Deals & Corporate Governance

  • February 28, 2024

    Novant In-House Attys Want Access To Confidential FTC Info

    Novant Health has asked to tweak a protective order in the Federal Trade Commission's merger challenge regarding its $320 million plan to buy two hospitals in North Carolina, saying the current order designates nearly the entire investigative file confidential and is "unworkable."

  • February 28, 2024

    Gov't Contracts Of The Month: AI, $1.2B Submarine Upkeep

    In February, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced a deal to expand its artificial intelligence capabilities, the U.S. Navy gave a shipbuilder $1.2 billion to begin its overdue overhaul of the USS Boise, and the U.S. Defense Health Agency expanded its contractor pool for a $2.5 billion information technology deal, after being accused of unfairly evaluating bidders' proposals. These are Law360's top government contracts for February.

  • February 27, 2024

    NY Hospital Says PE-Owned Anesthesia Co. Monopolizes Care

    A hospital based in New York state says a private equity company that manages anesthesia services is exercising monopoly power and putting the hospital at risk of facing a "crippling shortage" of anesthesia providers, according to a suit filed in federal court. 

  • February 27, 2024

    Judge Trims Medical Device Royalty Fight

    A Minnesota federal judge has held that Security Bank & Trust Co. failed to prove jurisdiction against various entities related to an Indiana-based medical device manufacturer in a suit over royalty contracts.

  • February 27, 2024

    Veradigm To Acquire ScienceIO, Face Potential Nasdaq Delisting

    Healthcare technology company Veradigm announced Tuesday that it would acquire language model startup ScienceIO in a $140 million deal that would help it extract more insights from its data and launch new features across its business.

  • February 27, 2024

    DC Circ. Rejects Hospital's NLRB 'Successor Bar' Challenge

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday upheld a National Labor Relations Board decision finding a Puerto Rico hospital unlawfully withdrew recognition from a union after inheriting five bargaining units, rejecting the company's challenge to a board standard blocking employers from withdrawing recognition after acquiring a unionized company's operations.

  • February 27, 2024

    Anesthesia Group Settles Colo. AG's Monopoly Claims

    U.S. Anesthesia Partners has said it would cede control of deals with several Colorado hospitals and pay $200,000 in legal fees to settle the state attorney general's allegations that the practice group had anti-competitive control of the market. 

  • February 27, 2024

    Arnold & Porter Transactions Vet Joins Foley & Lardner

    Foley & Lardner LLP announced it has brought on a former Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP attorney with over 30 years of experience working on transactional matters as a partner in its Silicon Valley, California, office.

  • February 27, 2024

    Hospital Denies Nurses OT For Work During Breaks, Suit Says

    A Michigan hospital has been refusing to pay a group of nurses and technicians overtime wages by automatically deducting pay for meal breaks they cannot take, according to a proposed collective action filed in federal court.

  • February 26, 2024

    Stimwave Prosecutors Accused Of Brady Violation Mid-Trial

    The former CEO of Stimwave Technologies has alleged in the middle of her criminal fraud trial that the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office withheld key evidence about proffer meetings, teeing up a potential Brady fight before a skeptical judge.

  • February 26, 2024

    Ropes & Gray-Led THL Taking Agiliti Private In $2.5B Deal

    Medical equipment management company Agiliti is going private in a deal with private equity firm Thomas H. Lee Partners, Agiliti announced Monday.

  • February 26, 2024

    Justices Say Tribes Can Argue Separately In Healthcare Row

    Two Native American tribes seeking to uphold rulings that ordered the federal government to reimburse them millions of dollars in administrative healthcare costs can argue their cases separately, the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday.

  • February 23, 2024

    Health REIT Hid Halted $375M Equity Stake Deal, Suit Says

    A Medical Properties Trust Inc. shareholder accused the hospital-focused real estate investment trust in Maryland federal court of hiding the California government's halting of a $375 million equity stake transaction with a healthcare management services company.

