A Massachusetts doctor who pled guilty last year to defrauding Medicare and other insurers at his pain management practice to fund a cushy lifestyle was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $9 million in restitution, U.S. Department of Justice officials said.
Four Democratic attorneys general on Thursday urged the Sixth Circuit to uphold a lower court's ruling ordering the Tennessee Valley Authority to move coal ash waste to a lined impoundment area, arguing that a reversal could encourage polluters to skirt Clean Water Act discharge regulations.
A Massachusetts Institute of Technology quantum computing whiz who traded on information he gleaned from his wife, a former Linklaters LLP associate, deserves prison for brazen insider trading, prosecutors told a Manhattan federal judge Friday.
A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday said a legally blind Bay State resident has standing to bring suit under the Americans with Disabilities Act against a Seattle-based sportswear company over claims its website is not accessible for the visually impaired.
Boeing Co. will face a trial next month in Massachusetts federal court for a long-running suit brought by six passengers who say they suffered serious injuries after a two-foot hole opened up at 32,000 feet on a 2010 flight from Miami, but on Thursday the two sides still had unresolved issues over witnesses.
A Florida private equity firm cannot take priority over the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to recover nearly $4 million it was owed by a cash-strapped company being turned over to the government to satisfy a court judgment, a federal judge in Boston ruled from the bench Thursday.
A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday dismissed the case against two Boston City Hall aides accused of pressuring a music festival into hiring unneeded union labor, saying prosecutors could not meet the court’s standard to prove extortion.
The Federal Trade Commission accused a home security systems company of calling numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry and collecting credit scores in violation of an April 2014 court order, which settled similar allegations in a separate suit by the government, on Thursday in Massachusetts federal court.
Shire PLC prevailed on patent claims Thursday over a small pharmaceutical company that withheld data until midtrial showing how closely its generic product resembled hit hyperactivity treatment Adderall XR, misconduct that led a Massachusetts federal judge to take the unusual action of asking regulators to sanction the company.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court held Thursday that a janitorial services company was wrongly denied its request to arbitrate a franchisee’s misclassification claims, saying a lower court incorrectly concluded the company waived its arbitration right by raising certain arguments on the merits of those claims.
A pair of technology contractors asked a Massachusetts federal court Wednesday to hold in contempt a company they accuse of breaching a contract to provide security camera systems for the Iraqi government, saying the business and its manager aren’t complying with subpoenas, continuing their trend of not participating in the litigation.
MetLife has reportedly loaned $277 million for a Boston office tower; David Beckham is said to be considering sites near a casino, hospital and golf course as possible locations for his Miami soccer stadium project; and Valley National Bank has reportedly loaned $13 million for a Florida self-storage construction project.
The owner of a Massachusetts-based transportation company, already facing an indictment for allegedly running a $19 million Medicaid false claim scheme, was indicted on Wednesday by a Bay State grand jury on additional charges claiming he laundered millions of dollars, according to the state's attorney general.
Federal prosecutors have signaled they intend to retry a group of former Georgeson LLC advisers after a mistrial was declared when a juror left the fraud case and one defendant balked at a proceeding with a short-handed panel, a Massachusetts federal judge said Wednesday.
A former executive at Puma Biotechnology Inc. who admitted to insider trading has paid a chunk of the $1.16 million he owes the government and can return to his home overlooking California's San Fernando Valley, a federal judge in Massachusetts ruled Wednesday.
A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday canceled the scheduled start of the trial of a pair of Boston City Hall aides accused of pressuring a music festival to hire unneeded union labor as prosecutors indicated they are open to dismissing the case, as long as a judge agrees to preserve their rights to appeal his definition of extortion.
A former New England Compounding Center pharmacist convicted of racketeering only has to provide restitution to hospitals and doctors that purchased his contaminated drugs, not patients and other victims of a subsequent meningitis outbreak, a Massachusetts federal judge said Tuesday.
The widow of a Reed Smith LLP attorney who committed suicide after taking a generic version of GlaxoSmithKline’s antidepressant Paxil told the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday that a decision last week by Massachusetts’ top appellate court torpedoes the company’s appeal of her $3 million jury verdict.
A California medical products supplier on Tuesday panned the federal government’s attempted insertion into a False Claims Act suit alleging it received inflated reimbursements from the state’s Medicaid program, telling a Massachusetts federal judge the Justice Department’s interest in its motion to toss the suit is too late and out of line.
A Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist who traded on information he gleaned from his wife, a former Linklaters LLP associate, claims he peeked at merger documents as she worked from home in 2016, according to a memo filed ahead of his sentencing in Manhattan federal court.
With new Massachusetts statutes addressing pay equity and pregnant workers taking effect this year, companies in the state should take extra care to ensure that all guidelines, policies and procedures are not only established and documented, but also clearly communicated to and understood by all employees, says Paul Holtzman of Krokidas & Bluestein LLP.
As expected, the U.S. Supreme Court's Escobar decision triggered a spate of litigation over how to apply the materiality standard in False Claims Act cases. Throughout 2017, the lower courts built upon the standard, but we expect courts to continue to grapple with the issue through 2018, say Laurence Freedman and Jordan Cohen of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.
In a long-anticipated move, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced that it will allow states to implement Medicaid work requirements, representing a major shift in the agency's policy. However, the move will only impact a small percentage of the Medicaid population, say Caroline Brown and Philip Peisch of Covington & Burling LLP.
Last year, courts issued numerous health care-related decisions interpreting the legal standards under the False Claims Act and assessing the viability of a multitude of FCA liability theories. These decisions will affect the prosecution and defense of FCA cases for years to come, says Brian Dunphy of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.
Although Attorney General Jeff Sessions' rescission of the Cole memo does not change federal law, negative response to the rescission across the cannabis sector and political landscape was strong, swift and bipartisan, which may lead to congressional action in the future, say Jonathan Robbins and Joshua Mandell of Akerman LLP.
The volume of health care-related qui tam litigation under the False Claims Act remained robust last year. In the first of four articles on health care enforcement in 2017, Kevin McGinty of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC discusses the important takeaways from a number of trends.
Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.
Over the past two years there has been a seismic shift in the view that sexual orientation and gender identity claims do not fall within Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Darrell VanDeusen and Alexander Berg of Kollman & Saucier PA analyze how the developing law protects LGBTQ employees at the federal level and provide employer guidance on related issues in the workplace.
Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.
The pace of U.S. Department of Justice settlements with life sciences companies slowed in 2017, suggesting a potential change in enforcement approach. It remains to be seen whether U.S. attorneys in key districts will take the reins and reverse this slowdown, say John Bentivoglio and Jennifer Bragg of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.