8 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From a Georgia hospital suing an insurer to a paramedic filing a lawsuit against a New York City hospital over its dress code, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Georgia hospital says it risks closure due to underpayments by BCBS
Cornerstone Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., sued Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, alleging reduced and delayed payments from the insurer could put the hospital out of business.

2. Missouri AG sues drugmakers for fraudulent opioid advertising
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley filed a lawsuit on behalf of the state against Purdue Pharma, Endo Health Solutions and Janssen Pharmaceuticals for allegedly engaging in fraudulent opioid advertising.

3. Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong faces lawsuit over pharmaceutical company acquisition
Los Angeles billionaire and biotech entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, was sued by two Washington, D.C., lawyers over the acquisition of Altor Bioscience Corp., a Miramar, Fla.-based pharmaceutical and immunotherapy company.

4. Theranos agrees to pay Walgreens less than $30M to settle breach of contract lawsuit
Palo Alto, Calif.-based blood testing startup Theranos told investors it has reached an agreement in principle to pay less than $30 million to settle a civil lawsuit brought by Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreens.

5. SCOTUS decision reduces drugmakers' product liability
The U.S. Supreme Court sided with Bristol-Myers Squibb in a case that could make it more difficult for patients to sue major corporations in state courts over injuries caused by the companies' products.

6. Genesis HealthCare to pay $53.6M to settle 6 false billing cases
Kennett Square, Pa.-based Genesis HealthCare agreed to pay the federal government $53.6 million to settle six lawsuits alleging some of its facilities violated the False Claims Act.

7. Paramedic sues NYC hospital over dress code
An orthodox Jewish paramedic is suing NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, claiming the academic medical center will not allow her to wear skirts while on the job.

8. Patient takes state trooper's gun, shoots nurse at Florida hospital
A patient at West Marion Community Hospital in Ocala, Fla., was arrested June 18 after authorities say he took a state trooper's gun and shot a nurse.

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