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Your Patient Intake Forms May Need a Checkup

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

On January 27, 2017, the North Carolina Supreme Court held that a physician and his practice could not enforce an arbitration agreement against a patient where the physician and his practice did not make full disclosure to...more

Court Refuses To Enforce Arbitration Clause Due To Lack Of Mental Capacity

by Winstead PC on

In Oak Crest Manor Nursing Home, LLC v. Barba, a plaintiff sued a nursing home for negligently allowing a patient with mental disorders to leave the facility and jump from a bridge in an attempt to commit suicide. No....more

Impeding the Counterparty’s Ability to Satisfy a Condition Precedent Could Result in Liability

Justice Jeffrey K. Oing in the Commercial Division handed down a decision recently that discusses frustration of the occurrence of a condition precedent by parties to commercial contracts. Nesconset ZJ 1 v. Nesconset...more

Federal Court Enjoins CMS Regulation Banning Arbitration of Nursing Home Disputes

by Roetzel & Andress on

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi issued a preliminary injunction barring the scheduled November 28, 2016, implementation of a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”)...more

Mississippi District Court Halts Implementation of New CMS Rule Banning Use of Arbitration Agreements in Long-Term Care Facilities

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Anyone familiar with long-term care litigation knows that the number of disputes regarding the use and enforcement of arbitration agreements in the context of assisted living/nursing home admissions has risen sharply over the...more

Optometrists Who Leased Space at Texas Wal-Mart Stores Cannot Recover Damages for Technical Violation of State Licensing Law Under...

by King & Spalding on

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in a per curium decision issued October 27, 2016 in Forte v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., vacated approximately $1.4 million in statutory civil penalties awarded by the...more

Federal Court Blocks CMS Ban on Pre-Dispute Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements Pending Legal Challenge: What the Ruling Means for...

Earlier this week, a federal court enjoined the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) from enforcing a rule, promulgated on September 28, 2016, which barred pre-dispute arbitration agreements between...more

One Year Later: The Yates Memo, False Claims Act and Director & Executive Liability

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On September 19 and 27, 2016, the US Department of Justice announced two False Claims Act settlements that required corporate executives to make substantial monetary payments to resolve their liability. How will director and...more

11th Circuit Awards Humana Double Damages Under Medicare Secondary Payer Act

Humana Medical Plan, Inc. v. Western Heritage Insurance Co., case number 15-11436. Liability insurers beware, as the 11th Circuit held that Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAO) are entitled to the same rights...more

Senate Committee Releases Report on Potential Stark Law Changes, Hearing Scheduled

On June 30, 2016, the Senate Finance Committee’s Republican staff issued a 20-page report discussing comments made by industry stakeholders after a December 2015 round-table on the future of the physician self-referral law,...more

Injunction Enjoining Enforcement of HHS Attestation Rule Affirmed

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia affirmed the District Court’s decision in Central United Life v. Burwell on July 1, 2016. This decision is very significant for those assessing the future strength of, and...more

FTC Settles Monopolization Charges Stemming from Contract Exclusivity Terms Used by First-to-Market Medical Polymer Maker

by Mintz Levin on

The mere possession of monopoly power does not violate federal antitrust laws. The laws only address the anticompetitive acquisition, maintenance, or abuse of that power. The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) entered into a...more

Medical Non-Competes in Rhode Island: No Clean Bill of Health

The Rhode Island Superior Court recently refused to enforce a non-compete agreement against a local physician because it was against the public interest. Medicine and Long Term Care Associates, LLC v. Khurshid, PC 2015-0458,...more

Rhode Island Trial Court Decision Could Spell Trouble for Employers Seeking to Enforce Restrictive Covenants Against Healthcare...

One of an employer’s first steps in a suit against a former employee to enforce a restrictive covenant is to seek a preliminary injunction to prevent the employee from continuing to violate his or her contractual obligations....more

Court Won’t Enjoin Physician Who Breached Non-Compete Covenant And Consented To Injunction

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

A physician signed a non-compete covenant, agreed to be enjoined if he breached, and allegedly did breach. But when his former employer asked a Providence, Rhode Island Superior Court judge to enter an injunction, he refused...more

Important Court Decision For No-Fault Insurers -- Federal Court Rejects Argument To Limit Insurers’ Right To Seek Judicial Relief...

We are pleased to inform you of a very favorable recent caselaw development in the no-fault insurance area, in which our firm played a significant role. Specifically, on March 24, 2016, in the case of Liberty Mutual Fire...more

5 Questions About France’s New Health-related Class Action Law

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The number of eligible associations and the law’s broad scope could portend a significant number of health-related class actions. A new law, referred to as Loi Santé No. 2016-41 and enacted on 26 January 2016, contains...more

Court Temporarily Tables Controversial NYC Salt Warning Rule

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In September 2015, the New York City Board of Health unanimously passed a unique measure that would require chain restaurants to warn consumers about the sodium content of certain menu items. In particular, restaurants with...more

Public disclosure bar prohibits "bounty-hunting" relators from filing duplicative FCA claims

by DLA Piper on

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has issued an opinion that underscores the importance of the "public disclosure bar" in False Claims Act (FCA) litigation. The court affirmed a lower court’s...more

Seventh Circuit Reverses Injunctive Relief for Chiropractic Association

by Buchalter on

On October 1, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reversed what was previously regarded as a victory for the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association. The case, Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association...more

Health Care Arbitration Agreements: Five Ways to Improve Enforceability

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Common law judicial doctrines in almost every state discourage and restrict arbitration agreements covering personal injury or death claims. This is particularly true regarding admission contracts to nursing homes or...more

Managing Institutional Risk: Fraud-Proofing Your Organization

In this presentation: - Top 5 Fraud and Abuse Risks Facing Health Systems - Results of Enforcement Action - Top 5 Steps Health Systems Can Take To Minimize Fraud & Abuse Risk - Non-Compliant...more

FTC Obtains $26.8 Million in Disgorgement to Settle Monopolization Claims

by Bracewell LLP on

On April 17, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) entered into a settlement with Cardinal Health, Inc. (Cardinal) to resolve allegations that Cardinal, the largest and in certain areas the sole operator of...more

FDA Approves First US Biosimilar but Court Action Could Delay Market Entry

On March 6, 2015, the U.S. FDA announced that it had approved Zarxio, making Sandoz the first company ever to obtain approval of a biosimilar product in the U.S. The FDA deemed Zarxio to be biosimilar to Amgen’s Neupogen...more

Anatomy of a Provider-Merger Antitrust Challenge (Part 3)

by Baker Ober Health Law on

This is the third in a six-part series discussing the Federal Trade Commission's challenges to provider mergers. Following the initial Introduction and Background (Part 1), the series discusses The Need for Early Legal Advice...more

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