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E.D. Wisconsin: Boilerplate Defenses Insufficient; Challenges Wasteful


Posted on July 31, 2019 in False Claims Act Defense

Published by: Hall Render

Litigators and litigants should always be wary of templates, unconsidered boilerplate pleadings—and unnecessary motion practice. Last week, a federal court in Wisconsin struck boilerplate affirmative defenses that lacked “short and plain statement of the facts and…the necessary elements of the defenses.”[1] The ruling reinforced the Seventh Circuit’s standards for affirmative defenses—even though the judge... READ MORE

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Supreme Court Finds Circuit Split “Wholly Groundless”


Posted on January 9, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

In Justice Kavanaugh’s first written opinion since he joined the Supreme Court, he addressed one of the most common disputes associated with arbitration agreements: who decides what issues should be arbitrated? In Henry Schein, et al. v Archer & White and Sales, Inc.,¹ the Supreme Court held that it is the arbitrator, not the court,... READ MORE

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Government Traps, Zaps and Zingers


Posted on January 15, 2018 in False Claims Act Defense

Published by: Hall Render

In an opinion loaded with linguistic hooks, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida recently reinforced the Supreme Court’s holding in Escobar, enthusiastically highlighting the importance of materiality and scienter in FCA cases. Background In U.S. ex rel. Ruckh v. Salus Rehabilitation, LLC, et al., Relators were successful in a... READ MORE

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Fifth Circuit Addresses Pre-Suit Disclosure and Causation Requirements for FCA Theories of Liability


Posted on October 17, 2017 in False Claims Act Defense

Published by: Hall Render

The Fifth Circuit recently addressed pre-suit disclosure and causation requirements for FCA theories of liability in United States ex rel. King v. Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc., 871 F.3d 318 (5th Cir. 2017). Two former employees (“Relators”) of Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. filed a qui tam suit claiming that Solvay induced false Medicaid claims through a variety... READ MORE

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Wisconsin Court of Appeals Holds Health Care Records Confidentiality Statute Only Applies to Disclosures Outside the Organization


Posted on September 2, 2016 in Litigation Analysis

Written by: Sara J. MacCarthy

On August 30, 2016, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals (“Court”) affirmed the circuit court’s decision that a plaintiff had not stated a claim on which relief could be granted in an action against a hospital and its employees for alleged violations of Wis. Stat. § 146.82, regarding the confidentiality of health care records, and... READ MORE


Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Down City’s Residency Requirement


Posted on July 5, 2016 in Litigation Analysis

Published by: Hall Render

On June 23, 2016, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled in a 5-2 opinion that the City of Milwaukee can no longer enforce a requirement that police, firefighters, teachers and other public workers maintain bona fide residence within the city boundaries. The ruling reverses the state appeals court’s decision that a 2013 state law, Wis.... READ MORE


Sexual Assault Allegations Dismissed Under Wisconsin’s Three Year Statute of Limitations in Medical Malpractice Case


Posted on July 5, 2016 in Litigation Analysis

Published by: Hall Render

On June 23, 2016, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a decision enforcing the three-year statute of limitations in a medical malpractice action. What makes this otherwise routine decision noteworthy is its exceedingly rare context: sexual assault of minors by a family physician. Though the legal issue before the court was the application of the... READ MORE


Appellate Court of Illinois: Reputational Harm Insufficient to Defeat Hospitals’ Immunity


Posted on March 2, 2015 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The Fourth District of the Appellate Court of Illinois reaffirmed that claims by a physician that a hospital’s failure to renew his privileges caused actual and intentional harm to his professional reputation are barred by the Illinois’s Hospital Licensing Act. Only claims alleging an actual or deliberate intention to physically harm the physician or others trump a hospital’s... READ MORE


S.D. Texas: Hospital Cannot Be Sued for Increased Risk of Future Harm from Data Breach


Posted on February 20, 2015 in Litigation Analysis

Written by: Drew B. Howk

This month’s announcement of the recent Anthem Data Breach sent shockwaves through the health care industry with some experts referring to 2015 as the “year of the health care hack.” Those who collect and store health data have been racing to strengthen security protocols and to understand their risk exposure. In a first-of-its-kind case in... READ MORE

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Report Details Safety Issues with Health IT


Posted on February 9, 2015 in Health Information Technology

Written by: Mark R. Dahlby

In November 2014, the ECRI Institute¹ issued a report discussing issues of patient safety and adverse events linked to health information technology (“IT”) products. The report comes in the form of an annual list of top ten health technology safety hazards. According to the ECRI Institute, although many facets of health IT have a... READ MORE

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