Health

  • July 22, 2024

    Allarity Warns Of SEC Suit Over Cancer Drug Statements

    Clinical stage pharmaceutical company Allarity Therapeutics informed investors Monday that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is preparing to sue following an investigation into statements the company made as it sought approval for a new cancer treatment.

  • July 22, 2024

    Price-Fixing Claims Against Par Pharma On Chopping Block

    A Connecticut federal judge has asked a coalition of states to explain why he shouldn't toss two price-fixing lawsuits against Par Pharmaceutical Companies Inc., noting that the defendant and its parent, Endo International PLC, recently filed Chapter 11 reorganization plans shielding them from the cases.

  • July 22, 2024

    Steward Health Care Finds Buyers For 2 Hospitals

    Steward Health Care has told a Delaware bankruptcy judge it has found buyers for two of the facilities in its first round of hospital sales in its Chapter 11 case, but three others had attracted no qualified bids.

  • July 22, 2024

    What Attorneys Need To Know About JD Vance

    Vice presidential nominee JD Vance's brief legislative record shows he is aligned with his fellow Republicans on hot-button issues like abortion and immigration, but it also indicates that the senator from Ohio may be willing to break with the GOP mainstream when it comes to regulating big business. Here's what attorneys should know about the vice presidential candidate.

  • July 22, 2024

    FTC Tells 5th Circ Anesthesia Co. Can't Stop Antitrust Case

    The Federal Trade Commission is telling the Fifth Circuit to dismiss U.S. Anesthesia Partners Inc.'s appeal in the FTC's antitrust case against it, saying the circuit court has no jurisdiction in the appeal because the lower court ruling at issue falls outside the scope of the collateral order doctrine.

  • July 22, 2024

    Bankrupt Nursing Homes To Pay $36M To End DOL Wage Suit

    More than a dozen bankrupt nursing homes will have to pay nearly $36 million in a U.S. Department of Labor's suit claiming workers weren't paid full wages after creating "an adversarial" payroll structure, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Monday.

  • July 22, 2024

    Groups Ask 3rd Circ. To Reverse Medicare Drug Price Rulings

    A conservative group was one of several organizations to file amicus curiae briefs with the Third Circuit on Friday urging it to reverse a lower court's finding that Medicare's ability to negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies does not run contrary to the companies' constitutional rights.

  • July 22, 2024

    Anthem Blue Cross Wants Lab's $3.8M Suit Tossed

    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Connecticut has asked a federal judge to toss a medical lab's lawsuit seeking nearly $3.8 million from it for refusing to pay for or underpaying for lab work and COVID-19 tests, arguing the claims are "baseless."

  • July 22, 2024

    1st Circ. Hints At Higher Bar For Feds In Anti-Kickback Cases

    The First Circuit on Monday questioned the government's assertion that Congress intended to broaden the standard for liability in False Claims Act kickback cases when it passed a key amendment in 2010.

  • July 22, 2024

    NC Hospital, Patients Nearing Deal In Hacking Suit

    Columbus Regional Healthcare System and the patients who accused it of failing to properly protect their personal information at its North Carolina hospital have reached a tentative settlement agreement, according to a new notice asking the Tar Heel State's business court to pause proceedings while they hash it out.

  • July 22, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    A $6 million bank fee, a $42.5 million shopping mall deal, some questionable Amazon deliveries and long-ago expired ketchup: it was all part of the comings and goings in Delaware's Court of Chancery last week. New cases involved mining and cybersecurity companies, board takeovers, "weaponized" director election provisions, and legal fees following a $3.1 billion telecom merger. In case you missed it, here's the latest from the Chancery Court.

  • July 22, 2024

    Ga. Child Therapists Say Employer Cheated Them Out of Pay

    A Georgia children's therapy provider has not been paying its registered behavior technicians for the time spent working before appointments, traveling, performing administrative work and attending required training sessions, four ex-workers claimed in a proposed collective action in federal court.

  • July 19, 2024

    Mass. Court Says Med Mal Jury Selection Fair, OKs Doc's Win

    An intermediate-level appeals court in Massachusetts on Friday affirmed a defense verdict in a suit accusing a doctor of failing to properly treat a patient's undiagnosed diabetes, which purportedly caused her death days later, saying certain jury selection questions proposed by plaintiffs' counsel were properly revised by the trial judge.

