Referral Fees

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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

False Claims Act Litigation Update: Florida Federal Court Finds Hospital Violated Stark Law Via Oncologist Bonus Compensation...

On November 13, 2013, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida granted partial summary judgment in favor of the United States inUnited States ex rel. Baklid-Kunz v. Halifax Hospital Med. Ctr., et...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

Patton Boggs Reinsurance Newsletter - June 2013: California Federal Court Grants Motion to Compel Production of Reinsurance...

Munoz v. PHH Corp., No. 1:08-cv-0759-AWI-BAM, 2013 WL 684388 (E.D. Cal. Feb. 22, 2013) and Munoz v. PHH Corp., No. 1:08-cv-0759-AWI-BAM, 2013 WL 1278509 (E.D. Cal. Mar. 26, 2013). In two separate rulings, a California...more

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