Christopher R. Hall

Christopher R. Hall

Saul Ewing LLP

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Whistleblower verdict upheld against Chicago State University

A Cook County judge recently upheld the verdict in a whistleblower case against Chicago State University. In February 2014, former university employee James Crowley told a jury that Chicago State fired him after he reported...more

10/3/2014 - Ethics Universities Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

White Collar Watch - September 2014

In This Issue: - Conditions of participation vs. conditions of payment – a recent trend in False Claims Act cases - SEC gives first whistleblower award to audit and compliance employee - Whistleblower...more

10/1/2014

White Collar Watch - August 2014

In This Issue: - Court of Appeals asked to clarify scope of Dodd-Frank Act whistleblower protections - Supreme Court to address circuit splits on wartime tolling and first-to-file bar - IRS amends...more

9/4/2014 - Dodd-Frank First-to-File IRS SCOTUS Tolling Whistleblower Awards Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers White Collar Crimes

Court of Appeals asked to clarify scope of Dodd-Frank Act whistleblower protections

A federal court of appeals has been asked to clarify the scope of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010’s (“Dodd-Frank” or “Act”) whistleblower protections. Specifically, the court has been...more

8/29/2014 - Compliance Dodd-Frank Popular Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

White Collar Watch - July 2014

In This Issue: - Move over Big Pharma: Health care is not the only industry susceptible to False Claims Act scrutiny - Third Circuit affirms dismissal of False Claims Act suit, citing contract...more

7/18/2014 - False Claims Act FDA GSA License Agreements Licenses Medicaid Medicare Medtronic Omnicare Pharmaceutical Software

Whistleblower’s one-two punch: Confidential informant/employee spurs criminal investigation, then successfully sues individual...

Schuylkill Products case highlights how a whistleblower can put an employer on track to face both criminal and civil proceedings under the False Claims Act....more

6/4/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Civil Liability Criminal Prosecution DBE Program Employer Liability Issues False Billing FCA Qui Tam Whistleblowers

White Collar Watch - June 2014

In This Issue: - Whistleblower’s one-two punch: Confidential informant/employee spurs criminal investigation, then successfully sues individual company owner in qui tam action - Alleged illegal recruiting for...more

6/3/2014 - Colleges Criminal Prosecution False Claims Act First-to-File Hiring & Firing Qui Tam Recruitment Policies Whistleblowers White Collar Crimes

White Collar Watch

In This Issue: - Federal court unseals rare False Claims Act complaint against home mortgage servicer - Qui tam relators target – and gain access to – internal investigation on ground that attorney-client...more

5/6/2014 - Banks False Claims Act Mortgages Qui Tam Whistleblowers White Collar Crimes

Qui tam relators target – and gain access to – internal investigation on ground that attorney-client privilege does not apply

In Brief - A federal district court recently held that documents relating to a government contractor’s internal compliance investigations regarding fraud were not protected by the attorney-client privilege because...more

5/1/2014 - Attorney-Client Privilege Corporate Counsel Federal Contractors Fraud Internal Investigations Qui Tam

White Collar Watch - March 2014

In This Issue: - SEC at odds with Siemens over whether whistleblower protections extend to employees who report wrongdoing directly to their companies - Fourth Circuit decision tolling False Claims Act statute...more

3/31/2014 - False Claims Act Fraud SEC Siemens Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers White Collar Crimes

White Collar Watch - February 2014

Contents - False Claims Act ruling opens door to large damage awards... pages 1 - 2 - Supreme Court asked if state universities are exempt from liability under the False Claims Act... pages 2 - 4 -...more

2/28/2014 - False Claims Act Healthcare Healthcare Fraud Hospice Medicare SCOTUS Universities Whistleblowers White Collar Crimes

White Collar Watch - January 2014

In This Issue: - SEC’s Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program Report shows best practices make for an effective compliance and ethics program - In unprecedented move, government seeks to extend the responsible...more

1/28/2014 - Bid Rigging Compliance Dodd-Frank Ethics SEC Whistleblowers White Collar Crimes

The true cost of fines: Bills would address tax break for corporate fines

In Brief - Both the U.S. House and Senate are floating proposals to close a loophole that allows tax deductions when there is a question of whether a fine is punitive. - Debate centers on whether the deduction...more

12/3/2013 - Corporate Taxes Fines JPMorgan Chase Mortgage-Backed Securities Tax Exemptions

