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Bridging the Week - May 2017 #3

ICE Futures U.S. Settles Disciplinary Actions Against Three Respondents For Alleged Block Trade Violations For US $325,000 Combined Fine - ICE Futures U.S. settled two related disciplinary actions against three persons for...more

Guest Post – Justice for Patriots’ Fans

by Reed Smith on

This guest post by Andrew C. Bernasconi, of Counsel at Reed Smith, is about a hopeful development in a False Claims Act case we’ve already blogged about once. The previous post queried, what happens when a FCA relator,...more

Bob Latham Talks Twibel in Lawyer Monthly

by Jackson Walker on

Bob Latham recently penned a short commentary for U.K.-based Lawyer Monthly magazine on the topic of twibel, a newly-coined term that refers to defamatory statements made over Twitter. In the article, he discussed the idea of...more

DOJ Indictment of Senior Project Manager Reminds Employers of Severity of Potential Consequences When Dealing With OSHA Inspectors

by BakerHostetler on

A 49-year-old senior project manager for a roofing contractor was indicted on April 19 on three charges that he made false, fictitious and fraudulent statements to federal OSHA investigators. The Department of Justice accuses...more

Pay Attention: A Class Certification Decision You Might Want To Remember

by Carlton Fields on

On March 16, 2017, the Southern District of California certified a class action against the manufacturer of gingko biloba and Costco Wholesale Corporation, the seller. Plaintiff alleged, on behalf of a putative class of...more

False Statements By Money Managers Support California Commodity Law Convictions

by Allen Matkins on

In 1990, California enacted the California Commodity Law, Stats. 1990, Ch. 969, Corp. Code § 29500 et seq. Although this law hasn’t attracted the attention of legal writers, it has some very sharp teeth, as illustrated by...more

A “Change of Heart” in a Health Care Fraud Prosecution - Inconsistent angiogram interpretations establish reasonable doubt in...

On March 7, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky reversed the October 27, 2016 criminal jury verdict against Kentucky cardiologist Dr. Richard E. Paulus, and acquitted him on all counts of health...more

Burr Alert: Lenders Beware: 11th Circuit holds borrower’s false oral statement regarding single asset does not provide basis for...

by Burr & Forman on

Section 523(a)(2) of the Bankruptcy Code is clear that a debtor can discharge a debt for money obtained by a false statement respecting the debtor’s financial condition unless that statement is in writing. What hasnot been...more

Dechert survey: Developments in securities fraud class actions against U.S. life sciences companies

by Dechert LLP on

Life sciences companies continued to be popular targets of securities fraud class action lawsuits filed in 2016, and prudent life sciences companies should take heed of the results of this year’s decisions. In 2016,...more

How To Disparage But Not Defame Your Wedding Planner

It’s March, which means that wedding season is nearly upon us. Let’s say you run your own wedding-related business with one employee: you. A customer gives you a review on the internet that is not only negative, but contains...more

Court Finds Promissory Notes Are Not Securities

by Allen Matkins on

Yesterday’s post concerned the Court of Appeal’s decision in People v. Black, 2017 Cal. App. LEXIS 130 (Cal. App. 6th Dist. Feb. 16, 2017). The case involved the criminal prosecution of an individual for making false...more

OIG Finalizes Expanded Exclusion Authorities under ACA (Updated)

by Reed Smith on

On January 12, 2017, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services issued the final rule implementing its statutory authority under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to expand the exclusion...more

Defamation Series: Texas Supreme Court Explains That Courts Should Not Make Editorial Decisions For The Media Re Information...

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In Texas, Plaintiff Wade Brady brought claims for libel and libel per se against Carter Publications, Inc., publisher of the newspaper West Fort Bend Star, and one of its writers, LeaAnne Klentzman. Wade alleged that the...more

Defamation Law Series: Trumping Defamation Claims

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump recently have found themselves embroiled in two separate defamation cases in state courts – but while the President defended himself against claims resulting from his...more

A Tale of Two Trump Tweets: Is It Harder to Prove Defamation in Social Media?

Last month, a New York trial court dismissed a complaint against Donald J. Trump and others brought by political consultant and commentator Cheryl Jacobus that alleged, in part, a defamation claim (libel) based on tweets by...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Alleged Violations of Aspirational Corporate Conduct Standards Are Insufficient to State a Claim for...

In Retail Wholesale & Department Store Union Local 338 Retirement Fund v. Hewlett-Packard Co., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 955 (9th Cir. Jan. 19, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit addressed for the...more

OIG Expands Exclusionary Authority

The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a final rule on January 12, 2017, expanding the OIG’s authority to exclude providers from participation in federal healthcare programs....more

China focuses on Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Laws

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Supreme People’s Court (SPC), China’s highest judicial body, issued a judicial interpretation on December 26, 2016 which defines 18 types of environmental crimes as “serious environmental pollution” and identifies 13...more

A Debtor’s Allegedly False Financial Statement Doesn’t, At All, Excuse a Lack of Lender Diligence

by Bryan Cave on

A decision rendered during the sometimes peaceful interlude between Christmas and New Year’s is worth reading, and heeding. Hurston v. Anzo (In re Hurston), Adv. Proc. No. 15-2026 (Bankr. N.D. Ga. Dec. 27, 2016) is a helpful...more

First Circuit Rejects Fraud-on-the-FDA Theory of FCA Liability

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Affirming an earlier order handed down by the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the First Circuit recently denied Plaintiff D’Agostino leave to amend his complaint, finding the proposed claims...more

Going After the (Little) Bad Guys: SEC Announces More Actions Against Penny Stock Gatekeepers

The SEC last week announced that it has sanctioned several market participants in the penny stock industry, including attorneys who wrote offering documents as well as stock transfer agents, for their roles in various sham...more

Eighth Circuit Considers Materiality Under the FCA Following the Supreme Court’s Escobar Decision

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On October 19, 2016, the Eighth Circuit issued one of the first post-Escobar opinions addressing materiality under the False Claims Act (“FCA”). In United States ex rel. Miller v. Weston Educational, Inc, No. 14-1760, 2016 WL...more

In Win for Financial Services Industry, Second Circuit Limits Use of FCA to Enforce Banking Regulations

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In United States ex rel. Bishop v. Wells Fargo & Co., 823 F.3d 35 (2d Cir. 2016), the Second Circuit rejected an attempt to use the False Claims Act (“FCA”) as an enforcement mechanism for banking regulations in the lead-up...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The focus this week was offering fraud actions. Three cases were brought. One involved a registered transfer agent. A second centered on claims that the defendant was an expert trader. The third was based on false claims...more

Seventh Circuit Recognizes “Substantial Truthfulness” Defense to Tortious Interference Claims under Wisconsin Law

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As we wrap up another election cycle that has kept “fact checkers” working overtime analyzing the many dubious claims by candidates of all political persuasions, the Seventh Circuit has issued a decision that reminds us of...more

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