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Docket: Health

Case Name: Single v. Catholic Pioneer Church Homes

Court: Superior Ct., State of Cal., County of Sacramento    Docket: 2017-00220058

Read Complaint (PDF) and Press Release

Case Issue: Can a nursing facility refuse to readmit a resident who has exercised her administrative due process rights and won the right to readmission?


Case Name: Amgen v. Sanofi

Court: U.S. Ct. App. Fed. Cir.  Docket: 17-1480

Decided: 10/5/2017

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: The Federal Circuit vacated the district court's order enjoining the sale of a cholesterol reducing drug that had been prescribed to over 18,000 people. This reversal of the permanent injunction is the result AFL sought.


Case Name: California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR)

Court: Ct. App. State of Cal., First Appellate Div. Docket: A147987

Filed: 9/29/2017

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Is it constitutional for California nursing facilities to substitute their own judgment for that of residents who do not lack capacity to make their own decisions?


Case Name: Levine v. Ventura Convalescent Hospital

Court: Superior Court of Ventura, CA    Docket: 56-2011-00406719

Closed: 9/15/2017

Read Summary and Press Release

Case Result: Case settled in 2014 with court ordered injunction, fees and costs awarded and court monitoring for three years--monitoring now complete. 


Case Name: Office of Civil Rights, HHS v. California

Court: Office of Civil Rights for HHS

Filed: 8/16/2017

Read Administrative Complaint and CMS Letter to DHCS

Case Issue: Can the federal government compel the State of California to enforce against nursing facilities that illegally dump residents from their facilities in violation of due process rights?


Case Name: Graff v. Heritage Manor at Slidell

Court: U.S. Dist. Ct. ED La.  Docket: 17-cv-06812-KDE-JCW

Filed: 7/17/2017

Read Complaint (PDF) and Press Release (PDF)

Case Issue: Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and the Louisiana Nursing Home Residents Bill of Rights does a nursing facility resident with communications disabilities have the right to have a video camera placed in her room to facilitate communication with others, including her curator?


Case Name: Sandoz v. Amgen

Court: U.S. Supreme Court   Docket: 15-1039

Decided: 6/5/2017 

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF) and Article

Case Result: Consistent with our brief, a unanimous court held that under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA), a generic biosimilar applicant may provide notice of commercial marketing prior to obtaining licensure from the FDA. Amgen argued that such marketing resulted in extended exclusivity for its monopoly power. The court's decision speeds up the time for generic biosimilars to enter the market, to the benefit of consumers. The court also held that the BPCIA is not enforceable by injunction under federal law, an issue that we did not address.


Case Name: U.S. ex rel. Colquitt v. Abbott Labs

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 5th Cir. Docket: 16-10814

Decided: 5/31/2017

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Case Result: In our lawsuit, the court affirmed the district court's decision and jury verdict in favor of Abbott Labs. We represented whistleblower Kevin Colquitt in a False Claims Act challenging the off-label marketing and use of stents for purposes not approved by the FDA. 


Case Name: Kindred Nursing Ctrs v. Clark

Court: U.S. Supreme Court    Docket: 16-32  

Decided: 5/15/2017

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: The U.S. Supreme Court invalidated Kentucky Supreme Court rule requiring power of attorney (PoA) documents to specifically grant PoAs the authority to consent to arbitration. 


Case Name: Goodwin v. Fla. Dep't of Children and Families

Court: U.S. Supreme Court    Docket: 16-1083

Filed: 4/10/2017

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Must a state's Medicaid program deduct the medical debts that a beneficiary has incurred before becoming eligible for Medicaid from the calculation of what the beneficiary must pay for her own cost of care in a nursing facility?


Case Name: Keller v. Life Care Centers of America

Court: Cir Ct. for Green County, Tenn.    Docket: 14-cv-500

Decided: 3/22/2017

Read Complaint (PDF)

Case Result: The matter was settled to the client's satisfaction. 


Case Name: United Health Servs of Georgia v. Norton

Court: Supreme Court of Georgia Docket: S16G1143

Decided: 3/6/2017

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: The court held that an arbitration agreement between a deceased nursing facility resident and the facility binds the decedent's wrongful death beneficiaries.


Case Name: Darling v. Douglas

Court: U.S. Dist. Ct. ND Cal.  Docket: #c 09-03798

Settled: 12/22/2016

Read Injunction 1 Summary, Injunction 2 Summary, Settlement Summary

Case Result: California successfully implemented the settlement agreement by providing needed community-based services thereby preventing the unnecessary institutionalization of tens of thousands of Medicaid recipients.


