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Contracts May Not Be All They're Cracked Up To Be: The Extension Of Legal Protections In Employee Contractual Settings

For many years, employers have generally embraced a policy of utilizing at-will employment as often as possible, where employers and employees can end their relationship with each other at any time and for any (legal) reason....more

Final Curtain Call for Tuomey: Long-Running FCA/Stark Case Settled

After 10 years of litigation, including two trials and appeals to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Tuomey Healthcare System (Tuomey) have entered into a settlement of DOJ's action...more

Hospira Moves to Dismiss Amgen’s BPCIA Claims in Epogen Biosimilars Suit

Last month, Amgen sued Hospira in Delaware under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA) over Hospira’s proposed biosimilar version of Amgen’s Epogen (epoetin alfa). In addition to claims for...more

Seventh Circuit Reverses Injunctive Relief for Chiropractic Association

On October 1, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reversed what was previously regarded as a victory for the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association. The case, Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association...more

Arbitration of Nursing Home Suits: Take Two

Quasi Tort Reform in Nursing Home Litigation Is on the Way! Last fall, I posted a blog about the national trend of including arbitration provisions in nursing home admission agreements. This trend peaked following the...more

Ky. Ruling Casts Doubt on Health Care Arbitration Agreements

Health care institutions in Kentucky may want to take a fresh look at their patient arbitration provisions, in light of a September 24 decision by the Kentucky Supreme Court. Out-of-state institutions may want to take a...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19253 - RBC Nice Bearings, Inc. v. SKF USA, Inc. [An important decision on contract waiver but one all attorneys should recall from the UCC or Contracts course we took...more

Huge Stark Law Hospital Settlements and Physician Culpability - The New Normal Post-Tuomey?

After the federal government’s victory against Tuomey Hospital, we have seen an increasing number of large False Claims Act (FCA) settlements with hospitals involving Stark Law allegations. Relators are even citing, as...more

Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine Held Inapplicable To Failed Business Transaction

An Illinois appellate court recently rejected applying the inevitable disclosure doctrine in a trade secret misappropriation spat arising out of a failed business transaction....more

Third Circuit – Failure to Identify Plan’s Limitation Period in Denial Letter Precludes Enforcing Deadline

In 2013, the Supreme Court reaffirmed that ERISA plans can impose shorter limitations periods than would otherwise be the case if the plan was silent. Nevertheless, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit...more

Kissing Camels Antitrust Suit Against Health System Moves Past Another Hump in the Road

In June, an antitrust suit brought by plaintiff ambulatory surgery centers (“ASCs”) against a health system, health insurers, and a trade association survived a motion to dismiss. Last week, the ASCs’ case cleared the hump of...more

Marginal Evidence of Customer Diversion Won’t Support a Price Discrimination Claim

In Cash & Henderson Drugs, Inc v. Johnson & Johnson, Case No. 12-4689 (2nd Cir. Aug. 27, 2015), the Second Circuit upheld a summary judgment in favor of defendant pharmaceutical manufacturers accused of price discrimination....more

The Clock’s Running Fast: SDNY Is First to Interpret “Identification” Under the FCA’s “60-Day Rule” for Government Overpayments

On August 3, 2015, in United States ex rel. Kane v. Healthfirst, Inc., et al., No. 1:11-cv-02325 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 3, 2015), the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued the first reported...more

The Supreme Court Addresses Scope of Section 11 Liability for Statements of Opinion

As the Supreme Court recently explained in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, 135 S. Ct. 1318 (2015), that distinction is significant when it comes to liability under Section 11 of...more

Medicare Jurisdictional Bar Limits Bankruptcy Court Authority in Health Care Bankruptcy

In an opinion dated June 26, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida ruled that the bankruptcy court administering the Bayou Shores SNF, LLC (“Debtor” or “Bayou Shores”), chapter 11 proceeding lacked...more

Chasing Payments: District Court Holds that Providers Lack Standing to Sue ERISA Plans for Benefits if the Patients Remain Liable...

A district court in Tennessee recently rejected ERISA claims by healthcare providers against a plan insurer, holding that the providers lacked standing to sue under ERISA as their patients’ assignees. Brown v. Blue Cross...more

Kentucky Federal Court Sustains Hospital Insurer’s Denial of Claim Due to Untimely Notice, Declines to Require Insurer Show...

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky recently held that an insurer properly denied coverage to a hospital because the hospital gave untimely notice of the claim. In Ashland Hospital Corporation v. RLI...more

Competition News, June 2015

It is a cardinal rule of antitrust that – absent very limited exceptions – parties can do business, or refuse to do business, with whomever they choose. The Supreme Court solidified that premise in United States v. Colgate &...more

Insurer Seeks Declaratory Judgment Against Policyholder for Data Breach

Late last month, Columbia Casualty Company instituted a declaratory judgment lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against its insured, Cottage Health System. Columbia Casualty...more

Insurer Escapes Antitrust Suit, But Hospital Must Continue the Fight

A large regional health insurer extricated itself from an antitrust suit, leaving the dominant local hospital to square off alone versus an ambulatory surgical center (ASC). The U.S. District Court for the Southern District...more

Court Enjoins Outpatient Primary Care Physician’s New Employment as a Hospitalist

A Pennsylvania appellate court recently granted an employer’s request for enforcement of a restrictive covenant against a hospitalist, finding that his departure from the primary care office setting did not affect the terms...more

North Carolina Business Court Holds Pleading Stage Too Early to Dismiss Broad Non-compete

On May 7, 2015, Judge Gregory McGuire of the North Carolina Business Court denied defendants’ motion to dismiss a claim that a physician’s assistant breached non-competition and non-solicitation provisions in her employment...more

The Efficient Market Theory—§ 10(b)’s Double-Edged Sword - The Eleventh Circuit in Sappssov Deploys Meyer in Affirming Dismissal...

On May 11, 2015, the Eleventh Circuit, relying on the “efficient market theory” as explained in Meyer v. Greene, 710 F.3d 1189, 1195 (11th Cir. 2013), affirmed the dismissal of a shareholder class action for failing to...more

Early Termination of Annuities Not Permitted

Since investing can be a risky business with investments dropping in value from time to time, investors seeking steady income with minimal risk are sometimes attracted to an annuity’s guaranteed-income feature. A recent case...more

4th Cir. Sides with Surgeon in Disability Policy Dispute

On May 5 the Fourth Circuit reversed a District Court decision upholding Lloyd’s of London’s rescission of a Maryland surgeon’s disability policies. Lloyd’s had rescinded the policies because the surgeon gave false answers...more

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