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Florida Supreme Court Strikes Down Wrongful Death Non-Economic Damages Cap for Med Mal Cases

On March 13, 2014, the Florida Supreme Court, in a 5-2 ruling, issued its long-awaited opinion following review of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision in Estate of McCall v. United States, 642 F.3d 944 (11th Cir....more

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

What You Don't Say Can Be Used Against You: Assessing The Fifth Amendment's Role In Qui Tam Litigation

In 1987, current Florida governor Rick Scott used his life savings to start Columbia Hospital with the idealistic goal of cutting healthcare costs and improving patient care. A few years later, Columbia merged with the...more

Religious Freedom, Contraceptive Services, and The ACA: The Dilemma of the Self-Certification Provision

On February 21, 2014, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-to-1 decision, denied a preliminary injunction enjoining the federal government from enforcing the self-certification provisions of the Affordable Care Act...more

Rational Basis Review Is Not Empirical Basis Review: Fifth Circuit Criticizes the Seventh Circuit's Decision in Van Hollen

Late last year the Seventh Circuit issued its decision in Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Inc. v. Van Hollen, No. 13-2726 (7th Cir. Dec. 20, 2013), a constitutional challenge to a new Wisconsin law (known as Act 37) that...more

Health Care Case Law Update

Health Care Authority for Baptist Health v. Davis, --- So. 3d. ----, 2013 WL 2149493 (Ala. Feb. 28, 2014). - The Supreme Court of Alabama reversed itself on re-hearing of its May 2013 opinion to affirm a judgment for a...more

High Court Employee Benefits Cases: A Review and Look Ahead

Having settled into the new year, we reflect on decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 that are likely to have a significant impact in the world of pension and welfare employee benefits and, in some cases, already have...more

Shaking Down the Thunder from the Sky: Notre Dame’s Challenge to the Contraception Mandate

The Supreme Court will inevitably decide to what extent the Religious Freedom Restoration Act protects religiously affiliated employers from providing insurance coverage for contraceptive services, as is generally required...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - February 2014

The employee benefits issues to be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court continue to be of great significance to plan sponsors and fiduciaries. This month we review the Court's employee benefit decisions from 2013 and also...more

Court Dismisses POD Lawsuit Against OIG

On February 5, 2014, a federal court dismissed a challenge to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General’s (“OIG”) March 26, 2013 Special Fraud Alert (“2013 SFA”) on physician-owned...more

Florida Supreme Court Clarifies the Scope of Discovery of Records of Adverse Medical Incidents and Reaffirms Buster

On January 30, 2014, the Florida Supreme Court concluded its review of Cedars Healthcare Group, Ltd. v. Ampuero-Martinez, 88 So. 3d 190 (Fla. 3d DCA 2000), (Case Nos. SC11-2208 and SC11-2336), by quashing the Third District’s...more

False Claim Act: 2013 Year in Review

Last year continued the trend of robust False Claims Act (FCA) enforcement by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and proliferating qui tam lawsuits brought by whistleblowers on behalf of the United States. In 2012, DOJ...more

New Jersey Federal Court Applies Supreme Court’s Clapper Decision and Dismisses Data Breach Class Action

Relying in part on the recent United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Clapper v. Amnesty International, a federal judge in New Jersey dismissed a putative data breach class action against three healthcare entities and a...more

California Court Clarifies Controversial Questions About Medical Staff Peer Review Decisions and the Power of Hospital Boards

Two recent California Court of Appeal opinions decide issues of first impression in the medical staff peer review arena, helping to resolve questions that have long been uncertain and controversial. In the first of the two...more

Religious Challenges By For-Profit, Secular Employers And The Affordable Care Act

On November 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear challenges to the requirement that employer-provided health insurance include certain contraceptive methods. The Supreme Court will consider two...more

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Liberty University’s Challenge to Affordable Care Act Suit

As reported by multiple sources on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to wade into the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer mandate. Liberty University, a Christian university in in Lynchburg,...more

Religious Institutions Update - December 2013

A federal district court has ruled unconstitutional one of the most important tax benefits available to ministers: the minister's housing allowance. A summary of the case follows. The ruling threatens to have a dramatic...more

Cities May Ban Medical Marijuana Cultivation

The Third District California Court of Appeal recently ruled that California's medical marijuana laws - the Compassionate Use Act ("CUA") and the Medical Marijuana Program ("MMP") - do not create a constitutional right to...more

Supreme Court to Resolve Circuit Split in Health Care Reform Cases

The Supreme Court will review two of the numerous lawsuits challenging the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) requirement that group health plans and insurers cover, without cost-sharing, contraceptives and/or abortifacients (the...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Decide Constitutional Challenge to Medical Licensing Law

Our previews of the newest additions to the civil docket of the Illinois Supreme Court continues this morning with Consiglio v. Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Consiglio involves a lengthy list of...more

Medical Device Company Files First Amendment Lawsuit Challenging OIG’s Criticism of Physician-Owned Distributors (PODs)

On October 8, 2013, Reliance Medical Systems, LLC (“Reliance”) filed a Complaint against the HHS OIG in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. The Complaint alleges that OIG’s assertion in a...more

Manatt’s Amicus Briefs Help Protect LGBT Youth From Abusive “Gay Conversion” Therapy

In a highly publicized, published opinion, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently upheld California’s SB 1172, the first law in the United States to bar licensed mental health providers from treating patients...more

Illinois Supreme Court To Consider FOIA, Due Process, Custody Hearings and Red Light Camera Ordinances as First Chicago Term Ends

On Wednesday morning, the Illinois Supreme Court allowed petitions for review in a long list of new civil cases, setting up interesting battles in the coming months over public works projects, the state Freedom of Information...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Debate Whether Public Retiree Health Benefits Protected By Pension Clause

Tomorrow morning, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in what may prove to be a precursor of larger battles yet to come in the next few years - an all-out battle over whatever public pension reform package the...more

Chiropractors Lack Standing Under ERISA to Assert Claims For Benefits

A federal district court in New Jersey recently dismissed claims asserted by a putative class of chiropractors seeking to enjoin the procedure used by UnitedHealth to determine the necessity of certain treatments administered...more

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