NEW YORK — A preliminary injunction preventing collection of a $15 copayment under New York’s Senior Care program will likely prevent harm in the form of delayed or skipped medical care or the inability to pay for other essentials, a New York appellate court said in affirming issuance of the injunction.
DOVER, Del. — The Delaware State Employee Benefits Committee (SEBC) argued in a May 25 opening brief in the Delaware Supreme Court that the SEBC’s decision requiring state retirees with Medicare supplemental plans to switch to Medicare Advantage (MA) plans was not governed under the Delaware Administrative Procedures Act (APA) and, therefore, a lower court’s order staying the SEBC’s decision must be reversed (Secretary Claire DeMatteis, et al. v. RiseDelaware Inc., et al., No. 178, 2023, Del. Sup.).
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California federal judge denied summary judgment in a whistleblower’s suit against a pharmacy, alleging that it violated the federal False Claims Act (FCA) and the California False Claims Act (CFCA) by overcharging the state of California and federal government for Medi-Cal and Medicare Part D nursing home patients, finding that fact disputes remain as to the actual reason for firing the whistleblower.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court on May 25 ruled that an elderly woman who brought a putative class complaint after her condominium was seized by a Minnesota county and sold for $40,000 to satisfy a $15,000 tax debt plausibly alleged a claim under taking clause of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
FRANKFORT, Ky. — A Kentucky appeals court affirmed a lower court order denying a nursing home’s motion to compel arbitration in an executor’s negligence and wrongful death suit filed against it on behalf of a deceased former resident, finding that the home failed to establish the arbitration agreement’s validity because it was signed by the decedent’s spouse in her capacity as his wife rather than power of attorney (POA) and was not a condition for admission.
CHICAGO — An Illinois appeals court found that a lower court erred in striking the affirmative defense of a son who claims that his mother lacked the mental capacity to agree to a reverse mortgage and vacated the summary judgment award granted to the mortgage company and judgment of foreclosure and sale.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee federal judge granted nursing home facilities’ motion to dismiss claims for declaratory and injunctive relief in a consolidated putative class action suit against them claiming that understaffing resulted in residents receiving inadequate services, agreeing with the nursing home that because the named plaintiffs are deceased or no longer facility residents, those claims should be dismissed.
ATLANTA — The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court’s denial of a terminated worker’s petition to vacate an arbitration award in an age bias dispute, finding that the worker failed to show that an arbitrator erred in concluding that the late demand was de minimis and that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act’s (ADEA) “piggybacking doctrine” did not apply to arbitration.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A California appellate court affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a spouse’s challenge to the conservatorship for her 97-year-old husband, finding that the lower court correctly ruled that nonappointed counsel are disqualified from representing the spouse without her husband’s consent and that because he is incapacitated, he cannot provide that consent.
SAN FRANCISCO — Flight attendants who were offered an early retirement option in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and flight cancellations failed to show in their age bias putative class complaint that the retirement offering by American Airlines Inc. was an adverse employment action, a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled, affirming a trial court’s dismissal of the case.
DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Supreme Court affirmed a lower court order denying a surviving spouse’s request to transfer her deceased husband’s 401(k) profit-sharing plan governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, finding that the lower court correctly held that without a divorce or separate maintenance proceeding, it lacked the statutory authority to make the transfer.
BOSTON — A split Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court reversed a lower a court’s dismissal of criminal charges against a former superintendent and medical director of a veterans home for their roles in commingling COVID-19-symptomatic residents with asymptomatic residents, leading to 76 deaths, finding that the defendants’ failure to comply with infection control practices constituted wanton or reckless behavior.
PASADENA, Calif. — The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 5 refused to disturb its holding that a commercial general liability insurance policy’s professional services exclusion bars coverage for the insured’s liability in an underlying lawsuit alleging negligence, loss of consortium, financial elder abuse and fraud and that the insurer is entitled to the reimbursement of the $2 million it paid to settle the underlying lawsuit.
OWENSBORO, Ky. — A Kentucky federal judge found that because a son who alleges that his mother received deficient care in a nursing home was a party to an arbitration agreement, the son can arbitrate his wrongful death claim against the nursing home in his separate state court suit, but the judge dismissed survivor claims brought by the son because he lacked the power to arbitrate on his mother’s behalf.
LOS ANGELES — Plaintiffs who sued the SAG-AFTRA Health Fund and related parties in California federal court under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act over benefit cuts and a merger were granted preliminary approval on May 3 of a class settlement involving a $15 million fund, additional payments totaling up to $5.6 million and nonmonetary relief.
ELGIN, Ill. — An Illinois appellate court granted in part and reversed in part and remanded an estate administrator’s appeal of a trial court’s summary judgment for a hospital in a negligence and wrongful death suit against the hospital and a treating physician after the administrator’s husband died there, finding that the trial court erred by granting summary judgment regarding the estate administrator’s claims but did not err on claims made under the Illinois Family Expense Act because the administrator had notice of the doctor’s independent contractor status.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ruling that the physical-takings test does not apply and that the plaintiffs “have not demonstrated that a regulatory taking occurred,” a U.S. Federal Claims Court judge granted summary judgment for the government in a suit seeking compensation for cuts to the plaintiffs’ vested pension benefits that plan trustees made under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA).
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky federal magistrate judge granted a relator’s motion to depose actuaries in a False Claims Act (FCA) suit alleging that Humana Inc. knowingly submitted false bids to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), resulting in overpayment to Humana, finding that though the additional depositions “may prejudice Humana by diverting time and resources from trial preparation, the stakes in this litigation are substantial and the potential benefit of the discovery outweighs Humana’s burden.”
DETROIT — A Michigan appeals court held that a “trial court appeared more concerned with conducting a miniature trial” than adequately determining the admissibility of a causation expert retained by a woman who sued a nursing home for medical malpractice and reversed a grant of summary judgment and remanded the case.
TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey appellate court affirmed a lower court order compelling arbitration in an executor’s wrongful death suit against a nursing home on behalf of a man who died after a monthlong stay there, finding that despite state law voiding such agreements “as against public policy,” U.S. Supreme Court precedent favoring arbitration requires enforcement of the agreement.