10 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From a patient allegedly assaulting a nurse with bodily fluids to two surgeons indicted in a $950 million kickback scheme, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Surgical hospital's sale stalled as Chicago firm demands cut of profits, lawsuit says
Foundation Surgical Hospital of San Antonio filed a lawsuit claiming a Chicago firm's request to receive 2.5 percent of the hospital's net profits is holding up a potential sale.

2. Man allegedly assaults nurse with bodily fluids, then claims to be HIV positive
A man who allegedly said he is HIV positive was charged with assault with a bodily fluid after police say he attacked a nurse while being treated in the emergency room at Northport (Ala.) Medical Center in June.

3. Hospitals' challenge to 340B cuts rejected: 3 things to know
A lawsuit filed by three national hospital organizations to stop payment cuts for drugs purchased through CMS' 340B Drug Pricing Program was premature, federal judges ruled July 17. 

4. Emergency physicians, Georgia medical association sue Anthem over ER policy: 5 things to know
The Medical Association of Georgia and the American College of Emergency Physicians sued Anthem for denying payment for some emergency department services.

5. 2 surgeons indicted in $950M kickback scheme in California
A federal grand jury indicted two surgeons July 17 for their alleged roles in a kickback scheme that resulted in the submission of more than $950 million in fraudulent claims, mostly to California's worker compensation system.

6. Ex-Kansas hospital director claims she was fired after questioning birth unit safety
A former administrator for Shawnee Mission (Kan.) Medical Center filed a lawsuit in federal court July 13, alleging she was fired after claiming the hospital's birth unit was understaffed.

7. Kentucky hospital's former chief of staff sues to stop $361M sale to Baptist Health
A retired physician and former chief of staff of Elizabethtown, Ky.-based Hardin Memorial Hospital filed a lawsuit to halt or postpone Hardin Memorial's sale to Louisville, Ky.-based Baptist Health.

8. J&J hit with $4.7B verdict in St. Louis talcum powder-cancer case
A jury in St. Louis awarded $550 million in actual damages and $4.14 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, claiming its talcum powder caused ovarian cancer.

9. New York to pay $20.8M to 1,600 city nurses in gender discrimination settlement
New York City officials on July 18 agreed to pay $20.8 million to resolve allegations the city discriminated against city-employed registered nurses and midwives because they are women.

10. University Hospitals seeks gag order in fertility clinic lawsuit
Officials from Cleveland-based University Hospitals are asking a judge for a gag order against the attorneys representing the families and patients suing the hospital over the loss of their frozen eggs and embryos this year.

More articles on legal and regulatory issues:

HHS launches investigation into pending closure of Ohio hospital
Former HHS leaders: Stark and anti-kickback laws 'harm the very patients they are supposed to protect'
SEC proposes $30M cap on whistle-blower awards

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