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Last week in DC: the healthcare reform debate March 29, 2010
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • March 29 2010

Healthcare reform's long and often bumpy journey through Congress came to a close last week, as President Obama signed into law the 2,000 page legislation that will overhaul the nation's healthcare system


Northern Ireland to bring back compensation for pleural plaques
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • June 2 2010

The Northern Ireland Executive has published its analysis of the responses to its consultation paper on pleural plaques


Learned intermediary doctrine: Eleventh Circuit upholds summary judgment in favor of manufacturer in lawsuit claiming antidepressant caused suicide
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • May 28 2010

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals recently relied upon the learned intermediary doctrine in affirming summary judgment in favor of Smithkline Beecham Corp. (“SBC”) in a lawsuit claiming that the antidepressant Paxil caused the decedent to commit suicide


Scottish Court rejects insurers' challenge over compensation for pleural plaques
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • January 13 2010

The Scottish Court has upheld legislation that maintains the right to compensation for pleural plaques sufferers in Scotland


Last week in DC: the healthcare reform debate January 25, 2010
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • January 25 2010

Last Tuesday’s stunning Republican victory in Massachusetts left the future of healthcare reform legislation uncertain, at best


ERISA litigation: an update from the ALI-ABA conference on financial and insurance litigation
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • July 21 2010

ERISA litigation, once considered a dull backwater of the law, has been gaining increased interest and attention in recent years: the result of an aging population and an increasingly sophisticated and aggressive plaintiffs' bar


NAIC adopts model regulation for final medical loss ratios
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • November 4 2010

On October 21, 2010, the Executive and Plenary committees of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners ("NAIC") voted to adopt a model regulation containing the definitions and methodologies for calculating medical loss ratios as stipulated under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("PPACA"


Jury awards $141 million against Pfizer in connection with off-label use of Neurontin
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • April 7 2010

A federal jury in Boston recently returned a verdict against Pfizer Inc. in connection with claims that Pfizer unlawfully promoted off-label uses of its anti-epilepsy drug Neurontin


Massachusetts health insurers sue over rejected rate increases
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • April 6 2010

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans have sued the Massachusetts Division of Insurance (DOI) after the DOI's decision last week to reject most proposed rate increases for small businesses for the current calendar quarter


Last week in DC: the healthcare reform debate April 6, 2010
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • April 6 2010

As Members of Congress returned home last week to discuss the new healthcare reform law with their constituents, President Obama put the finishing touches on the process by signing a package of healthcare corrections into law