  • July 19, 2024

    Conn. Hospital Didn't Heed Insulin Pen Warnings, Maker Says

    A Connecticut hospital "ignored" clear warnings from the manufacturer of insulin pens and federal regulators to avoid using the devices on multiple patients, leading to a $1 million class settlement, Novo Nordisk Inc. told a federal judge in urging the dismissal of a lawsuit against the pharma giant.

  • July 19, 2024

    3 Atty Takeaways On How AI Affects Employee Benefits

    Artificial intelligence technology has the potential to improve employee benefits administration and could even help employers and retirement savers avoid underperforming 401(k) investments, attorneys say. Here are three takeaways on how AI is affecting employee benefits administration and litigation.

  • July 19, 2024

    Amazon Gets Tainted Eye Drop Suit Pared Down

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has trimmed claims from a woman's lawsuit against Amazon and multiple drug companies alleging she had to have her left eye surgically removed after using EzriCare eye drops linked to an outbreak of an infectious bacteria.

  • July 19, 2024

    Hanover Tries To Delay $13.4M Award Over Home-Care Death

    Massachusetts-based Hanover Insurance Group says it should not be forced to pay a $13.4 million judgment awarded by a jury in March to the family of a man who died in a Connecticut group home until the home operator's appeal is decided, in a motion filed in New Haven Superior Court.

  • July 19, 2024

    12 Firms Guiding IPO Quartet Projected To Exceed $5B

    Twelve law firms are on tap to guide four initial public offerings scheduled for the week of July 22 that could exceed $5 billion combined, led by potentially the year's largest IPO from cold-storage warehouse giant Lineage Inc.

  • July 19, 2024

    Gout-Focused Biotech Raises $60M In Latest Funding Round

    Biotechnology company GRO Biosciences Inc. on Friday revealed that it clinched its oversubscribed Series B funding round after raising $60.3 million from investors, which will be used to help push the company's refractory gout treatments to clinic.

  • July 19, 2024

    Ex-Pharma Sales Exec Denies Fake Prescription Scheme

    The former vice president of sales for pharmaceutical company U.S. Compounding Inc. pled not guilty in Manhattan federal court Friday to forging fake horse drug prescriptions in order to juice revenues.

  • July 19, 2024

    NC AG Looks To Stave Off Deposition In Hospital Contract Suit

    North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein doesn't want to be deposed in his suit accusing a for-profit health network of breaking its promise to maintain the standard of care at an Asheville hospital, saying he has no unique knowledge of the situation and should be shielded from testifying as a high-ranking government official.

  • July 19, 2024

    Chancery Keeps Masimo Meeting Date, Speeds Up Politan Suit

    Masimo Corp. will not have to reschedule its Sept. 19 annual meeting in response to a lawsuit from Politan Capital Management LP, but will need to respond to some of the activist investor's concerns before the meeting takes place, a Delaware Chancery Court judge said Friday.

  • July 19, 2024

    Regeneron Rips DOJ's FCA Suit As 'Divorced From Reality'

    Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. has told a Massachusetts federal judge that a False Claims Act suit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice claiming the company withheld information about a drug's average sales price was "divorced from reality" and the practice the government was complaining about was commonplace.

  • July 19, 2024

    Kirkland, MoFo Steer $139M Take-Private Of Medtech Biz

    Augmedix Inc., advised by Morrison Foerster LLP, on Friday announced its plans to go private following its sale to fellow healthcare technology company Commure Inc., advised by Kirkland & Ellis LLP, in a deal that values Augmedix at roughly $139 million.

  • July 18, 2024

    DaVita To Pay $34M In Medicare Kickback Whistleblower Suit

    Dialysis company DaVita will pay more than $34 million to settle a Medicare fraud case over alleged kickbacks doctors received in exchange for patient referrals, after a whistleblower from the company's C-suite came forward, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado announced Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Analyzing FDA Draft Guidance On Clinical Trial Diversity

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    In light of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's draft guidance on clinical trial diversity action plans, there are several important considerations for sponsors and clinical researchers to keep in mind to prevent delay in a drug or device application, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • What's New In The AI Healthcare Regulatory Space

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    Attorneys at Hogan Lovells review the current legal and regulatory landscape for artificial intelligence applications in healthcare, touching on policies around safety, transparency, nondiscrimination and reimbursement, and what to expect in the future.

