In the News
DOL May Expand Bold Plan For Hospitals After Court Ruling
April 3, 2013 — Law360
Washington, D.C.-based counsel, and member of the firm's Labor & Employment Group, Rebecca Springer comments on the jurisdiction of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) after a Washington, D.C. federal court recently ruled that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) can treat certain hospitals as federal subcontractors for the purposes of affirmative action regulations.
Herndon: Parties Want Litigation Resolved at MDL Stage
March 25, 2013 — U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s Legal Newsline (LNL)
Kathleen Taylor Sooy, chair of the firm’s Class Actions practice, was featured in the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform's Legal Newsline in a series on multidistrict litigation.
Conferences: Planning, Coordination, Consistency Urged In Talks Geared to Business and Its Counsel
March 25, 2013 — Bloomberg BNA Product Safety & Liability Reporter
Crowell & Moring LLP's second annual Advertising & Product Risk Management seminar is featured in Bloomberg BNA Product Safety & Liability Reporter in a piece titled, "Planning, Coordination, Consistency Urged In Talks Geared to Business and Its Counsel." According to the piece, "A holistic approach to risk management, integrating legal and business concerns, works best for companies throughout the life cycle of their products."
"Does Expert Say Your Care Was Negligent?"
March 2013 — Physician Risk Management
Damian D. Capozzola, partner in Crowell & Moring's Los Angeles office, discusses ones option when an insurance company's expert say their care was negligent, but they disagree. In particular, Capozzola recommends that one should seek legal advice and evaluate whether a conflict of interest with the insurer exists.
In Win for FTC, Unanimous High Court Finds No State Action Immunity in Hospital Merger
February 12, 2013 — BNA's Health Law Reporter
Washington, D.C.-based co-chair of Crowell & Moring's Health Care Group, Art L. Lerner, comments on the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc. (U.S., No. 11-1160,2/19/13). In reference to Lerner’s view of the ruling, the article notes, "The high court went back to the roots of its state action jurisprudence in holding that there must be an affirmative action policy for state action immunity to apply." Mr. Lerner is specifically quoted with the comment, "It seems entirely logical -- afterwards -- that the decision to apply the doctrine narrowly would be unanimous given that this case involves whether antitrust laws apply rather than how they should be applied."
Head of Crowell & Moring's Employee Benefits Practice Testifies on Behalf of the American Benefits Council
September 11, 2012 — Government Executive; September 12, 2012 — Accounting Today; September 12, 2012 — Tax Notes
The testimony on behalf of the American Benefits Council from Washington, D.C.-based partner Seth T. Perretta, who leads Crowell & Moring's Employee Benefits practice, is cited in Government Executive and Accounting Today regarding the Internal Revenue Service's responsiveness to American Benefits Council members during the health care reform law rule making process.
Antitrust Counsel Lines Up for Aetna/Coventry
August 22, 2012 — Global Competition Review
Crowell & Moring’s work in Aetna’s $5.7 billion acquisition of Coventry Healthcare featured.
Face Time, Surveys Boost Client Service At 17 Firms: GCs
November 30, 2011 — Legal Industry Law360
Crowell & Moring is listed among 17 firms that received praise from corporate counsel for improving their client focus in the BTI Client Service A-Team 2012 report by the BTI Consulting Group Inc.
According to the article, “While many firms have been increasing their emphasis on client service to remain competitive, a few made strong pushes toward more in-person meetings, satisfaction surveys and follow-up calls this year, earning them the designation of most improved in a new survey of corporate counsel.”
Common Problem…But Three-Way Solution May Draw Legal Attention
August 29, 2011 — Modern Healthcare
Washington, D.C-based Antitrust Group partner, and co-chair of the firm’s Health Care Group, Arthur N. Lerner talks about the antitrust implications surround the decision made by two Connecticut hospitals to form a three-sided joint venture with an investor-owned operator.
According to Lerner, “antitrust enforcers do take into account whether a deal brings benefits to consumers that might outweigh the lessening of competition. They are skeptical if the tie-up does little more than give the two hospitals more bargaining power against commercial health plans, because then the benefits accrue to the hospitals, rather than consumers.
Sizing Up Health Care
August 12, 2011 — The Recorder
San Francisco, based Health Care Group partner William A. Helvestine is featured for his comments on the trend of health care attorneys and their practices gravitating towards large multi-practice firms. As the deals and litigation matters get larger and more complex, attorneys can best serve their clients at firms with deep resources in complex litigation, government investigations, and federal regulatory matters.
