This month, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved proposed legislation which would protect whistleblowers who alert authorities or their employers to suspected criminal antitrust activity (referred to as the Criminal Antitrust…more
- 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
- 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
The federal government invests significant resources in combating health care fraud and abuse. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) recently released its Strategic Plan for…more
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 engineer’s…more
On November 19, 2013, the Associated Builders and Contractors (“ABC”) filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent the implementation of new federal regulations affecting employers with more than 50 employees and with more than $50,000 in…more
Some cafeteria plans already contain optional grace period provisions that modify the strict “use it or lose it” rules for Health Flexible Spending Accounts (“Health FSA” or “FSA”). These grace period provisions permit FSA…more
On October 16, 2013, the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 31 which, if approved by the House of Representatives and signed by Governor Corbett, would substantially expand colleges’ and universities’ child abuse…more
On November 4, 2013, the New Jersey Appellate Division in Suser v. Wachovia Mortgage, FSB, et al. affirmed a homeowner’s right to file a prospective quiet title action to affirmatively challenge a bank’s standing to foreclose on…more
On October 23, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) issued proposed regulations to implement Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”). Regulation Crowdfunding would govern…more
Earlier this year, Pennsylvania adopted legislation permitting the establishment of "City Revitalization and Improvement Zones" in select cities in the Commonwealth. Once established, certain tax payments from businesses in the…more
On Friday, October 25, 2013, Governor Corbett signed HB 1481 into law, which adopts provisions of the NAIC’s Own Risk and Solvency Assessment Model Act (ORSA). HB 1481 also gives much needed direction to Pennsylvania insurers on…more
In Brief -
The First Circuit recently confirmed that in prosecutions for false statements in health care matters, a defendant does not have to know that making the statement is illegal to be found to have acted…more
- The IRS has signaled its intent to prosecute more small businesses for relatively low-value tax violations.
- In doing so, the IRS has increased its reliance on data-driven analyses of the…more
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
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