  • The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Of Healthcare's PE Boom

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    While an influx of capital may provide access to new resources and innovative technologies, the private equity model's method of funding may be fundamentally at odds with patient-first healthcare, and in recent years that inherent tension has gotten ugly, say Eva Gunasekera and Jaclyn Tayabji at Tycko & Zavareei.

  • 3 Policyholder Tips After Calif. Ruling Denying D&O Coverage

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    A California decision from June, Practice Fusion v. Freedom Specialty Insurance, denying a company's claim seeking reimbursement under a directors and officers insurance policy for its settlement with the Justice Department, highlights the importance of coordinating coverage for all operational risks and the danger of broad exclusionary policy language, says Geoffrey Fehling at Hunton.

  • Opinion

    Now More Than Ever, Lawyers Must Exhibit Professionalism

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    As society becomes increasingly fractured and workplace incivility is on the rise, attorneys must champion professionalism and lead by example, demonstrating how lawyers can respectfully disagree without being disagreeable, says Edward Casmere at Norton Rose.

  • Opinion

    High Court Made Profound Mistake In Tossing Purdue Deal

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to throw out Purdue Pharma's Chapter 11 plan jeopardizes a multistate agreement that would provide approximately $7 billion in much-needed relief to help fight the opioid epidemic, with states now likely doomed to spend years chasing individual defendants across the globe, says Swain Wood at Morningstar.

  • How Tech Trackers May Implicate HIPAA After Hospital Ruling

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    A recent Texas federal court order in American Hospital Association v. Becerra adds a legal protection on key data, clarifying when tracking technologies implicate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, so organizations should ensure all technology used is known and accounted for, say John Howard and Myriah Jaworski at Clark Hill.

  • Series

    Serving In The National Guard Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My ongoing military experience as a judge advocate general in the National Guard has shaped me as a person and a lawyer, teaching me the importance of embracing confidence, balance and teamwork in both my Army and civilian roles, says Danielle Aymond at Baker Donelson.

  • Big Business May Come To Rue The Post-Administrative State

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    Many have framed the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decisions overturning Chevron deference and extending the window to challenge regulations as big wins for big business, but sand in the gears of agency rulemaking may be a double-edged sword, creating prolonged uncertainty that impedes businesses’ ability to plan for the future, says Todd Baker at Columbia University.

  • Opinion

    Proposed Terminal Disclaimers Rule Harms Colleges, Startups

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    Universities and startups are ill-suited to follow the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s recently proposed rule on terminal disclaimers due to their necessity of filing patent applications early prior to contacting outside entities for funds and resources, say attorneys at Sterne Kessler.

  • A Midyear Forecast: Tailwinds Expected For Atty Hourly Rates

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    Hourly rates for partners, associates and support staff continued to rise in the first half of this year, and this growth shows no signs of slowing for the rest of 2024 and into next year, driven in part by the return of mergers and acquisitions and the widespread adoption of artificial intelligence, says Chuck Chandler at Valeo Partners.

  • Series

    In The CFPB Playbook: Making Good On Bold Promises

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's funding structure in the second quarter cleared the way for the bureau to resume a number of high-priority initiatives, and it appears poised to charge ahead in working toward its aggressive preelection agenda, say Andrew Arculin and Paula Vigo Marqués at Blank Rome.

  • Critical Questions Remain After High Court's Abortion Rulings

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's decisions in two major abortion-related cases this term largely preserve the status quo for now, but leave federal preemption, the Comstock Act and in vitro fertilization in limbo, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • A Look At Acquisition Trends For Radiopharmaceuticals

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    As radiopharmaceutical drugs are increasingly used for the diagnosis and treatment of certain diseases, interest from Big Pharma entities is following suit, despite some questions around the drugs' capacity to expand beyond their limited niche, says Adrian Toutoungi at Taylor Wessing.

  • Opinion

    States Should Loosen Law Firm Ownership Restrictions

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    Despite growing buzz, normalized nonlawyer ownership of law firms is a distant prospect, so the legal community should focus first on liberalizing state restrictions on attorney and firm purchases of practices, which would bolster succession planning and improve access to justice, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

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