Government Doubles Down on Healthcare Fraud
July 20, 2011 — Los Angeles Daily Journal
Los Angeles – based partner Christopher K. Lui is featured in the Los Angeles Daily Journal for his thoughts on the government’s crackdown on healthcare fraud, and the rise in Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services spending. This rise in spending reflects more aggressive investigations, larger and more complex cases, bigger civil and criminal fines, and the looming threat that more individual executives will be prosecuted.
According to Lui,"Focusing on individual executives is having the effect the government desired; it's making people look at their compliance programs and keep them up to date…Corporate America is responding to [the threat] in kind."
Nonprofit Health Care Market Concentration and the Public Interest
Summer 2011 — Inquiry Journal
Washington, D.C.-based partner and co-chair of the firm’s Health Care Group, Arthur N. Lerner, served as a panelist in the Inquiry Journal’s “Dialogue Series” that took place on April 18, 2011 about the current state of the health care market. Lerner was joined by a group of leading health care industry professionals to talk about issues surrounding the health care reform debate.
Health Reform is Wonder Drug for D.C. Firms
June 21, 2010 — The National Law Journal
Crowell & Moring LLP Health Care Group co-chair and partner John T. Brennan Jr. is featured in the National Law Journal for his comments on healthcare reform, specifically in the areas of assisting hospitals and health care system clients revamp procedures for reporting and refunding overpayments from the government. This includes helping clients conduct audits as they relate to the overpayment issue
AHIP's Ignagni Cites Additional Changes - Needed in Wake of Health Reform Legislation
April 26, 2010 — BNA's Regulation & Law: Healthcare Report
Crowell & Moring LLP is featured in BNA's Regulation & Law: Healthcare Report for comments made at the firm's annual 2010 Healthcare Ounce Of Prevention Seminar (HOOPS) seminar, by America's Health Insurance Plans President Karen Ignagni. According to Ignagni, "seven additional health system reform issues must be tackled in the wake of enactment of reform legislation, including reducing overuse of medical services and producing more primary care physicians."
Sign of the Times?
March 15, 2010 — Modern Healthcare
The U.S. Justice Department may have signaled it's delivering what providers have long asked for: the stomach to scuttle health plan mergers. Or not. Arthur N. Lerner, healthcare and antitrust partner with Crowell & Moring LLP and co-chair of the firm's Health Care Group, believes the U. S. Justice Department's antitrust team under Obama is in fact scrutinizing health-insurance deals more closely. "I will say, from my own experience, the heat is on," Lerner said.
New DOJ Powers on Horizon
November 20, 2009 — The Daily Journal
Robert T. Rhoad, member of Crowell & Moring’s False Claims Act and qui tam litigation team and partner in the firm’s Government Contracts, Health Care, and Antitrust groups, was featured for his comments on the Justice Department’s new powers to obtain information from government fraud suspects and share it with other agencies and private litigants. According to Associate Attorney General Tony West, “the expanded authority would be an ‘important tool’ and a ‘force multiplier’ in the effort to crack down on government fraud.
How Does Competition Factor into the Health Care Debate?
October 1, 2009 — Managed Care Outlook, Volume 22, No. 19
Arthur N. Lerner, co-chair of Crowell & Moring LLP’s Health Care Group, is featured for his comments on the importance of competition in the debate over health care reform. According to Lerner, “Competition keeps premiums down, lower premiums make insurance more affordable, affordable insurance means increased access to health care.
D.C.'s Crowell & Moring Nabs L.A. White-Collar Boutique
October 6, 2008 — Los Angeles Daily Journal
On October 1, 2008, the lawyers of white collar law firm Lightfoot Vandevelde Sadowsky Crouchley Rutherford & Levine LLP joined Crowell & Moring, opening its Los Angeles office and boosting its ability to provide corporate and individual clients with top quality white collar litigation counsel in California. All seven of its lawyers and its entire staff joined Crowell & Moring to launch its new office. The news was featured in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, The Recorder, Securities Law360, Bloomberg News, National Law Journal, etc…
Supreme Court's Allison Engine Decision's Potential Impact On False Claims Act Enforcement In Healthcare Cases
August 15, 2008 — ABA Health eSource
Crowell & Moring Healthcare Group partner Robert T. Rhoad writes about the Supreme Court's decision in Allison Engine Co. V. United States ex rel. Sanders, et al.. The Court's decision in the so-called "Allison Engine" case outlines what must be proven to make a liability claim under the false claims act.