Case Name: T.H. v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Court: Supreme Ct. of Cal.    Docket: S233898

Filed: 12/7/2016

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Could former manufacturers of name-brand drugs be liable under California law for the foreseeable consequences of their failure to update the drug's label to warn consumers of known risks when they had a duty to update the label but chose not to do so?


Case Name: McFarren v. Emeritus at Canton

Court: Supreme Court of Ohio   Docket: 2016-0982

Decided: 10/26/2016

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Supreme Court of Ohio declined to review a case affecting the ability of nursing home residents to prove neglect.


Case Name: Novotny v. Sacred Heart Health Services

Court: S.D. Supreme Court    Docket: 27615 (CIV 14-235), 27626 (CIV 15-167), 27631 (CIV 15-167)

Decided: 10/26/2016

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief  (PDF)

Case Result: The South Dakota Supreme Court reversed the trial court's finding and declined to recognize a crime-fraud exception to South Dakota's peer review privilege statute even in circumstances where it appears that the peer review committee engaged in fraud.


Case Name: U.S. ex rel. Paradies v. GGNSC Admin. Servs

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 11th Cir.   Docket: 16-13004

Filed: 10/17/2016

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Can the government establish Medicare fraud by a hospice provider by retroactively showing that medical experts differ on whether a person's life expectancy will exceed six months?


Case Name: Charles v. Southern Baptist Hospital

Court: Fla. Supreme Court    Docket: SC2015-2180

Decided: 10/5/2016

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: The parties settled the matter before the Florida Supreme Court could render a decision.  


Case Name: Taylor v. Extendicare Health Facilities

Court: Supreme Ct. of Pa.   Docket: 19 WAP 2015

Decided: 9/28/2016

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court concluded the Federal Arbitration Act preempts the application of Rule 213 e - which permitted an arbitrable survival claim and non-arbitrable wrongful death claim to be consolidated for trial - and requires arbitation of the survival claim against the nursing facility. The court reversed and remanded for further proceedings, noting that the plaintiffs may have an opportunity to raise arguments regarding the enforceability and validity of the arbitration agreement on remand.


Case Name: Mylan Pharmaceuticals v. Warner Chilcott

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 3d Cir. Docket: 15-2236

Decided: 9/28/2016

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Third circuit upholds Eastern District of Pennsylvania's grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendants.


Case Name: Pierce v. Genesis Healthcare

Court: Superior Ct. of Delaware    Docket: S16C-09-002

Filed: 9/2/2016

Read Summary and Complaint (PDF)

Case Issue: Can nursing facilities administer psychotropic drugs to elderly people with dementia without informed consent or medical justification?


Case NameCottrell v. Alcon Labs

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 3d Cir.     Docket:  16-2015

Filed: 8/1/2016

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue:  Do glaucoma patients who use prescription eye drops have standing to sue pharmaceutical manufacturers for allegedly causing them economic injury by using packaging that dispenses eye drops that are too large, such that it overflows their eyes and is unavoidably wasted, in violation of state law that prohibits unfair practices. More specifically, can plaintiffs allege economic injury of paying for medication that is unavoidably wasted because the droppers deliver drops that are too large, such that they overflow the eye, where the manufacturer has discretion to set the price of the medication, state an injury in fact for purpose of Artilce III standing.


Case Name: Sergeants Benevolent Ass'n Health and Welfare Fund v. Sanofi-Aventis

Court: U.S. Supreme Court   Docket: 15-1525

Filed: 7/21/2016

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF) 

Case Issue: Where purchasers allege that a manufacturer misrepresented a drug's safety to prescribing doctors to increase sales, does the presence of the doctor break the causal chain - for the purposes of RICO causation - between the misrepresentation and and purchasers' economic injuries?


Case Name: Williams v. Penn Ctr. for Rehab. and Care

Court: Superior Ct. of Pa., E. Div.   Docket: 1167 EDA 2014

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result:  The court held that the issues on appeal were waived due to the appellant's failure to obtain and cite to the Notes of Testimony in the post-trial motion for a new trial. The substantive issues addressed in the amicus brief were not decided by the court because the appellant lost on procedural grounds.


Case Name: Cuozzo Speed Technologies v. Lee

Court: U.S. Supreme Court  Docket: 15-446

Decided: 6/20/2016

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Court validated PTO rules for inter partes review of patents.


