The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Thursday issued a proposed rule allowing faith-based health and social service organizations to refrain from informing clients about services not offered due to religious reasons. In the accompanying press release, HHS stated that the rule’s purpose is to ensure “religious and non-religious organizations are treated [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Monday that claims filed under the National Vaccine Injury Act (Vaccine Act) can be decided based solely on the written record. Such a procedural ruling allows claims to be judged without conducting evidentiary hearings or gaining either parties’ consent. The Vaccine Act establishes the National [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday ruled the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional but declined to strike down the entire law. Instead, the 2-1 ruling remanded the question of severability (whether the ACA can remain legal without the individual mandate) back to the original district [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled 8-1 Tuesday that the one-year filing deadline for a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) lawsuit is determined from when the alleged violation occurs, not when it is discovered. The petitioner in this case, Kevin Rotkiske, was originally sued by debt collectors who received a default judgment after Rotkiske failed [...]

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The US Supreme Court issued an order on Friday granting certiorari to a new case for their current term. Carney v. Adams challenges the constitutionality of a Delaware law limiting the appointment of judges based on their political affiliation in order to achieve balance on the court. Within Delaware’s Constitution, the Article IV, Section 3 provision [...]

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A federal judge on Tuesday partially overturned convictions against high-level executives of Insys Therapeutics Inc. (Insys), a prominent opioid manufacturer. In her ruling, US District Judge Allison Burroughs wrote that the evidence presented at trial did not show that the officials had the necessary intent to make health care providers incorrectly prescribe opioids. In May [...]

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US Senators Elizabeth Warren, Richard Blumenthal and Bill Cassidy sent a letter to Google Wednesday requesting more information about their new partnership with Ascension in which Google stands to access millions of patient health records. The letter alleges that patients of health care entities owned by Ascension have not properly consented to sharing their information [...]

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Car giant General Motors (GM) filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday against its competitor, Fiat Chrysler alleging Fiat Chrysler illegally bribed union officials, resulting in an unfair advantage in labor discussions over the course of a decade. The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, better known as United Auto Workers [...]

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