Health Law

2106 ABA Journal Health Law articles.

Panel Allots Blame for Va. Tech Massacre

A lack of communication, misunderstood medical privacy laws and inadequate mental health treatment options share the blame along with gunman Seung Hui Cho for a shooting spree in which he…

Drug Marketing Suits Test Civil Liability

Eight putative class action suits consolidated before a federal judge in Newark, N.J., will be among the first cases to test whether pharmaceutical companies may face civil liability for promoting…

Va. Tech Panels: More Security Needed

More is needed to help keep students safe on campus, according to reports by three internal Virginia Tech review committees that were released today.

The committees were appointed after a…

Nexium False Ad Suit Pre-empted

A federal appeals court has ruled a state lawsuit challenging Nexium advertising claims is pre-empted by federal law and must be dismissed.

The ruling is a big win for pharmaceutical…

Sperm Donor Meets the Kids

For years, Thomas Anthony Donahoe, a 50-year-old Massachusetts family therapist, has wondered about his children. He has never married. But, when he was recovering from a leg injury and needed…

Vioxx Maker Fights Each Case

More than 45,000 people have sued the company that makes the painkiller Vioxx, yet none has received any cash from judgments.

Merck & Co. has taken an aggressive stance, spending…

Anna Nicole Breast Surgery Video Banned

A Southern California judge has issued a temporary restraining order preventing a Texas plastic surgeon from selling, distributing or disseminating a 1994 videotape of breast augmentation surgery he performed on…

Somewhat Illegal Substance: Raw Milk

It isn’t completely banned in Boston—or in New York City, for that matter. But the sale of raw, unpasteurized milk is restricted in both Massachusetts and New York, as well…

Pfizer Defends Nigerian Drug Tests

Pfizer claims its drug tests on Nigerian children saved lives in court papers filed in one of four legal actions being pursued by the country.

Nigeria has filed criminal charges…

Fight Over Drug Access Continues

The founder of a group fighting for access to unapproved drugs vows to seek an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit…

Katrina Hospital Murder Case Closed, But Civil Cases Continue

The criminal case against two nurses and a doctor accused of murdering hospital patients while working under horrendous conditions during Hurricane Katrina is now at an end, following a grand…

No Right of Access to Drugs, Court Rules

An en banc federal appeals court ruled today that patients don’t have a constitutional right of access to experimental drugs that have passed limited safety trials.

The ruling

Mom’s Murder Leads to New Maine Laws

Over the years, William Bruce had reportedly attempted suicide, attacked both of his siblings, resulting in broken limbs, and threatened friends with an AK-47 automatic rifle, among other incidents. So…

Drug-Price Law Overturned

An appeals court has struck down a Washington, D.C., law barring drug companies from charging excessive prices for prescription drugs.

The D.C. law didn’t define excessive pricing. But it said…

Where’s Molly? New Law Aids Searchers

An Oregon man’s successful search to find the younger sister who was institutionalized decades ago, when she was not quite three years old, is making it easier for others to…

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