6 latest healthcare industry lawsuits

From a legal battle over hospital board changes to patients suing a for-profit hospital operator over emergency room charges, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits making headlines.

1. UNC sues Vidant over hospital board shuffle
The University of North Carolina is suing Greenville, N.C.-based Vidant Medical Center over changes made last month to the hospital's board.

2. Intermountain drops false claims case it took to Supreme Court
Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare asked the Supreme Court to dismiss its petition to review a False Claims Act case that began in 2012.

3. Patients sue HCA over emergency room 'cover charge'
Three patients who received emergency care at hospitals operated by HCA Healthcare are suing the Nashville, Tenn.-based company for allegedly billing them and other emergency room patients a "cover charge."

4. 23 local governments sue over federal rule allowing health workers to deny care
Nearly two dozen states and cities are challenging a final rule issued by President Donald Trump's administration that makes it easier for healthcare workers to refuse to provide care contradicting their religious or moral beliefs.

5. Mallinckrodt sues CMS, HHS over Medicaid rebate change for Acthar Gel
Ireland-based drug company Mallinckrodt sued HHS and CMS May 21 over a regulatory move that would change Medicaid rebates for its Acthar Gel, a best-selling injection for multiple sclerosis, lupus and other ailments.

6. Baltimore sues J&J subsidiary, says it schemed to monopolize cancer drug
Baltimore officials sued a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, accusing the drugmaker of using "sham" patent litigation to delay the launch of lower-cost generics and forcing the city to needlessly spend millions of dollars on the medication.

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