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False Claims Act Amendments: Increased Exposures For Health Care Providers

One of the biggest liability exposures for healthcare providers has been claims by the federal government relating to alleged Medicare fraud and abuse practices under the False Claim Act and the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009. These statutory changes increase compliance risks, and may result...

Fulbright's Litigation Trends Survey: Companies Expect More Litigation, Regulation

NEW YORK - (Business Wire) Following a year of doing business in a more litigious and cost-conscious environment, companies of all sizes expect those patterns to continue during the coming year, with roughly one-quarter saying legal disputes will increase again, according to Fulbright's 7th Annual...

2 Drug Makers To Pay $214.5 Million For Off-Label Marketing Of Zonegran

BOSTON - (Mealey's) Drug maker Elan Corp. PLC on Dec. 15 pleaded guilty to misdemeanor branding for the off-label marketing of the epilepsy drug Zonegran and will pay more than $203.5 million in criminal and civil penalties ( United States of America v. Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. , No. 10-10431,...

New Food Safety Law Protects Whistleblowers

MINNEAPOLIS - (AP) Food industry workers who become whistleblowers gained protection against retaliation from their employers with a little-noticed provision in the sweeping food safety law President Barack Obama signed last month. The Food Safety and Modernization Act is best known for sections that...

7th Circuit Allows Another Torture Lawsuit Against Donald Rumsfeld

CHICAGO - (AP) A lawsuit accusing former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld of personal responsibility for U.S. forces allegedly torturing two American whistleblowers who worked for an Iraqi contracting firm will be allowed to move forward, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The ruling from the 7th...

Fulbright's 9th Annual Litigation Trends Survey: Litigation Bounces Back; Regulation Hits High

Companies in the United States and United Kingdom dealt with more litigation while regulatory investigations reached a five-year high, according to Fulbright's 9 th Annual Litigation Trends Survey . After a one-year decline, litigation rose to 2010 levels as businesses on both sides of the Atlantic...

DLA Piper: 9th Circuit Joins Majority Of Circuits To Lower Barrier For Whistleblowers In False Claims Act Lawsuits

By Todd C. Toral and Greg Young The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in a case likely heralding an increase in the number of qui tam False Claims Act lawsuits, has abrogated prior precedent and lowered the jurisdictional bar for whistleblowers in FCA cases. Repudiating 23 years of precedent...