Policy & Compliance

  • April 04, 2024

    HHS Asks Justices To Review 5th Circ. Abortion Ruling

    The Biden administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to add a Texas legal clash to its review of whether a federal law requiring emergency medical care can preempt state-level abortion bans, a question before the justices in a separate case.

  • April 04, 2024

    NYC Sues 11 Vape Shops Over Sales Of Flavored E-Cigarettes

    The city of New York on Thursday sued 11 e-cigarette wholesalers, saying they're in violation of both city and federal regulations by selling disposable, flavored vapes, which the city said are responsible for a boom of youth vape use.

  • April 03, 2024

    Healthcare Company Hid Rising Costs Before IPO, Suit Says

    Elder-focused healthcare company Agilon Health was hit with an investor's proposed class action in New York federal court alleging that the company failed to acknowledge ahead of its initial public offering that it had been affected by rising medical costs for providers.

  • April 03, 2024

    Philly Injection Site Org. Isn't Religious, Judge Rules

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday ruled that an overdose prevention organization planning to open a supervised safe-injection site in Philadelphia is not a religious entity, delivering a win to the U.S. Department of Justice, which opposed the site.

  • April 03, 2024

    Hospital Workers' Vax Free Speech Suit Falls Flat At 6th Circ.

    The Sixth Circuit backed the dismissal of two workers' claims that a children's hospital violated their constitutional rights when it rejected their religious objections to a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, saying Wednesday they failed to show the hospital was a government actor.

  • April 03, 2024

    Mayo Clinic Stuck Workers With Hefty Medical Bills, Suit Says

    A medical claims administrator steered Mayo Clinic health plan participants toward out-of-network healthcare providers and then forced them to foot the bulk of the bill, a proposed class action filed in Minnesota federal court said.

  • April 03, 2024

    Ex-NBA Guard's Health Fraud Perjury Merits Prison, Feds Say

    Manhattan federal prosecutors said a former Detroit Pistons point guard who was convicted on one of two counts over an alleged scheme to defraud the NBA's healthcare plan should be sentenced to 27 to 33 months in prison, claiming he lied during his testimony.

  • April 02, 2024

    Alaska Judge Tosses Opioid Nuisance Case Against Pharmacies

    Retail pharmacies including Walgreens Co. and Walmart Inc. have escaped a suit brought by Alaska in state court over their role in the opioid epidemic after a judge found the state's public nuisance claims were a "bridge too far."

  • April 02, 2024

    3rd Circ. Preview: Black Lung, Back Pay On Tap In April

    The Third Circuit this month will consider Keystone Coal Mining Co.'s contention that a lower court erred in deeming a miner's black lung a "total disability," while a shuttered rehabilitation facility has asked the court to undo the National Labor Relations Board's determination that it owes unionized employees back pay and bonuses for work done during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • April 02, 2024

    Healthcare In Court: Idaho AG Not 'Cute' On Abortion Ban

    Idaho's solicitor general had a hard day at the Ninth Circuit, where a panel tried and failed to get a lock on the state attorney general's stance on Idaho's abortion ban. Home Depot pressed the U.S. Supreme Court to review a $2.67 billion settlement in antitrust litigation against the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. And in Texas, a woman charged with murder for inducing her own abortion sued the prosecutors behind the case.

  • April 02, 2024

    3 Sentenced To Prison In Fla. Fake Nursing Diploma Case

    A Florida judge sentenced three people to federal prison time Tuesday after they were convicted for their roles in a multimillion-dollar fake nursing diploma scheme following a jury trial in December

  • April 02, 2024

    NC GOP Pols Stress Health In Bid To Keep Abortion Law Intact

    Two North Carolina abortion law provisions that Attorney General Josh Stein deems unconstitutional are necessary to protect women's health, Republican leaders have argued in a bid to keep hospitalization and fetus-location requirements in the statute.

