Treble Damages

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The Federal and Nevada False Claims Acts

Contractors are no strangers to the courts of justice. Litigation between contractors and owners frequently occurs when a project does not get completed on time or the work does not comply with the Contract Documents. The...more

Void-for-Vagueness Challenges to Section 75-1.1

This month’s Clark v. Toyota decision from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina has a number of interesting features, as we noted in our last post. Today, we’ll look at another one of those...more

Clarity Put on Hold as FTAIA Conflict/Confusion Continues

The Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (FTAIA) was enacted in 1982 to help achieve clarity in the application of U.S antitrust laws to international trade. More than 30 years since that effort, the FTAIA has not...more

The Costs and Risks of Corruption: Impacts beyond the Bribe

Anti-corruption news often revolves around the costly criminal and civil enforcement penalties paid by companies caught in corruption scandals. In the U.S., those costs often reach the hundreds of millions of dollars and are...more

Fourth Circuit Case Reminds Government Contractors of False Claims Act Breadth

The recent opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in United States ex rel. Badr v. Triple Canopy, Inc., serves as a reminder of the breadth of the civil False Claims Act when applied to federal...more

Big Changes to Indiana’s Wage Statute

For many years, it has been the case that Indiana is a progressive, pro-employee state when it comes to wages. Employees who were not paid wages on a timely basis were entitled to treble damages and attorney fees. A new law...more

Higher Chicago Minimum Wage Takes Effect July 1, 2015

Beginning July 1, 2015, Chicago's minimum wage will increase to $10.00 per hour. This is the first of a series of tiered minimum wage increases. The new minimum wage rate is $1.75 higher than the current Illinois minimum wage...more

Plaintiff Must Show Defendant’s Knowledge of TCPA Violation To Get Treble Damages, 11th Circuit Rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has ruled that a plaintiff must show that the defendant knew its conduct violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to establish a willful or knowing TCPA violation....more

Ohio Builders Beware: Stiff Penalties Remain

For several years, home builders and residential contractors in Ohio were subject to the Consumer Sales Practices Act – an arduous consumer protection law that imposes heavy penalties upon service “supplies” like builders,...more

Telecom Trade Associations Seek Reconsideration of FCC’s New “Treble Damages” Forfeiture Policy

Reacting to last month’s Policy Statement by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), trade associations representing a spectrum of telecommunications providers filed a joint Petition for Reconsideration and for a stay of...more

Worthless Services Investigations and Settlements: The Enforcement Trend Continues

In recent years, state and federal governments have shown their willingness to criminally pursue skilled nursing home owners and operators for allegedly administering “worthless” or substandard quality of care to their...more

Do Treble Damages Count Toward Minimum Amounts In Controversy?

Today’s post involves the relationship between N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 and amounts in controversy—especially the new amount in controversy in the statute that governs assigning cases to the North Carolina Business Court....more

New Jersey Requires Encryption for Health Insurance Carriers; May Open Door to Class Action Suits over Violations Under State...

Gov. Chris Christie has signed into law S. 562, which, as its title states, “Requires health insurance carriers to encrypt certain information.” Violation of this new law constitutes a facial violation of the New...more

Federal Circuit Reverses Judgment for Willful Infringement

Through its recent decision in Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc., the Federal Circuit gave Zimmer an early Christmas gift worth approximately $140 million by reversing a district court’s determination of willfulness and vacating...more

International Cartel Sales to Global Supply Chains Raise U.S. Antitrust Issues

In a widely awaited opinion, the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago has issued an opinion which affects the scope of government enforcement actions and which purchasers may pursue private civil treble damage...more

Magistrate Gorenstein recommends changing trebled damages to defaulting defendant, but no attorney’s fees.

Keystone Global LLC v. Auto Essentials Inc., et al. Case Number: 1:12-cv-09077-DLC-GWG - Keystone alleged that Decor Essentials infringed two patents, U.S. Patents Nos. 7,866,715 (“Protective vehicle cover”) and...more

Federal Judge Rules to Allow Extrapolation on More Than 50,000 Claims in FCA Case

Last week, a Tennessee federal district court judge ruled that government attorneys can extrapolate from a small sample of billing statements to over 50,000 claims submitted by Life Care Centers of America, Inc. (a nursing...more

A Cautionary Tale for Companies With Potential False Claims Act Exposure

A False Claims Act suit can be a company’s worst nightmare, as it may potentially result in large settlements and awards on account of the statute’s trebled damages provision. However, the nightmare for AmerisourceBergen was...more

The Coming Qui Tam Tsunami: A New Threat to American Business

The most potent weapon in combatting corporate fraud against the U.S. government has been the False Claims Act (“FCA”). Under the FCA, the U.S. government may recover treble damages and civil fines for such fraud....more

Breach of Contract and Section 75-1.1: The Beginning

A breach of contract alone does not violate N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1. If a breach is accompanied by “substantial aggravating circumstances,” however, the breach does violate section 75-1.1—and the plaintiff’s contract damages...more

UGG: Default Judgment and Treble Damages Entered Against Defendant Where Defendant Failed to Participate in Discovery

Plaintiff Deckers Outdoor Corporation ("Plaintiff") alleged that Defendants Superstar International, Inc. and Sai Liu ("Defendants") produce, advertise, and sell products that infringe Plaintiff's design patents for UGG...more

Debunking Bunk: Fourth Circuit Leaves Unresolved “Excessive” Penalties Under the False Claims Act

On December 19, 2013, in a highly anticipated decision, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit awarded $24 million in civil penalties under the False Claims Act (FCA), despite the fact that the whistleblower prosecuting...more

Employees in Maryland Can Now Get Treble Damages for Overtime Claims

On August 13, 2014, the Maryland Court of Appeals held in Peters v. Early Healthcare Giver, Inc. that unpaid overtime wages are recoverable under the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law (MWPCL or "Wage Payment Act"). ...more

Maryland Court of Appeals: Contrary to Federal Court Rulings, Maryland Employees Are Eligible to Recover Treble Damages from...

More bad news for employers: Maryland’s Court of Appeals (its highest court) has now put to rest any question about an employee’s right to recover treble damages in connection with an unpaid overtime claim....more

Maryland Employers Can Be Liable for up to Treble Damages for Misclassification "Overtime Pay" Claims Under State Law

On August 13, 2014, the Maryland Court of Appeals held in Peters v. Early Healthcare Giver, Inc. that employers can be held liable under the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law ("Wage Payment Law" or MWPCL) for all...more

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