Policy & Compliance

  • June 04, 2024

    White House Threatens Veto Over Policy Riders In VA Bill

    The White House has threatened to veto a $147.5 billion bill funding military construction and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, citing partisan policy proposals it said would harm minority groups and risk patient safety at VA medical facilities.

  • June 04, 2024

    Ex-Keller & Heckman Scientist Joins K&L Gates In DC

    K&L Gates LLP announced Tuesday that a longtime scientist at Keller and Heckman LLP joined its Washington, D.C., office as the firm's first senior scientific adviser.

  • June 04, 2024

    NM Cannabis Co. Says Insurers Can't Toss Medical Weed Row

    A group of insurers can't escape a proposed class action demanding they cover medical marijuana costs, a cannabis company and several of its patients said, telling a New Mexico federal court that medical cannabis is a medically necessary behavioral health service that must be covered.

  • June 04, 2024

    Sens. Offer Stark Takes On Abortion Two Years Post-Dobbs

    Republican and Democratic members of the Senate health committee on Tuesday offered two different views of abortion in America two years after the Dobbs Decision overturned the federal right to the procedure.

  • June 04, 2024

    Recent Foley Hoag Addition Tapped As Life Sciences Co-Chair

    Boston-based Foley Hoag LLP announced the appointment of a recently hired patent partner as co-chair of its life sciences industry group, the largest industry sector it services.

  • June 04, 2024

    A Lawsuit 'Field Day' Over Calif. Healthcare Worker Wage Hike

    Even before going into effect, California's new healthcare worker minimum wage is generating complex legal questions about its scope and predictions of legal clashes to come.

  • June 03, 2024

    Colo. Gov Signs Compromise Bill Raising Damages Caps

    Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Monday signed a law that will increase statutory caps on noneconomic damages for wrongful death and injury claims, as part of a deal to avoid a ballot-box fight between medical providers and personal injury lawyers.

  • June 03, 2024

    House COVID Panel Questions Fauci Over Pandemic Origins

    Anthony Fauci, the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease responsible for overseeing the pandemic response, was pressed by a U.S. House COVID-19 panel Monday about recent allegations that a senior official tried to evade open records laws regarding the origins of the pandemic.

  • June 03, 2024

    Senate To Vote On Right To Contraception

    The Senate will vote later this week on a bill to codify a statutory right to contraception, ahead of the two-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade.

  • June 01, 2024

    Blockbuster Summer: 10 Big Issues Justices Still Must Decide

    As the calendar flips over to June, the U.S. Supreme Court still has heaps of cases to decide on issues ranging from trademark registration rules to judicial deference and presidential immunity. Here, Law360 looks at 10 of the most important topics the court has yet to decide.

  • May 31, 2024

    Final Defendant Gets 2 Years In Prison For DC Clinic Blockade

    An anti-abortion activist was sentenced to two years incarceration in D.C. federal court Friday, the final defendant to be sentenced among nine others charged in a 2020 blockade at a reproductive health clinic.

  • May 31, 2024

    Judge Doubts Okla. Can Stop Title X Cut Over Abortion Stance

    A Tenth Circuit judge appeared skeptical Friday that Oklahoma could prevent federal officials from stripping $4.5 million in funding over the state's refusal to provide abortion referrals, suggesting the state's claim of anti-abortion discrimination is better suited to an attack on Title X writ large.

  • May 31, 2024

    Judge Wonders If Wash. Social Media Ban Blocks Free Speech

    A Washington appellate judge on Friday questioned the constitutionality of a state law barring injured workers from posting video of their state workers' compensation medical exams on social media, saying it could be cutting off someone's only way of communicating with the outside world.

  • May 31, 2024

    15 States Sue To Block Biden's ACA Trans Discrimination Rule

    The Biden administration was hit with a lawsuit on Friday over its rule clarifying the application of the Affordable Care Act's nondiscrimination protections to gender identity, with a group of 15 states claiming the guidance is an effort "to enshrine sweeping gender-identity mandates without congressional consent."

  • May 31, 2024

    Texas Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Abortion Ban

    The Texas Supreme Court unanimously rejected a petition Friday that challenged the state's near-total ban on abortion, ruling the law's narrow exceptions for pregnant women in life-threatening emergencies are broad enough to withstand a constitutional challenge.

  • May 30, 2024

    Physician, Health Cos. Spar Over Docs In Fla. Qui Tam Suit

    A doctor and several healthcare businesses accused each other of withholding evidence in a Florida federal False Claims Act lawsuit, with the doctor saying several key Zoom meeting records were destroyed, although the businesses have alleged the doctor refused to provide a financial agreement she made with a cohort.

  • May 30, 2024

    Ozempic Maker Says Texas Pharmacy Selling Knockoff Drug

    The manufacturer behind the Ozempic weight loss drug has asked a federal court to prohibit a Houston-area pharmacy from selling compounded, non-FDA-approved medications that claim to contain the drug's key ingredient.

