Expert Analysis

A Changing Regulatory Landscape For Weight Loss Drugs

As drugs originally approved to treat diabetes become increasingly popular for weight loss purposes, federal and s... (more story)

How HHS Discrimination Rule Affects Gender-Affirming Care

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' new final rule, which reinterprets the Affordable Care Act's ant... (more story)

FTC Noncompete Rule's Impact On Healthcare Nonprofits

Healthcare entities that are nonprofit or tax-exempt and thus outside of the pending Federal Trade Commission nonc... (more story)

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Healthcare REIT Nabs $800M Despite Tenant Turbulence

Medical Properties Trust Inc. announced Friday that the real estate investment trust has secured a £631 million ($804 million) financing from a group of investors led by real estate investment firm Song Capita... (more story)

Doc Gets 3 Mos. For Alexion Trades Despite 'Meaningful Job'

A doctor was sentenced to three months in prison Wednesday for insider trading on an Alexion Pharmaceuticals acquisition, with a Manhattan federal judge saying the defendant's treatment of critically ill, unde... (more story)

Teva, Bristol-Myers Cite Bystolic Against Cancer Drug Case

Celgene and parent Bristol-Myers Squibb pointed a New Jersey federal judge to the dismissal, recently upheld by the Second Circuit, of an antitrust suit over delayed generic competition to AbbVie's hypertensio... (more story)

Covington Reps As Biogen Makes $1.8B Bet On HI-Bio

Biogen Inc. said Wednesday it has agreed to purchase Human Immunology Biosciences, or HI-Bio, a San Francisco-based biotechnology company working on targeted therapies for severe autoimmune diseases, in a deal... (more story)

2nd Circ. Partially Backs Win For Nurses' Union Pension Plan

In a 90-page opinion, the Second Circuit on Tuesday mostly upheld a Manhattan federal judge's decision affirming an arbiter's award favoring a nurses' pension plan, agreeing that White Oak Global Advisors LLC ... (more story)

Sens. Challenge Pharma Lobbyist Over Patent Abuse

U.S. senators from both sides of the aisle took turns at a Tuesday hearing questioning the pharmaceutical industry's top lobbyist over whether patent abuse plays a role in maintaining the high price of prescription drugs.

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Pharmacy Benefits Co. Taps Health Atty To Lead Legal Team

RxBenefits, a company focused on generating savings for employers providing pharmacy benefits, has appointed a new chief legal officer to oversee its legal and regulatory compliance efforts.

Fla. Lab Owner Will Pay $27M To End False Billing Suit

A Florida medical lab owner who pled guilty to charges related to accusations he billed Medicare for $53 million in unnecessary genetic cancer screening tests has agreed to pay more than $27 million to resolve... (more story)

Stryker Unit And Seyfarth Attys Hit With $275K Sanctions

A Colorado federal judge has imposed $275,000 in sanctions jointly and severally on Stryker-owned Howmedica Osteonics Corp., along with Seyfarth Shaw LLP, for witness coaching and discovery violations in a bit... (more story)

Stryker Agrees To Settle Calif. Misclassification Suit

Medical device company Stryker told a California federal court Wednesday it has agreed to settle a proposed class action accusing it of misclassifying workers as overtime-exempt and failing to pay them overtim... (more story)

Lead Blood Test Maker To Plead Guilty, Pay $42M Over Defects

Medical device maker Magellan Diagnostics has agreed to pay at least $42 million and plead guilty to hiding a defect in its blood testing devices for lead that caused inaccurately low results for tens of thous... (more story)

Strategic Hiring Was The New Normal For BigLaw In 2023

The 400 largest law firms by headcount in the U.S. grew more slowly in 2023 than in the previous two years, while Kirkland & Ellis LLP surpassed the 3,000-attorney threshold, according to the latest Law360 ranking.

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'Creative' Suits Aim To End Secret Arbitration At Ariz. Facilities

Arizona's top law enforcement official is pursuing an unusual series of legal challenges that aim to strike down confidential arbitration agreements at long-term care facilities and shine a light on allegation... (more story)

RFK Jr.'s Anti-Vax Suit Against Wash. AG Tossed

A Washington federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on behalf of NBA legend John Stockton trying to shield doctors who make anti-vaccine statements, ruling claims that a medical... (more story)

NJ Justices Toss Direct Appeals Over Hospital Contract Bid

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Thursday that an independent state-owned teaching hospital's conduct cannot be challenged directly in the state's intermediate appellate court because it isn't considered an ... (more story)

UBH Urges 9th Circ. To Take Up Petition In Health Claim Fight

United Behavioral Health implored the Ninth Circuit to grant the insurance company's petition for appellate court intervention in a consolidated action alleging mismanagement of mental health and substance use... (more story)

Ambulance Co. Owner Accused Of $1M Pandemic Loan Fraud

The owner of a California ambulance company who was charged last year with tax evasion and filing false returns has been further accused of fraudulently securing $1 million from federal pandemic relief loan pr... (more story)

Cancer Society Strategist Starts 'New Adventure' With Venable

Venable LLP has hired the former strategic director for the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network as a senior policy adviser for its legislative and government affairs practice group and its health policy team.