5 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From the former CFO of a Florida medical group settling false claims allegations to Pfizer filing an antitrust lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Former Las Vegas hospital CEO's second theft trial barred by double jeopardy
The Nevada Supreme Court ruled the former CEO of University Medical Center in Las Vegas cannot be tried a second time on charges of theft and misconduct due to a previous mistrial, which triggered double jeopardy protection.

2. Ex-CFO of Florida medical group settles false billing allegations for $100k
Scott Quinn, the former CFO and COO of Southeast Orthopedic Specialists in Jacksonville, Fla., agreed to pay $100,000 to settle allegations he violated the False Claims Act.

3. Former Swedish Health neurosurgeon wins $17.5M case contesting termination
An arbitrator awarded neurosurgeon David Newell, MD, a former employee of Seattle-based Swedish Health, $17.5 million. Dr. Newell alleged Swedish fired him in retaliation for issuing complaints about a fellow surgeon at the facility.

4. Pfizer hits J&J with 1st ever biosimilar antitrust lawsuit: 4 things to know
Pfizer filed an antitrust lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, claiming the drugmaker's "exclusionary contracts" with insurers and hospitals unfairly blocked competition for J&J's arthritis drug Remicade.

5. Alaska union-benefits fund sues Abbott over faulty St. Jude defibrillators
An Alaska union-benefits fund filed a federal lawsuit against Abbott Laboratories, claiming the company's subsidiary, St. Jude Medical, failed to warn regulators and patients about defective lithium batteries in its defibrillators for years.

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