10 latest healthcare industry lawsuits

From a former vice president of a Minneapolis-based health system pleading guilty to theft to a Massachusetts hospital suing its former CEO, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits making headlines.

1. Former Allina VP pleads guilty to embezzling over $417k
A former vice president of Minneapolis-based Allina Health pleaded guilty to four counts of theft by swindle on March 15.

2. Chicago names 3 drug distributors in opioid lawsuit, allocates $225k to address local crisis: 7 things to know
Attorneys on behalf of Chicago filed a federal lawsuit March 6 against three of the largest opioid distributors in the U.S. for allegedly contributing to a public health crisis related to the "unfettered and unlawful distribution" of opioids in the city.

3. Judge shoots down union attempt to roll back Brigham and Women's flu shot policy: 7 things to know
A judge ruled in favor of Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital after nurses challenged the hospital's flu shot policy.

4. University Hospitals faces 2 lawsuits over lost embryos: 4 things to know
Cleveland-based University Hospitals recently notified about 700 patients that the frozen eggs and embryos stored at one of its fertility centers were damaged after the temperatures in a storage tank rose. Two couples who lost embryos due to the storage tank malfunction have now sued University Hospitals.

5. Martha's Vineyard Hospital files complaint against former CEO: 8 things to know
Oaks Bluff, Mass.-based Martha's Vineyard Hospital filed a legal complaint against former President and CEO Joe Woodin, who was ousted from the role in June 2017.

6. Judge dismisses nurses' lawsuit against DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital: 6 things to know
Detroit Medical Center's Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital in Commerce Charter Township, Mich., confirmed a judge granted its motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by nurses against the hospital.

7. Sex offender sues Wisconsin Children's Hospital over visitation policy
A registered sex offender is suing Milwaukee-based Wisconsin Children's Hospital over visitation policies that bar him from seeing his son.

8. Martin Shkreli gets 7 years in prison: 8 things to know
Ending a yearslong saga, a U.S. District Court judge sentenced Martin Shkreli, the former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals who gained notoriety for inflating the price of a life-saving anti-infection drug, to seven years in prison March 9 for defrauding investors.

9. Woman arrested after posing as employee at 2 Tennessee hospitals: 4 things to know
A 33-year-old woman was arrested after she allegedly dressed as a hospital employee to gain access to restricted areas inside two Tennessee hospitals.

10. Kmart pays $525k to settle Medicaid fraud claims
Kmart Corp. reached a $525,000 settlement to resolve allegations it knowingly submitted claims to California's Medicaid program that defied diagnosis and documentation requirements. 

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