By: James W. Kraus
As industrial waste-water becomes a more significant issue, particularly in those states where hydraulic fracturing for natural gas recovery is prevalant, it is important to understand the potential criminal sanctions for violating the Clean Water Act (CWA). DOJ’s willingness to proceed with criminal charges in such matters was recently demonstrated with the indictment of Tennie White, owner, operator and manager of Mississippi Environmental Analytical Laboratories, Inc.
According to the indictment, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi on November 9, 2012, White had been hired to perform laboratory testing of a manufacturer’s industrial process waste water samples. Upon completion of the testing, White was to use those results to complete monthly Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs) for submission to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). According to the government, White created three DMRs that falsely represented that laboratory testing had been performed on samples when, in fact, such testing had not been done. The indictment further alleges that White made false statements to a federal agent during a subsequent criminal investigation.
James W. Kraus, of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, has been selected as the recipient of the DRI’s Albert H. Parnell Outstanding Program Chair Award which will be presented during the DRI Annual Meeting on October 17 in Chicago, Illinois. This award honors a program chair who created a dynamic educational program enhancing… Read more »Read More
James W. Kraus has been appointed to serve as the Chair of the Directors and Officers Coverage Subcommittee of the Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) Government Enforcement and Corporate Compliance Committee (GECC). DRI is the largest international membership organization of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation. The GECC provides opportunities for education… Read more »Read More
Nationally-recognized qui tam attorney, Marc S. Raspanti, will be speaking at the Federal Bar Association’s 2020 Qui Tam Conference in Washington, DC on Thursday, February 27, 2020. This two-day conference will feature experienced FCA litigators from a variety of perspectives who will dive into advanced topics and discuss emerging trends and key developments pertaining to… Read more »Read More
Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP Partner Michael A. Morse will be presenting at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s (“PBI”) Health Law Institute on March 11-12, 2020. Mr. Morse’s session topic is, “Preparing for the Fight of Your Life: Anatomy of a Health Care Fraud Prosecution.” The PBI notes that the Health Law Institute is,… Read more »Read More