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Takeaways for the Hospitality Industry from FDA's Draft Food Labeling Guidance >
September 16, 2015
By: Charles W. Spitz and Abraham J. Rein
The FDA has issued draft guidance regarding previously announced menu-labeling rules set to take effect on December 1, 2015. The scope of those rules, which require certain businesses to post nutrition information about food offered for sale, has raised questions for the hospitality industry.
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Independent Contractor Misclassification Presents DOL/IRS Dual Threat >
September 9, 2015
By: Andrea M. Kirshenbaum
In a September 10 article for The Legal Intelligencer, Employment Principal Andrea M. Kirshenbaum and White Collar Principal Peter D. Hardy look at the Department of Labor's (DOL) recent interpretation of how the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) applies to the misclassification of independent contractors.
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PharMerica Settlements Highlight Potential for Dual False Claims Act and Controlled Substances Act Liability for Invalid Prescriptions >
August 29, 2015
The American Society for Pharmacy Law's (ASPL) Rx Ipsa Loquitur
In the July/August 2015 issue of Rx Ipsa Loquitur, the newsletter publication of the American Society for Pharmacy Law (ASPL), Internal Investigations & White Collar Defense Principal Barbara Rowland, and Principal Matthew T. Newcomer, examine potential dual False Claims Act and Controlled Substances Act liability for Medicare Part D and Medicaid providers.
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FERC Administrative Law Judge Finds Market Manipulation in “Cross-Over” Case >
August 19, 2015
By: Christopher J. Barr and Abraham J. Rein
An August 13, 2015 decision of a FERC Administrative Law Judge held that BP America Inc.engaged in market manipulation during a two and a half month period in violation of the Natural Gas Act and FERC regulations. The initial decision, which is subject to Commission review and eventual court appeal, marks another “case of physical for financial benefits" the sort of “cross-over” case involving both physical and financial energy markets that has been at the heart of questions over FERC's jurisdiction, which traditionally extends only to physical trading.
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HHS's Data Security Problem: Lessons for the Private Sector >
August 11, 2015
By: Steven J. Fox and Abraham J. Rein
Recently, the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce cataloged a series of potentially-serious data security failures at the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”). The Committee's report reveals, among other things, that HHS division systems have been hacked five times in the past three years, and traces the root of the problem to HHS's treatment of data security as subordinate to operational priorities.
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Heightened False Claims Exposure: 60-Day Period to Repay Begins When Overpayment is Suspected Rather Than Confirmed >
August 6, 2015
In a significant decision this week affecting Medicaid and potentially Medicare healthcare providers, a U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held that federal False Claims Act (FCA) liability applies to providers that do not repay “identified overpayments” within 60 days of “when a provider is put on notice of a potential overpayment, rather than the moment when an overpayment is conclusively ascertained.”
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Why a Recent Decision on Medicare and Medicaid Overpayments Has Providers on High Alert >
August 5, 2015
By: John N. Joseph
John Joseph talks with Modern Healthcare about a District Judge's decision in Kane v. Healthfirst Inc. et al. and U.S. v. Continuum Health Partners Inc. et al., and its impact on providers
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New Jersey Non-Profit Hospital Stripped of Tax Exemption Based on Ruling that Modern Non-Profit Hospitals Essentially Function as For-Profit Businesses >
July 13, 2015
By: Carolyn H. Kendall
A recent court ruling has called into question some basic assumptions regarding the ability of not-for-profit entities to obtain certain tax exemptions. In AHS Hospital Corp. v. Town of Morristown, the Tax Court for the State of New Jersey recently ruled that Atlantic Health System Hospital Corporation, the parent company of Morristown Medical Center (collectively, “Atlantic” or the “Hospital”), was ineligible for exemption from state property tax. This ruling, if upheld, could cost the Hospital millions of dollars each year.
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Keeping Government Environmental Investigations Civil >
July 2, 2015
Business Crimes Bulletin
By: Ronald H. Levine
In the lead article for the July 2015 issue of Business Crimes Bulletin, Internal Investigations & White Collar Defense Chair Ronald H. Levine, and Environmental Principal Michael C. Gross, review recent environmental prosecutions and offer best practice tips for responding to civil investigations and avoiding criminal prosecution.
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The Appointment of SEC Administrative Law Judges: Constitutional Questions and Consequences for Enforcement Actions >
June 22, 2015
Bloomberg BNA Securities Regulation & Law Report
By: Abraham J. Rein
In a June 2015 article for Bloomberg BNA's Securities Regulation & Law Report, Principal Peter D. Hardy, and Associates Abraham J. Rein and Carolyn H.Kendall examine recent constitutional challenges to the Securities & Exchange Commission's (SEC) administrative proceedings and the administrative law judges (ALJ) that adjudicate them.
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Potential Class Action Highlights Cyber-Identity Theft Issues in the Tax Industry >
April 30, 2015
By: Abraham J. Rein and Carolyn H. Kendall
The tax industry has an identity theft problem. According to the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”), the IRS estimates that in 2013 it paid out approximately $5.8 billion in tax refunds to filers later determined to be identity thieves.
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White Collar Principal Hardy and Associate Kendall Author Guest Blog on SCA Searches for Data Stored Abroad for the Federal Tax Crimes Blog >
April 25, 2015
In an April 25 guest blog post for Federal Tax Crimes, White Collar Principal and Data Protection/Breach Practice Group Co-Chair Peter D. Hardy and Associate Carolyn H. Kendall examine the Microsoft Appeal in In re Warrant to Search a Certain E-Mail Account, 15 F. Supp. 3d 466 (S.D.N.Y. 2014).
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