11 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From a judge blocking the proposed merger of Indianapolis-based Anthem and Bloomfield, Conn.-based Cigna to a physician staffing company agreeing to pay $60 million to settle a false claims case, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Judge: Feds owe Moda Health $214M in risk corridors payments
A U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled the government must pay $214 million to Portland, Ore.-based health insurer Moda Health under the ACA's risk corridors program.

2. Bankrupt Louisiana hospital faces lawsuit over layoff notification
A former employee of Louisiana Heart Hospital in Lacombe filed a lawsuit alleging the hospital violated the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act when it laid off employees without proper notice.

3. Judge blocks $54B Anthem-Cigna deal: 7 things to know
A U.S. District Court judge sided with the Justice Department and blocked Indianapolis-based Anthem's proposed $54 billion acquisition of Bloomfield, Conn.-based Cigna on grounds the combined insurer would harm consumers and impede innovation.

4. TeamHealth to pay $60M to resolve false claims case
TeamHealth, a physician staffing company based in Knoxville, Tenn., agreed to pay $60 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations.

5. Nurse files $6.5M retaliation suit against HCA, Florida hospital
A nurse filed a $6.5 million retaliation lawsuit against St. Petersburg (Fla.) General Hospital and its parent company Nashville, Tenn.-based Hospital Corporation of America. 

6. Court stays order blocking Regeneron, Sanofi's cholesterol drug from market
A federal appellate court stayed an order that would bar Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi from selling their cholesterol drug Praluent. The drugmakers can continue to sell the medication as they undergo the appeals process.

7. Western Reserve-Summa Health legal battle will not get new trial
A Summit County, Ohio, judge denied a request for a new trial and judgments from Cuyahoga Falls, Wis.-based Western Reserve Hospital Partners in a legal battle over hospital ownership with Akron, Ohio-based Summa Health System.

8. Wis. publisher files lawsuit to stop medical faxes from coming to office
Milwaukee-based Moose Moss Press, a publishing company, filed a lawsuit claiming it has been receiving private medical faxes intended for another recipient.

9. Mylan to settle class-action Provigil suit for $96.5M
Canonsburg, Pa.-based Mylan will pay $96.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging it entered a "pay-to-delay" deal with the drugmaker Cephalo.

10. Judge OKs Epic lawsuit settlement
U.S. District Judge William Conley signed off on a settlement between Verona, Wis.-based Epic Systems and a group of former technical writers.

11. Judge's Aetna-Humana ruling sparks class-action lawsuit: 5 things to know
A Pennsylvania law firm filed a shareholder class-action lawsuit against Aetna following a judge's ruling the payer's proposed $37 billion acquisition of Humana violated antitrust laws. The lawsuit alleges the Hartford, Conn.-based payer made false claims about its decision to withdraw from the majority of ACA exchanges it participated in.

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