Referral Fees

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Texas Legislature Reins in Public Adjuster Conduct

Obvious to anyone in the insurance industry, Texas courts are experiencing an explosion of first-party property insurance lawsuits arising from wind and hail related insurance claims. Dozens of lawsuits are filed every day in...more

EB-5 ALERT: SEC ORDER AGAINST IREECO FOR ACTING AS AN UNREGISTERED BROKER FOR EB-5 INVESTMENT TRANSACTIONS PROVIDES GUIDANCE FOR...

On June 23, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced that it had entered into an Offer of Settlement with Ireeco, LLC and Ireeco Limited, finding that their activities constituted a violation of Section...more

Physicians Face Increased Anti-Kickback Enforcement Focus

It appears that the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) now has physicians squarely in the crosshairs of one of its most powerful enforcement tools: the Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”). The AKS is a criminal statute with...more

CFPB Issues Final Decision in In Re: PHH Corp.: First Agency Decision in Contested Administrative Proceeding

Earlier this month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued the Director’s final decision in the CFPB’s enforcement action against PHH Corp. (PPH). The decision is the agency’s first ruling in a contested...more

OIG Warns Physicians of Potential Exposure for Unlawful Compensation Arrangements

While the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) have long scrutinized physician compensation arrangements, including medical director agreements, penalties...more

CFPB Director Cordray Issues First-Ever Agency Appellate Decision in RESPA Case

The Director of the Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Richard Cordray, issued a decision yesterday in the first appeal of a Bureau administrative enforcement action. Cordray’s decision upholds in part,...more

Bad Day for NewDay: CFPB Section 8 Enforcement Continues

On February 10, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) added another company to its litany of alleged Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”) Section 8 offenders (Michigan Title, PHH Corporation, New...more

CFPB to Section 8 of RESPA: Will You Be My Valentine?

The love affair continues between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) and enforcement under Section 8 of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”). On February 10, 2015, the CFPB announced a consent...more

Illinois Supreme Court Affirms Circuit Court Jurisdiction Over Workers Comp Referral Fee Disputes

The Workers Compensation has broad jurisdiction to award or apportion attorneys’ fees in connection with counsel’s work before the Commission. But what if one of the attorneys didn’t appear before the Commission, and the...more

Illinois Supreme Court Debates Workers' Comp Commission and Attorneys' Fees

Does the Workers’ Compensation Commission have exclusive jurisdiction over a plaintiff’s claim for breach of an agreement to pay referral fees in connection with two workers’ compensation cases? That’s the question the...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- December 2014

In This Issue: - Regulation ..SEC Chair’s Agenda Provides Glimpse of New Rules to Come ..The Results Are In: Investors Favor Additional Regulatory Protection ..SEC Declines to Approve Non-Transparent...more

A Hard Rain Has Started to Fall, A Product-by-Product Review of the CFPB’s First 60 Enforcement Actions

Between July 17, 2012 and October 9, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau brought 60 enforcement actions. According to our unofficial tally, they resulted in settlements requiring the payment of $2.2 billion in...more

Referral Fees and Commission Sharing - When May Broker-Dealers Share Their Fees with Non-Brokers?

FINRA recently filed proposed rule changes with the SEC addressing when broker-dealers may pay referral fees or otherwise share compensation with persons who are not registered as broker-dealers. The proposed rule changes are...more

CFPB settles RESPA charges for marketing services agreements allegedly tied to referrals

The CFPB has announced that it has entered into a consent order with a Michigan title insurance agency to settle charges that the agency violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) by paying fees to various...more

OIG Rejects Specialty Pharmacy Request to Pay “Per-Fill” Payents to Retail Pharmacies

In OIG Advisory Opinion 14-06, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) concluded that payment by a specialty pharmacy to a retail pharmacy on a “per-fill” basis for services provided by the retail pharmacy could violate the...more

Can colleges reward students and alumni for referring new students?

One of the more common questions we receive in our higher education practice concerns whether an institution may offer a student or alumni referral program without running afoul of federal law. Or, more specifically, whether...more

OIG Rejects Pharmacy’s Plan for Per-Fill Referral Fees, Or Be Careful What You Ask For

Advisory Opinion No. 14-06, issued August 15, addressed a plan by the chain to reimburse local pharmacies for referrals of patients in need of specialized drugs that the local pharmacies did not dispense. In the scenario...more

Does the Workers' Compensation Commission Have Exclusive Jurisdiction Over Claims for Referral Fees?

In the closing days of its May term, the Illinois Supreme Court allowed a petition for leave to appeal from a decision of the Appellate Court for the Second District in Ferris, Thompson and Zweig, Ltd. v. Esposito. Ferris,...more

Texas' Atty Fee Statute — Elevating Form Over Substance?

Texas follows the American Rule, which provides that litigants may recover attorneys' fees only if specifically provided for by contract or statute. One such statute — Section 38.001 of the Texas Civil Practice Remedies Code...more

CFPB's First Consent Order of 2014 Addresses RESPA Section 8(a) Kickback Scheme

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its first enforcement order of 2014 against a St. Louis mortgage lender, Fidelity Mortgage Corporation (FMC), and its president, Mark Figert. The January 16 consent order...more

Advisory Opinion 14-01: OIG Says No AKS Sanctions for Senior Communities that Compensate Referral Source

In its first Advisory Opinion of 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) found that an arrangement between a placement agency (the “Placement Agency”) and certain senior...more

Is It Illegal to Have Distributors Earn Income by Referring Others?

We are often asked by executives starting a network marketing company if they can have consultants earn income by referring others and if it’s legal. Effectively, multilevel marketing is the sale of products through...more

Sixth Circuit Rejects HUD Test For RESPA Affiliated Business Safe Harbor

On November 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that HUD’s supplemental ten factor test for determining whether RESPA’s affiliated business arrangements safe harbor applies is not entitled to deference or...more

Florida District Court Orders Disgorgement Of Profits From Unfair, Deceptive Online Payday Loan Referral Practices

On July 18, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida held that an online payday loan referral business engaged in unfair and deceptive billing practices and failed to provide adequate disclosures to its...more

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