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Antitrust Considerations Surrounding Health Care Consolidation Among Hospitals and Physicians

The Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) has resuscitated the demand for hospital and health care provider mergers. The law explicitly encourages collaborative care—through, for example, financial incentives surrounding the creation of…more

Weeks II: Innovator Liability Finds a Sweet Home in Alabama

Last week, the Supreme Court of Alabama confirmed its January 2013 holding that manufacturers of brand drugs can be liable for injuries caused by generic drugs. Weeks v. Wyeth, Inc., No. 1101397, slip op. (Ala. Aug. 15, 2014). Though…more

Known Unknown: 7th Cir. Uses Heightened Discovery Rule for Wisconsin Businesses

In a case decided last Friday, KDC Foods v. Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett, P.A., No. 13-3678 (7th Cir. Aug. 15, 2014), the Seventh Circuit warned companies not to expect much leeway from statutes of limitation under Wisconsin…more

Domestic Cat Genome Sequenced

Earlier this month, an international effort* led by Stephen J. O'Brien at the Oceanographic Center, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida reported the complete genomic sequencing of the domestic cat, Felix catus. The…more

FCC to Proceed with Revised Special Access Data Collection Effort Following OMB Approval

On Aug.15, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the FCC’s proposed special access services data collection plan, subject to several modifications that limit the initial scope of the plan. The FCC’s special access data…more

Environmental Impact Analysis Required for Natural Gas Facilities Clarified in Court Decision Denying Residents’ Challenge to Compressor Siting Approval

A New York town’s challenge to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) siting authorization for a natural gas pipeline compressor station was rejected by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Minisink Residents…more

HUD Notice Has Potential To Encourage Broad PHA Renewable Energy Rollout

In an effort to support President Obama's July 2013 Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued Notice PIH-2014-18 (HA). The notice offers guidance on federal incentives for public housing…more

Court protects privacy in ruling on warrantless searches of cellphones

Every now and then The Nine agree on something. Among the unanimous rulings the U.S. Supreme Court issued in the final stretch this year was Riley v. California, which held that law enforcement officials may not make a warrantless…more

Alberta’s New Target Benefit Regime

Alberta is moving forward with sweeping pension reforms in the new Employment Pension Plans Act (EPPA) and regulations, which come into effect on September 1, 2014. Alberta’s new approach of providing comprehensive and specific rules…more

Lean Six Sigma - It’s not just for manufacturing

Motorola developed Six Sigma in 1986 to provide techniques and tools for process improvement. It subsequently used Six Sigma in all of its manufacturing operations. The name comes from the world of statistical modeling, where “sigma”…more

District of South Dakota: Denying a Claim for Reasons Known to be False is Not a Reasonable Basis to Deny a Claim

Lewison v. W. Nat’l Mut. Ins. Co., Civ. No. 13-4031-KES, 2014 WL 3573403 (D.S.D. July 21, 2014). The District of South Dakota grants in part and denies in part an insurer’s motion for summary judgment on two plaintiffs’ bad faith…more

Here Comes the Sunshine Act

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a guide for physicians to prepare for the Dispute Resolution period of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. The CMS guide is available on the CMS Open Payments website…more

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