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Marijuana Regulations Growing Like Weeds in California

Although California legalized medical marijuana in 1996, cities have differed widely in their response to medical marijuana dispensaries. Recently, Newport Beach joined Huntington Beach, Laguna Hills, Anaheim and Rancho Santa...more

Lab tech indicted for identity theft

A lab tech working at a Las Vegas pediatric cardiology practice has been indicted on one count of illegal use and disclosure of patient health information and one count of aggravated identity theft. The lab tech had...more

Africa Update - November 2015 #2

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

Arrest of Pharma Executive on Federal Kickback Charges Sends Strong Message About DOJ's Initiative on Personal Accountability

Federal agents recently arrested the former president of an Allergan PLC division on charges of conspiring to pay kickbacks to physicians to induce them to prescribe the company's drugs. On October 28, 2015, a grand jury in...more

DOJ Backs Up Yates Memo with Indictment of Former Warner Chilcott Executive

A grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts returned an indictment against W. Carl Reichel, a former president of Warner Chilcott PLC's pharmaceuticals division, on Oct. 28, 2015. A day later, he...more

HIPAA Lessons from the Warner Chilcott Settlement

Last week, the US Attorney’s Office in Boston announced that drug company Warner Chilcott agreed to plead guilty to health care fraud and pay $125 million to resolve criminal and civil liability arising out of allegations...more

Prosecutors win rare murder conviction of M.D. in prescription drug deaths

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers but one voice among many that has declared that the United States is in the midst of a prescription drug abuse epidemic. As the CDC notes: “Since 1999, the amount of...more

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Mizer on Yates Memo: “No Partial Credit for Cooperation that Doesn’t Include...

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer’s remarks at the 16th Pharmaceutical Compliance Congress and Best Practices Forum highlighted the Department of Justice’s “renewed commitment to ensuring that...more

Justice Department Charges Pharma President with Kickback Conspiracy

In the public relations battle following the issuance of the Yates Memo, the Justice Department can now cite one example for the new policy – the recent arrest and charging of Carl Reichel, former President of Warner...more

Health Care Physicians in the Crosshairs: Criminal Prosecution

Recent changes to our health care system have been at the forefront of the American news cycle for several years. But certain aspects have not received adequate attention. One example is the scrutiny federal and state...more

Beware the Feds: Emerging Risks to Health Care Executives Under the Yates Memo

Last month’s “Yates Memo” from the Department of Justice (DOJ) promises to be a game-changer in the world of government investigations and enforcement activity. While several U.S. Attorney Offices had been applying many of...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

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19253 - RBC Nice Bearings, Inc. v. SKF USA, Inc. [An important decision on contract waiver but one all attorneys should recall from the UCC or Contracts course we took...more

"The Future of Government Regulation, Enforcement of Off-Label Promotion"

Three years ago, in United States v. Caronia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) neither prohibits nor criminalizes truthful, nonmisleading speech that...more

DOJ Clarifies Position on Individual Accountability in Corporate Investigations

Earlier this month, we discussed a memorandum issued by Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). This memorandum, referred to as the “Yates Memo,” reaffirms the Government’s...more

U.S. Department of Justice issues new guidance on individual accountability for corporate wrongdoing

On Sept. 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice issued new guidance (“DOJ Guidance”) instructing DOJ criminal and civil attorneys to place a greater emphasis on accountability of the individuals responsible for corporate...more

Danger Ahead? The Yates Memo and Some Strategic Considerations for Corporations and Individuals

If you are a corporate executive or employee, the U. S. Department of Justice has a message for you: Investigating you for potential misconduct is clearly a top priority. Recently, the DOJ issued a policy memorandum...more

Thirteenth Individual Convicted in Medicare Psychiatric Treatment Fraud

On September 10, a Houston psychiatrist became the thirteenth individual convicted in relation to partial hospitalization program (PHP) services fraudulently billed to Medicare. The psychiatrist was convicted by a federal...more

Prosecuting Doctors for Medicare Fraud

Federal prosecutors have turned their attention to physicians for Medicare fraud prosecution. Physicians who participate in the Medicare program have to be aware of the significant risks of Medicare fraud....more

Blog: BEWARE: DOJ Announces New Policy to Increase Prosecutions of Individuals Involved in Corporate Fraud

Earlier this week, Deputy Attorney General (AG) Sally Quillian Yates issued a memorandum to Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys discussing the need to hold individuals accountable for corporate wrongdoing in both civil and...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

Who’s In Your Wallet? Is Your Company Being Hijacked by Identity Thieves?

The California Secretary of State has detected increased criminal activity aimed at businesses, as identity thieves make phony filings with the Secretary of State’s office that help them gain access to bank accounts and...more

DOJ Hires Compliance Counsel to Assist in Charging Decisions

New Compliance Counsel Will Assess Effectiveness of Corporate Compliance Programs - Last week the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed it is hiring a compliance counsel to assist DOJ prosecutors in assessing the...more

Criminal Prosecutions of Health Care Fraud: The Stakes Continue to Rise for Individual Providers

On June 18, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced criminal charges against 243 individuals located in 14 states for various health...more

SEC Settles FCPA Charges Tied to Payments to Health Care Professionals

The SEC filed another settled action in which payments to health care professionals at state owned entities in China were alleged to be violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Although the company furnished extensive...more

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