SAN JOSE, Calif. - A California appeals court panel held in a May 9 unpublished opinion that a hospital has no duty to inform patients admitted to the emergency room that emergency room physicians do not accept a particular health care plan and to take action to prevent emergency room physicians from "balance billing" (Maria Leon, et al. v. Watsonville Hospital Corp., No. H037288, Calif. App., 6th Dist.; 2013 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 3297).
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Saying that the U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services is playing politics and that the Food and Drug Administration inked a "sweetheart" deal with Teva Women's Health, a New York federal judge on May 10 granted only a temporary stay of his order for unrestricted sale of the Plan B emergency contraceptives and said the government will have to ask a federal appeals court to issue its own stay because he doubts its likelihood of success (Annie Tummino v. Margaret Hamburg, et al., No. 12-763, E.D. N.Y.).
LOS ANGELES - The Chapter 11 trustee in the bankruptcy proceeding of GGW Brands LLC, the parent company for the company that produces adult videos under the name "Girls Gone Wild," on May 8 filed an emergency motion seeking authorization to review certain email files, arguing that the company is making fraudulent transfers to an off-shore business entity (In Re: GGW Brands LLC, No. 13-15130, Chapter 11, C.D. Calif. Bkcy.).
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The federal government on May 1 asked a judge to stay, pending appeal, his order that the Food and Drug Administration make all Plan B emergency contraceptive products available without age or point-of-sale restrictions, saying the court exceeded its authority in ordering the agency to approve a drug (Annie Tummino, et al. v. Dr. Margaret Hamburg, et al., No. 1:12-763, E.D. N.Y.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - While the U.S. Justice Department decides how to respond to a judge's order 20 days earlier to make the Plan B emergency contraceptive available to all women without a prescription, the Food and Drug Administration on April 30 said it independently granted an application by Teva Women's Health Inc. to make the newer Plan B One-Step available for use by women 15 years and older without a prescription and without having to get it from a pharmacist.
ATLANTA - A trial court did not err in allowing an emergency room doctor to opine for the defense regarding injuries allegedly sustained by a plaintiff in an excessive force case, an 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel held April 8 (Brian Jones v. Stanley Webb, No. 12-11591, 11th Cir.; 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 7025).
NEW ORLEANS - A unanimous Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel issued an opinion April 9 affirming dismissal of the Louisiana plaintiffs' claims against the Federal Emergency Management Agency for providing portable trailers as emergency housing in response to hurricane damage in 2005 (In re FEMA Trailer Formaldehyde Products Liability Litigation (Louisiana Plaintiffs), No. 12-30635, 5th Cir.).
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Saying the U.S. secretary of Health and Welfare acted in an arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable way, a New York federal judge on April 4 ordered the Food and Drug Administration to grant a citizen petition to make the Plan B emergency contraceptive available without prescription to women of all ages within 30 days (Annie Tummino, et al. v. Margaret Hamburg, et al., No. 12-763, E.D. N.Y.).
NEWARK, N.J. - A New Jersey federal magistrate judge on March 27 granted an insured's motion to amend his complaint to assert an additional breach of contract claim for repudiation against the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), but refused to allow the insured to assert a declaratory judgment claim in his lawsuit seeking coverage for Hurricane Irene flood damage (Christopher Jakubowski v. FEMA, No. 2:12-cv-02202 $(CCC$) $(JAD$), D. N.J.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 43789).
DETROIT - A Michigan federal judge on March 22 denied an emergency motion for a temporary injunction brought by a natural foods company and its owner, who are seeking to halt the implementation of the "birth control mandate" contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (Eden Foods Inc., et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 13-11229, E. D. Mich.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 40768).
ROCKVILLE, Md. - After receiving about 45,000 reports of failures of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) over an eight-year period, the Food and Drug Administration on March 22 proposed that manufacturers be required to submit premarket approval (PMA) applications for the devices.
DETROIT - The Michigan Local Financial Emergency Assistance Board on March 14 approved Gov. Rick Snyder's appointment of bankruptcy attorney Kevyn Orr as the emergency financial manager for the City of Detroit.
HOUSTON - The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of ATP Oil & Gas Corp. on Feb. 10 filed an emergency motion in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas seeking the appointment of a Chapter 11 trustee or conversion of the proceeding to Chapter 7 liquidation (In Re: ATP Oil & Gas Corporation, No. 12-36187, Chapter 11, S.D. Texas Bkcy.).
