Health Law

2100 ABA Journal Health Law articles.

Merck Agrees to $650M Settlement in Medicaid Health Care Fraud Case

Without admitting liability, Merck & Co. has agreed to pay a total of more than $650 million to plaintiffs including the federal government, 49 states and the District of Columbia,…

Informed Consent Forms Now Written for Patients, Not Lawyers

Once considered an “administrative nuisance” by many practitioners, informed consent has become a hot trend in modern medicine.

Informed consent forms detailing the risks, benefits and agreements made prior to…

Bringing Body Worlds to Your Living Room ... Legally

A German anatomist whose partially dissected, sliced collection of preserved human corpses has been seen by millions throughout Europe and the United States in controversial “Body Worlds” museum exhibits now…

Oregon’s High Court Re-Reaffirms $79M Philip Morris Verdict

For the third time, Oregon’s high court has upheld a $79.5 million punitive-damages verdict against Philip Morris after the case was twice kicked back to them from the U.S. Supreme…

Eli Lilly Considers $1B Zyprexa Settlement

Eli Lilly is discussing a possible $1 billion settlement of criminal and civil investigations into the company’s marketing of the anti-psychotic drug Zyprexa.

The $1 billion fine, which would be…

Pediatric Group Releases Mercury-Autism Study, Condemns New Lawyer Drama

A pediatric journal has released details of a vaccine study earlier than usual to counter possible negative publicity from a new ABC television pilot set to air Thursday in which…

Wash. Supervision Evaluated After Man Deemed ‘Dangerous’ is Accused of Murder

Seattle-area prosecutors are looking into why a man, already labeled by the courts and mental health authorities as “dangerous,” was free at the time he is accused of following a…

Fosamax Cases Build Against Merck

Merck & Co. is facing an increasing number of lawsuits over its osteoporosis drug Fosamax, even as it has announced a possible $4.85 billion settlement of claims related to its…

Law Prof Named Prison Healthcare Czar in Calif.

A federal judge abruptly fired California’s prison healthcare czar last week and appointed a law professor, known for his ability to turn around troubled government agencies, to take his place.

Negative Vytorin Study Prompts Lawsuits

Reports that Vytorin is no more effective than generic drugs in battling cholesterol have already generated lawsuits.

The suits claim drug makers Merck & Co. Inc. and Schering-Plough Corp. delayed…

Vioxx Settlement Amended to Allow Attorney Advice to Clients

Attorneys overseeing a proposed $4.85 billion settlement with Merck & Co. over its withdrawn Vioxx drug have reportedly amended a controversial provision that could have required some plaintiffs’ lawyers to…

Citizen-Launched Kan. Grand Juries Pursue Abortion & Porn Cases

An almost-forgotten law in Kansas that allows citizens to convene grand juries reportedly has become a tool for local conservatives to use to force prosecutors to pursue abortion and pornography…

Homeless Man Sues Calif. Hospital Over Patient Dumping

A paraplegic man has filed a tort claim against a Southern California hospital, seeking damages for being dumped, without a wheelchair, on a local skid row in a condition in…

Court Turns Down Drug Access Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case that asserts terminally ill patients have a constitutional right to experimental drugs, SCOTUSblog reports.

The U.S. Court of…

Tort Reformers Blast Trial Lawyers’ Websites

A national tort reform group is highlighting a recent study by a medical think tank that criticizes Internet sites created by trial attorneys, contending that they are a significant source…

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