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California's Patients' Rights Statute Limits Statutory Damages to a Maximum of $500, Not $500 Per Violation

In Lemaire v. Covenant Care California, LLC, 2015 WL 340677, the Second District Court of Appeal held that while patients may sue nursing facilities under California Health & Safety Code §1430(b) for violation of federal and...more

A Measle-ly Lawsuit: Can Parents Who Don’t Vaccinate their Children be Sued?

Yearning to leave the frozen wasteland of Dallas, Texas behind her if just for a moment, Penny McCrathy, an outspoken anti-vaccination advocate, took her unvaccinated children to Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Not knowing...more

Anthem Data Breach Spawns Class Action Suits and “Phishing” Scams

Last week, Anthem Inc. – the nation’s second largest health insurer – reported a data breach involving the disclosure of the personal information of over 80 million patients and employees. Plaintiffs wasted little time...more

The Anthem Data Breach: The Fallout and What’s Next

By now (unless you have been under a snow drift), you have likely heard about the apparent intrusion into a database at the nation’s largest health insurer, Anthem, Inc. Rather than reiterate the facts as currently known...more

Health Alert (Australia) - February 9, 2015

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. Excerpt from Judgments: Western Australia (WA) - 29 January 2015 - Yoong And Medical Board Of Australia [2015] WASAT 6 - National Law -...more

A New Wave – Eleventh Circuit Rejects “Barbetta Rule,” Opts for Cruise Line Liability

What happens if a passenger gets sick on a cruise ship and the treating physician, employed by the cruise line, is negligent in caring for the passenger? Is the cruise line liable?...more

Health Alert (Australia) - February 2,2015

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports & Publications. - Excerpt from Judgments: New South Wales (NSW) - Janet Harris v Sydney Local Health District [2014] NSWDC 21 - The...more

The Fraudulent Joinder Doctrine...It’s Not Just For Fraud Or Joinder

In Weidman v. ExxonMobil Corporation, et al., No. 13-2007 (4th Cir., January 8, 2015), the Fourth Circuit confirmed that the “fraudulent joinder” doctrine requires neither an allegation of fraud nor a situation involving a...more

Health Alert (Australia) - January 27, 2015

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. Excerpt from Reports: Ensuring National Capacity in Genomics-Guided Public Health Laboratory Surveillance. Australia. Department of Social...more

Generic Drug Manufacturers to Face Failure-to-Warn Claims in California

On January 20, 2015, the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal involving failure-to-warn claims against generic pharmaceutical manufacturers. Teva Pharms. USA Inc. v. Super. Ct., No. 13-956, 2015 WL 231967 (U.S. Jan. 20,...more

Pennsylvania Nursing Home That Failed To Sign Arbitration Agreement Cannot Seek to Enforce the Agreement

On January 15, 2015, the Pennsylvania Superior Court in Bair v. Manor Care of Elizabethtown, PA, LLC 2015 Pa. Super. 9 (2015) ruled that a nursing home arbitration agreement was not enforceable when the facility did not sign...more

The verdict is clear: diffusion tensor imaging demonstrates damage to the brain associated with mild traumatic brain injury

The weight of scientific evidence demonstrates that “diffusion tensor imaging” is an effective tool for demonstrating damage to the white matter of the brain associated with mild traumatic brain injury. The damage...more

When Is a Pharmacist Not a Pharmacist?

On January 14 the Texas Supreme Court will hear argument in an appeal that asks the question, When is a pharmacist not a pharmacist? The appeal is from a Texas Court of Appeals decision that answered the question this way: ...more

Employee Benefits Developments - December 2014

Can a Medical Plan Enforce a Third-Party Recovery Provision Appearing Only in an SPD? Group health plans are often required to cover medical expenses associated with injuries caused by a third party’s negligence. These...more

What Preemption? Connecticut State Court Gives Life to Negligence Claims Based on HIPAA Privacy Standard of Care

Like many federal statutes, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) contains a provision governing how the statute is designed to interact with similar or otherwise related state laws. When...more

Health Alert (Australia) - December 22, 2014

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. Excerpt from Judgments: New South Wales - 19 December 2014 – Dr Reid v Medical Council of NSW - [2014] NSWCATOD 152 - The Medical Council...more

Provider Beware: HIPAA and State Privacy Laws May Inform Negligence Suits

A recent opinion from the Connecticut Supreme Court illustrates that HIPAA is not the only law that covered entities and business associates must worry about if an unauthorized disclosure of protected health information (PHI)...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Whether Fees Must be Deducted From Health Care Settlements Before Applying Liens

In the final days of its November term, the Illinois Supreme Court allowed a petition for leave to appeal in McVey v. M.L.K. Enterprises, LLC. McVey, a case from the Fifth District, presents the following question: must...more

Pharmacy Liable for Employee’s Illegal Peek at Customer Prescription Records

In what’s being touted as a national precedent, the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a $1.4 million trial court verdict for a Walgreens customer whose prescription information was leaked by a pharmacist to a third party. This...more

High Court Restricts Common Law Duty Of Care Where Hospitals/ Doctors Have Statutory Obligation To Discharge From Involuntary...

HUNTER AND NEW ENGLAND LOCAL HEALTH DISTRICT V MCKENNA [2014] HCA 44 - On 12 November 2014, the High Court of Australia unanimously held that a hospital and a doctor did not owe a duty of care to the relatives of a man...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Allows Plaintiffs to Circumvent HIPAA’s No Private Right of Action Clause

In an opinion released on November 11, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled on whether the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and its implementing regulations preempt a common law claim for...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Ruling Allows Private Plaintiff to Assert Negligence Claims Based on HIPAA

Recently, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that a plaintiff may assert state law negligence claims against a healthcare clinic that allegedly released confidential patient health data based on the Health Insurance...more

Health Alert (Australia) - November 17, 2014

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. Excerpt from Reports: American Medical Association (AmMA) - 10 November 2014 - New American Medical Association Policy Works to Protect Patient...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Overturns HIPAA-Based Dismissal of State Law Privacy Claims

On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, the Connecticut Supreme Court announced its decision to overturn a trial court’s determination that a plaintiff could not bring state common law claims for negligence and negligent infliction of...more

A Recent State Supreme Court Ruling Opens the Door for Breach of Privacy Claims Against Health Care Providers

It has long been established that there was no private right of action with regard to HIPAA. All providers must be aware that state courts are beginning to turn the tide regarding such liability. On November 11, 2014, the...more

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