Brian JM Quinn
Partners HealthCare Merger Challenges

In local Massachusetts news, a state Superior Court judge refused to approve a consent agreement permitting PartnersHealthcare to close its merger with three smaller hospitals. The transactions had been opposed by the MA Attorney General on grounds that...

Robin Shea
Employers, Don’t Be Caught in the “Bogus RIF” Trap!

“It seemed like a good idea at the time . . .” I was disappointed earlier this week to see a consultant quoted in an otherwise good article in the Wall Street Journal – “Employee Theft Often Leads Small Firms to Make Bad Choices”...

Maureen McGuire
Counsel For Smoker, Tobacco Companies Spar Over Addiction Issue In Florida Suit (Watch The Videos)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) The “lies and deceit” of the tobacco industry caused longtime smoker Edward Caprio to become addicted to cigarettes that led to his lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD...

Larson's Spotlight
Illinois: Workers’ Comp Commission Has No Jurisdiction to Determine Dispute Related to Attorney Referral Agreements

Where one attorney referred workers’ compensation cases to another attorney, who represented the claimants before the Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Commission did not have jurisdiction to resolve any issue related to the referral fee...

Larson's Spotlight
West Virginia: Fatal Heart Attack Tied to “Natural” Causes, Not Heat Exposure

In a memorandum decision, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia affirmed a decision by the state Board of Review that found a worker’s death was the result of natural causes—prior to his death, the worker suffered from obesity, high...

Larson's Spotlight
Ohio: Angry Worker Storms Off and Later Loses Claim for TTD Because He Abandoned Workforce

A divided Supreme Court of Ohio affirmed a finding of the state’s Industrial Commission that a worker was not entitled to TTD benefits because he had voluntarily abandoned the workforce when he quit his job on the same day that he reported to work...