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ERISA Procedural Rights Violations Can Still State Federal Claims

Last year, the United States Supreme Court decided Spokeo v. Robins, holding that a procedural violation of a statute is insufficient to create a “concrete” injury and confer standing if the plaintiff suffered no real harm....more

PhRMA Comment on the FDA’s Proposed Off-label Rule: The Rule of Law is the Best Medicine

by Reed Smith on

The FDA cannot get out of its own way on the issue of off-label communications. Its power to punish off-label promotion comes from an odd regulatory two-step, whereby off-label promotions are said to prove an indicated use...more

Nebraska Med Mal Cap Survives 7th, 5th & 14th Amendment Attacks

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has upheld Nebraska’s statutory medical malpractice limit, rejecting attacks that were based on the Seventh, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the US Constitution. After a...more

Wisconsin appeals court rejects legal changes that GOP seeks nationally

Even as congressional Republicans advance their counter-factual campaign to strip patients who have been harmed while seeking medical services of their rights to seek legal redress, another state appeals court has rejected...more

Texas Supreme Court Disputes Reach of Obergefell in Employee Benefits Case

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Texas Supreme Court held that the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, did not dispositively address how far government employers must go in providing benefits...more

Texas Dentistry Regulation Has No Teeth

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

A divided Fifth Circuit has affirmed a lower court ruling that an advertising restriction promulgated by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners violates the First Amendment rights of the plaintiff dentists. The Texas...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

Law Review Article on Off-label is On Target

by Reed Smith on

More than once we’ve said that we read law review articles so you don’t have to. We separate the wheat from the chaff. The wheat is scarce. That is because law review articles usually drown the little bits of objective...more

NC Legislative Update: June 2017 #3

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - Cpl. Dillon C. Baldridge, a native of Youngsville, NC, was one of three soldiers killed in Afghanistan on June 10th, 2017. We are eternally grateful for his service to this country and for his sacrifice. Our...more

The Past, Present, and Future of Government Regulation of Off-Label Communications – Part 3

This is Part 3 in my series exploring the history of FDA’s regulation of off-label communications, which has become newly relevant in light of the recent events highlighted in Part 1. In this installment, I continue...more

Client Alert: Effects of Florida’s New Medical Marijuana Framework on Patients, Physicians, and Entrepreneurs

During a special legislative session ending June 2, 2017, the Florida legislature passed Senate Bill 8-A (“SB 8-A”), authored by Senator Bradley, amending Florida's medical marijuana laws to reflect the 2016 passage of...more

Ninth Circuit En Banc Panel Holds that Central Hudson Survives Sorrell

by Reed Smith on

Last week we bashed a Ninth Circuit Daubert decision. We feel a little bit bad about that, not because the decision wasn’t bashworthy – no, Wendell really is a rotten precedent – but because we hate contributing to the...more

Legislators Finally Pass a Bill to Implement Florida's Medical Marijuana Constitutional Amendment

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

On the last day of the Special Session, the Florida Legislature passed a seventy eight-page bill titled an Act relating to medical use of marijuana. While many questions are still left unanswered, there are some takeaways for...more

H.R. 1215: Lawmakers looking out for citizens will vote NO

When you read what I just read, you will have to ask yourself: why is my legislator in favor of House Resolution 1215 (HR 1215)?...more

Employee Benefit Plans For Principal-Purpose Organizations Need Not Be Established By A Church To Be Exempt From ERISA

by DeWitt Law, LLC on

In a ruling that could have cost nonprofit religious-affiliated employers millions of dollars in compliance and other costs had it gone the other way, on June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in a unanimous opinion...more

Supreme Court clarifies definition of ‘church plan’ under ERISA

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The Supreme Court on June 5, 2017, unanimously held that a benefits plan administered by an entity that is associated with a church and has as its principal purpose the administration or funding of that plan is a “church...more

A Cautionary Tale for Healthcare Providers: Are You Actually Providing Effective Communication Under the ADA and the...

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Eleventh Circuit, in Silva v. Baptist Health South Florida, Inc., recently addressed a healthcare provider’s obligation to provide effective communication, through appropriate auxiliary aids and services, to persons with...more

Interpreting the renewed Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment: A loophole for enforcement?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In 2013, the U.S. federal government shut down while federal legislators debated about various political issues of the year. However, during that debate, an amendment was added to the final spending bill that stated as...more

Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 3

Below are key health care reform developments from the week of May 22nd. CBO/JCT Estimate for AHCA Released. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) released an updated cost estimate...more

Eighth Circuit Grants Slight Reprieve To Mother Of Transgender Son In ACA Discrimination Suit

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Eighth Circuit upheld dismissal of Title VII claims challenging an employee benefit plan’s blanket transgender exclusion because the exclusion impacted the employee’s transgender son, not the employee....more

NC Legislative Update: May 2017 #3

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - Following the passage of the Senate budget proposal last week, the Senate had a fairly light calendar this week. The House continued to work while House budget writers draft their own budget proposal. The...more

Speaking of the First Amendment...

by Reed Smith on

Now that Dr. Scott Gottlieb is safely installed as FDA Commissioner, we at DDLaw can end our moratorium on blogposts about First Amendment issues. There was no way we wanted to give his opponents any ammunition by saying nice...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

N.D. Alabama Issues Mixed Bag of Branded Preemption Rulings

by Reed Smith on

We like bright lines in the law. They streamline arguments for lawyers and, more important, they make it easier for non-lawyers to conduct their affairs with some degree of predictability. Rear-end a car and you’re liable,...more

Client Alert: Medical Marijuana - Florida Legislative Update

When Florida’s regular legislative session came to a close on the evening of May 5, 2017, lawmakers had yet to reach a consensus on how to implement “Amendment 2” – the state’s recently passed addition of Section 29 to...more

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