Health

  • March 01, 2024

    Adamas' Ex-COO Agrees To $4.6M Deal In Investor Suit

    Adamas Pharmaceutical Inc. investors asked a California federal judge on Friday to approve a $4.65 million settlement with the company's former chief operating officer to resolve proposed class claims the company misled consumers about the success of its treatment for Parkinson's disease.

  • March 01, 2024

    LGBTQ+ Org. Seeks To Ward Off Paxton's Documents Demand

    An LGBTQ+ advocacy group has sued Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and his office over a civil investigative demand for documents in connection with a state law banning gender-affirming care for transgender youths, saying the demand violates the organization's and its members' constitutional rights.

  • March 01, 2024

    Aetna Can't Escape Fertility Bias Suit From Same-Sex Couple

    A California federal judge has declined to toss a woman's case challenging Aetna's fertility treatment coverage as discriminatory, finding at this stage, she has sufficiently argued that the policy discriminates against LGBTQ couples in violation of the Affordable Care Act.

  • March 01, 2024

    NY Judge Tosses $6.4B BMS Investor Action For Good

    Celgene Corp. investors could not convince a New York federal judge that Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. was intentionally trying to flout securities law by delaying the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval of a cancer treatment in order to avoid giving them a $6.4 billion payout. 

  • March 01, 2024

    Plaintiffs Blast Prison Health Co.'s 'Potemkin Village' Case

    An attorney for plaintiffs seeking the dismissal of prison health care company Tehum Care Services Inc.'s "Texas Two-Step" bankruptcy case assailed on Friday what he called the "Potemkin village" nature of the debtor during the first day of a trial unfolding in Texas bankruptcy court.

  • March 01, 2024

    4 Argument Sessions Benefits Attys Should Watch In March

    The Biden administration will urge the Fifth Circuit to preserve preventive services requirements in the Affordable Care Act, the Eighth Circuit will dive into an insurer's payment practices, and the Eleventh Circuit will hear Home Depot workers' bid to revive their 401(k) suit.

  • March 01, 2024

    Judge Says TCPA Class Limits Affect Only State Law Claims

    A Washington federal judge denied UnitedHealthcare's move to dismiss illegal automated call claims from non-Washington members in a Washington man's class action, calling the company's invocation of a 2017 U.S. Supreme Court ruling a "strained theory that has been rejected by every Circuit Court that has considered it."

  • March 01, 2024

    Pa. Supreme Court Snapshot: Judge's Side Gig Vexes Tax Row

    In its first argument session of 2024, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania will once again have seven justices on the bench to hear cases concerning issues like a judge taking a second job, following last year's elevation of Superior Court Judge Daniel D. McCaffery to fill the vacancy left by the death of former Chief Justice Max Baer in 2022.

  • March 01, 2024

    55K Labcorp 401(k) Participants Seek Class Cert. In NC

    Tens of thousands of participants in a 401(k) plan for Labcorp employees asked a North Carolina federal court on Friday to certify the claims in their benefits lawsuit, arguing they had claims common and typical to warrant certification.

  • March 01, 2024

    GSK, Shook Hardy Can Recover Costs After Zofran MDL Win

    GlaxoSmithKline and its attorneys from Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP can recover more than $450,000 in legal costs after beating a multidistrict suit claiming the company's anti-nausea drug Zofran caused birth defects, a federal judge has ruled.

  • March 01, 2024

    Tort Report: $42M Med Mal Award; Hot Coffee Suit In The Air

    A suit over hot coffee spilled at 40,000 feet and the affirmation of a $42 million medical malpractice verdict in Illinois lead Law360's Tort Report, which compiles recent personal injury and medical malpractice news that may have flown under the radar.

  • March 01, 2024

    DC Circ. Finds Rehab's Flyers Aren't Unlawful Surveillance

    The D.C. Circuit found Friday that a rehabilitation facility was within its rights under federal labor law to distribute flyers during a union drive, departing from the National Labor Relations Board's conclusion that the handouts were part of an illegal surveillance violation.

  • March 01, 2024

    Fla. Officials Say Better Process Wouldn't Stop Medicaid Cuts

    Florida health officials have urged a federal judge to toss a proposed class action brought by residents who argued state agencies cut their Medicaid coverage without proper notice, saying whatever notice the agencies might have provided, it wouldn't have made any difference in the residents' eligibility.

