June 18, 2020

Around the nation: Judge denies effort by Oklahoma residents to block Trump campaign rally over coronavirus fears

Daily Briefing

    A judge in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Tuesday denied a lawsuit brought by city residents and business owners aimed at blocking President Trump from holding a campaign rally in the city out of fear it could lead to further spread of the new coronavirus, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.

    • District of Columbia: A three-judge panel for U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday upheld a lower court's decision blocking an HHS final rule that would require pharmaceutical companies to show the wholesale prices of their drugs in TV advertisements. According to District Court Judge Patricia Millett, who was part of the panel, "[b]ecause there is no reasoned statutory basis for its far-flung reach and misaligned obligations, the disclosure rule is invalid and is hereby set aside" (Raymond/Singh, Reuters, 6/16).
    • Mississippi: HCA Healthcare has agreed to sell Garden Park Medical Center to Singing River Health System. The sale is expected to be finalized this summer and, if it closes, HCA Healthcare will no longer have any hospitals operating in Mississippi (Ellison, Becker's Hospital Review, 6/16).
    • Oklahoma: A judge in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Tuesday denied a lawsuit brought by city residents and business owners aimed at blocking President Trump from holding a campaign rally in the city out of fear it could lead to further spread of the new coronavirus. The plaintiffs in the suit—who had asked for a temporary injunction against managers of BOK Center, where the rally is scheduled to be held—had argued that a large group of people cheering or yelling in close proximity indoors could spark a new outbreak of the virus (Brown et. al., Washington Post, 6/16; Choi, Politico, 6/16).
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