Ildefonso Mas

Ildefonso Mas

Akerman LLP

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Florida Supreme Court Rejects the "Risk Utility" Test For Strict Liability Design Defect Cases

In a key products liability decision, Aubin v. Union Carbide Corp., No. SC12-2075, 2015 WL 6513924, at *1 (Fla. Oct. 29, 2015), the Florida Supreme Court rejected the Restatement (Third) of Tort's "risk utility" test which...more

11/6/2015 - Causation Consumer Expectations Test Design Defects FL Supreme Court Strict Liability

Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc. Further Clarifies the Requisite Intent for Induced Infringement after Global-Tech

On May 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Sys., Inc. that an alleged infringer's belief regarding patent validity cannot be used as evidence in a defense to an induced infringement claim. In so...more

6/4/2015 - Cisco Cisco v CommilUSA Good Faith Honest Belief Defense Induced Infringement Patent Infringement Patent Invalidity Patent Litigation Patents Popular SCOTUS

Efforts to Stop Health Insurance Fraud Through Use of Contractors Under Fire

In recent reports, from June 25, 2014 and August 13, 2014, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlights the mixed results achieved by the federal government's increased efforts to crack down on health insurance fraud...more

8/26/2014 - Audits GAO Health Insurance Healthcare Fraud Medicaid Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs)

CMS Releases Unprecedented Amount Of Medicare Billing Information, Increasing Risk Related To Fraud Lawsuits

On April 9, 2014, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS"), a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS"), released data showing utilization, payments, and submitted charges for services and...more

4/24/2014 - American Medical Association CMS Data Collection Fee-for-Service HHS Medicaid Medicare Medicare Part B Obama Administration Physician Medicare Reimbursements

Affordable Care Act Update April 7, 2014: High Courts Vet Key Provisions Of The Affordable Care Act Government Extends Enrollment...

March 2014 has produced quite a bit of activity regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA"). On March 24, 2014, oral argument was held in the latest challenges to the ACA in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby...more

4/9/2014 - Affordable Care Act Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Employer Healthcare Costs Employer Mandates First Amendment Freedom of Religion Healthcare IRS Tax Credits

Halifax Health And Government Settle False Claims Act Claims For $85 Million, But Case Is Not Over

On March 10, 2014, Halifax Hospital Medical Center and Halifax Staffing, Inc. (collectively, "Halifax") entered into a settlement agreement and a corporate integrity agreement ("CIA") to resolve claims brought under the False...more

3/18/2014 - Corporate Integrity Agreement False Claims Act (FCA) Healthcare Qui Tam Settlement Stark Law

California Supreme Court Expands Protections To Whistle-Blowers And Weakens Hospital Peer Review Systems

The recent decision by the California Supreme Court in Fahlen v. Sutter Central Valley Hospitals, No. S205568 , 2014 WL 655995 (Cal. 2014) may significantly weaken the efficacy of hospital peer review proceedings in...more

3/11/2014 - HCQIA Hospitals Peer Review Whistleblower Protection Policies

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