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Ky. bill requiring review of medical malpractice claims idling in House

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – A bill requiring an independent panel to review medical malpractice claims has successfully moved from the Kentucky Senate floor to the House, but has not progressed in more than a month.

Ohio hospital will pay $4.1 million settlement in Medicare/Medicaid fraud case

West Chester Memorial in Cincinnati has agreed to a $4.1 million settlement after allegations of billing federal health care programs for medically unnecessary spinal surgeries, the U.S. Department of Justice recently announced.

Extendicare paying $28M with states, feds over False Claims Act allegations


Kentucky joins in $28 million settlement with Extendicare Health Services

The commonwealth of Kentucky joined seven states and the federal government in a $28 million settlement with Extendicare Health Service Inc. and its subsidiary Progressive Step Corporation (ProStep), Attorney General Jack Conway announced on Friday.

Legal foundation urges court to protect mass action defendant's right to federal forum

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) -- The Washington Legal Foundation urged a federal court Wednesday not to allow Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway to deprive an out-of-state business defendant of its right to a federal forum by filing a parens patriae suit in state court.

Ky. AG files suit against national mortgage registry

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) -- Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced today that his office has filed a lawsuit against the national mortgage registry known as MERS for violations of Kentucky law.

EPA to hold hearings for Ky. permits

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) - The Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 announced April 16 that it will hold three public hearings in June regarding permits for coal mining discharges in Kentucky.

Merck's lawsuit against Ky. AG will continue

Conway FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) - A federal judge has decided not to put the brakes on either Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway's lawsuit against Merck & Co. or Merck's lawsuit against Conway.

EPA chief went too far, federal judge says

Jackson WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson exceeded her authority by imposing new water quality rules on mountaintop coal mines, a judge has ruled.

Drugmaker sues Ky. AG over hiring of private attorneys

Conway FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) - A subsidiary of Merck & Co. is accusing Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway of violating its right to due process in a lawsuit filed by Conway in 2009, according to a complaint filed in federal court earlier this month.

Stumbo, trial lawyer suing OxyContin maker

Stumbo PIKEVILLE, Ky. - The Commonwealth of Kentucky became the latest to jump on prescription drug manufacturer Purdue Pharma, filing a lawsuit Friday over the company's controversial painkiller OxyContin.

Stumbo, Marathon arguing jurisdiction in price-gouging suit

Stumbo FRANKFORT, Ky. - In response to Marathon Oil's diversity jurisdiction argument, Kentucky's Greg Stumbo recently offered a history lesson from other attorneys general.

Stumbo wants gas company attorneys booted from case

Stumbo FRANKFORT, Ky. - Because of a conflict of interest with the Gov. Ernie Fletcher's office, Kentucky Attorney General Greg Stumbo says the law firm defending Marathon Oil in an $89-million price-gouging suit should be disqualified from the case.