California firm McGrath Kavinoky LLP, which inked more than $374 million in settlements for women who say they were sexually abused by a UCLA Health gynecologist, misled its clients and "bullied" them into accepting far smaller amounts than they were promised, according to a lawsuit in state court by two ex-clients.
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Clients Say McGrath Kavinoky 'Bullied' Them Into Abuse Deal

By Jack Karp

California firm McGrath Kavinoky LLP, which inked more than $374 million in settlements for women who say they were sexually abused by a UCLA Health gynecologist, misled its clients and "bullied" them into accepting far smaller amounts than they were promised, according to a lawsuit in state court by two ex-clients.

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Colo. Justices To Review Prefiling Interest Cap Dispute

By Mike Curley

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review whether a state court can let prefiling interest exceed the state's $1 million economic damages cap under the Health Care Availability Act, in a suit over a man's injuries at birth.

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Attys Accused Of Judge Shopping Must Turn Over Q&A Doc

By Emily Sawicki

Attorneys accused of a coordinated effort to "judge shop" amid federal suits challenging an Alabama law banning certain medical procedures for transgender youth must supply a document the court believes displays the attorneys' preparations for a panel hearing in which one of the attorneys allegedly committed perjury.

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USC Allegedly Used 'Junk Science' On Black Kidney Patients

By Rae Ann Varona

The University of Southern California secretly has been using a "junk science" scoring formula that hurts Black patients' eligibility to receive kidney transplants, according to a putative class action in California federal court.

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Teva, DOJ Signal Key Kickback Case May Fizzle At 1st Circ.

By Jeff Overley

A U.S. Department of Justice kickback case against Teva Pharmaceuticals — closely watched by False Claims Act lawyers because of its multibillion-dollar stakes and its link to a major circuit split — is poised for settlement, according to a new First Circuit filing ahead of eagerly awaited oral arguments.

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Pharmacy Groups Urge High Court To Hear Okla. PBM Case

By Emmy Freedman

Pharmacy industry groups asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a Tenth Circuit decision that overturned portions of an Oklahoma law regulating pharmacy benefit managers, saying these intermediaries have driven up costs for patients while raising their own bottom lines, and states should be allowed to keep them in check.

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ENFORCEMENT & COMPLIANCE

Ex-Stimwave CEO Gets 6 Years For Dummy Implant Scheme

By Rachel Scharf

The founder and former CEO of Stimwave Technologies was sentenced to six years in prison Monday after tearfully proclaiming her innocence to healthcare fraud charges, with a Manhattan federal judge saying it's "sad" the defendant doesn't recognize the harm she inflicted by selling nonfunctional pain management device components.

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Hacker Facing Rare, Deadly Cancer Avoids Prison Time

By Chart Riggall

Despite "vehemently" rejecting defense counsel's arguments seeking a more lenient sentence for a cybersecurity contractor facing up to five years in prison for hacking into a hospital's computer systems, a Georgia federal judge nevertheless handed down a two-year house arrest sentence on Monday, citing the defendant's extremely rare and aggressive form of cancer.

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DOJ Wants 15 Years For Outcome CEO's $1B Fraud

By Lauraann Wood

Federal prosecutors said former Outcome Health CEO Rishi Shah should serve 15 years in prison while Outcome's co-founder and ex-financial chief each serve 10 years following their convictions for running a $1 billion fraud that affected lenders, investors and clients.

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FTC Says Hospital Won't Fail Without Novant Buyout

By Jared Foretek

The Federal Trade Commission is pushing back against claims that North Carolina's Lake Norman Regional Medical Center will fail if the agency halts its acquisition by Novant Health, telling the Fourth Circuit that the hospital is, in fact, profitable and stable.

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Accused NBA Fraud Leader May Testify At Doctor's Trial

By Elliot Weld

A former NBA player who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for allegedly spearheading a scheme to defraud the league's healthcare plan is likely to be called to testify at the upcoming trial of a co-defendant, a Manhattan federal judge said Monday.

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Mass. Dentist Indicted In Alleged $2M Medicaid Fraud

By Julie Manganis

A Massachusetts dentist and her practice have been charged with fraudulently billing the state's Medicaid program, MassHealth, more than $2 million for services that were never provided.

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LITIGATION

Teamsters Plan Says Health Network Has Monopoly In Conn.

By Emily Brill

A Teamsters healthcare benefits plan and a Connecticut public transit provider have sued the healthcare network Hartford Healthcare Corp., accusing it of having a monopoly over healthcare in a half-dozen regions of the state.

