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AG's latest remarks signal no outright campaign against cannabis yet

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On March 2, 2017, it seemed as if the U.S. Department of Justice was aiming to crack down on the U.S. cannabis industry in a way not seen since before the previous administration. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White...more

President’s Budget Blueprint Increases Funds For Health Care Fraud Enforcement

The President has released a “budget blueprint” for fiscal year 2018. Although there are many aspects of the budget blueprint to digest, several budget items signal that government health care fraud enforcement remains a...more

What Would "Greater Enforcement" Mean for Washington's Cannabis Businesses?

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Justice Department has options to crack down, but may galvanize the push for even wider legalization - In statements that were perhaps inevitable but nonetheless surprising to the cannabis industry, White House Press...more

Election Results: 4 States Pass Adult Use Marijuana Ballot Initiatives, 1 State Fails; 4 States Pass Medical Marijuana Ballot...

by Dickinson Wright on

On November 8, 2016, residents in 9 states voted on ballot initiatives to legalize adult use or medicinal marijuana. Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada voted to decide whether to legalize marijuana for...more

The Supreme Court - June 2016 #7

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases today: McDonnell v. United States, No. 15-474: Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, were federally indicted...more

Physician-Owned Distributor (POD) Update

by Reed Smith on

For some time, we have been reporting on issues involving federal government scrutiny of physician-owned distributors ("PODs"). From the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s ("OIG") issuance...more

Committee OK's Bill to Address Suicide Among Correction Officers and Prisoners

by PretiFlaherty on

Here’s a thumbs-up to the legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. Last week, the committee rightly gave a favorable report to a bill, SB 1284, mandating a study of how to keep prisoners and...more

Catching up on developments posted on the blog

Some quick updates on stories I have been following: SENTENCING FOR DEADLY PAIN-MEDS DOC: An Orange County, CA., physician has been sentenced to 30 years to life imprisonment. She was convicted of murder for her...more

Africa Update - January 2016 #2

Leading the News - Burundi - On January 12th, the Burundian Justice Ministry indicated the verdict on the trial of former Defense Minister Cyrille Ndayirukiye and 27 others accused of plotting the failed coup...more

False Claims Act: 2015 Year-in-Review

by WilmerHale on

In 2015, the Justice Department (DOJ) continued to give high priority to False Claims Act (FCA) investigations, bringing in nearly $3.6 billion in settlements and judgments. More than 630 qui tam suits were filed. DOJ's...more

Africa Update - November 2015 #2

by Mintz Levin - ML Strategies on

Leading the News: Egypt - On November 5th, U.S. President Barack Obama expressed his belief it was possible there was a bomb on board the Russian passenger jet that went down in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula last week....more

Africa Update - September 2015 #5

Leading the News - Burkina Faso: On September 25th, the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council issued a statement welcoming the reinstatement of President Michel Kafando and the transitional authorities of Burkina...more

Africa Update - August 2015 #3

Leading the News - Libya: On August 13th, the latest round of the United Nations (U.N.)-facilitated Libyan political dialogue concluded in Geneva, Switzerland. According to the U.N. Support Mission in Libya...more

Africa Update - July 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the...more

Africa Update - July 2015

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

Government’s Health Care Fraud “Cash Cow” Keeps Mooing  [Video]

by Mimesis Law on

Jan. 9, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- The U.S. government has changed up its approach to criminal health care fraud prosecutions, joining forces with fiscal intermediaries on the civil side to ramp up investigations, and this new...more

Africa Update - December 2014 #2

by Mintz Levin - ML Strategies on

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

Stop the Presses!

by Buchalter on

A recent client alert warned of impending changes in the California non-profit hospital world because of a new bill giving the Attorney General’s office greater powers than ever before to approve, deny, or modify mergers...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The General Assembly adjourned “sine die” on Wednesday, August 20. During the interim, the MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed biweekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative...more

Africa Update - September 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The General Assembly’s Short Session began Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed weekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues facing the...more

From Second and State: Capitol Wrap

House and Senate members were told this week to not make any plans for the first part of July as the leaders and the governor continue to work on a budget deal. This week, Gov. Tom Corbett’s spokesperson Jay Pagni told the...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

South Carolina General Assembly - The South Carolina House of Representatives will be on furlough for two weeks and the Senate is only meeting Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15-16, and then off the following week....more

South Carolina Legislative Update - March 24, 2014

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

A House panel advanced a bill that would require some DUI offenders to drive with an interlock device that will not allow the engine to start if they have been drinking....more

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

by Baker Donelson on

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

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