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News from the Health Law Gurus™: July 2014

Survey of ACA Navigators Finds 10.6 Million People Sought Enrollment Help — In a survey released this week, the Kaiser Family Foundation (“Kaiser”) estimates that approximately 10.6 million people received assistance...more

Lab Safety – Yet Another Harsh Reminder

Institutions make great efforts to ensure that their research labs are safe for students and staff, because it is the right thing to. Even then, accidents can happen that puts those working in these labs in harm’s way. A...more

Script Newsletter: March 2014

In this issue: - A Look Behind the OIG’s Work Plan - Do You Need an Estate Plan? - Same-Gender Marriage Implications for Employee Benefit Plans - New Child Abuse Reporting Law Gets Tough -...more

Physician Well-Being: Helping Clients Navigate The Path From Substance-Related Disorders To Recovery And Return To Practice

Introduction - Physicians suffering from substance-related disorders face a difficult combination of legal and health issues, which, unless properly handled, can be career-ending and life-threatening. The most urgent...more

Recent Cases of Interest to Regulators

Off Duty Conduct - Fountain v. British Columbia College of Teachers, 2013 BCSC 773 (British Columbia Supreme Court) - Fountain, a teacher, fired a shot from a rifle over the heads of his sons in the aftermath of...more

Hodgson Russ Helps Clients in Largest-Ever False Claims Act Settlement In Risperdal Lawsuits Against Johnson & Johnson

The Justice Department announced that Johnson & Johnson will pay $1.273 billion to the federal government and most states to settle a civil False Claims Act investigation into its off-label marketing of its antipsychotic drug...more

Nurse Anne Mitchell’s Whistleblowing Almost Blew Out Whistleblowing in Texas

The Winkler County nurses trials began with two nurses, Anne Mitchell and Vicki Galle, filing an anonymous complaint with the Texas Medical Board regarding the substandard care provided by Dr. Rolando Arafiles Jr. When...more

White Collar Watch - April 2013

In This Issue: - Third Circuit Panel Liberalizes “Protected Activity” Immunity for Employees Claiming Whistleblower Status - Doing Time: A Requirement for White Collar Crime? - Casting a Smaller Net:...more

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 9: Bills Make Significant Progress in the House

Legislators convened for a three-day work week that ended in early adjournment on Thursday afternoon as lawmakers left Montgomery to beat anticipated severe weather. Day 20 concluded a week that saw progress on several...more

2013 Brings Significant Criminal Background Check Changes for Ohio HHAs

The Ohio Department of Health has proposed new administrative rules scheduled to take effect January 1, 2013 that will significantly impact the obligations of a home health agency (“HHA”) regarding background checks of its...more

Decriminalization of Marijuana – Impact on Washington Employers?

On Nov. 6, 2012, Washington voters approved Initiative 502 (“I-502”), which decriminalizes certain cultivation, sale, possession, and use of marijuana. The new law—which becomes effective Dec. 6, 2012—establishes a complex...more

May 7, 2012 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more

Doing asbestos we can

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 come into force in one month. What are the changes?...more

How to Be Prepared for a Search Warrant

Private or government investigations usually start with a request for records. In more egregious situations, the FBI or other state or federal agency could show up and take records pursuant to a search warrant. If state...more

Risky Business

On 19 August 2011, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in the cases of R v Tangerine Confectionery Limited and R v Veolia ES (UK) Limited. The decision examines the role within UK Health & Safety law of risk and its...more

Mastering the Legalities of Medical Marijuana

Medical-marijuana laws present employers with a unique dilemma regarding how they handle employees or applicants who test positive for illegal drug use as compared to how they handle persons who test positive for prescribed...more

“Whistleblowing Under the Dodd-Frank Act”

The Dodd-Frank Act includes new and expanded whistleblower protections as well as bounty hunter provisions that are designed to increase the referrals of larger fraud actions by incentivizing employees, contractors, and many...more

Health Care Enforcement Defense Practice Group Advisory: The Temperature is Changing in the Health Care Industry

On July 1, 2009, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that it had issued Notices of Inspection (NOIs) to 652 businesses across the country as part of a “bold, new audit initiative.” ICE targeted these...more

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