WILMINGTON, Del. - Bankrupt alternative energy company Satcon Technology Corp. on Feb. 5 filed an emergency motion for an order converting its proceeding to a Chapter 7 bankruptcy because it has received no viable offers for selling its assets (In Re: Satcon Technology Corporation, No. 12-12869, Chapter 11, D. Del. Bkcy.).
CHICAGO - An Illinois judge on Jan. 28 granted a plaintiff's emergency bill of discovery in a wrongful death action filed following a fatal condominium fire, ordering the defendants to preserve 911 tapes and other documents (Patricia Fasula v. Lakefront Condominium Association, et al., No. 2013CH02209, Ill. Cir., Cook Co.).
HOUSTON - A Texas federal judge on Jan. 23 denied a professional liability insurer's emergency motion to stay an arbitration proceeding between its law firm insured and an underlying claimant, one month after ruling that the insurer has a duty to defend its insured in the arbitration (OneBeacon Insurance Company v. T. Wade Welch & Associates, et al., No. H-11-3061, S.D. Texas).
BOSTON - A Massachusetts bankruptcy judge on Jan. 23 scheduled a hearing on an emergency motion by unsecured creditors to try to freeze $21 million the creditors say was transferred in the past year to insiders of New England Compounding Pharmacy Inc. (NECP), the company at the center of a fungal meningitis outbreak (In Re: New England Compounding Pharmacy, Inc., No. 12-19882, D. Mass., E. Div.).
HARRISBURG, Pa. - A federal judge in Pennsylvania on Jan. 9 dismissed a lawsuit brought by members of the Harrisburg City Council against Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, ruling that the city council lacked standing to sue the governor under the due process clause of the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution for his decision to declare a fiscal emergency and seek the appointment of a receiver when the city was approaching bankruptcy (Wanda R.D. Williams, et al. v. Governor Thomas W. Corbett, No. 12-1211, M.D. Pa.).
NEW YORK - Bankrupt Pinnacle Airlines Corp. on Jan. 2 moved in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York for approval of an additional $52 million in post-petition financing, which the airline says will allow it to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy (In Re: Pinnacle Airlines Corp., No. 12-11343, Chapter 11, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.).
WILMINGTON, Del. - The Tribune Co. officially emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Dec. 31 as the bankruptcy judge in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware confirmed the company's fourth amended plan of reorganization, which will be funded by $1.4 billion in new loans (In Re: Tribune Company, No. 08-13141, Chapter 11, D. Del. Bkcy.).
WILMINGTON, Del. - The Chapter 7 trustee in the bankruptcy proceeding of Open Range Communications Inc. on Dec. 18 filed an emergency motion in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware calling for an order approving a settlement between himself and a group of defendants to avoid costly and complex litigation the trustee has filed to recover assets for the bankruptcy estate (Charles M. Forman v. One Equity Partners III, et al. [In Re: Open Range Communications Inc.], Adv. Proc. No. 12-50739, No. 11-13188, Chapter 7, D. Del. Bkcy.).
NEW YORK - Bankrupt pharmaceutical firm K-V Discovery Solutions Inc. on Dec. 11 moved in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York for approval of an $85 million deal for post-petition financing, which the company says will enable it to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy (In Re: K-V Discovery Solutions Inc, No. 12-113346, Chapter 11, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) has agreed to the forfeiture of $227 million to the U.S. Department of Justice and to pay a $100 million penalty to the Federal Reserve Board for violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) by engaging in what is being deemed illegal transactions with a number of sanctioned entities, according to a press release issued on Dec. 11 by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Western District Missouri Court of Appeals, Division Two, on Dec. 4 affirmed a trial court ruling denying Medicaid coverage for kidney dialysis treatment to a "legal alien." The appeals court concluded that while a legal alien may receive Medicaid benefits after living in the country for five years or more, or for seeking emergency treatment, the plaintiff had resided in the United States for only three years and her condition was not considered an emergency under state and federal law (Bertha Cruz v. Mo. Department of Social Services, No. WD74667, Mo. App., Western Dist., Div. 2; 2012 Mo. App. LEXIS 1537).
ATLANTA - The Georgia Court of Appeals on Nov. 28 overturned summary judgment for the defendants in a medical malpractice action, concluding that the plaintiffs presented evidence showing that a delay in proper medical attention led to a man's finger being amputated (Ryan S. Dailey, et al. v. Dr. Gihan Abdul-Samed, et al., No. A12A1109, Ga. App.; 2012 Ga. App. LEXIS 1002).