US Bioservices will pay $13.4 million to settle government claims that it violated the False Claims Act by encouraging patients to unnecessarily refill prescriptions of the iron chelation drug Exjade in exchange for kickbacks in the form of referrals from the drug’s maker Novartis, according to filings in New York federal court Tuesday.
A recent Ninth Circuit ruling badly misinterpreted the U.S. Supreme Court’s Escobar decision and effectively declared “open season” for False Claims Act whistleblowers to target minor regulatory violations, Gilead Sciences Inc. told the Ninth Circuit on Monday.
A California judge on Tuesday pumped the brakes on landfill operator Browning-Ferris Industries’ $3.5 million deal to resolve putative class claims from Los Angeles residents calling one of the company's dumps a nuisance, saying his concerns include a “tedious and complicated” claim form likely to discourage claimants.
A Florida doctor convicted last year on 162 counts of health care fraud was sentenced Tuesday to one year and a day in prison and ordered to pay more than $3 million in fines, restitution and forfeiture.
A U.S. Forest Service biologist was illegally blocked from participating in networking activities such as events dubbed “Fabric Fridays” and “Running Revolution” because the activities were limited to only women, according to a discrimination suit he filed in Pennsylvania federal court Monday.
The U.S. Air Force announced Monday it had awarded technology development deals worth nearly $678 million for its next-generation intercontinental ballistic missile to a Northrop Grumman Corp. unit and the Boeing Co., allowing them to compete for a lucrative final deal expected to be awarded in 2020.
The Federal Circuit on Tuesday ruled a California federal court had correctly transferred claims involving the alleged breach of Medicare appeal settlement agreements to the Court of Federal Claims, saying the contract dispute didn’t fall under the Medicare Act.
An eye surgery provider has agreed to pay out $12 million to the federal government to settle a False Claims Act suit over an alleged kickback scheme for federally reimbursed sales of surgical supplies and services, Minnesota’s acting U.S. attorney said Monday.
A U.K. Commercial Court judge has ordered the sale of about 50,000 metric tons of crude oil owned by Citgo Petroleum Corp.’s Venezuelan state-run parent company after the oil giant allegedly failed to pay $7.7 million in shipping fees to a Russian tanker.
A group of mining companies associated with Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz have urged a New York federal court not to toss their suit accusing billionaire George Soros of inducing Guinea to ax their iron mining rights, saying Soros’ dismissal bid improperly relies on documents from related arbitration.
The former city manager of Eagle Pass, Texas, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for lying to federal agents who were investigating his role in a $24,000 “pay-to-play” scheme involving the Maverick County landfill, the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Monday.
The Fourth Circuit was the only circuit that let prosecutors freeze a defendant's innocently earned assets ahead of trial, but it has ruled to end that split after recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings convinced the government there's no legal basis for the practice.
Hospitals must exhaust their administrative remedies before suing to recover Medicare Advantage reimbursements allegedly improperly recouped by insurers managing Advantage plans, the Eleventh Circuit ruled Friday in a dispute between 11 hospitals and a UnitedHealthcare unit.
Midsize firms on average are the least racially and ethnically diverse, but the level of diversity also varies widely among firms in this group, according to the latest Diversity Snapshot. Here’s a look at how a few of these firms are faring.
A handful of law firms have agreed to put themselves under the lens of academia in an effort to root out structural inequalities and implicit bias. Here’s a look at what they’re finding.
CliniComp International Inc., which provides electronic health record systems for U.S. Department of Defense health care facilities, filed a bid protest in the Court of Federal Claims on Friday, saying the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs improperly awarded a contract to Cerner Corp. in June without a competitive bidding process.
In-house attorneys are intensifying long-standing efforts to diversify their outside counsel, and they’re looking to create a critical mass of law department leaders that will bring about meaningful change.
Former executives of Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC and an affiliate have urged a Brooklyn federal judge to toss the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s case claiming they orchestrated a massive bribery scheme that led to $413 million in fines, calling the action time-barred.
A union fund for New York City sanitation workers asked a Virginia federal judge Friday to name it the lead plaintiff in a proposed class action accusing Booz Allen Hamilton of hiding civil and criminal investigations from stockholders and to appoint Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC as lead counsel.
Slovakia on Friday prevailed in a World Bank arbitration initiated by American and Canadian investors who claimed that the country had wrongly terminated their rights to one of the world's largest talc mines.
Federal courts across the country are handing down important rulings interpreting the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision on False Claims Act liability in Universal Health Services v. Escobar. As the rulings keep pouring in, stay up to speed on Law360’s latest coverage and analysis of Escobar’s impact.
As President Donald Trump's recent executive order aimed at improving the environmental review and permitting process is implemented over the next few months, project sponsors will start to see how much it will improve the process. But there will likely be limits to how much relief the order can provide, says Felicia Barnes of Hunton & Williams LLP.
At the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, we want to see, as founding member and Microsoft chief legal officer Brad Smith once stated, “a legal profession as diverse as the nation we serve.” We are not there yet — far from it — but we are beginning to put some numbers on the board, says Robert Grey, president of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.
In prohibiting employers from asking potential hires about their previous salaries, lawmakers seek to "level the playing field." But there are real problems with the practicality, legality and enforceability of many of the salary history laws, says Fredric Newman, a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.
The California Supreme Court recently held that independent contractors who have been entrusted with entering into transactions on a public entity’s behalf can be held criminally responsible for a conflict of interest. We should have seen this coming and been better prepared, says Gregory Rolen of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.
Despite the fact-dependent nature of privilege, complicated by the diversity of approaches across jurisdictions, corporations can take effective measures to best protect confidential attorney-client communications and attorney work product relating to internal investigations, say attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP.
David Coale, leader of the appellate practice at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst LLP, shares his insights into what works — and what does not — when setting up and maintaining a legal blog.
There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)
The purpose of California Senate Bill 30 is to preclude contractors from doing business with the state of California if such contractors do business with the federal government on a border wall. Whether SB-30 is successful in discouraging those contracts, many fear the practical effect will be to inadvertently create some sort of “blacklist,” say Michael Baker and Jamie Furst of Snell & Wilmer LLP.
The intersection of federal procurement and intellectual property law is a strange place, occupied by far more questions than answers. It is unusual that the past few months have brought so many decisions relevant to this area of law, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.
The political connotations in the city of Chicago’s suit challenging the U.S. Department of Justice's decision to impose new conditions on the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program are clear. However, the case also raises profound legal questions that transcend the money that would otherwise be distributed to Chicago under the program, says Harold Krent, dean and professor of law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.