Business & Industry
12 charged for alleged practice scheme to defraud U.S. agencies
January 27, 2023 -- A dozen Pennsylvania dentists, practice owners, and employees were charged with numerous crimes for allegedly operating a scheme that attempted to defraud Medicaid, U.S. immigration authorities, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to a justice department press release. Read More
Mass. dentist cops to embezzling $1.2M
January 27, 2023 -- A dentist and bookkeeper at a dental practice pleaded guilty to mail and wire fraud for his role in embezzling $1.2 million from his employer and defrauding a U.S. relief fund, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts. Read More
Patent suit between Sonendo's PIPStek, Biolase heats up
January 26, 2023 -- PIPStek, a subsidiary of Sonendo, developer of the GentleWave root canal disinfection system, filed a lawsuit against Biolase claiming that Biolase's laser violates two of its patents. Biolase calls the claims against its Waterlase laser "meritless." Read More
U.S. court rules dental therapists can receive Medicaid payments
January 23, 2023 -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently ruled that dental health aide therapists in tribal communities in Washington can receive reimbursements from Medicaid, reversing a last-minute decision by the Trump administration. Read More
Dentist sued over online video that disparages snap-on veneers
January 18, 2023 -- The owner of a snap-on veneers lab has filed a defamation lawsuit in U.S. court against a Missouri dentist who cautioned viewers in an online video about this type of temporary prosthetics. The story was published on January 15 in the Springfield News-Leader. Read More
Align Technology sues SmileDirectClub for false advertising
January 11, 2023 -- Invisalign maker Align Technology has filed a lawsuit against SmileDirectClub claiming that the company misleads patients by advertising that its clear aligner treatment is provided under the care of dentists and orthodontists. Read More
Aspen Dental to pay $3.5M to settle deceptive advertising case
January 9, 2023 -- TAG - The Aspen Dental Group's dental service organization Aspen Dental Management has agreed to pay $3.5 million to Massachusetts to resolve claims that it cheated thousands of consumers in the state through bait-and-switch advertising. Read More
CDA files legal action against Delta Dental of California
January 6, 2023 -- The California Dental Association (CDA) has filed a legal action against Delta Dental of California in San Francisco Superior Court challenging the company's adjustments to premier and preferred provider organization agreements that took effect on January 1. Read More
Suit dismissed against dental patient who wrote bad reviews
January 5, 2023 -- An appeals court in Colorado recently dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed against a dental patient who wrote negative online reviews about the root canal therapy she received from an endodontist, according to court records. Read More
Practice pays $23K for reportedly revealing patients' data on Yelp
December 16, 2022 -- A California dental practice has paid $23,000 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Civil Rights to settle a potential HIPAA violation for reportedly disclosing patient-protected health information in responses to Yelp reviews. Read More