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Failure Under the HIPAA Security Rule Costs $2.14 Million

On October 18, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced a $2.14 million settlement with St. Joseph Health (“St. Joseph”), a non-profit integrated Catholic healthcare delivery...more

Stuck in the Middle with the FTC

Legal actions regarding “Made in the USA” claims, whether prosecuted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or through various state unfair trade practices acts, often settle early in the proceedings. For example, in 2014,...more

Use a Third Party Claim as Leverage to Get Your Workers’ Compensation Claim CLINCHERED

If an employee was injured in the course and scope of employment because of a third party, the employer/carrier has a lien against proceeds the employee receives from the third party. For example, if your employee was driving...more

Dutch Collective Actions vs. Collective Settlements

As U.S. law has become less willing to entertain certain types of lawsuits on behalf of worldwide classes of plaintiffs, litigants have looked for other forums that might allow the prosecution – or at least the resolution –...more

The Sixth Circuit’s Continued Scrutiny of Sealing Decisions

We wrote here previously regarding the Sixth Circuit’s decision in Shane Group v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan vacating a class action settlement because the district court improperly refused to unseal the parties’...more

Five Things to Know About the Mylan EpiPen “Settlement” – What It Is and What It Isn’t

Our eyebrows were raised by Mylan’s October 7, 2016 announcement that it had reached a $465 million “settlement” with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and “other government agencies” over its Medicaid Drug Rebate...more

Likelihood of success a prerequisite to insurer's duty to appeal, Mass. court rules

On August 27, 2016, Judge Mitchell Kaplan of the Massachusetts Superior Court for Suffolk County - Business Litigation Session, which handles only complex business litigation matters, issued a decision holding that an...more

Best in Law: Want to Cut Legal Costs? Avoid Litigation

BB&K Partner Lauren Strickroth Provides Litigation Cost-Saving Tips in the Press-Enterprise - The best strategy to minimize the cost of litigation is to avoid it altogether. Many businesses, trustees or individuals...more

FCPA Enforcement Ramping Up Against Private Equity and Hedge Funds (Part III)

The Och-Ziff settlement has now set the stage for the Justice Department and the SEC to focus its enforcement eye on the private equity and hedge fund industry. The Och-Ziff action was initiated in response to the SEC’s...more

FTC Fashions Creative Remedy to Permit Presumptively Anticompetitive Merger for Financially Failing Medical Practice

The Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC” or “Commission”) has made its preference known for structural, rather than conduct, remedies when attempting to craft consent solutions in reviewing antitrust provocative mergers. In...more

Corporate Law and Governance Update - October 2016

New Officer and Director FCA/Stark Exposure - Recent developments may merit a measured briefing to corporate leadership on the potential exposure of health industry officers and directors to financial penalties and other...more

DOJ Announces Settlement with Tuomey CEO Following Yates Memo Directive to Hold Individuals Accountable

The Department of Justice’s recent settlement with a healthcare system executive indicates a continued focus on pursuing individuals in enforcement actions. On September 27, 2016, the DOJ announced it reached a $1 million...more

DOJ Announces FHA Settlements with Two Utah-Based Mortgage Lenders

On October 3, 2016, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that two Utah-based Direct Endorsement (DE) lenders agreed to pay $5 million and $4.25 million dollars to settle separate cases relating to their...more

HUD OIG Announces PFCRA Settlement with FHA Lender

On September 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and its Office of Inspector General (HUD OIG) announced a settlement with a mortgage lender relating to two audits of the lender’s Federal...more

SEC Proposes Amendment to Shorten Settlement Cycle

On September 28, 2016, the SEC proposed an amendment to Exchange Act Rule 15c6-1(a) in order to shorten the standard settlement cycle from three business days (“T+3”) to two business days (“T+2”) following the applicable...more

SEC Proposes Shortening Broker-Dealer Settlement Cycle to T+2

On September 28, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) submitted a proposal to shorten the settlement cycle for broker-dealer transactions to two days after the trade date (T+2). The proposal would amend...more

District Court Declines to Vacate Ruling That Patent Is Invalid for Covering Unpatentable Abstract Ideas after the Parties Settled...

The Plaintiffs filed a patent infringement action against the defendant, Netskope, accusing Netskope of infringing U.S. Patent Number 7,305,707 (the "707 Patent"). Netskope filed a motion for judgment on the pleadings, which...more

DOJ Secures $83 Million Settlement Over Alleged FHA Underwriting Violations

On September 29, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had secured a settlement from a national lender, resolving allegations that the lender violated the False Claims Act, Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act,...more

5 Key Takeaways from AB InBev SEC FCPA Settlement

The Justice Department and the SEC have been busy over the last 2 weeks in the FCPA arena. For those who have raised doubts about DOJ and the SEC’s continuing commitment to FCPA enforcement, you should forever hold your...more

SEC Proposes T+2 for Settling Securities Transactions

The SEC has proposed a rule amendment to shorten the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer securities transactions from three business days after the trade date (T+3) to two business days after the trade date...more

FERC’s Maxim Settlement Shows Continued Focus on ISO and RTO Bidding Conduct

On September 26, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) issued an order1 approving a Stipulation and Consent Agreement between its Office of Enforcement (“Enforcement”) and Maxim Power Corp....more

Restitution Claims Resolved in New York and Cologne, New Case Filed Against Germany

Word came this week of two resolutions of claims to Nazi-looted art in museums in New York and Cologne, and a new Nazi-looted claim against Germany filed in Washington. Barely a month after the Neue Galerie (of Austrian and...more

SEC’s Proposed Rules for Expedited Settlement May Impact Long-Standing Exception for Firm Commitment Offerings

The SEC has agreed to propose rules that would shorten the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer transactions from three business days after the trade date (also known as T+3 settlement) to two business days after...more

One Year Later: The Yates Memo, False Claims Act and Director & Executive Liability

On September 19 and 27, 2016, the US Department of Justice announced two False Claims Act settlements that required corporate executives to make substantial monetary payments to resolve their liability. How will director and...more

Massachusetts AG Settles Abusive Debt Collection Claims Against Mortgage Servicer

On September 28, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office announced that it had entered into a settlement with a national mortgage servicer to resolve allegations that the servicer had engaged in abusive debt collection...more

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