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Want To Pan Your Employer Online? Be Careful!

Your reviews of your employer may not be as anonymous as you think. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed an order directing Glassdoor, Inc., to disclose information about eight individuals who...more

McDowell v. CGI Federal Inc.: A Stark Reminder to Government Contractors of their Cybersecurity Obligations

by Hogan Lovells on

On June 1, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in a class action lawsuit, McDowell v. CGI Federal Inc., Civ. Action No. 15-1157 (GK) (D.D.C. 2017), which could have...more

Healthcare Law Update: September 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

OIG Advisory Opinions - Manufacturer's Free Replacement of Spoiled Pharmaceutical Products Authorized - On Aug. 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG)...more

Ninth Circuit Ruling Weakens Materiality Standard under the FCA

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Last year in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar et al. the Supreme Court reminded litigants that the False Claims Act “is not an all-purpose antifraud statute.” In that case, the Court expanded...more

What Is Actual Knowledge? Third Circuit to Weigh in on Post-Escobar Materiality Question

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

One year after the Supreme Court changed the False Claims Act landscape, FCA litigants continue to grapple with the “demanding” materiality standard set forth in Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel Escobar. Now...more

District Court Rules Online Auction for Medical Supplies Violates Anti-Kickback Statute

by Jones Day on

On March 6, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut held that an arrangement between a company operating an online portal for purchases of medical equipment and a supplier of medical products violates...more

Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Review 2016

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims is pleased to announce the release of its fifth annual Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Review 2016. The Review, compiled by the firm’s Healthcare Fraud Task Force, is an industry-leading guide to healthcare...more

First Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Defendant, Rejecting the Use of Aggregate Data to Prove False Claims and Clarifying the...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The First Circuit has issued an opinion affirming a complete grant of summary judgment for Pfizer, Inc. in United States ex rel. Booker v. Pfizer Inc., No. 16-1805 (1st Cir. Jan. 30, 2017), a False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit...more

First Circuit Affirms Dismissal of FCA Off-Label Marketing Case for Failure to Meet 9(b) Particularity Requirement

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In Lawton v. Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. et al., 842 F.3d 125 (1st Cir. 2016), the First Circuit affirmed the lower court’s dismissal of a False Claims Act (“FCA”) suit alleging a drug maker fraudulently marketed a product for...more

First Circuit Rejects Whistleblower’s Fraud on the FDA FCA Theory

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On December 23, 2016, the First Circuit held that a relator under the federal False Claims Act (“FCA”) failed to plausibly plead that defendant medical device manufacturers caused the submission of false claims for...more

First Circuit Rejects Fraud-on-the-FDA Theory of FCA Liability

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Affirming an earlier order handed down by the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the First Circuit recently denied Plaintiff D’Agostino leave to amend his complaint, finding the proposed claims...more

Healthcare Law Update: December 2016

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Prompt Payment Discounts Not an Anti-Kickback Statute Violation - In United States of Am. et al. ex rel. Ruscher v. Omnicare, No. 15-20629, 2016 WL 6407128 (5th Cir. Oct. 28, 2016), the court of appeals affirmed summary...more

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rules ‘Misguided,’ ‘Unlawful’ and Must be Blocked, Says Texas Lawsuit – TRO Hearing Scheduled for...

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Several large construction and security industry groups have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to block the heavily criticized Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673 and...more

Supreme Court Punts Again on FCA Claims Specificity

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The U.S. Supreme Court recently denied certiorari in United States ex rel. Walterspiel v. Bayer AG. This case, arising out of the Fourth Circuit, raised yet again the question of how much detail a False Claims Act (FCA)...more

First Circuit Affirms Stringent Rule 9(b) Particularity Requirement in False Claims Act Cases

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On June 17, 2016, the First Circuit issued an opinion addressing, among other things, the particularity requirement that applies in False Claims Act (“FCA”) cases where the defendants are not alleged to have directly...more

Fourth Circuit Holds False Claims Act Relators Cannot Use Facts Learned by Their Attorney in a Previous Case to Defeat the FCA’s...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Earlier this year, the Fourth Circuit held in United States ex rel. May v. Purdue Pharma L.P., 811 F.3d 636 (2016) that the a complaint that is “based on” relators’ attorney’s work on a prior dismissed FCA action triggers the...more

Health Care Market Intelligence: Post-Acute Care Summary Report - Q2 2016

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Key Findings - - CMS proposed an $800-million Medicare payment increase for SNFs in FY 2017, a 2.1% increase from this year, while hospice payments would rise by $330 million, or 2%. Home healthcare agencies may see a...more

July 2016: Product Liability Update

Curbing False Claims Act Liability for Off-Label Promotion. As class actions have become harder to certify following Wal-Mart v. Dukes and Comcast v. Behrend, the plaintiffs’ bar has increasingly turned to qui tam litigation...more

Failure to Disclose Best Pricing: Pharmaceutical Companies Settle FCA Claims for $784 Million

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Department of Justice announced late last month that pharmaceutical manufacturers Wyeth and Pfizer would pay $784 million to resolve a False Claims Act investigation and qui tam lawsuit arising from Wyeth’s failure to...more

Appeals Court Confirms that HITECH Violations Do Not Violate FCA

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In an important recent decision, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed that a qui tam relator's claim that her former husband improperly accessed electronic protected health information (e-PHI) of her and her relatives...more

Summary Judgment for Defendants in FCA Action: No Admissible Evidence of False Claims

by Reed Smith on

How much is “enough?” Will we have enough money to retire someday? Did the Drug and Device Law College Sophomore study enough for her computer science midterm? Is there enough salt in the matzo ball soup? In the realm of...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of FCA Claim Based on Health Data Breaches

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a False Claims Act (FCA) case premised on protected health data breaches. In United States ex rel. Sheldon v. Kettering Health Network, the...more

In 10-1 Verdict, Jury Finds No FCA Violation by Abbott Laboratories

On April 7, 2016, after just three hours of deliberations following a three-week trial, a federal jury dismissed False Claims Act (“FCA”) claims against Abbott Laboratories brought by a whistleblowing former employee.  The...more

Olympus to Pay $632.2 Million to Resolve Allegations of Kickbacks

by Polsinelli on

Olympus Corporation of the Americas, the United States’ largest distributor of endoscopes and related medical equipment, recently agreed to pay $623.2 million to resolve criminal charges and civil claims, according to a...more

Sixth Circuit Rules That EHR Security Breaches Do Not Violate False Claims Act

by King & Spalding on

On March 7, 2016, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that security breaches of individual electronic health records (“EHRs”) do not violate the HITECH Act and cannot support False Claims Act allegations. ...more

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