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An ongoing evolution in the realms of health care and life sciences has led to the sectors becoming fertile ground for mergers and acquisitions activity, a trend that will continue throughout 2018 as industry players and private equity buyers alike seek to stay ahead of competitors and adapt with the times.
A Florida federal judge on Tuesday rejected a whistleblower’s attempt to freeze the assets of a nursing company that recently escaped a $350 million False Claims Act verdict, calling it a “brazen” bid to interfere with the company’s cash.
The U.S. Food and Drug scolded the University of California, Los Angeles, for an online promotion of a unapproved drug being studied for its use in detecting prostate cancer cells and told a network of online pharmacies to stop selling a forbidden weight loss drug to Americans. Here’s this week’s roundup of the agency’s enforcement actions.
Epstein Becker Green demonstrated its versatility of health care offerings in 2017 by counseling companies in transactions, notching antitrust victories and defending against False Claims Act allegations, earning the firm a place on Law360’s list of Health Groups of the Year.
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Possible fraudulent enrollments in the federal health insurance marketplace were low in 2015, but the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services might need a better strategy for ensuring the agency doesn’t re-enroll dead people in insurance plans, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report released Tuesday.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday that major nursing home and assisted living facility associations have agreed to support permanent rules proposed by his administration that would require all of their member facilities to have emergency generators to power air conditioners in case of power failures.
CVS Health Corp. unit Omnicare Inc. will pay more than $3,600 to end a U.S. Department of Justice investigation stemming from allegations it discriminated against a job applicant because he was an asylee, the government said Tuesday.
Aetna Inc. has agreed to pay $1.15 million and bolster its privacy protection practices to end an investigation alleging it risked revealing the HIV status of 2,460 New Yorkers by mailing them information in transparent window envelopes, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said Tuesday.
A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday narrowed a whistleblower suit accusing Zydus Pharmaceutical USA Inc. of violating several False Claims Acts by inflating the price of its generic drugs, finding that claims tied to seven state laws took place before the laws were on the books.
An AstraZeneca unit facing kickback allegations over the infant respiratory drug Synagis told a New York federal court Monday that the patient information it provided to a Walgreens-owned home health care company doesn’t count as an illegal kickback meant to boost Medicaid billings.
An Ohio federal judge on Monday nixed a putative class action accusing CVS Health Corp. of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by placing prescription reminder calls to a reassigned cellphone number, ruling that the communications fell outside the statute’s reach because they were made for the “health and safety of consumers.”
A Missouri appellate panel on Monday affirmed a $1.4 million jury verdict in favor of a doctor who claimed a health care provider effectively fired her after she voiced concerns about patient safety issues, saying the provider did not follow proper court procedure.
New York City has joined a growing number of municipalities suing drugmakers and distributors over their alleged roles in the opioid epidemic, saying Tuesday in state court that Purdue Pharma Inc., Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., Johnson & Johnson and others misrepresented the safety of their opioids to drive sales.
A former Massachusetts state court employee filed a graphic complaint in federal court Monday accusing a state court judge of sexually harassing her and repeatedly coercing her to perform sex acts.
On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. In the coming weeks, we will discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three judicial nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International and a former member of the White House vetting team during the Obama administration.
The worksite enforcements conducted at nearly 100 7-Eleven locations across the country earlier this month resulted in federal immigration officials arresting almost two dozen employees for being illegally present in the United States and conducting audits and interviews with store workers — and GCs may be left wondering how to prepare in case their companies are targeted in the same way. Here, Law360 identifies four ways companies and their legal counsel can prepare for a potential worksite enforcement.
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Neil Gorsuch traded jabs Monday in an otherwise low-profile Supreme Court case over lawsuit filing deadlines, with Justice Ginsburg’s majority opinion dismissing the “history lesson” on a common law doctrine that Justice Gorsuch gives in his passionate dissent.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday tapped the acting chairman of the Federal Trade Commission to serve on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, also naming partners from Bracewell LLP and Haynes and Boone LLP and other attorneys for 11 other federal judgeships across the country.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s biggest challenge over the next decade will be reconciling the centuries-old Constitution with new frontiers in law arising from changing technology, Justice Neil Gorsuch, a strict adherent to what he called the “old document,” told college students in New Jersey on Tuesday.
Several BigLaw firms saw a boost to their lobbying revenues in the last three months of 2017 thanks largely to the year-end swirl of tax legislation activity, bringing a strong close to a similarly strong year, in which clients’ lobbying needs were driven in part by the unpredictability of the new administration, firm principals said this week.
A former Winston & Strawn LLP intellectual property partner has asked a California appeals court to undo a decision to force her gender discrimination suit into arbitration, arguing that arbitration rules are not cut out for employment disputes.
Retired Seventh Circuit Judge Ann Claire Williams will join Jones Day to lead the firm’s efforts advancing the rule of law in Africa and bolster its trial and appellate practices after a trailblazing career in which she became the first woman to sit on that appeals court, the firm said Tuesday.
Troutman Sanders LLP revealed Tuesday that it plans to close its outposts in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong effective May 31, trimming the firm to 13 domestic offices.
I had not expected to be in the U.S. Supreme Court on March 22, 2016. To me, our opponent’s petition seemed quite like a long shot. But clearly I had underestimated the appeal of their argument, says Matthew McGill of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
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