Policy & Compliance

  • 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.

  • April 01, 2024

    Fla. Justices Uphold Abortion Ban, Approve Pro-Choice Ballot Measure

    The Florida Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 15-week abortion ban in the state while also approving an initiative to preserve abortion access for placement on the ballot in November, leaving it to voters to decide the state's post-Dobbs future.

  • April 01, 2024

    Amazon's Disability Inclusion Efforts A Sham, Suit Says

    Amazon's stated commitments to disability inclusion are a sham, a California worker with cerebral palsy claimed in a proposed class action, saying the company gave him a warehouse gig despite his many warnings that he couldn't meet the job's physical demands.

  • March 29, 2024

    Calif. Justices Rule Living Wills Not A Path To Arbitration

    The California Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that an advance healthcare directive, or living will, does not permit a designated power of attorney to opt into arbitration on a patient's behalf, a decision that, while blessed by consumer groups, left some in the medical community "pretty disappointed."

  • 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

    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

    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

    Retired Sidley Austin Atty Joins Pharma Group's Case

    A former Sidley Austin LLP attorney said Thursday that he is coming out of retirement to work for a pharmaceutical coalition in its push for protection from anti-kickback restrictions in a federal lawsuit.

  • 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

    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

    Implant Maker's Bribe Case Ripe For Trimming, Judge Says

    A money laundering charge levied against implant manufacturer SpineFrontier Inc. and its executives may be dropped from the broader bribery and kickback prosecution as a Boston federal judge Thursday struggled to square up how the company could have allegedly concealed the unlawful transfers to surgeons while also disclosing them publicly.

  • March 28, 2024

    Doctor Allowed To Withdraw NBA Fraud Plea, Gets June Trial

    A Manhattan federal judge will allow a Seattle-area doctor to pull back his guilty plea and go to trial in June, against prosecutors' objections, in a case alleging he assisted a cohort of retired NBA players to create fake invoices to submit to the league's healthcare plan.

  • March 28, 2024

    Grading Garland: Attys Give AG Mixed Reviews 3 Years In

    U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland's name won't be on the ticket in November, but his performance three years into his tenure is a subplot in the 2024 presidential election.

  • March 28, 2024

    Feds Finalize Restraints On Short-Term Health Insurance

    President Joe Biden's administration finalized regulations Thursday that shrink the window for short-term, limited-duration health insurance from three years to no more than four months, but it backed off more sweeping changes from its July proposal that would have affected fixed indemnity insurance.

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.