Government Enforcement Compliance and White Collar Litigation

Sexual Harassment Claims at Educational Institutions, Including Medical Residence Programs, Covered by both Title VII and Title IX

March 31, 2017

On March 7, 2017 the Third Circuit issued its opinion in Doe v. Mercy Catholic Med. Ctr., 16-1247, — F.3d —-, 2017 WL 894455 (3d Cir. Mar. 7, 2017) addressing two matters of first impression in the Third Circuit: (a) whether a hospital’s residency program was an education program under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and… Read more »

Mobile Health App Makers Investigated For Fraud Into Settlement With The Office Of The Attorney General For The State Of New York

March 28, 2017

New York State Attorney General, A.G. Schneiderman, has put mobile health application developers on notice – “We won’t tolerate non-evidence-based apps that threaten the wellbeing of New Yorkers”. On March 23, 2017, AG Schneiderman announced settlements with three mobile health application developers after a year-long investigation into the marketing of mobile health applications distributed through… Read more »

Odebrecht and Braskem to Pay Record-Setting FCPA Penalty

January 4, 2017

Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht S.A., and its affiliated petrochemical company, Braskem S.A., agreed to pay at least $3.2 billion combined to resolve criminal charges that the companies conspired to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  The scheme, as described by the government in documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the… Read more »

Higher Education Conference

November 10, 2016

Kevin E. Raphael will speak about “Recent Litigation Updates” at the Higher Education Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

Marc Stephen Raspanti Awarded 22nd Annual Beccaria Award

November 9, 2016

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Marc Stephen Raspanti, a name partner with Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, will be recognized as the recipient of the 22nd Annual Beccaria Award for his contribution to the cause of justice and the advancement of legal education. The Justinian Society of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section will present… Read more »

Telemedicine- Just A Fancy Word For Plain Old Medicine?

October 24, 2016

Although “telemedicine” is not some new type of medical breakthrough but rather a vehicle for the delivery of “medicine”, its wide-spread use in delivering medical care in many different scenarios can get bogged down by serious regulatory issues such as: the lack of medical license reciprocity among the states (notwithstanding an increasing number of states… Read more »

SEC Announces Enforcement Results for FY 2016

October 19, 2016

This week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced its enforcement statistics for Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2016.  All told, the agency filed 868 enforcement actions, including a record 548 independent actions for violations of federal securities law, and recovered more than $4 billion in disgorgement and penalties.  The number of independent enforcement actions represents an… Read more »

Georgia-Based Hospital Group To Pay Over $513 Million To Resolve Civil And Criminal Allegations Related To Illegal Payments For Patient Referrals

October 6, 2016

On Monday, the DOJ announced the resolution of criminal allegations and a False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit a relating to a scheme to defraud the United States and obtain kickbacks in exchange for patient referrals.  A major U.S. hospital chain, Tenet Healthcare Corporation and two subsidiaries, Atlanta Medical Center, Inc. and North Fulton Medical Center,… Read more »

Menendez Trial Will Wait On Supreme Court Petition

September 30, 2016

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit granted Senator Robert Menendez’s motion to stay its mandate while he petitions the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether the political corruption charges against him are based on constitutionally protected legislative acts.  As previously documented on this blog, Menendez moved to dismiss the indictment filed in the… Read more »

Alleged Menendez Gift-Giver Loses Bid For Rehearing Of Medicare Overpayment Suit

September 6, 2016

In a prior post, we blogged about the Third Circuit’s ruling that the political case against Senator Bob Menendez can proceed to trial.   Now, in a separate civil matter, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has denied a rehearing en banc to the Florida opthamologist from whom Menendez allegedly solicited and received bribes. Vitero Retinal… Read more »

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