Health

  • March 29, 2024

    Northern Texas Judges Won't Adopt Judge-Shopping Rule

    Judges with the Northern District of Texas have opted not to make any changes to how cases are assigned, despite a recent letter from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer urging the district to implement an updated policy aiming to prevent litigants from judge shopping, the district's chief judge said Friday.

  • March 29, 2024

    Hogan Lovells Vet's High Court Debut A Study In Contrasts

    Several weeks ago, when a Hogan Lovells lawyer finally delivered U.S. Supreme Court arguments after 20 years at the firm, she parsed arcane arbitration issues and her words weren't widely heard outside the courtroom. But weeks later and back at the high court podium, her words were heard nationwide when she pointedly spotlighted a judge's use of "anonymous blog posts" in a bombshell abortion ruling.

  • March 29, 2024

    Judge Denies Injunction For Tyvaso Drug Competitor

    A D.C. federal judge Friday denied drugmaker United Therapeutics Corp.'s attempt to preemptively block the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from approving a new competitor to its blockbuster pulmonary hypertension medication Tyvaso, saying the company was effectively seeking to challenge an agency action before the FDA made one.

  • March 29, 2024

    4th Circ. Revives Data Breach Suit Against Medical Center

    The Fourth Circuit on Friday revived a proposed class action alleging that Sandhills Medical Foundation Inc. failed to protect the personal information of patients whose data was leaked following a cyberattack, saying the health care provider is not shielded under federal immunity and that the government cannot be substituted as a defendant.

  • March 29, 2024

    Home Depot Asks High Court To Block $2.67B BCBS Deal

    Home Depot has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up its challenge of a $2.67 billion settlement in antitrust litigation targeting Blue Cross Blue Shield, saying the deal immunizes activity that hurts competition.

  • March 29, 2024

    Judge Axes UpHealth's Claim Estimation Bid In Bankruptcy

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge denied UpHealth Holdings Inc.'s request to treat a potential liability claim as worth nothing, saying the company hadn't shown that the bankruptcy case would be hindered if a state court was left to decide the claim's value.

  • March 29, 2024

    Texas Doc Who Didn't Treat Patient Must Face Med Mal Suit

    A Texas state appellate court has declined to toss a suit accusing an emergency department doctor of negligently supervising a physician assistant who failed to diagnose a woman's stroke symptoms, saying a factual dispute exists regarding whether a physician-patient relationship was formed.

  • March 29, 2024

    Ohio Abortion Providers File Suit Over 24-Hour Wait Period

    A group of Ohio organizations filed a lawsuit Friday on behalf of abortion providers in the state, arguing certain longstanding abortion regulations violate amendments made to the state's constitution in November that protect access to abortion care.

  • March 29, 2024

    Hedge Fund Beats Vaxart Investor's 'Short-Swing' Profits Suit

    A New York federal judge has granted a win to hedge fund Armistice Capital LLC and its managing member in a derivative suit brought by a shareholder of biotechnology company Vaxart Inc., which sought disgorgement of short-swing profits that allegedly were wrongfully obtained by the investment adviser.

  • March 29, 2024

    Conn. Surgeon Left Blade In Patient For 5 Years, Suit Says

    A surgeon with Connecticut Orthopaedics lost a scalpel blade during an operation in 2018 and tried to cover his tracks when X-rays revealed it had been sewn into the patient's shoulder, a federal lawsuit alleges.

  • March 29, 2024

    THL's $2.5B Deal To Buy Agiliti Sparks Chancery Suit

    A shareholder of Agiliti, a medical equipment and services provider on the cusp of being acquired and taken private by Thomas H. Lee Partners LP, has sued the healthcare company in Delaware's Court of Chancery, seeking more information about the controlling private equity stockholder's $2.5 billion buyout bid.

  • March 29, 2024

    NJ Law Firm Can Keep Benicar Malpractice Suit In Fed. Court

    The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has refused to remand to state court a proposed malpractice class action accusing Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman LLC attorneys of unfairly taking an excessive fee out of plaintiffs' settlements in multidistrict litigation over the blood pressure drug Benicar.

