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Gregg Fisch, Partner, Sheppard Mullin Chris Bell, Partner, Moss Adams Chris Parker, Senior Manager Moss Adams

Unintended Consequences: Dynamex and California Health Care Employers

By Gregg Fisch, Partner, Sheppard Mullin
By Chris Bell, Partner, Moss Adams LLP
By Chris Parker, Senior Manager, Moss Adams LLP

The California Supreme Court’s 2018 landmark decision, Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court (Dynamex), redefines the employment relationship between entities and workers in California and creates one of the most stringent standards in the United States for classifying workers as independent contractors. This decision merits awareness of healthcare professionals in all States given California's trendsetting reputation. Read article
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Drugmakers Master Rolling Out Their Own Generics To Stifle Competition

By Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News
Sydney Lupkin, Kaiser Health News

When PDL BioPharma’s $40 million blood-pressure medicine faced the threat of a generic rival this year, the company pulled out a little-known strategy that critics say helps keep drugs expensive and competition weak. It launched its own generic version of Tekturna, a pill taken daily by thousands. PDL’s “authorized” copycat hit the market in March, stealing momentum from the new rival and protecting sales even though Tekturna’s patent ran out last year. Read article
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Only 16% of U.S. Children Complete HPV Vaccination by Age 13

By Cleveland Clinic
Dailey Health Stories

As the cost of healthcare continues to rise and The HPV vaccine protects against human papillomavirus – the virus known to cause most cervical cancers, as well as other cancers. Experts recommend children begin the HPV vaccine series at a young age, but a recent study shows most children do not.  Read article
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New Washington State Law Upsets Noncompetition Covenants in the Health Care Community

By Luke Campbell
Attorney, Montgomery Purdue Blankinship & Austin PLLC
A new Washington State law may dramatically impact how noncompetes are used with health care employees. Starting on January 1, 2020, the law will potentially apply to all new and existing noncompetition covenants.  Read article