6 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From Blue Shield of California suing an ex-executive over confidential company information to the U.S. Supreme Court agreeing to review the Affordable Care Act contraception compromise, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Blue Shield of California sues ex-executive who led public attack against it
Blue Shield of California filed a breach of contract complaint against its former public policy director in Los Angeles County Superior Court and accused him of disclosing confidential company information.

2. Supreme Court to review ACA contraception compromise: 5 things to know
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review whether a process for opting out of the ACA's contraceptive mandate is at odds with a federal law on religious freedom.

3. Judge to determine if OMNIA's exclusion of St. Peter's University Hospital is illegal: 5 things to know
New Jersey Superior Court Judge Frank Ciuffani ordered Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey provide information on why it did not include New Brunswick, N.J.-based St. Peter's University Hospital in its preferred network.

4. HCA to settle shareholder class-action lawsuit for $215M
HCA Holdings entered into a preliminary agreement to pay $215 million to settle allegations the hospital giant concealed negative financial information from investors before its $4.35 billion initial public offering in March 2011.

5. Court denies Sutter Health's appeal to arbitrate antitrust claims
A state appeals court in San Francisco ruled against Sacramento-based Sutter Health, denying its appeal to arbitrate allegations the health system uses its market dominance in North California to overcharge patients, employers and insurers.

6. Calif. physician convicted of murder in 3 drug overdose deaths
For the first time in the U.S., a California physician was convicted of murder by over-prescribing drugs.

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