  • March 01, 2024

    'Texas Heartbeat Act' Civil Enforcement Suit Can Proceed

    A Texas state appellate court sided with a woman weighing civil action against the Texas Equal Access Fund, saying Thursday that the recent "sea change" in abortion law doesn't upend the so-called Texas Heartbeat Act's enforcement mechanisms, and the woman has the right to determine whether she will sue the reproductive rights advocacy organization.

  • March 01, 2024

    CVS, Walgreens Receive FDA's OK To Dispense Abortion Drug

    Pharmacy giants CVS and Walgreens announced Friday that they have received federal certification to dispense the abortion drug mifepristone and will begin doing so soon in certain states — a development that President Joe Biden hailed as historic and that comes amid a larger battle in the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • March 01, 2024

    Auto Coverage Hinges On Victim's Domicile, Mich. Panel Says

    A dispute over personal protection insurance will return to a trial court to determine whether a crash victim was residing in Michigan or Kentucky at the time of the incident, after a Michigan state appeals court granted neither the victim's guardian nor Progressive an early win.

  • March 01, 2024

    FTC Attacks Constitutional Defenses In Hospital Merger Fight

    The Federal Trade Commission has urged a federal court to trim Novant Health's defenses in the agency's challenge of a $320 million plan to buy two North Carolina hospitals, citing case law holding that constitutional arguments are immaterial to the court's consideration of an antitrust injunction bid.

  • March 01, 2024

    UW Settles Missing Tumor Suit After Admitting It Can't Find It

    The University of Washington has settled a medical malpractice lawsuit accusing its hospital staff of losing a tumor before testing it for cancer, after UW admitted that it had been "unable to locate the specimen" since the patient's August 2022 surgery.

  • March 01, 2024

    Panel Backs Tossing Of Eli Lilly, Bayer Drug Marketing Suits

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Friday upheld the tossing of two lawsuits accusing Bayer Corp. and Eli Lilly & Co. Inc. of engaging in "unlawful marketing schemes" leading to false claims submissions to government healthcare programs, finding the cases did not meet the "public disclosure bar."

  • March 01, 2024

    Medica Associate GC Returns To Fox Rothschild

    The former director of litigation for Medica, a nonprofit health plan based in Minnesota, has returned to private practice at Fox Rothschild LLP, where she worked before moving in-house.

  • March 01, 2024

    Avista Capital Partners Closes $1.5B Healthcare Fund

    Private equity firm Avista Capital Partners announced Friday that it had closed a $1.5 billion fund advised by Kirkland & Ellis focused on investments in the healthcare industry.

  • March 01, 2024

    Former Pa. Assistant DA Moves To GRSM50's Philly Team

    Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP has hired an attorney with nearly a decade of experience working as an assistant district attorney in Pennsylvania to join the firm's office in Philadelphia as a partner, the firm recently announced.

  • March 01, 2024

    AstraZeneca Challenge To Medicare Drug Price Program Fails

    A Delaware federal judge on Friday rejected AstraZeneca's challenge to the Medicare price negotiation program, upholding the Biden administration's argument that the talks are voluntary.

  • February 29, 2024

    9th Circ. Sends COVID-19 Coverage Row Back To Tribal Court

    A Ninth Circuit panel unanimously affirmed the Suquamish Tribal Court's jurisdiction over a COVID-19 coverage dispute, finding in a published opinion Thursday that although the tribe's insurers weren't present on its land, a consensual business relationship means tribal law applies.

  • February 29, 2024

    UnitedHealth Unit Says Blackcat Group Behind Cyberattack

    A UnitedHealth unit on Thursday announced that the "Blackcat" ransomware group is behind a cyberattack that has taken out its information technology systems and services for the past nine days.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Suits Against Insulin Pricing Are Driven By Rebate Addiction

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    A growing wave of lawsuits filed by states, cities and counties against insulin manufacturers and pharmacy benefit managers improperly allocate the blame for rising insulin costs, when in actuality the plaintiffs are partially responsible, says Dan Leonard at Granite Capitol Consulting.

