersey Appellate Division on Wednesday refused an unlicensed doctor’s second bid to reverse his conviction on deception and insurance fraud charges, ruling that he made arguments that should have been raised earlier, including that his counsel was ineffective, and also attempted to relitigate issues that were already shot down in his original appeal.
An Arkansas appeals court on Wednesday upheld a trial court’s jury instructions to only consider the testimony of nurses called as witnesses, not that of the patient, in a suit alleging that a nurse administered a steroid injection in the wrong location, determining that such instructions were required by law.
A Nevada veteran has sued the U.S. government in federal court seeking $7 million, saying doctors at a Veterans Affairs hospital botched a vascular surgery that caused a loss of his leg and permanent disability.
A California state-run hospital was let out of a medical malpractice suit in which an unnamed minor accused his mother’s doctors of causing her death after childbirth, with a federal court ruling Tuesday that the suit had not followed proper procedure for bringing claims against a state entity.
West Virginia's Supreme Court of Appeals on Monday refused to dismiss a doctor's claims against Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital Corp. alleging it retaliated against him for reporting patient safety concerns, finding that the hospital could not claim qualified immunity in its decision to fire him.
A Wisconsin state appellate court declined to revive a suit against an obstetrician who allegedly botched a sterilization procedure, ruling the patient’s expert had not been qualified and did not have a scientific basis for his opinion.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday warned consumers and health care providers about the risks of serious injuries, disfigurement and even death associated with silicone injections falsely marketed as FDA-approved dermal fillers for boosting the size of butts, breasts and other body parts.
A New Jersey federal court declined Monday to reconsider its order tossing claims in a wrongful death suit, rejecting the argument that the court did not hold a necessary conference before ruling that an expert affidavit could not support the claims against a doctor, his practice and a hospital.
Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.
Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.
While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.
The opioid epidemic is putting a white-hot spotlight on physicians for the foreseeable future. Careful adherence to regulations in their roles as both practitioner and employer can help physicians avoid unwanted scrutiny and penalties that could, at their harshest, threaten their livelihoods, say Joseph Gorrell and Matthew Collins of Brach Eichler LLC.
There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.
Defending depositions is challenging. The lawyer is the only shield and protector for the witness and the client. The rules of engagement are less than clear, and fraught with ethical perils. Difficult judgment calls often must be made in the heat of battle. This is where lawyers really earn their keep, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.
There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.
Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.
Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.
As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.