  • February 23, 2024

    Healthcare AI Startup Abridge Raises $150M

    AI clinical documentation company Abridge said on Friday that it had raised a $150 million series C round to build on its existing product lines and accelerate research and development.

  • February 23, 2024

    Walgreens Investors Near Deal In Suit Over Opioid Epidemic

    An Illinois federal judge agreed Friday to maintain a stay in a stockholder derivative suit accusing Walgreens and its leadership of failing to limit retail pharmacies from dispensing unreasonable amounts of opioids, a day after the parties announced an agreement in principle to resolve their dispute.

  • February 23, 2024

    Eye Care Tech Co. Gets Go-Ahead For April Sale In Ch. 11

    A Texas bankruptcy judge said Friday she will approve sale procedures that will put a troubled optometry software maker on the block in April, after the debtor said it will give creditors a few more days to respond if it decides to name a stalking horse bidder.

  • February 22, 2024

    North Carolina Hospitals Can't Exit Monopoly Claims

    Two healthcare companies cannot escape a consolidated antitrust suit claiming that a North Carolina hospital system drove up the price of health insurance for public employees, as a federal judge has found that the claims plausibly allege that the anti-competitive conduct occurred within the time window to sue.

  • February 22, 2024

    Biotech VC Firm ORI Capital Closes $260M Fund

    Biotech venture capital firm ORI Capital announced Thursday that it has closed a $260 million fund to invest in early-stage biotech companies globally.

  • February 22, 2024

    Locke Lord Settles Failed Health Plan Malpractice Suit

    Locke Lord LLP has reached a settlement to resolve a health plan fiduciary's malpractice suit alleging the firm provided bad legal advice that doomed the plan, permanently ending an Illinois federal suit first filed in 2018.

  • February 21, 2024

    Actelion Cites FDA Safety Rules Against Tracleer Antitrust Suit

    Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd. said federal rules controlling distribution of potentially dangerous drugs spare it from antitrust litigation over its hypertension drug Tracleer, arguing it was required to deny needed samples to would-be generic competitors until they presented the right certification of safeguards.

  • February 21, 2024

    Calif. Bill Would Let AG Audit Private Equity Healthcare Deals

    California Attorney General Rob Bonta and Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jim Wood have filed legislation that will give the state's AG oversight of private equity and hedge fund acquisitions of healthcare facilities, saying that private equity is causing soaring consumer costs.

  • February 21, 2024

    JPMorgan Got $400M Before Inovalon Sale, Del. Justices Hear

    Inovalon didn't properly disclose that investors that bought the healthcare data company in 2021 paid $400 million in fees to its financial adviser, a JPMorgan unit, before the transaction, a reason enough to revive a lawsuit challenging the $7.3 billion acquisition, counsel for stockholders told Delaware's Supreme Court Wednesday.

  • February 20, 2024

    US Trustee Wants Sorrento Ch. 11 Tossed Or Relocated

    The U.S. Trustee's Office has moved to have Sorrento Therapeutics' Chapter 11 case dismissed, alleging the biopharmaceutical company manufactured a venue in Texas bankruptcy court, even as the debtor asked for court approval to sell off its assets to its CEO under a revised reorganization plan.

  • February 20, 2024

    Biology AI Startup Bioptimus Raises $35M Seed Round

    Artificial intelligence startup Bioptimus has raised $35 million to build an AI foundational model focused on biology, the company announced Tuesday.

  • February 20, 2024

    $71M Deal Proposed To End Premier Inc. Share Exchange Suit

    Healthcare-purchasing giant Premier Inc. has agreed to a $71 million settlement of a derivative stockholder suit in Delaware's Chancery Court that challenged a $473.5 million payout in a 2020 restructuring, with stockholder attorneys seeking an award of up to $14 million in fees.

Expert Analysis

  • Merger Guidelines Should Provide For Competition Trustees

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    Following the U.S. antitrust agencies' release of draft merger guidelines, retired U.S. Court of Federal Claims Chief Judge Susan Braden suggests a court-appointed competition trustee would help ensure U.S. competition without impairing economic prosperity.

