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DOJ takes action against pandemic scammers

Unfortunately, the worst of times can bring out the worst in people. For more than a year, COVID-19 has been front-and-center in the consciousness of the public – including scammers who would take advantage of government programs and people’s fears. Fortunately, the Department of Justice is cracking down on fraud. Unfortunately, they may mistakenly target...

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Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa announces opposition to limits on False Claims Act cases

The original False Claims Act was signed into law during the American Civil War, and it continued to identify military contractors guilty of mismanagement and fraud after the war. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is considered the "godfather" of the False Claim Act in its current form, as he was the architect behind amendments enacted to...

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What is a qui tam lawsuit?

A qui tam case is a type of lawsuit brought under the False Claims Act (FCA). The person or entity who brings a qui tam lawsuit is called a “relator.” Relators are sometimes called “whistleblowers.”  In a qui tam procedure, the relator initiates the action on behalf of the government and himself. If a relator successfully brings a...

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How to comply with 'blue sky' filing laws in Texas

Public corporations must comply with a wide range of rules and regulations. This is especially true when dealing with the issuing or sale of securities to raise capital for a business. In most cases, federal securities laws under the jurisdiction of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) apply. However, each state also has its own...

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What to expect when being investigated for healthcare fraud

Allegations of healthcare fraud can be very serious legal matters. When a doctor or other healthcare provider is accused of fraud, the ramifications can be severe. Depending on the type of allegation, a healthcare professional could potentially lose their professional license, face other sanctions restricting their ability to operate their business, or even face criminal...

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What are my rights if I was accused of insider trading?

In general terms, illegal insider trading refers to buying or selling a security, in breach of a fiduciary duty or other relationship of trust and confidence, on the basis of material, nonpublic information about the security. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has brought insider trading cases against: Corporate officers, directors, and employees who...

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What are my options if I'm accused of Medicaid fraud?

There are generally two types of Medicaid fraud: fraud committed by healthcare service providers and fraud committed by recipients. The attorneys at Brewer, Pritchard & Buckley, P.C. represent healthcare service providers and medical professionals who have been accused of Medicaid fraud and are facing disciplinary action from a state or federal agency. Some examples of...

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Does the two-step test infringe on Second Amendment rights?

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is weighing a challenge to California's Proposition 63 that created the state's problem-plagued ammunition background-check program. In April, U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez said the state's program has been used to "systematically prohibit or deter an untold number of law-abiding California citizen-residents from undergoing the required background...

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Support for ‘conscience rule’ of healthcare workers raised in amicus brief

In the case of the State of New York vs. the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), U.S. District Court Judge Paul A. Engelmayer voided the federal government’s “conscience rule,” which would have allowed healthcare workers to exercise their ethical rights to refuse to perform medical procedures that violate their religious or moral...

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Covid-19 epidemic rapidly fueling healthcare fraud

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has instituted a series of initiatives in recent years to end the “pay-and-chase” system. Under the “pay-and-chase” model, federal healthcare programs blindly pay out hundreds of billions of dollars in healthcare claims each year — and then later come back to identify fraud in those claims and...

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