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Docket: Health

    

Case Name: Dickerson v. Longoria

Court: Md. Ct. App. Docket: 110-2009 Term

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Court found that arbitration provisions could not be enforced against estate of nursing facility resident because the relative who had signed agreement lacked authority to bind the resident.

Case Name: Disability Advocates, Inc. v. Paterson

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 2d Cir.    Docket: 10-767

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: The court vacated lower court's ruling that the practice of segregating people with mental illness constituted discrimination because plaintiff's organization did not have standing.

Case Name: Douglas v. Independent Living Center of S. Cal.

Court: U.S. Supreme Court  Docket: 09-958, 09-1158, 10-283

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Court remanded case for further review after CMS approved non-retroactive Medicaid provider rate reductions.

Case Name: Edwards Lifesciences AG v. Medtronic Corevalve

Court: U.S. Ct. App. Fed Cir. Docket: 2014-1409

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Reult: Settlement allows patients unrestricted access to Medtronic's heart valve system.

Case Name: Emke v. C.J.

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 6th Cir. Docket: 10-6005

Case Reult: Case remanded to District Court to review motion to vacate attorney fee award.

Case Name: Emke v. C.J. (previously Grier v. Goetz)

Court: U.S. Dist. Ct. MD Tenn.

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Case Result: After obtaining injunctive relief on some claims and remand of appeal from award of attorneys' fees, parties settled remaining claims for attorneys' fees.

Case Name: FTC v. Actavis (formerly FTC v. Watson)

Court: U.S. Supreme Court     Docket: 12-416

Read Summary AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: "Pay for delay" agreements in pharmaceutical patent litigation are subject to federal anti-trust laws.

Case Name: Halbig v. Burwell (formerly Sebelius)

Court: U.S. Ct. App. D.C.    Docket: 14-50118

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Is the IRS Rule that includes federally-run health insurance exchanges in the definition of "Exchange" for purposes of the availability of premium tax credits permitted by the ACA?

Case Name: Haro v. Sebelius

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 9th Cir.    Docket: 11-16606

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Medicare beneficiaries' appeals must be adequately presented at the administrative level before they can be challenged in court.

Case Name: Howell v. Hamilton Meats & Provisions, Inc.

Court: Cal. Supreme Ct.    Docket: S179115

Read Summary AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: An injured person may only recover in damages the amounts her insurer paid for her medical care.

Case Name: Hulsmeyer v. Hospice of Southwest Ohio

Court: Ohio Supreme Court   Docket: 2013-1644 and 2013-1766

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Does state law protecting employees from retaliation who report suspected abuse or neglect  apply only to reports made to the state Department of Health.

Case Name: Hulsmeyer v. Hospice of Southwest Ohio

Court: Ohio, Ct. App., 1st Appellate Dist.   Docket: C120822

Read Summary AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: State's anti-retaliation statute that protects employees who report abuse or neglect of vulnerable people did not require that such reports be made to the state's Department of Health in order to secure the statute's employment protections.

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