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13 V&E Health Care Lawyers Jump to King & Spalding

Thirteen health-care lawyers at Vinson & Elkins, including six partners, are jumping to King & Spalding.

The health-care practice at King & Spalding is the highest-ranked in the country, the…

Paralegal Testifies Fen-Phen Lawyer Told Her to Destroy Documents

A legal assistant testified Friday that a lawyer accused of misappropriating fen-phen settlement money told her to destroy legal documents showing how clients were paid.

Rebecca Phipps said she ignored…

From $253M to $0: Reduced $26M Vioxx Verdict Overturned by Texas Appeals Court

A Texas appellate court today has overturned a verdict against Merck & Co. concerning its popular Vioxx painkiller, eliminating the $26 million judgment that remained after a previous $253 million…

Suit Claims Baby Bottles Are Made With Dangerous Chemical

A lawsuit filed against Playtex Products claims its plastic baby bottles contain a dangerous chemical known as bisphenol A.

The suit was filed in New Haven, Conn., federal court after…

Sent Home With Wrong Family, Now-Adult Twin Sues

An identical twin who discovered, as an adult, that she had been sent home from a Canary Islands hospital in Spain with the wrong family has sued over the alleged…

WiFi-Sensitive Individuals Claim ADA Violation

The city attorney in Santa Fe, N.M., is investigating claims that wireless Internet signals are a violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act because they can cause an allergic reaction.

Stolen: HealthSpring Laptop Loaded With Data for 9K Patients

A Nashville, Tenn.-based managed care company disclosed Wednesday that an employee’s laptop computer, which contained private data for about 9,000 individuals, had been stolen from a locked car.

The HealthSpring…

When Hospitals Apologize for Errors, Lawsuits Drop

Some hospitals are ignoring the traditional legal advice and apologizing for errors.

The result has been fewer lawsuits and lower legal costs, the New York Times

Texas Appeals Court Overturns Vioxx Verdict

The Texas Court of Appeals has overturned a multimillion-dollar verdict against the maker of Vioxx, citing insufficient evidence that the painkiller caused the heart attack that killed the plaintiff’s husband.

Worse than Prison Inmate Medical Care: Detained Immigrants’ Medical Care

News media throughout the country have focused in recent years on the issue of substandard health care for prison inmates. Some 65 deaths annually in California, for instance, reportedly could…

‘Totally Driven’ Lawyer’s Suicide a Wake-Up Call for Others

To those who knew him, including his best friend, Hermes Villarreal was a successful trial lawyer with a happy family life.

But beneath the surface, the 41-year-old South Texas plaintiffs…

Dealing With Disruptive Doctors May Offer Lessons to Law Firms

So-called disruptive doctors—the kind who scream, criticize and otherwise make colleagues’ lives miserable—can be effectively dealt with, a medical publication says. And, in an article that may be of interest…

Congress OKs Bill to Ban Genetic Discrimination

Congress has passed a bill to ban genetic discrimination by health insurers and employers.

The House approved the measure yesterday by a vote of 414-1, the May 2, 2008 10:38 AM CDT

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…

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