  • May 30, 2024

    Sen. Warren Pushes CMS On 'Medical Loss Ratio' Data

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to collect more data to determine whether private healthcare insurers in Medicare Advantage that employ vertical integration are evading a statutory requirement that they spend the bulk of their earnings on medical claims.

  • May 30, 2024

    Dental Co., Ex-Worker Agree To Arbitrate OT Spat

    A New York federal judge granted a former dental assistant's request to arbitrate her claims accusing a dental company of failing to pay hourly workers all their overtime wages owed or on a weekly basis as state law mandates for manual laborers.

  • May 29, 2024

    FDA Sued Over Controversial Lab Test Rule

    A clinical lab trade group that has been highly critical of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's new final rule on laboratory-developed tests filed a lawsuit late Wednesday, saying the agency doesn't have the authority to regulate the tests as medical devices.

  • May 29, 2024

    Acting Boston US Atty Says Fraud Cases Still High Priority

    Prosecuting a range of fraud cases despite finite resources will remain a priority for Massachusetts acting U.S. Attorney Joshua Levy as he enters his second year in the job, he told reporters on Wednesday in a question and answer session at his office.

  • May 29, 2024

    Whistleblower Counsel Can't Get 'Exorbitant' $11.5M Fee

    A Boston federal judge slashed an "exorbitant" $11.5 million fee request made by counsel for a False Claims Act whistleblower in a case involving lab testing company Fresenius Medical Care, hammering the attorneys for inflated hourly rates, inflated time entries and a host of questionable billing practices.

  • May 28, 2024

    Staffing Rule Suit, Mayo COVID Claims And An Oathless Expert

    Nursing home trade groups sue over "nightmare" staffing rule, former Mayo Clinic workers get another shot at claims they were illegally fired over COVID-19 policy breaches, and an unsworn expert letter tanks a medical malpractice suit in Iowa. Law360 Healthcare Authority looks at those and other notable developments in healthcare litigation over the past week.

  • May 28, 2024

    Alaska Opioid Suit Moves Forward In Early Loss For PBMs

    An Alaska federal judge is allowing public nuisance claims to move forward against Express Scripts as pharmacy benefit managers are increasingly targeted in opioid litigation.

  • May 28, 2024

    More States Look To Rx Boards To Tackle Drug Prices

    State efforts to tackle high drug prices are gaining momentum through the creation of special boards that can evaluate — and sometimes cap — spending on the costliest prescription drugs, a trend likely to generate legal challenges from Big Pharma.

Expert Analysis

  • Steps Toward A Unified Health Financing System For Calif.

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    A new law authorizes the secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency to move forward with designing a unified healthcare financing system, though the notable absence of healthcare payers in the law's list of specified stakeholders raises questions about the state's position regarding private payer options, says Ima Nsien at Squire Patton.

  • Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • White House Activity Is A Band-Aid For Regulating AI In Health

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    In the medium term, recent White House actions will have a greater impact on AI in the health care industry than Congress' sluggish efforts to regulate it, but ultimately legislation of AI's development and use in the health space will fall to Congress, say Wendell Bartnick and Vanessa Perumal at Reed Smith.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • How Mental Health Ruling Paves Road For Equal Coverage

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    The Tenth Circuit’s recent ruling in E.W. v. Health Net, which clarified the pleading requirements necessary to establish a Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act violation, is a win for plaintiffs as it opens the door to those who have been denied coverage for behavioral health treatment to prove a mental health parity violation, says Mark DeBofsky at DeBofsky Law.

  • ESG Around The World: Mexico

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    ESG has yet to become part of the DNA of the Mexican business model, but huge strides are being made in that direction, as more stakeholders demand that companies adopt, at the least, a modicum of sustainability commitments and demonstrate how they will meet them, says Carlos Escoto at Galicia Abogados.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • 10 Takeaways From New HHS Federal Compliance Guidelines

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    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' recently issued general compliance program guidance is the first of its kind that would apply across all health care stakeholders, and signals the agency’s first step to improve and update existing compliance guidance, says Melissa Wong at Holland & Knight.

  • 2 HHS Warnings Highlight Anti-Kickback Risks For Physicians

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    Two recent advisory opinions issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General involve different scenarios and rationales, but together they illustrate the OIG's focus on and disapproval of contractual joint ventures and other revenue-maximizing physician arrangements, say Robert Threlkeld and Elliott Coward at Morris Manning.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Cross-Market Implications In FTC's Anesthesia Complaint

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent complaint against a private equity firm's acquisition of anesthesiology practices highlights the controversial issue of cross-market harm in health care provider mergers, and could provide important insights into how a court may view such theories of harm, say Christopher Lau and Dina Older Aguilar at Cornerstone Research.