  • Indivior Ruling May Affect Rebate Wall Litigation

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    A New Jersey federal court's recent decision in Indivior v. Alvogen, in which a claim that an alleged rebate wall anti-competitively blocked generic competition survived summary judgment, may provide a blueprint for successfully challenging other drug rebating practices, say Peter Herrick and Monsura Sirajee at O'Melveny.

  • Merger Guidelines' Broad Tack Ignores Recent Precedent

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    The U.S. Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission's new proposed merger guidelines are consistent with the Biden administration's expansive approach to antitrust enforcement, but they fail to grapple meaningfully with much of modern economic precedent and court decisions requiring greater agency rigor in merger analysis, say attorneys at Freshfields.

  • Mallory Gives Plaintiffs A Better Shot At Justice

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    Critics of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Mallory v. Norfolk Southern claim it opens the door to litigation tourism, but the ruling simply gives plaintiffs more options — enabling them to seek justice against major corporations in the best possible court, say Rayna Kessler and Ethan Seidenberg at Robins Kaplan.

  • Courts Can Overturn Deficient State Regulations, Too

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    While suits challenging federal regulations have become commonplace, such cases against state agencies are virtually nonexistent, but many states have provisions that allow litigants to bring suit for regulations with inadequate cost-benefit analyses, says Reeve Bull at the Virginia Office of Regulatory Management.

  • Tales From The Trenches Of Remote Depositions

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    As practitioners continue to conduct depositions remotely in the post-pandemic world, these virtual environments are rife with opportunities for improper behavior such as witness coaching, scripted testimony and a general lack of civility — but there are methods to prevent and combat these behaviors, say Jennifer Gibbs and Bennett Moss at Zelle.

  • What's New In The DOJ-FTC Proposed Merger Guidelines

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    While this week's merger guidelines proposal from the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice initially appears to reflect well-established principles of antitrust law, a closer examination reveals a stark departure from the last 40 years of antitrust enforcement, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Tide May Be Turning On Texas Two-Step Bankruptcy Strategy

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    Recent developments in several high-profile bankruptcy cases suggest that the use of the Texas Two-Step to shield solvent companies from tort claims may be falling out of favor, but until the U.S. Supreme Court hears one of these cases the strategy will remain divisive and the subject of increased scrutiny, say attorneys at Rivkin Radler.

  • Ways To Balance ESG Initiatives And Antitrust Risks

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    Since ESG policies often concern systemic issues that require collective action for meaningful results, there are potential antitrust issues that require safeguards to help mitigate risk, say attorneys at Faegre Drinker.

  • Level Up Lawyers' Business Development With Gamification

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    With employee engagement at a 10-year low in the U.S., there are several gamification techniques marketing and business development teams at law firms can use to make generating new clients and matters more appealing to lawyers, says Heather McCullough at Society 54.

  • Mallory Ruling Leaves Personal Jurisdiction Deeply Unsettled

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    In Mallory v. Norfolk Southern Railway, a closely divided U.S. Supreme Court recently rolled back key aspects of its 2017 opinion in Daimler AG v. Bauman that limited personal jurisdiction, leaving as many questions for businesses as it answers, say John Cerreta and James Rotondo at Day Pitney.

  • Recent Provider Relief Fund Audits Are Just The Beginning

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    Though the Health Resources and Services Administration's initial audits of the Provider Relief Fund program appear to be limited in scope, fund recipients should prepare for additional oversight, scrutiny and disallowances as the HRSA ramps up its efforts, say Brian Lee and Christopher Frisina at Alston & Bird.

  • 5 Ways Firms Can Rethink Office Design In A Hybrid World

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    As workplaces across the country adapt to flexible work, law firms must prioritize individuality, amenities and technology in office design, says Kristin Cerutti at Nelson Worldwide.