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Multiple class action lawsuits filed against Premera Blue Cross for data breach

Days following Premera Blue Cross’s public announcement that it had experienced a data breach affecting approximately 11 million, it has been sued five times (as of the time of this writing) in proposed class action lawsuits...more

Supreme Court Decides North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission

On February 25, 2015, the Supreme Court decided North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission, No. 13-534. The Court held that the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners was not immune...more

Texas Supreme Court Argument Preview - 2/15 #2

The Texas Supreme Court will hear argument in two mandamus petitions on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, beginning at 9:00 am. ...more

Health Law Alert: Ninth Circuit Affirms Acquisition of Idaho Medical Group by St. Luke's Hospital Violates Antitrust Laws

On Feb. 12, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a trial victory for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Saint Alphonsus Medical Center (Saint Alphonsus) in their challenge to the acquisition by the St. Luke’s...more

California’s Insurance Fraud Prevention Act: 3 unsettled issues the health sector should understand

California’s Insurance Frauds Prevention Act, Ins. Code §§ 1871 et seq. (IFPA), is an unusual false claims statute. It allows “interested persons” (aka whistleblowers or relators) to file false claims lawsuits based on the...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Issues Decision That Could Expand State Law Liability in Data Breach Class Actions for Businesses...

Health care providers have not escaped the recent proliferation of data breach class actions, but plaintiffs generally have been unsuccessful in bringing claims based on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act...more

California Health Care Providers Successfully Ward Off Data Breach Lawsuits

In a pair of recent cases, two California health care providers successfully warded off lawsuits arising from unauthorized data breaches of patient files. These cases illustrate that improper disclosure of electronically...more

Healthcare Legal News: Volume 4, Number 3 - Special Issue: HIPAA Update

Recent Trends in HIPAA Liability - Since the passage of the 2013 HIPAA Omnibus Rule, there has been a substantial increase in HIPAA enforcement actions brought by the Department of Health and Human Services, including...more

Ascertainability Issues Preclude Certification of a Class of Individuals Alleging Violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices...

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan denied plaintiffs’ motion for class certification citing plaintiffs’ failure to satisfy Rule 23’s ascertainability, commonality, typicality, and predominance...more

California Court of Appeal Rules Damages Are Unavailable To Plaintiff Patients Where Patient Information On Stolen Computer Was...

Until last week, Sutter Health was looking at a potential jury verdict in excess of $4 billion against several of its affiliated hospitals in a class action suit filed under the California Medical Information Act, California...more

Appellate Court Rules Medical Information Must Actually Have Been Viewed by an Unauthorized Person for a Plaintiff to Recover...

The California Court of Appeal recently held that in order to recover under California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA), Civ. Code §§ 56 et seq., a plaintiff must plead and prove that the “stolen medical...more

California Court Dismisses Data Breach Class Action

Last week, the California Third District Court of Appeal dismissed what may have been the largest health data breach class action in history. Consistent with a trend of similar dismissals, the California state appellate court...more

California Appellate Court Requires Actual Viewing of Confidential Information in Data Breach Case Under the California Medical...

In a case against Sutter Health involving records from a stolen office computer, the California Court of Appeal recently issued a decision limiting plaintiffs’ ability to state a claim and obtain statutory damages under the...more

California Court Grants Hospital Summary Judgment on Data Breach Claim

In its recent decision in Eisenhower Medical Center v. Superior Court, 226 Cal. App. 4th 430(Cal. App. 4th Dist. 2014), the Court of Appeal of California, Fourth District, had occasion to consider whether a medical facility’s...more

Data Breach Class Action Not Barred by Lack of Individual Injury in West Virginia

In a potentially groundbreaking decision, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia reversed a trial court’s order denying class certification in a data breach class action. The case, Tabata v. Charleston Area Medical...more

Tenth Circuit Rejects State Law Challenge to FAA Primacy

In the aftermath of AT&T Mobility, LLC v. Concepcion and American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, consumer lawyers have frequently argued that arbitration agreements should be invalidated if features other than the...more

Bloomberg Law: Actavis Court Requires Case-by-Case Analysis of Anticompetitive Effects of Reverse-Payment Settlements

This article analyzes the US Supreme Court's recent antitrust decision in FTC v. Actavis, which held that that courts should apply the rule of reason in analyzing reverse-payment settlements. ...more

OSHA Announces Whistleblower Protections Under The Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA)'s whistleblower provisions may present a hazard for unsuspecting employers. On February 27, 2013, the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an...more

Faitro v. Top Surgeons et al.

Demurrer to First Amended Complaint

Defendants' demurrer to the First Amended Complaint's UCL, FAL and CLRA causes of action based on failure to plead reliance, and failure to plead requisite damages sufficient to confer standing under Simpson Strong Tie v....more

Faitro v. Top Surgeons et al.

Defendants' Petition to Compel Arbitration

Defendants filed their petition to compel individual arbitration of the putative class action claims pursuant to the United Supreme Court's ruling in Concepcion v. ATT. Briefing schedule and hearing date to be set by the...more

"Infected" Tissue Claim Not A Consumer Fraud Claim

Readers have seen my warnings about plaintiff attorneys trying to turn every marketing statement of opinion or puffing into a consumer fraud claim. Now comes a decision about a non-consumer product consumer fraud claim. A...more

Supreme Court Strengthens Preemption Defense for Manufacturers

In Wyeth v. Levine, 555 U.S. 555 (2009), the United States Supreme Court held that certain failure to warn claims against manufacturers of brand-name pharmaceuticals were not preempted by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic...more

Senate Bill 558 - Letter to California Assembly Judiciary Committee in Opposition

SB 558 proposes to lower the evidentiary standard for obtaining enhanced remedies available under California's Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act (EADACPA) from "clear and convincing" to "preponderance of...more

Senate Bill 558 - Letter to California Assembly Judiciary Committee in Opposition

SB 558 is proposes to lower the evidentiary standard for obtaining enhanced remedies available under California's Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act (EADACPA) from "clear and convincing" to "preponderance...more

State of West Virginia v. Rite Aid of West Virginia, Inc.

Order Denying Motion to Dismiss Amended Complaint

On March 15, 2011, the Circuit Court of Boone County, West Virginia entered an Order denying Defendant Rite Aid of West Virginia, Inc.'s Motion to Dismiss the State's Amended Complaint. The State's Amended Complaint alleges...more

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