10 recent hospital lawsuits, settlements

From the Federal Trade Commission suing to block John Muir Health's proposed acquisition of a majority Tenet-owned hospital, to UCLA Health suing Mattel for allegedly failing to follow through with a $49 million donation pledge, here are 10 hospital lawsuits, settlements and legal developments Becker's has reported since Nov. 13.     

1. Somerville, Mass.-based Mass General Brigham is facing a class-action lawsuit after about 450 patients were potentially exposed to infection due to the improper administration of an intravenous drug.

2. The former director of New York City-based NYU Langone Health's cancer center is suing the system over his firing, which occurred after he used social media to express views on the Israel-Hamas war. 

3. The Federal Trade Commission sued to block Walnut Creek, Calif.-based John Muir Health's proposed $142.5 million acquisition of San Ramon (Calif.) Regional Medical Center from majority owner Tenet Healthcare, arguing the deal will drive up healthcare costs. 

4. New York City-based NYC Health + Hospitals agreed to a settlement with the Justice Department to resolve an alleged violation of the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act when it rejected a worker's valid work authorization document based on the worker's national origin. 

5. A board of trustees member filed a lawsuit against Perryville, Mo.-based Perry County Health System in Missouri in which it asked a judge to require the system to release documents through the state's open records act. 

6. San Francisco-based Dignity Health is suing several patients in California for trespassing after they allegedly refused to be discharged. 

7. A patient who sued Iowa City-based University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for allegedly sharing medical information with Facebook might seek to settle after a judge threw out the case. 

8. Los Angeles-based UCLA Health is claiming that Mattel, the toy and entertainment company behind Barbie and Hot Wheels, never followed through with a pledged $49 million donation. 

9. Michael Joyner, MD, a physician who was suspended by Mayo Clinic after publicly criticizing the National Institutes of Health, filed a lawsuit against the Rochester, Minn.-based system for allegedly violating his protected speech.

10. The teen whose family won a $261 million verdict against St. Petersburg, Fla-based Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital filed a criminal complaint alleging sexual abuse while at the hospital.

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