Pfizer Inc. will pay $23.8 million to resolve allegations that it used a charitable organization to provide kickbacks to Medicare patients who took certain drugs manufactured by the pharmaceutical giant, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.
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Pfizer Pays $24M To End Medicare Copay Kickback Claims

Pfizer Inc. will pay $23.8 million to resolve allegations that it used a charitable organization to provide kickbacks to Medicare patients who took certain drugs manufactured by the pharmaceutical giant, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday. Read more »

Howmedica's Decade Of Misconduct Won Zimmer $13M Fees

A New Jersey federal judge ordered Howmedica to pay Zimmer Biomet $13.3 million in attorneys’ fees as part of a long-running patent dispute because Howmedica repeatedly misled the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and spent 10 years pursuing claims it knew were baseless, according to an opinion made public Wednesday. Read more »

Bryan Cave Partner Exits LabMD's Cover-Up Suit, For Now

A New York federal judge Thursday dismissed without prejudice a cover-up suit that a cancer screening lab brought against Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP and a partner just a few weeks ago, finding that LabMD Inc. failed to adequately plead subject matter jurisdiction. Read more »

Boston Jury Awards Nurse $28M In Hospital Retaliation Suit

A 70-year-old Haitian-American nurse won a $28 million retaliation jury verdict on Wednesday in a suit against a renowned Boston hospital after claiming the hospital wrongly started investigating her for allegedly poor patient care after she came to the aid of another nurse she believed was being verbally abused. Read more »

Senate Sends $55B VA Reform Bill To Trump

The Senate has overwhelmingly passed a $55 billion bill that would overhaul how the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays for private care and would also expand the agency's popular caregiver program.  Read more »

Aetna Says Law Firm Mishandled Private Health Info

Aetna Inc. has filed suit in Pennsylvania federal court accusing the class counsel in two underlying privacy suits against the insurer of approving a settlement mailing that allegedly violated members’ privacy anew by potentially revealing their HIV status and launched a new round of litigation. Read more »

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Analysis

CORRECTED: Convictions Don’t Mean Valeant Is Off The Hook

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. may have helped prosecutors secure a conviction for a former employee who took a $9.7 million kickback in exchange for pushing Valeant to buy a mail-order pharmacy, but that doesn’t mean the drugmaker won’t face liability over its ties to Philidor Rx Services, attorneys told Law360. Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly described the involvement of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts. The error has been corrected. Read more »

LITIGATION

Alabama Hospital Beats Ex-Accounts Clerk's Harassment Suit

An Alabama health network fired an accounts clerk for giving board members’ personal email addresses to a debt collector, not because she complained to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about being sexually harassed by her boss, an Alabama federal judge said in an opinion filed Thursday. Read more »

Cigna, American Specialty Colluded To Charge Plans: Suit

Cigna and American Specialty Health were hit with a proposed Employee Retirement Income Security Act class action in California federal court on Wednesday, accusing them of colluding to saddle members and plans with the charges American Specialty incurs for processing claims and administering a network on Cigna's behalf. Read more »

Teledentistry Co. Hits Ga. Dentistry Board With Antitrust Suit

Teledentistry company Smile Direct Club LLC has slapped Georgia’s Board of Dentistry with a lawsuit in Georgia federal court accusing it of impermissibly restricting trade through a recently passed rule that requires a licensed dentist to supervise digital scans used to fit orthodontic aligners for straightening crooked teeth. Read more »

DEALS

Kirkland Guides LNK's $100M Investment In Dermatology Biz

Private equity firm LNK Partners, with assistance from legal adviser Kirkland & Ellis LLP, has agreed to inject $100 million into Schweiger Dermatology Group to help the dermatology practice expand throughout the Northeast, according to a Thursday statement. Read more »

BANKRUPTCY

EBH Gets Interim Approval To Tap Into $14.2M Ch. 11 Loan

Bankrupt addiction treatment network EBH TopCo LLC received interim court approval Thursday in Delaware to draw down on a portion of its $14.2 million debtor-in-possession loan as it pursues a sale to secured senior lenders. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Proskauer Says Partner Behind Pay Bias Suit Made Bank

Proskauer Rose LLP on Wednesday disputed claims it unfairly paid a female partner less than men in similar positions, saying in an answer to her recently revised suit that she earned a bigger share of firm profits in one of the years covered by the case than all but three men in the firm’s employment practice. Read more »

Trump Picks For 5th Circ., Texas Seats Advance

Controversial nominations for the Fifth Circuit and judicial posts in Texas and Louisiana advanced to the full Senate on Thursday, over objections from Democrats over their records on environmental rules, abortion rights and past statements. Read more »

Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

High court heavyweight Paul Clement of Kirkland & Ellis LLP is this week's top legal lion with a U.S. Supreme Court decision preserving employers' use of class action waivers, while Womble Bond Dickinson LLP and Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP ended up legal lambs after a jury slammed their tobacco company clients with a $21 million verdict in a smoker's lung cancer case. Read more »

3rd For-Profit Law School Sues ABA Over Enforcement Action

Arizona Summit Law School filed suit Thursday against the American Bar Association, which has kept the school on probation since March 2017 and last month determined it was still failing to meet ABA standards, saying the association’s action against Arizona Summit is "arbitrary and capricious." Read more »

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