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A Candidate Named Sue (or Maybe Regina)? Tread Carefully With the Litigious Job Applicant

When is it safe to take action against an employee (or a former employee) who filed an EEOC charge against you? As the 7th Circuit just found in Baines v. Walgreen Co., you can never –REPEAT, NEVER – take action because an...more

No “Relaxed” Pleading Standards for False Claims Act Relators, Says Sixth Circuit

In United States ex rel. Hirt v. Walgreen Company, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a pharmacy owner’s False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit because he failed to plead his...more

Relax, Sixth Circuit Opinion Indicates Rule 9(b) Pleading Requirement Still Has Bite

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

A recent Sixth Circuit opinion in U.S. ex rel. Hirt v. Walgreen Co. should come as welcome news for FCA defendants concerned about the implications of the Sixth Circuit’s application last year, for the first time, of a...more

Big Pharma found to exploit ‘orphan’ drug law to jack up product prices

Big Pharma has ruthlessly exploited a well-intentioned measure that sought to provide medications to treat patients with rare diseases that might otherwise have been ignored. Drug companies, instead, have manipulated the 1983...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

And we thought Brexit was something. Buckle up. It’s going to be a wild market ride... Whoa....more

Ninth Circuit Substantially Reduces Punitive Award Against Walgreen

Things have been quiet in the world of punitive damages for the last few months, but two recent decisions substantially reducing punitive awards under the BMW/State Farm factors warrant mention. My colleague Miriam Nemetz...more

Legal Considerations for Retail Clinics

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Retail clinics have grown substantially in number and popularity since their emergence in the early 2000s. Retail clinics are limited healthcare clinics that operate outside of physician offices and hospitals, typically in...more

Avoiding the Costly “Robo No-No”

by Buchalter on

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) was enacted to protect consumers from intrusive robocalls, but Congress probably did not foresee that it would result in a windfall for plaintiff’s lawyers. Virtually every...more

Dazed and Confused: The TCPA’s Health Care-Related Call Exemption

In early 2012, Robert Kolinek received an automated call on his cell phone from Walgreens reminding him to refill an eligible prescription. Despite the fact that even the plaintiff’s lawyers ultimately acknowledged that these...more

Employer Liability for Employees’ Privacy Violations: What your organization should learn from Walgreens’ expensive lesson (hint:...

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

You may already have read the scintillating facts surrounding a jury award of $1.44 million (recently challenged unsuccessfully on appeal) against Walgreen Co. (Walgreens) following its pharmacist’s alleged inappropriate...more

Indiana Appeals Court Upholds Jury Verdict For Pharmacist’s Wrongful Use Of Patient Information

by King & Spalding on

A recent decision by the Court of Appeals of Indiana reinforces the peril faced by health care employers when employees authorized to access confidential information do so for improper purposes. In Walgreen Co. v. Hinchy, the...more

Prescription Drugs: Refocusing the False Claims Act Microscope on the Rest of the Transaction

Over the last decade, it has often felt as though the pharmaceutical industry has been the government’s and whistleblowers’ main, and at times only, target for False Claims Act (“FCA”) investigations. While manufacturers are...more

America's Largest Drug Store Chain to Pay $180,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

South San Francisco Walgreens Fired Longtime Employee With Diabetes Over a $1.39 Bag of Chips, Federal Agency Charged - SAN FRANCISCO - Drugstore giant Walgreens has agreed to pay $180,000 to a longtime employee with...more

HIPAA Violation Results in $1.44M Jury Verdict Against Walgreens, Pharmacist

by BakerHostetler on

Although HIPAA does not create a private cause of action, a recent Indiana Superior Court jury verdict demonstrates that HIPAA still could play an important role in private causes of action in state court based on negligence...more

HIPAA Violation Results in $1.44 Million Jury Verdict Against Walgreens, Pharmacist

by BakerHostetler on

Although HIPAA does not create a private cause of action, a recent Indiana Superior Court jury verdict indicates that HIPAA could still play an important role in private causes of action in state court based on negligence and...more

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