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Mifepristone Ruling Means End Of Texas DACA Suit, Feds Say

By Catherine Marfin

A Texas-led coalition of states doesn't have standing to challenge the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program after the U.S. Supreme Court's blockbuster decision rejecting a challenge to the abortion drug mifepristone, the Biden administration told the Fifth Circuit on Monday.

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Fed. Circ. Says Errors Led To Injunction In Trade Secrets Suit

By Ivan Moreno

A Federal Circuit panel on Monday overturned a preliminary injunction against a South Korean insulin pump patch manufacturer that allegedly stole trade secrets from a rival, saying a Massachusetts federal court made a series of errors in its determination to grant an injunction.

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Ga. Panel OKs Instruction In $4.5M Spinal Device Injury Suit

By Kelcey Caulder

The Georgia Court of Appeals has affirmed a trial court's decision to tell jurors not to consider the availability of insurance benefits when considering the issues of liability and damages in a case in which a woman whose doctor incorrectly implanted a spinal cord stimulator was awarded $4.5 million.

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Calif. Becomes Last State To Ink Deal Over Blackbaud Breach

By Allison Grande

Blackbaud Inc. has agreed to pay $6.75 million to resolve data security claims brought by California's attorney general, who was the only one to sit out a nearly $50 million settlement that the software provider reached last year with every other state over a 2020 ransomware attack that affected thousands of its customers.

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Nursing Home Co. Owes Fees On Staffing Deal, Recruiter Says

By Hayley Fowler

An international recruiter has accused the owners of nursing homes and assisted living communities in several states of failing to fork over fees for placing nurses and nursing assistants in their facilities, saying they owe over $3.4 million in outstanding fees.

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Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

By Leslie A. Pappas

Proposed amendments to Delaware's General Corporation Law that were prompted by several recent Chancery Court rulings sailed through the state Senate last week despite loud opposition from corporate law professors and other Chancery Court watchers, and Tesla shareholders filed two new suits against CEO Elon Musk. 

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Inside Antitrust Agencies' Rollup And Serial Acquisition Moves

The recent request for public comments on serial acquisitions and rollup strategies from the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Justice Department mark the antitrust agencies' continued focus on actions that fall below premerger reporting thresholds, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

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Think Like A Lawyer: Always Be Closing

When a lawyer presents their case with the right propulsive structure throughout trial, there is little need for further argument after the close of evidence — and in fact, rehashing it all may test jurors’ patience — so attorneys should consider other strategies for closing arguments, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Q&A

Lambda Legal Calls For More LGBTQ+ Judges

By Courtney Bublé

President Joe Biden has made a historic increase in the diversity of judicial appointees, but a major LGBTQ+ legal organization is hoping for more progress with LGBTQ+ judges and says the clock is ticking.

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Justices To Hear Nvidia Case On Securities Pleading Standard

By Jessica Corso

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal of a Ninth Circuit ruling that revived investors' claims over chipmaker Nvidia's crypto mining sales, giving the high court a chance to weigh in on the pleading requirements needed to sustain a shareholder class action.

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High Court Will Mull Proof Needed For Wage-Hour Carveout

By Jon Steingart

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a wage and hour case from a supermarket distributor, teeing up an opportunity for the justices to articulate the standard by which an employer must demonstrate workers are exempt from overtime.

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Milbank Snags FTC Competition Trial Chief For DC Office

By Lauren Berg

Milbank LLP announced Monday it has hired the chief trial counsel for the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, bulking up its Washington, D.C., antitrust and competition practice with a veteran litigator who led the government's challenge to Microsoft Corp.'s $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

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Columbia Law Adds UChicago Vice Provost As 1st Black Dean

By Tracey Read

A former deputy dean at the University of Chicago Law School will take over as dean of Columbia Law School on Aug. 1, Columbia University President Minouche Shafik announced Monday.

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NYC Bar Blasts Judges' Columbia Boycott Letter

By Sue Reisinger

The New York City Bar Association on Monday questioned the impartiality of 13 federal judges who issued a letter last month publicly refusing to hire students from Columbia Law School as clerks because of campus political protests over the Israel-Hamas war.

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Texas Bar Proposes Limits On Services From In-House Attys

By Lynn LaRowe

The State Bar of Texas said in-house lawyers working for companies owned by nonattorneys are barred from providing legal services to the businesses' customers unless the work meets specific criteria because otherwise, the companies run afoul of rules forbidding the unauthorized practice of law, according to a proposed ethics opinion.

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NJ Firm Defends Lien On Ex-Client's Patents After Unpaid Bills

By Andrew Karpan

A major New Jersey law firm said it has a "common law" right to place a lien on its former client's patents without telling it, after the "failed" biopharmaceutical startup fired the firm and stopped paying its outstanding legal bills.

