Health

  • March 04, 2024

    Vax Refusal Doesn't Negate Benefits, Mass. Top Court Says

    Massachusetts' highest court ruled Monday that an employee's refusal of the COVID-19 vaccine for religious reasons can be grounds for dismissal, but not for stripping them of unemployment benefits.

  • March 04, 2024

    Trial Of Ex-Stimwave CEO Over Medical Device Nears End

    Prosecutors on Monday urged a Manhattan federal jury to convict the former CEO of Stimwave Technologies for hawking a medical device for chronic pain sufferers with a bogus component designed to drive up billings, while defense counsel derided a lack of evidence to support the government's claims.

  • March 04, 2024

    Planned Parenthood Seeks To Weaken NC Abortion Law

    Planned Parenthood and a doctor have asked a North Carolina federal court to permanently stop the enforcement of two provisions in the state's abortion law, arguing that the pair violate due process and equal protection rights.

  • March 04, 2024

    Hospital Operator Pushes For Ch. 11 Plan Confirmation

    California-based hospital operator Alecto Healthcare Services LLC defended its Chapter 11 plan proposal Monday in Delaware bankruptcy court, saying opposition from creditors is based on a faulty belief that there are valuable claims that can be asserted for the benefit of creditors.

  • March 04, 2024

    Bayer Pays $310M For European Rights To Heart Drug

    German pharmaceutical giant Bayer and public biopharmaceutical company BridgeBio announced Monday that they would form a $310 million partnership centered on the experimental heart drug acoramidis.

  • March 04, 2024

    3rd Circ. Says Union Courted Rebuke In NLRB Reversal

    A Third Circuit panel on Monday reversed a National Labor Relations Board ruling that a nonprofit nudged workers to rebuke their union before withdrawing recognition, with one member going on to question limits on courts' power to review board rulings.

  • March 04, 2024

    Defunct Conn. Nursing School Hit With 2nd $5M Placeholder

    Connecticut Attorney General William Tong's office secured a $5 million prejudgment remedy against a shuttered nursing school over the weekend, leaving the defunct for-profit Stone Academy on the hook for $10 million in total as it continues to battle claims including breach of contract and unfair trade practices in separate lawsuits.

  • March 04, 2024

    Relator Aims To Keep Steward Health Care Lawsuit Together

    A relator representing the U.S. government wants a Texas federal judge to keep its lawsuit against Steward Health Care System LLC intact, saying its allegations of the hospital system running a referral kickback scheme were sufficient to merit going forward with a trial in a response filed Friday.

  • March 04, 2024

    Feds' Lack Of Payments Hampers Services, Tribal Groups Say

    The National Congress of American Indians and tribes are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold lower court rulings ordering the federal government to reimburse the San Carlos Apache and Northern Arapaho tribes for millions of dollars in administrative costs related to their delivery of health programs.

  • March 04, 2024

    LifeWallet Settles With Insurers, Enhancing Claims Process

    Healthcare reimbursement venture MSP Recovery, which does business as LifeWallet, has announced a deal with 28 affiliated property and casualty insurers that would settle unreimbursed Medicare claims and provide historical data to streamline the process of resolving such claims in the future.

  • March 04, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Revives Diaper IP Over 'Unsupported Assumptions'

    The Federal Circuit on Monday tossed Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions that had found claims in Paul Hartmann AG's patents on adult diapers invalid in challenges brought by Attends Healthcare, holding that the board relied on "unsupported assumptions."

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • What's New In FDA's Updated Data Monitoring Guidance

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    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's new guidance on the use of data monitoring committees in clinical trials is set to replace the agency's 2006 guidance on the topic, with notable updates including stronger language indicating a more stringent stance against financial conflicts of interest and adaptation to recent changes in DMC structure, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • 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.

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    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.

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