Health Law

2106 ABA Journal Health Law articles.

Stolen Human Egg Cases Revived; News Coverage Didn’t Notify Plaintiffs

A California state appeals court has revived tort claims by eight fertility clinic patients against the university hospital where doctors reportedly implanted eggs stolen from unsuspecting women into other infertile…

Whirlpool Plant Suspends 39 Employees Caught Smoking

A Whirlpool Corp. plant in southern Indiana has suspended 39 workers, claiming the employees were in fact smokers even though they claimed on their health insurance that they had kicked…

Claim: VA Failing to Address ‘Epidemic of Suicides’

A class action suit claiming the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs isn’t doing enough to prevent suicide or providing adequate medical care for vets is scheduled for trial today in…

New York’s Second Effort to Require Fast-Food Calorie Listings Is Upheld

New York City has revised its fast-food calorie posting rules to the satisfaction of a federal judge.

The new regulations upheld yesterday require calorie counts to be posted next to…

Merck Ghostwriters Behind Favorable Vioxx Articles

Documents unearthed in lawsuits against the painkiller Vioxx show the drug’s maker, Merck, wrote article drafts about the drug’s performance but found outside physicians to be listed as authors.

Two…

N.Y. Schools Lawyer-Pay Probe Expands to All Professionals in Gov’t Work

An ever-expanding state probe by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo of possible pension irregularities now extends far beyond lawyers in private practice who worked for the state’s 700-plus school…

Fen-phen Lawyers Awarded $412M in Fees, Applauded for ‘Herculean Effort’

A federal judge has awarded $412 million in additional fees to lawyers who sued the maker of the fen-phen diet-drug on behalf of thousands of plaintiffs.

Chief U.S. District Judge…

Christians Sue Over U.K. Human-Animal Embryo Licenses

A Christian group that includes lawyers and doctors says it will sue to try to overturn licenses granted to academics at two United Kingdom institutions to create human-animal hybrid embryos…

Celebrity Medical Files Breached at UCLA

A rogue employee reportedly peeped into confidential medical files of 32 celebrities, politicians and other high-profile patients at UCLA Medical Center, as well as 29 noncelebrities, in 2006 and 2007.…

$2M Award Tossed; Woman Claimed Fiance’s Parents Were Part of AIDS Coverup

A woman who won a $2 million jury verdict in part because she claimed her fiance’s parents failed to let her know their son was dying of AIDS is not…

Court of Public Opinion Sways Wal-Mart in Battle Over Legal Winnings

A Missouri man, who lost a son in Iraq and whose wife suffers from debilitating memory loss because of an auto accident, couldn’t convince his wife’s former employer to back…

Legal Gender-Bender: Dad-to-Be Pregnant

How does the law relate to a pregnant dad? Some folks in a central Oregon resort town are about to find out.

Originally born female, a transgender man in the…

Drug Companies Beware: FTC Commissioner Kovacic Gets Promoted

William Kovacic, a commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission, has been named chairman of the agency. He will replace Deborah Platt Majoras, who is leaving to…

Informed Consent: Doc’s Eye Surgery ‘Success’ Can Be Anything But, to Patient

Doctors who perform Lasik surgery to improve patients’ eyesight to the point where they no longer have to wear glasses say their work ordinarily turns out just fine.

But some…

Autism Settlement Based on Special Circumstances

The government has agreed to compensate the family of a girl who claims a vaccine caused her autism, but the settlement is not precedent-setting because of the special circumstances surrounding…

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