Case Name: Universal Health Servs. v. U.S. and Mass. ex rel. Escobar and Correa

Court: U.S. Supreme Court   Docket: 15-7

Decided: 6/16/2016

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling favored the plaintiffs, the federal government and Massachusetts, but it remanded the case rather than affirming the lower court's ruling for the plaintiffs.


Case Name: U.S. ex rel. Colquitt v. Abbott Labs

Court: U.S. Dist Ct. ND Tex.    Docket: 06-cv-01769-M

Decided: 4/7/2016

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Case Result: An eleven person jury issued a verdict for the defendants finding that they did not violate the False Claims Act by promoting unapproved medical devices for use in the vascular systems of primarily older patients.


Case Name: Griffith v. Aultman Hospital

Court: Ohio Supreme Court    Docket: 14-1055

Decided: 3/23/2016

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: The Supreme Court of Ohio reverses the lower court which ruled that the definition of "medical record" under state law is restricted to only those records that providers choose to keep in their medical records department. Patients have a right under Ohio law to access their full medical record.


Case Name: Loestrin 24 Fe Antitrust Litigation (In re)

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 1st Cir.  Docket: 14-2071

Decided: 2/22/2016

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: The first circuit held that "pay-for-delay" agreements do not necessarily have to involve a cash payment to be scrutinized under antitrust law.


Case Name: Caplinger v. Medtronic

Court: U.S. Supreme Court  Docket: 15-321

Decided: 1/11/2016

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: The U.S. Supreme Court denied the cert petition.


Case Name: Wert v. Manorcare of Carlisle Pa.

Court: Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Middle District   Docket: No. 62 MAP 2014

Decided: 10/27/2015

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed that an arbitration agreement is invalid when an integral provision - here, the use of the National Arbitration Forum as the arbitral forum - cannot be executed.


Case Name: Home Care Ass'n of Am. v. Weil

Court: U.S. Ct. App. D.C. Cir.    Docket: 15-5018

Decided: 8/21/2015

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Court held that the Department of Labor has the authority to require third-party employers (such as home health care staffing agencies) to pay home health care workers minimum wage and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act.


Case Name: Friedman v. The Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale

Court: Supreme Ct. N.Y. Appellate Div.   Docket: 24793/13E

Decided: 8/1/2015

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: An arbitration clause in a residential facility's admission agreement was determined to be valid because the Federal Arbitration Act preempted a New York state law governing private actions by residents of health care facilities. The court also found that the arbitration clause was not unconscionable.


Case Name: N.B. v. District of Columbia

Court: U.S. Ct. App. D.C. Cir.    Docket: 14-7054

Decided: 7/17/2015

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: The D.C. circuit reversed the district court's dismissal of the Plaintiffs' due process claims, but affirmed the district court's dismissal of the Plaintiffs' Medicaid causes of action.


Case Name: U.S. ex rel. Ortolano v. Amin Radiology

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 11th Cir.   Docket: 15-10838

Filed: 7/8/2015

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Do diagnostic services meet Medicare's requirements that health care srvices be "reasonable and necessary" to be reimbursable where the services were performed by people who allegedly were not trained, supervised, or licensed as required by law?


Case Name: Thorpe v. District of Columbia

Court: U.S. Ct. App. D.C. Cir.    Docket: 14-8001

Decided: 6/26/2015

Read Summary and Decision from Ct. App. D.C. Cir.

Case Result: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied the government's petition for an interlocutory appeal, allowing the class action lawsuit against the District of Columbia on behalf of its nursing home Medicare beneficiaries to go forward.


Case Name: Lamictal Direct Purchase Litigation (In re) [King Drug of Florence v. SmithKline Beecham]

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 3d Cir.   Docket: 14-1243

Decided: 6/26/2015

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: The third circuit reversed the district court's decision that, because the "pay for delay" agreement between manufacturers of generic and name-brand Lamictal did not involve a payment of cash, it was not subject to scrutiny under antitrust laws.


Case Name: King v. Burwell

Court: U.S. Supreme Court    Docket: 14-114

Decided: 6/25/2015

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Under the Affordable Care Act individuals may receive federal tax credits to purchase health insurance on an exchange extablished by the federal government.


