8 latest healthcare industry lawsuits

From medical device company executives being charged in a securities fraud scheme to a pharmacy owner being convicted of racketeering, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits making headlines.

1. Illinois Supreme Court leaves hospital property tax exemptions in place
The Illinois Supreme Court vacated an appellate court decision issued last year that said a state law that allows nonprofit hospitals to avoid paying property taxes is unconstitutional.

2. Medical device company CEO, CFO charged in $400M securities fraud scheme
The CEO and CFO of a medical device company were charged with securities fraud, securities fraud conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy in a three-count indictment unsealed this week.

3. North Carolina physician charged with drug trafficking
A physician employed at the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center in Greenville, N.C., was charged with three counts of trafficking opium or heroin.

4. HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital sues Marshfield Clinic to halt construction on hospital: 6 things to know
Eau Claire, Wis.-based HSHS Scared Heart Hospital filed a civil lawsuit against Marshfield (Wis.) Clinic and its affiliates requesting a temporary injunction to halt construction on a hospital and clinic near Sacred Heart.

5. Pharmacy owner convicted of racketeering, acquitted of murder
Barry Cadden, the former pharmacist and owner of New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., was convicted of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy and more than 50 counts of mail fraud for his role in a 2012 outbreak of meningitis that killed 64 people.

6. 83-year-old patient checks out of NY hospital, steals ambulance
An elderly man was arrested after police say he signed himself out of Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, N.Y., and then stole an ambulance. He is charged with second-degree grand larceny.

7. Man charged with murder in death of EMT in New York City
Police say an emergency medical technician in New York City died after a man she was assisting jumped into her ambulance, put it in reverse and ran her over.

8. Patients accuse Quest of charging excessive out-of-pocket charges: 5 takeaways
A group of patients filed a class-action lawsuit against Madison, N.J.-based Quest Diagnostics, alleging the laboratory testing company overcharged patients for specific tests not covered by insurance and lacked transparency regarding pricing.

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