  • March 29, 2024

    5 Appellate Arguments Benefits Attys Should Watch In April

    A defense contractor will square off with the government over pension obligations, workers at an auto parts retailer and Georgetown University staffers will look to revive suits claiming their retirement savings were mismanaged, and a ban on gender-affirming care for minors will get an en banc review. Here are five argument sessions that should be on benefits attorneys' radar in April.

  • March 29, 2024

    Don't Miss It: Davis Polk, Simpson Lead Month's Hot Deals

    A lot can happen in the world of mergers and acquisitions over the course of a month, and it's difficult to keep up with all the deals. Here, Law360 recaps the ones you may have missed, including transactions managed by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

  • March 28, 2024

    White House Directs Agencies To Install AI Risk Safeguards

    The White House on Thursday issued a new directive requiring all federal agencies to address safety and civil rights risks in their use and procurement of artificial intelligence in an array of settings, including conducting screenings at airports and making decisions affecting Americans' healthcare, employment and housing.

  • March 28, 2024

    Penile Implant Doc Awarded $18.3M After Trade Secrets Trial

    A California federal judge on Thursday awarded more than $18.3 million in royalties and damages to a urologist who won a jury trial verdict last year over a competitor's theft of penile implant trade secrets.

  • March 28, 2024

    Medical Lab Inks $2.1M Deal To End NC's False Claims Probe

    A North Carolina lab will pay back $2.1 million to the state's Medicaid program after settling an investigation into how it charged the public health program for tests, the state attorney general's office announced Thursday.

  • March 28, 2024

    Va. Gov., Critic Of Legal Pot, Vetoes Bill To Begin Sales

    Glenn Youngkin, the Republican governor of Virginia, on Thursday vetoed a Legislature-approved bill that would have taxed and regulated the sale of adult-use cannabis, saying marijuana sales would pose a public health and safety risk to Virginians.

  • March 28, 2024

    United Airlines Beats Class Cert. Bid In COVID Refund Suit

    Passengers who say United Airlines used the COVID-19 pandemic as cover for refusing to reimburse them for cost-cutting cancelations cannot pursue their case as a class because their claims turn on too many individual questions, an Illinois federal judge determined Wednesday.

  • March 28, 2024

    2 Firms Steer Close Of Hildred's $750M Continuation Fund

    Healthcare-focused private equity firm Hildred Capital, advised by Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Lowenstein Sandler LLP, on Thursday said it clinched a multiasset continuation fund after securing more than $750 million in commitments, which will be used to acquire two companies from the firm's previous funds.

  • March 28, 2024

    FSU Reaches Deal To End Family Leave Retaliation Suit

    Florida State University and a former program coordinator have agreed to settle her lawsuit alleging FSU fired her for asking to take time off to care for her father during his cancer treatment, they told a federal court.

  • March 28, 2024

    Rite Aid Says It Has Creditor Deal, Gets OK For Plan Vote

    A New Jersey bankruptcy judge Thursday gave Rite Aid the go-ahead to send its Chapter 11 plan out for a creditor vote after hearing it has reached a $47.5 million deal with unsecured creditors and is close to a settlement on state and federal claims over drug sales.

  • March 28, 2024

    FDA Warns 61 Stores Over Illegal Vape Sales

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week sent warnings to 61 retailers for selling illegal Lava and Elf Bar cigarettes, saying that both of the unauthorized brands are popular with young people.

  • March 28, 2024

    9th Circ. Won't Let Cigna Patients Appeal Class Cert. Denial

    The Ninth Circuit won't let a group of Cigna plan participants immediately appeal a trial court's rejection of class status in their lawsuit accusing the insurance giant of unlawfully colluding with its billing contractor to underpay out-of-network claims for mental health treatments.

  • March 28, 2024

    Radiology Co. To Pay $19M To End ESOP Self-Dealing Suit

    A radiology company and its employee stock ownership plan trustee will pay $19 million to settle a proposed class action alleging that executives used shell companies to suck value out of the company and shorted workers when the business was sold for $215 million.

Expert Analysis

  • USCIS Fee Increases May Have Unintended Consequences

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    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ new fee schedule, intended to provide the agency with needed funds while minimizing the impact of higher fees on individual immigrants and their families, shifts too much of the burden onto employers, say Juan Steevens and William Coffman at Mintz.