  • April 02, 2024

    Conn. Dentists Used Illegal Patient Recruiting, Suit Says

    Federal and state authorities filed a kickback and false claims lawsuit in Connecticut federal court on Tuesday against two dental practices in the state and their co-owners for allegedly paying a patient recruiter to generate business through Medicaid.

  • April 02, 2024

    IVF Ruling Leaves Lawyers Puzzling Over 'Fetal Personhood'

    A recent decision from Alabama's top court that frozen embryos are legally children raises a host of thorny questions that touch some surprising areas of the law, from the criminal code and public benefits to surrogacy contracts and even tax deductions. A rash of new "personhood" legislation promises to be a challenge for lawyers working in areas well beyond healthcare.

  • April 02, 2024

    NM Medical Cannabis Insurance Row To Stay In Federal Court

    The federal court is the proper place for a proposed class action seeking to make Blue Cross and Blue Shield and other insurers cover medical cannabis, a New Mexico federal judge has ruled, rejecting objections by patients who said the state's high court will eventually need to get involved.

  • April 02, 2024

    For Medicare Drug Cost Suits, Final Price Could Be Key

    Drugmakers and industry groups arguing that the Medicare drug price negotiation program amounts to an unconstitutional taking of their property have an uphill battle. Experts say their claims can be either fortified or undercut by the final price of the selected prescription drugs.

  • April 02, 2024

    HHS Underlines Consent Priority For Pelvic, Prostate Exams

    New federal guidance that teaching hospitals and medical schools must have written consent before conducting pelvic, prostate, and other sensitive medical exams is a signal the agency has drawn a line on patient privacy and control, experts say.

  • April 02, 2024

    Medical Advocacy Orgs Ascend Amid Healthcare Court Battles

    The rapid ascent of an abortion case filed by the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine illustrates the growing power of physician and provider advocacy groups to shape the nation's healthcare policy and legal debates.

  • April 02, 2024

    DOJ Sets Sights On 3rd Parties In Managed Care FCA Claims

    The Justice Department has sent a message in recent months, both in litigation and public speeches, that it plans to target third-party contractors and vendors whose actions contribute to the government being overbilled for medical care, even if they didn't submit those claims directly.

  • April 02, 2024

    Prosecutors Call Indicted Exec's Misconduct Claims 'Flawed'

    Prosecutors have asked a California federal judge to reject a bid for sanctions by a former healthcare CEO indicted on novel insider trading charges, arguing that his claims related to a separate case are based on "flawed grounds."

  • April 02, 2024

    SF City Atty Says Gov't Has Duty To Probe Hospital Rankings

    As law schools, medical schools and health systems continue to raise concerns over the veracity of annual rankings published by U.S. News and World Report, San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu is holding fast to his belief that his office has an important role to play in pushing for transparency from the publication. Here, he discusses the U.S. News suit against him and how his investigation fits into his office's consumer protection work.

  • April 01, 2024

    Ga., FTC Seek $17M+ Fine And Ban On Doc's Stem Cell Ads

    After securing an early win last week against a Georgia doctor and a series of companies that marketed stem cell therapy as a cure-all miracle treatment, federal regulators and the state of Georgia asked a federal judge Monday for $17.7 million in fines and an injunction barring the defendants from any future endeavors in the medical marketing industry.

  • April 01, 2024

    Swedish Match Sued Over Allegedly Youth Targeted Zyn Ads

    Philip Morris International and its subsidiary Swedish Match North America LLC have been hit with a putative class action from an unnamed California man alleging he became addicted to the company's Zyn smokeless oral nicotine pouches when he was a minor because of the product's marketing campaign.

  • April 01, 2024

    Ex-Pharma Co. Exec Denies Signing Noncompete Deal

    The former director of government sales for a pharmaceutical company asked the North Carolina Business Court on Friday to knock out a breach of contract claim in a lawsuit that alleges he took trade secrets to a competitor, arguing the company has no valid noncompete agreement to back it up.