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NJ Power Broker, Firm CEO Brother Accused Of Racketeering

By George Woolston

Powerful New Jersey businessman George E. Norcross III and his brother who is the chief executive officer of law firm Parker McCay have been criminally charged alongside others in a scheme to acquire waterfront property in the distressed city of Camden using threats of economic and reputational harm.

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Man In Murder-For-Hire Plot To Kill Atty Gets Extradited To NY

By Gina Kim

An Indian national indicted in connection with a murder-for-hire plot to assassinate an attorney connected to a Punjab political revolution has been extradited to the Southern District of New York and made his initial appearance in federal court Monday, during which he pled not guilty to the criminal charges against him.

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McConnell Denounces Judicial Nominee For District Of Ore.

By Courtney Bublé

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took to the Senate floor on Monday to criticize Magistrate Judge Mustafa Taher Kasubhai, a nominee for a district court judgeship in the District of Oregon whose confirmation vote is teed up for Tuesday. 

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Biden: High Court 'Never Been As Out Of Kilter'

By Courtney Bublé

President Joe Biden said at a campaign event over the weekend that the U.S. Supreme Court "has never been as out of kilter as it is today."

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Activision Blizzard Inc.

Albertsons Cos. Inc.

Alliance Defending Freedom

American Bar Association

American Civil Liberties Union

American Home Assurance Co.

American Pharmacists Association

Blackbaud Inc.

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.

Boston Celtics

CVS Health Corp.

Capri Holdings Ltd.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Charlotte Hornets

Chegg Inc.

Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington

Conner Strong & Buckelew

Cott Corporation

De Novo

Delaware State Bar Association

Detroit Pistons

Express Scripts Holding Co.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

Google LLC

Gwinnett Medical Center

Hartford HealthCare Corp.

Insulet Corp.

Insulet Corporation

Jimmy Choo Ltd.

Kate Spade & Co.

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

LinkedIn Corp.

Los Angeles Clippers

Medtronic PLC

Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund

Michael Kors Holdings Ltd.

Microsoft Corp.

NVIDIA Corp.

National Association of Chain Drug Stores

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Community Pharmacists Association

New York City Bar Association

Novant Health Inc.

Oregon State Bar

Outcome Health

Pharmaceutical Care Management Association

Public Citizen Inc.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Retrophin Inc.

Sales Inc.

Southern Poverty Law Center Inc.

State Bar of Texas

Stuart Weitzman Inc.

Tapestry Inc.

Tesla Inc.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

The AES Corp.

The American Law Institute

The Kroger Co.

The Michaels Organization

Therapeutics Inc.

Twitter Inc.

U.S. Anesthesia Partners

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

UCLA Health System

United Network for Organ Sharing

University of Southern California

Warner Bros. Discovery Inc.

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Washington Legal Foundation

WorldWide HealthStaff Solutions Ltd.

Yale University

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Aeton Law Partners

Allen Chesson

Badham & Buck

Bainbridge Mims

Benesch

Berger Montague

Bernstein Litowitz

Blank Rome

Brown & Connery

Bryan Cave

Chaiken Ghali

Clement & Murphy

Cohen Milstein

Cooley LLP

Cooper & Kirk

Copeland Franco

Cravath Swaine

Critchley Kinum

Crowell & Moring

Day Pitney

Denver Trial Lawyers

Dominick Feld

Ellis George LLP

Faegre Drinker

Farella Braun

Freed Kanner

Gibson Dunn

Goodwin Procter

Haynes & Boone

Hogan Lovells

Huff Powell

Jenner & Block

Joseph Hage Aaronson

Kessler Topaz

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Lewis Roca

Lightfoot Franklin

Manly Stewart

Marino Tortorella

McCarter & English

McDermott Will & Emery

Melehy & Associates

Milbank LLP

Morgan Lewis

Parker McCay

Parker Poe

Paul Weiss

Poole Huffman

Robinson Bradshaw

Ropes & Gray

Savage Turner

Shapiro Arato

Shook Hardy

Stein Sperling

Walden Macht

Williams & Connolly

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Alabama Attorney General's Office

California Civil Rights Department

California Department of Justice

California Public Employees' Retirement System

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Colorado Supreme Court

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Delaware Court of Chancery

Federal Trade Commission

Food and Drug Administration

Georgia Court of Appeals

Los Angeles Superior Court

New Jersey Attorney General's Office

Texas Attorney General's Office

Texas Supreme Court

U.S. Attorney's Office

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court