  • HR Antitrust Compliance Crucial Amid DOJ Scrutiny

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    The Justice Department's Antitrust Division recently announced a required human resources component for antitrust compliance programs, which means companies should evaluate their policies to prevent, detect and remediate potential violations as they add training for HR professionals, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Lessons From Rare Post-Verdict Healthcare Fraud Acquittal

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    A Maryland federal court recently overturned a jury verdict that found a doctor guilty of healthcare fraud related to billing levels for COVID-19 tests, providing defense attorneys with potential strategies for obtaining acquittals in similar prosecutions, says attorney Andrew Feldman.

  • ChristianaCare Settlement Reveals FCA Pitfalls For Hospitals

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    ChristianaCare's False Claims Act settlement in December is the first one based on a hospital allegedly providing private physicians with free services in the form of hospital-employed clinicians and provides important compliance lessons as the government ramps up scrutiny of compensation arrangements, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Texas Ruling Clarifies That Bankruptcy Shields LLC Rights

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    A Texas bankruptcy court’s recent ruling in In re: Envision makes it clear that the Bankruptcy Code preempts a section of Delaware state law that terminates a member’s interest in an LLC upon a bankruptcy filing, clarifying conflicting case law, say Larry Halperin and Joon Hong at Chapman and Cutler.

  • Series

    Coaching High School Wrestling Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Coaching my son’s high school wrestling team has been great fun, but it’s also demonstrated how a legal career can benefit from certain experiences, such as embracing the unknown, studying the rules and engaging with new people, says Richard Davis at Maynard Nexsen.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • The Latest Antitrust Areas For In-House Counsel To Watch

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    The U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission's increasingly aggressive approach to antitrust enforcement means in-house counsel should closely monitor five key compliance issues, say attorneys at Squire Patton.

  • Despite Risks, AI Is A Worthy Tool For Healthcare Industry

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    Artificial intelligence appears to provide a productive path forward for the healthcare industry, improving economic and human health outcomes, though companies must continue to address certain technology and compliance pain points, says Sarah Abrams at Bowhead Specialty Underwriters.

  • Navigating New Regulations In Healthcare And Other M&A

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    While notice requirements recently enacted in several states are focused on the healthcare industry for now, this trend could extend to other industries as these requirements are designed to allow regulators to be a step ahead and learn more about a transaction long before it occurs, say Kathleen Premo and Ashley Creech at Epstein Becker.

  • New CMS Rule Will Change Nursing Facility Disclosures

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    A new rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services significantly expands disclosure requirements for nursing facilities backed by private equity companies or real estate investment trusts, likely foreshadowing increased oversight that could include more targeted audits, say Janice Davis and Christopher Ronne at Morgan Lewis.

  • Skirting Anti-Kickback Causation Standard Amid Circuit Split

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    Amid the federal circuit court split over the causation standard applicable to False Claims Act cases involving Anti-Kickback Statute violations, which the First Circuit will soon consider in U.S. v. Regeneron, litigators aiming to circumvent the heightened standard should contemplate certain strategies, say Matthew Modafferi and Terence Park at Frier Levitt.

  • What To Know About WDTX Standing Order For Patent Cases

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    Patent litigators should review and ensure compliance with the standing order recently issued by U.S. District Judge Alan Albright of the Western District of Texas — a popular patent litigation venue — which encompasses new deadlines, seeks to streamline discovery disputes, and further reflects the court's existing practices, says Archibald Cruz at Patterson + Sheridan.

  • What New Calif. Strike Force Means For White Collar Crimes

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    The recently announced Central District of California strike force targeting complex corporate and securities fraud — following the Northern District of California's model — combines experienced prosecutorial leadership and partnerships with federal agencies like the IRS and FBI, and could result in an uptick in the number of cases and speed of proceedings, say attorneys at MoFo.

  • Healthcare Collabs Can Alleviate Labor, Antitrust Challenges

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    Two major challenges facing hospitals and health systems include labor shortages and increased antitrust scrutiny at both federal and state levels, but collaborative efforts may help with addressing these difficulties, says Sumaya Noush at McDermott.

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