  • April 01, 2024

    Cigna Can't Escape Patients' ERISA Fight Over Claim Rates

    A Connecticut federal judge agreed to trim a federal benefits lawsuit against Cigna alleging the company underpaid claims from providers who indirectly contracted with the insurer, finding allegations from participants in employer-sponsored health plans could proceed to discovery but that several medical associations lacked standing to sue.

Expert Analysis

  • ESG Around The World: The UK

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    Following Brexit, the U.K. has adopted a different approach to regulating environmental, social and governance factors from the European Union — an approach that focuses on climate disclosures by U.K.-regulated entities, while steering clear of the more ambitious objectives pursued by the EU, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • 3 Tips For Defending Against Data Breach Litigation

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    As cyberattacks become more prevalent, companies responding to data breaches must consider several strategies to better position themselves in the event of litigation even during their preliminary investigations and breach notifications, say attorneys at Davis Wright.

  • Tips For Litigating Against Pro Se Parties In Complex Disputes

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    Litigating against self-represented parties in complex cases can pose unique challenges for attorneys, but for the most part, it requires the same skills that are useful in other cases — from documenting everything to understanding one’s ethical duties, says Bryan Ketroser at Alto Litigation.

  • Air Ambulance Ch. 11s Show Dispute Program Must Resume

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    Air Methods’ recent bankruptcy filing highlights the urgent need to reopen the No Surprises Act’s independent dispute resolution program for air ambulances, whose shutdown benefits insurance companies and hurts providers, says Adam Schramek at Norton Rose.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Powerful Self-Help For Attorneys

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    Oct. 22-28 is Pro Bono Week, serving as a useful reminder that offering free legal help to the public can help attorneys expand their legal toolbox, forge community relationships and create human connections, despite the challenges of this kind of work, says Orlando Lopez at Culhane Meadows.

  • Playing In A Rock Cover Band Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Performing in a classic rock cover band has driven me to hone several skills — including focus, organization and networking — that have benefited my professional development, demonstrating that taking time to follow your muse outside of work can be a boon to your career, says Michael Gambro at Cadwalader.

  • The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Espinosa On 'Lincoln Lawyer'

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    The murder trials in Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” illustrate the stark contrast between the ethical high ground that fosters and maintains the criminal justice system's integrity, and the ethical abyss that can undermine it, with an important reminder for all legal practitioners, say Judge Adam Espinosa and Andrew Howard at the Colorado 2nd Judicial District Court.

  • Calif. GHG Disclosure Law Will Affect Companies Worldwide

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    California's Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act, which will require comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions disclosures from large companies operating in the state, will mean compliance challenges for a wide range of industries, nationally and globally, as the law's requirements will ultimately trickle out and down, say attorneys at Brownstein Hyatt.

  • How To Navigate The FTC's New Private Equity Frontier

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent district court complaint against an anesthesia firm and its private equity partner tests key bounds of the agency's stand-alone authority, and defense strategies can include challenges to both the geographic and the service market fronts, say attorneys at Baker McKenzie.

  • Newman Suspension Shows Need For Judicial Reform

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    The recent suspension of U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman following her alleged refusal to participate in a disability inquiry reveals the need for judicial misconduct reforms to ensure that judges step down when they can no longer serve effectively, says Aliza Shatzman at The Legal Accountability Project.

  • An Overview Of Congress' Proposed Drug Shortage Solutions

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    Recently, Congress has seen a number of bipartisan bills that seek to prevent and respond to national drug shortages, though disagreements over the right vehicle and timeline have slowed progress, says Miranda Franco at Holland & Knight.

  • SEC's Life Sciences Actions Utilize Novel Tools And Theories

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    Recent enforcement actions show that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is employing new forms of data analytics and noteworthy applications of insider trading laws in its scrutiny of fraud within the life sciences and health industries, say Edward Imperatore and Jina Choi at MoFo.

  • ESG Around The World: Japan

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    Japan is witnessing rapid developments in environmental, social and corporate governance policies by making efforts to adopt a soft law approach, which has been effective in encouraging companies to embrace ESG practices and address the diversity of boards of directors, say Akira Karasawa and Landry Guesdon at Iwata Godo.