Novartis Faces up to $3.3 Billion in Damages from Whistleblower Kickback Suit

7/2/2015 In what may be the largest whistleblower lawsuit ever, the Justice Department, along with 11 states, are accusing Swiss pharmaceutical titan, Novartis, of running a massive kickback scheme through the U.S. Medicare and Medicaid programs. Specifically, the U.S. is accusing the drugmaker of referring patients to a handful of specialty pharmacies who sent in

Supreme Court Rules against EPA on Mercury Emissions

6/29/2015 After a historic week in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to legalize gay marriage, as well as delivering a decision that will likely entrench Obamacare as the law of the land, the Court handed President Obama a major defeat to his environmental agenda. On the last day of the Court’s session, it ruled

Judge Explains Blockage of U.S. Foods-Sysco Merger

6/28/2015 On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington D.C. blocked a proposed merger between the U.S.’s two largest food-distribution companies, U.S. Foods and Sysco. Citing antitrust concerns, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), along with ten state attorney generals’ offices sued the companies in February. The companies announced interest in a merger in December,

Sirius XM Agrees to $210 Million Settlement over Classic Tunes; More Suits Pending

6/28/2015 Satellite Radio industry leader Sirius XM agreed on Friday to pay five record labels $210 million for the company’s use of pre-1972 recordings, potentially resolving a two-year legal battle in Los Angeles Superior Court. Due to federal copyrighting laws were not established for recordings until February 15th, 1972, separate from longstanding protections for songwriters,

Rapid Settlements follow DOJ’s Non-Compete Suit against Michigan Hospitals: Allegiance to Fight Case

6/26/2015 The U.S. Justice Department along with Michigan’s Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit on Thursday, alleging that four Southern Michigan hospital systems violated antitrust laws by agreeing not to compete with each other. The civil suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit, claiming that the hospitals conducted a “hands-off” marketing arrangement, with each

U.S. Court Rules against “Predatory” For-Profit Colleges

6/25/2015 On Tuesday, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge, John Bates, upheld regulations set to begin July 1st restricting the conduct of for-profit colleges and career-training programs. The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announced rules last fall that could potentially restrict federal funding for schools that saddle students with markedly high tuition

Supreme Court Ruling: Obamacare Subsidies Stay

6/25/2015 The Supreme Court delivered the much-anticipated King vs. Burwell decision on Thursday not to strike down a key portion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare. The 6-3 decision means that enrollees in states which have not set up their own health exchanges will continue to receive federal subsidies for health insurance. Currently,

Court Upholds $5.7M Employer Retaliation Verdict

6/23/2015 Sometimes, they really are out to get you! In this case, California’s Fourth Appellate District felt the same way and upheld a $5.7M employer retaliation verdict in favor of Dr. Fitzgibbons. According to the good doctor, Integrated Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (IHHI) framed him on a gun charge after he objected to IHHI’s behavior. Things