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Fudged Weight Weighed in Insurance Appeal

A case pending before a California appeals court contends Blue Shield of California suddenly canceled coverage for a policyholder, resulting in delayed surgery and lasting injury.

At issue is whether…

No Punitive Damages in Wrongful Adoption Case

Even though an adoption agency apparently intentionally withheld information about severe mental illness among the parents and grandparents of a child from his adoptive family decades ago, it cannot be…

A Clash of Rights in TB Cases

A drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis pits the rights of those who are infected against those of the public.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the percentage of patients…

TB Patient Jailed for Risky Actions

An Arizona man with tuberculosis has been confined to a hospital’s jail ward since August because he did not wear a mask in public or take prescribed medications.

“It’s not…

Illinois First State to Pursue ‘Super Bug’ Bill

Responding to a drug-resistant bacteria that kills thousands of Americans annually, Illinois is likely to be the first state to mandate an aggressive hospital testing and treatment program to try…

Insurers Settle Physician-Pay Suit

Twenty-three Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies have settled with physicians who claim they are not being paid properly.

Under the class-action settlement, the insurers will contribute about $128 million…

Study: Doctors Win Most Med-Mal Suits

Juries in medical malpractice cases find for physicians more often than plaintiffs, a researcher told the New Jersey Law Journal.

Around 30 percent of medical…

‘Partial’ Abortion Ban Puts Justices’ Faith at Issue

Last week’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to ban so-called partial birth abortion has sparked contentious discussion about the religious views of the nine justices who rendered the 5-4…

Suits Claims Drug Maker Paid for Off-Label Uses

Six lawsuits filed in federal courts claim Schering-Plough Corp. offered bribes and kickbacks to physicians to prescribe medications for off-label uses.

The suits, pending in New Jersey and Arizona, claim…

Jurist Cleared of Abortion-Case Ethics Charges

No basis has been found for ethics charges brought by abortion opponents against a state court judge in Sedgwick County, Kan.

District Judge Paul W. Clark had been accused of…

Vioxx Maker Wins Initial Round in Texas

A Texas judge has ruled that state juries may not decide whether Vioxx manufacturer Merck & Co. withheld information from the Food and Drug and Administration.

More Abortion Battles to Come

The fight over abortion moves to the states following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling this week upholding a ban on so-called partial birth abortion.

Copycat Va. Tech Threat Closes S.F. Law School

Shocked by Virginia Tech’s horrifying experience on Monday, other institutions of higher learning are now taking no chances about closing their campuses as soon as they hear of a possible…

Laws Restrict Actions Against Troubled Students

Federal laws generally prevent universities from placing students on involuntary medical leave for mental illness and from informing their parents of their problems without consent, the New York Times reports.

Appeals Court Lowers Fee Award

A federal appeals court has lowered a fee award for attorneys who won changes in the way Medicare notifies recipients about dropped or reduced benefits for home health care.

The…

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