12 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From a Florida pain clinic settling billing fraud allegations to a home healthcare owner sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in a Medicare fraud scheme, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Coastal Spine and Pain will pay $7.4M to settle billing fraud allegations
Jacksonville, Fla.-based Coastal Spine and Pain agreed to pay the federal government $7.4 million to resolve allegations Coastal violated the False Claims Act by billing government payers for medically unnecessary drug screenings.

2. Arkansas attorneys fight fee and damages caps in medical malpractice claims
The Arkansas Bar Association is suing to stop a November ballot proposal in the state that would impose new limits on attorneys' fees and pain and suffering damages in medical injury suits.

3. Florida home healthcare owner gets 20 years for $57M fraud scheme
The owner and manager of three Miami-area home health agencies was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in a $57 million Medicare fraud scheme.

4. AstraZeneca to pay $5.5M for bribery violations
AstraZeneca will pay $5.52 million to settle a foreign bribery investigation levied against the London-based drugmaker.

5. University of Minnesota sues Gilead for patent infringement
The University of Minnesota is suing Gilead Sciences, alleging the Foster City, Calif.-based pharmaceutical company's hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni infringe on a university patent.

6. Calif. Supreme Court lets hundreds of out-of-state residents sue Bristol-Myers Squibb
The California Supreme Court ruled that hundreds of people from 35 states who claim they were harmed by the Plavix blood thinner have the right to sue Bristol-Myers Squibb in the state court system.

7. Illinois sues Insys Therapeutics over drug marketing tactics: 7 things to know
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit against Chandler, Ariz.-based Insys Therapeutics claiming the drug company used deceptive marketing practices to sell its popular pain medication.

8. Senior Healthcare Associates to pay $930k to settle false claims allegations
Hermitage, Pa.-based Senior Healthcare Associates agreed to pay $930,000 to resolve False Claims Act allegations.

9. NYC high-rise sues Hospital for Special Surgery
A high-rise condominium complex on the Upper East Side is suing one of its neighboring buildings belonging to New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery.

10. Employee accuses Oregon hospital of wage theft, discrimination and retaliation
A former employee of Oregon State Hospital is accusing the Salem-based psychiatric hospital, its superintendent, the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Human Services of wage theft, retaliation and discrimination.

11. Teen accused of impersonating physician arrested on new charges of theft, fraud
A Florida teenager accused of posing as a physician and stealing from an elderly patient is facing new charges of grand theft and fraud.

12. Judge denies request to stay Cabell Huntington, St. Mary's Medical Center merger
A Kanawha County Circuit Court judge denied Steel of West Virginia's request to halt Cabell Huntington (W.Va) Hospital's acquisition of Huntington-based St. Mary's Medical Center until after the appeals process.

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