Government Enforcement Compliance and White Collar Litigation

Executive Director of Ocean City Housing Authority Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Federal Funds

May 15, 2017

A recent case in the District of New Jersey, United States v. Alesia Watson, No. 17-05537 (D.N.J.), illustrates the government’s continued efforts against white collar crime. The executive director of the Ocean City, New Jersey Housing Authority (the “OCHA”) pleaded guilty to embezzling federal funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”)… Read more »

Second Notice of Appeal Required to Challenge Deferred Restitution Award

April 27, 2017

The Mandatory Victims Restitution Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3663(a), requires courts to impose restitution as part of the sentence for defendants convicted of certain crimes. But sometimes at sentencing, the amount of restitution to be imposed is not yet known. In such instances, the court may enter a judgment that sets aspects of the punishment,… Read more »

The Future of FCPA Enforcement Under the Trump Administration

April 21, 2017

In 2015 and 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice racked-up record recoveries under the FCPA in both civil and criminal fines. It was the largest amount collected in history. The SEC and the Department of Justice seemed to forge a well-oiled machine when it came to investigating and prosecuting myriad… Read more »

Health Care Prosecutions Continue in New Administration

April 10, 2017

Speculation is rampant concerning if and how the priorities of the U.S. Department of Justice will change under Attorney General Sessions. Looking at it from a different perspective, it is likely that certain priorities of the Obama administration will remain. Below I highlight a few recent cases involving healthcare prosecutions – an area that is… Read more »

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 »

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