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The Impact of Death on the Enforceability of Arbitration Agreements

In Baker v. Italian Maple Holdings, No. D069797, the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One, recently held that an arbitration agreement was enforceable upon its execution and the fact that one signatory...more

Protecting Communications From PR Privilege Issues

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Two recent cases in state appellate court show the risks of sharing privileged communications with public relations consultants. But they also provide practical guidance on how to protect the confidentiality of...more

Class Action and Regulatory Settlements Reflect the Rising Cost of Data Breaches

by Carlton Fields on

As the number of data breaches continues to increase, so too do the costs. After a breach occurs, companies typically expend significant sums conducting investigations, notifying customers and regulators, and engaging in...more

Both Sides Equal Under the First Amendment

by Reed Smith on

There’s a problem with attorney advertising in the prescription medical product space – but it’s not the one you normally hear us defense-side litigators kvetching about. Quite apart from its litigation-generating effects,...more

The Supreme Court and President Trump Agree -- Nursing Homes Plaintiffs May Be Required to Arbitrate

by Melito & Adolfsen on

The Supreme Court and President Trump Agree -- Nursing Homes Plaintiffs May Be Required to Arbitrate - A provision in a contract providing for care of a resident in a nursing home may require the parties to arbitrate any...more

Maryland Court of Special Appeals Says No Breach of Contract Claim Unless Doctor Makes Special Promise Regarding Medical Treatment

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In a decision handed down on April 27, 2017 in the case of Heneberry v. Pharoan, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals rejected a breach of contract claim against a doctor who failed to completely perform a surgical...more

Out-of-Network Physician’s Claim Against Insurer Not Preempted by ERISA

The Second Circuit concluded that a promissory estoppel claim by an out-of-network provider against an insurer was not completely preempted by ERISA and thus remanded the claim to state court for further proceedings. The...more

Fifth Circuit’s Pierre Deference In ERISA Cases Trumps Texas’s Anti-Discretionary Language Statute

by DeWitt Law, LLC on

In Ariana M. v. Humana Health Plan of Texas, Inc., No. 16-20174, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 7072(5th Cir. Apr. 21, 2017), which involved a claim for benefits under an ERISA-governed health policy, the Fifth Circuit held that...more

Fifth Circuit Enforces Reimbursement Provision in One-Page Welfare Plan

The Fifth Circuit upheld the reimbursement and subrogation terms found in a welfare benefit plan’s one-page SPD that also served as the plan document. Plaintiff, a plan beneficiary, received $71,644.77 from the plan to cover...more

Japan Legal Update - Volume 25 | May 2017

by Jones Day on

Bill to Partially Amend the Civil Code was Passed by the House of Representatives - On April 14, 2017, the House of Representatives passed a bill to partially amend the Civil Code ("Bill"). The Bill is under deliberation in...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

2018 Election Update- Michael Dougherty Announces Bid for Colorado Attorney General- Michael Dougherty formally announced his candidacy to become Colorado AG. Dougherty is the third Democrat to formally enter the...more

Supreme Court Holds Federal Arbitration Act Preemption Applies To Contract Formation Rules

by Carlton Fields on

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Kentucky Supreme Court’s use of a clear-statement rule to require that powers of attorney specifically authorize a representative to enter into an arbitration agreement, finding...more

Supreme Court Emphatically Defends Arbitration Agreements from State Interference

by Littler on

On May 15, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court reiterated the principle that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) requires states to treat arbitration agreements just as they treat other types of contracts. In Kindred Nursing Centers...more

No Pre-Emption Exemption - The U.S. Supreme Court and the Kentucky Supreme Court are not kindred spirits with respect to state law...

The U.S. Supreme Court and the Kentucky Supreme Court are not kindred spirits with respect to state law restrictions on arbitration agreements....more

U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirms FAA Preemption Over Discriminatory State Laws

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Emphasizing that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts state laws that "single out arbitration agreements for disfavored treatment," the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the Kentucky Supreme Court's refusal to enforce...more

Supreme Court Rejects State Rule That Subjects Arbitration Agreements to Higher Standards

by BakerHostetler on

Some wondered why the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Kindred Nursing Centers L.P. v. Clark, No. 16-32, and after oral argument on February 22, 2017, many felt they knew the outcome. Indeed, Justice Stephen Breyer...more

Supreme Court Reinforces the Primacy of the Federal Arbitration Act, Even Over a “Divine God-Given Right”

by Benesch on

Kentucky law speaks of the right to jury trial in theological terms. The Kentucky Constitution provides that “[t]he ancient mode of trial by jury shall be held sacred, and the right thereof remain inviolate, subject to such...more

Mealtime Waiver Decision is Good News for California Healthcare Employers Hungry for Clarity

by Nossaman LLP on

In a rare move, the California Court of Appeal reversed itself and validated a California hospital’s policy of allowing healthcare workers to waive an otherwise mandatory second meal period on shifts longer than 12 hours. In...more

Supreme Court Decides Kindred Nursing Centers, L.P. v. Clark

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On May 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Kindred Nursing Centers, L.P. v. Clark, No. 16-32, holding that state courts may not single out arbitration agreements for “disfavored...more

The North Carolina Business Court Hands Down An Important Healthcare Antitrust Decision, Part 1

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

It is rare that a North Carolina state court hands down a Chapter 75 decision on “pure” antitrust claims. The North Carolina Business Court, however, recently did just that. This new decision, moreover, may have far-reaching...more

Court Upholds Arbitration Award Despite Challenge To Arbitrator’s Use Of Excluded Evidence

by Carlton Fields on

Jersey Shore University Medical Center discharged a staff nurse employee for her actions when a female patient was assaulted by another patient in the nurse’s assigned work area. A labor organization that represents employees...more

Supreme Court says lawyer's referral of client to a doctor for treatment is attorney-client privileged communication, and out of...

The Florida Supreme Court declared that the attorney-client privilege shielded a motor vehicle accident plaintiff from being required to disclose that her attorney had referred her to a doctor for treatment. In Worley v....more

Western Pennsylvania Hospital Stark/Whistleblower/False Claims Case Provides Real World Guidance For Medical Directors’ Contracts

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Emanuele v. Medicor Associates, was presented to the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania as cross motions for summary judgment, and provides some guidance regarding the Stark requirements for...more

Is Your Arbitration Agreement Enforceable?

by Snell & Wilmer on

Health care providers may favor arbitration due to the perception that it is a faster, less expensive alternative to litigation. State and federal policy favors arbitration for the same reasons.  Because of the strong public...more

DOJ Anti-Steering Suit Against Carolinas Healthcare Survives Preliminary Motion

by Mintz Levin on

On March 30, 2017, in a closely watched case, a federal district court denied the Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings filed by Carolinas Healthcare against the DOJ Antitrust Division and State of North Carolina’s Complaint...more

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