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Tina Safi Felahi represents healthcare clients, including health plans and healthcare insurers, in complex business litigation matters. She is particularly experienced in handling managed care disputes from inception through trial.

On March 22, the Ninth Circuit reversed the trial court’s order and underlying decision in Wit et. al. v. United Behavioral Health and Alexander et al. v. United Behavioral Health (Case Numbers 20-17363, 20-17364, 21-15193, and 21-15194). In doing so, the court undid a pair of orders that had required UnitedHealthcare Group, Inc.’s (United) behavioral

2021 was a transformative year for the consumer financial services world. As we navigate an unprecedented volume of industry regulation, Troutman Pepper is uniquely positioned to help its clients find successful resolutions and stay ahead of the curve.

In this report, we share developments on auto finance, background screening, bankruptcy, consumer class actions, consumer

On June 23, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued an interim final rule (“IFR”) intended to make it easier for consumers to transition out of COVID-19-related financial hardship and easier for mortgage services to assist those consumers. The IFR will become effective on July 1, 2020.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES

The Tenth Circuit developed a new rule under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) in Ellis v. Liberty Assurance Company of Boston (case number 19-1074), holding last week that courts should adhere to choice-of-law provisions in ERISA health benefits plans.

In Ellis, the Tenth Circuit considered whether Michael Ellis’ health benefits

Earlier this week, the American Council on Education (“ACE”) wrote a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) requesting extended student loan relief on behalf of more than 30 higher education organizations. In the letter, which focuses on the likely long-term economic impact of the coronavirus (“COVID-19”)

In the wake of many cities issuing tighter restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus (“COVID-19”), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”) has issued guidance on the identification of “essential critical infrastructure workers.” It is important to ensure continuity of functions that are critical to public health and safety, as well as economic

Hospitals are becoming increasingly aggressive in attempts to collect on medical bills, with hospitals around the country initiating thousands of lawsuits against indebted patients. Debtors can actually find themselves in jail, whereas other patients can find themselves filing for bankruptcy due to an influx of medical bills.

In early February, the House Committee on Ways

In early January, President Trump signed the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (“TRACED”) Act into law, supporting bipartisan legislative efforts to curb robocalls. The Act gives the Federal Communications Commission greater enforcement authority against illegal robocallers. Specifically, under the new law, the FCC can now extend the statute of limitations by

With the ever-changing case law surrounding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, staying up to date with what cases are relevant and where courts stand on certain, very important definitions, can be an almost impossible task. Further, in the 28 years since the TCPA was enacted, the legislation has been considered outdated by many companies.

As

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania recently held that a pro se plaintiff failed to plead facts sufficient to demonstrate that an agency relationship existed. This holding reinforced the need for specificity in Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims that allege vicarious liability.

In Robert D. Kline v. Elite Medical Laboratories