  • Conn. Data Privacy Enforcement Takeaways For Cos.

    In light of the Connecticut attorney general's recently released report on its enforcement of the Connecticut Data Privacy Act, which focuses on companies' privacy policies, protections of sensitive data and more, businesses can expect increased enforcement scrutiny — especially in areas that are the subject of consumer complaints, say Paul Pittman and Abdul Hafiz at White & Case.

  • Lessons For D&O Policyholders From Pharma Co. Ruling

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    A California federal court's recent decision in AmTrust v. 180 Life Sciences, requiring insurers to advance defense costs for a potentially covered claim, provides a valuable road map for directors and officers insurance policyholders, rebutting the common presumption that a D&O insurer's duty to advance costs is more limited than under other policies, say attorneys at Pasich.

  • How Firms Can Ensure Associate Gender Parity Lasts

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    Among associates, women now outnumber men for the first time, but progress toward gender equality at the top of the legal profession remains glacially slow, and firms must implement time-tested solutions to ensure associates’ gender parity lasts throughout their careers, say Kelly Culhane and Nicole Joseph at Culhane Meadows.

  • 7 Common Myths About Lateral Partner Moves

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    As lateral recruiting remains a key factor for law firm growth, partners considering a lateral move should be aware of a few commonly held myths — some of which contain a kernel of truth, and some of which are flat out wrong, says Dave Maurer at Major Lindsey.

  • When Physician Retirement Arrangements May Be Legal

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    A recent advisory opinion from the Office of Inspector General regarding physician retirement arrangements sheds light on key considerations and mitigating factors that may be useful when attempting to balance healthcare operational needs with statutory conformity, says Magda Rodriguez at Day Pitney.

  • Series

    Cheering In The NFL Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Balancing my time between a BigLaw career and my role as an NFL cheerleader has taught me that pursuing your passions outside of work is not a distraction, but rather an opportunity to harness important skills that can positively affect how you approach work and view success in your career, says Rachel Schuster at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Keeping Up With Class Actions: Data Breach Litigation In Flux

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    In this monthly look at notable class action decisions, Gerald Maatman at Duane Morris examines a recent mixed-bag data breach ruling from an Illinois federal court — in the context of case law developments over the last year — which illustrates the range of issues confronting litigants going forward.

  • Args In APA Case Amplify Justices' Focus On Agency Power

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    In arguments last week in Corner Post v. Federal Reserve, the U.S. Supreme Court justices paid particular importance to the possible ripple effects of their decision, which will address when a facial challenge to long-standing federal rules under the Administrative Procedure Act first accrues and could thus unleash a flood of new lawsuits, say attorneys at Snell & Wilmer.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Gulf Cooperation Council

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    The Gulf Cooperation Council is in the early stages of ESG policy implementation, but recent commitments by both states and corporations — including increases in sustainable finance transactions, environmental commitments, female representation on boards and human rights enforcement — show continuing progress toward broader ESG goals, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • Navigating ACA Reporting Nuances As Deadlines Loom

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    Stephanie Lowe at Liebert Cassidy walks employers through need-to-know elements of Affordable Care Act reporting, including two quickly approaching deadlines, the updated affordability threshold, strategies for choosing an affordability safe harbor, and common coding pitfalls.

  • Inside The PTAB's Seagen Cancer Drug Patent Decision

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    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board's recent finding that Seagen's claims for antibody-drug conjugate technology were unpatentable — for lack of enablement, lack of written description and anticipation — mark the latest chapter in the complex patent dispute as the case heads for director review, says Ryan Hagglund at Loeb & Loeb.

  • A Cautionary Tale On Hospital-Physician Alignment Structures

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    A $345 million settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and Community Health Network highlights how quickly hospital and physician alignment relationships can violate legal restrictions on such dealings, and the onerous financial penalties that can ensue, say Robert Threlkeld and Elliott Coward at Morris Manning.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Opinion

    Biden Admin's March-In Plan Would Hurt Medical Innovation

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    The Biden administration's proposal to reinterpret the Bayh-Dole Act and allow the government to claw back patents when it determines that a commercialized product's price is too high would discourage private investment in important research and development, says Ken Thorpe at the Rollins School of Public Health.

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