5 latest healthcare industry lawsuits

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From a physician sentenced to prison for his role in a Medicare fraud scheme to a judge halting fetal burial rules in Texas, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits making headlines.

1. 20 states sue generic drugmakers for price fixing: 5 things to know
Twenty U.S. states filed a lawsuit against six generic drugmakers, alleging they colluded to set fixed prices of two common drugs and split up market share.

2. Judge halts fetal burial rules in Texas
U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks blocked a new regulation in Texas that requires healthcare facilities that provide abortions to pay for the burial or cremation of fetal remains instead of disposing of them as biological medical waste.

3. Physician sentenced to 40 months for role in Medicare fraud scheme
U.S. District Judge John Tharp Jr. sentenced Banio Koroma, MD, a physician at now-shuttered Mobile Doctors in Chicago, to 40 months in prison.

4. 2 ex-pharmaceutical executives charged with price fixing generic drugs
Two former executives of Eatontown, N.J.-based Heritage Pharmaceuticals were charged with conspiring to fix prices on generic drugs.

5. Merck wins $2.5M in patent lawsuit against Gilead Science over hep C drugs
Kenilworth, N.J.-based Merck & Co. received $2.54 billion in royalties on Dec. 15 in a patent lawsuit against Gilead Sciences.

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