Justice Department sinks ex-Navy engineer’s 15-year kickback scheme

In Brief - Defendant’s sentence includes jail time, restitution of $18 million and a fine. - Case highlights importance of government contractors using compliance programs to identify wrongdoing and avoid...more

12/3/2013 - Anti-Kickback Statute DOJ Kickbacks Restitution U.S. Navy

White Collar Watch - November 2013

In This Issue: - The true cost of fines: Bills would address tax break for corporate fines - Senate approves new protection for criminal antitrust whistleblowers - Justice Department sinks ex-Navy...more

11/26/2013 - Antitrust Investigations Corporate Taxes DOJ Fines Kickbacks Whistleblowers White Collar Crimes

Google’s scanning of emails may constitute wiretapping: Federal District Court denies Google’s motion to dismiss class action...

In Brief - In a significant ruling on email privacy, the Northern District of California held that Google’s interception and scanning of user emails for the purpose of creating targeted advertisements and user profiles...more

10/25/2013 - Class Action Email Google Motion to Dismiss Privacy Laws Wiretapping

White Collar Watch - October 2013

In This Issue: - Small businesses beware: IRS deploys “big data” to scrutinize cash transactions - Google’s scanning of emails may constitute wiretapping: Federal District Court denies Google’s motion to dismiss...more

10/24/2013 - Big Data Google IRS Motion to Dismiss Predictive Coding Small Business White Collar Crimes Wiretapping

White Collar Watch - September 2013

Contents - FDIC filing more suits against officers and directors of failed financial institutions - Third Circuit upholds 12-year prison sentence for former BigLaw associate - Health care executives...more

10/1/2013 - Banks C-Suite Executives Criminal Prosecution Directors FDIC Financial Institution Liability Healthcare Healthcare Fraud Insider Trading JPMorgan Chase Medicare Officers SEC Securities Fraud Sentencing

“Love and Marriage” – New Jersey Supreme Court Poised to Determine Whether the Marital Privilege Can Defeat Wiretap Evidence

In Brief - Over the past four years, the government has broadened the use of wiretaps to include insider trading, and to great success (the recent convictions of Raj Rajaratnam and Rajat Gupta serve as examples of...more

8/28/2013 - Evidence Marital Communications Privilege Marriage Wiretapping

White Collar Watch - August 2013

Contents - SEC Changes Course: Some Companies Must Now Admit Wrongdoing - Fifth Circuit’s Recent Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Ruling May Benefit Employers - “Love and Marriage” – New Jersey Supreme Court...more

8/26/2013 - Compliance Dodd-Frank Evidence Marital Communications Privilege SEC Whistleblowers White Collar Crimes Wiretapping

White Collar Watch - July 2013

In This Issue: - Factors in Forfeiture: Eleventh Circuit Rules in Seizure of Rothstein Ponzi Assets - Health Care False Statement Statute Serves as Backstop for Government In Nearly Failed Prosecution -...more

7/25/2013 - Anti-Corruption Compliance Enforcement False Statements Forfeiture Fraud Healthcare Ponzi Scheme White Collar Crimes

Increased cGMP Enforcement has Gone International: South Korean Action Against Johnson & Johnson Serves as Warning

In Brief - In both the United States and abroad, food and drug regulatory and enforcement agencies are increasing current Good Manufacturing Practices enforcement, including criminal sanctions....more

6/27/2013 - CGMP Johnson & Johnson Manufacturers Sanctions

White Collar Watch - June 2013

In This Issue: - Tools of the Trade: BP Case Shows Advantage of Pretrial Motions - Increased cGMP Enforcement has Gone International: South Korean Action Against Johnson & Johnson Serves as Warning - DoD...more

6/26/2013 - BP CGMP Contractors DOD Enforcement Investigations Johnson & Johnson Manufacturers Pretrial Motions Wage Withholding

State v. Brown Affords Managers in the Mortgage Processing Industry a Cautionary Tale

In Brief: - Significant jail time can result from overseeing and directing unauthorized robo-signing activities. - Victims of unauthorized robo-signing include residential mortgage servicers, in addition to...more

5/24/2013 - Attorney Generals Investigations Mortgages Robo-Signing

White Collar Watch - May 2013

In This Issue: - SEC Charges Municipal Bond Issuer with Securities Fraud for Misleading Statements on Issuer’s Website - State v. Brown Affords Managers in the Mortgage Processing Industry a Cautionary Tale -...more

5/24/2013

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