Case Name: People, State of New York v. Actavis

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 2d Cir.   Docket: 14-4624

Decided: 5/22/2015

Read Summary, AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF), and Decision (PDF)

Case Result: The second circuit upheld the lower court's injunction requiring Actavis to make its original formulation of Namenda available to consumers.


Case Name: Bennett v. St. John's Home

Court: N.Y. Supreme Court   Docket: 9516/10

Decided: 5/8/2015

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Appellate court affirmed a lower court's holding that the defendant nursing home established that they provided appropriate care and treatment and did not violate the state and federal laws identified by the plaintiff.


Case Name: St. Louis Effort for AIDS v. Huff

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 8th Cir.    Docket: 114-1520

Decided: 4/10/2015

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Missouri law that restricts access to impartial consumer assistance under the Affordable Care Act is preempted by ACA.


Case Name: Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center

Court: U.S. Supreme Court   Docket: 14-15

Decided: 3/31/2015

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Medicaid health care providers do not have standing to sue to enforce Medicaid Act to compel state to set reimbursement rates at adequate level to ensure all beneficiaries have access to needed services.


Case Name: Hughes v. Pham

Court: Cal. Supreme Court   Docket: S221650

Decided: 2/18/2015

Read Summary and Amicus Letter Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Court remanded case without addressing the constitutionality of the cap.


Case Name: Univ. of Utah Research Found. v. Ambry Genetics

Court: U.S. Ct. App. Fed. Cir.  Docket: 14-1361

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Myriad's tests for genetic mutations that cause breast cancer were not patent eligible.


Case Name: Absher v. Momence Meadows Nursing Center

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 7th Cir.   Docket: 13-886 & 13-936

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Can nursing facility be held liable under the False Claims Act for substandard care as reported by facility employees?


Case Name: Nautilus v. Biosig Instruments

Court: U.S. Supreme Court    Docket: 13-369

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: The "insolubly ambiguous" test created by the federal circuit for patents is improper.


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 Result: Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their challenge to the availability of federal tax credits to subsidize health care premiums after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld such subsidies in King v. Burwell.


Case Name: Univ. of Utah Research Found. v. Ambry Genetics

Court: U.S. Dist Ct. Utah    Docket: 2:13 cv 00640 RJS

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief

Case Result: Court denied request for preliminary injunction to block alternate genetic tests, finding that plaintiff was not likely to succeed on merits.


Case Name: Johnson v. Kindred Healthcare

Court: Mass. App. Ct.    Docket: 2012-P-1403

Read Summary AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Can a nursing facility enforce a pre-dispute arbitration clause against a family member suing for wrongful death when the family member signed admission agreement pursuant to statutory authority as health care proxy?


Case Name: Levine v. Ventura Convalescent Hospital

Court: Superior Court of Ventura, CA    Docket: 56-2011-00406719

Read Summary and Press Release

Case Issue: Does nursing facility's failure to ensure informed consent before administering medication to nursing facility residents violate the California Patient Bill of Rights?


Case Name: Strausberg v. Laurel Healthcare Providers

Court: NM Supreme Court    Docket: 33,331

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Should a nursing facility have the burden of proving that an arbitration agreement between it and a nursing facility resident was not unconscionable?


Case Name: Brown v. District of Columbia (formerly known as Thorpe v. District of Columbia)

Court: U.S. Dist. Ct. D.C.    Docket: 1:10-cv-02250-ESH

Read SummaryRenewed Motion for Class Certification Exhibits(PDF), DOJ Statement of Interest Class Certification (PDF), Reply to Class Cert Opp (PDF), Memorandum Opinion, Class Certification(PDF) Decision, Ct. App. D.C. Cir. (PDF) 

Case Issue: Is D.C. violating the ADA by failing to make available services and support in appropriate, integrated community settings to disabled persons residing in Medicaid-funded nursing facilities, which thereby results in unnecessary institutionalization?


Case Name: Pitts v. Greenstein

Court: U.S. Dist. Ct. MD La.    Docket: 3:10-cv-00635

Read Summary and Settlement Agreement (PDF)

Case Result: Louisiana agreed to restore needed home and community-based services to enable Medicaid recipients to remain in the community.


Case Name: Bilski v. Kappos

Court: U.S. Supreme Court   Docket: 08-964

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Court held that the claimed "business method" was not patent eligible but left unanswered which "business method" patents would be upheld in the future.


Case Name: Oster v. Wagner

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 9th Cir.    Docket: 09-17581

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Does state law reducing in home Medicaid services violate the Supremacy Clause?


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