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Privacy, Data and Cyber Security: The Current Legal Landscape CLE (Webinar)

2021/11/11

Companies and consumers alike are under perpetual assault from bad actors as IoT, work from home, and cloud migration – all intended to improve productivity – have expanded the cyber attack surface. The continually evolving privacy legislation and cyber regulation requires companies to adapt and comply with collection, use, retention, and disclosure of personal information, and requires the implementation of internal controls, systems, and policies to better protect information from cyber criminals. During this one hour CLE hosted webinar we will discuss: An overview of the current state of U.S. privacy law, including state privacy legislation, breach notification, and enforcement Overview of the legal framework in data security Cybersecurity threats and the attendant risk Regulatory frameworks and the future of managing security in large supply chains Best practices for companies to launch or improve their security program Click here to register. Zoom details to follow. *Attendance is limited. When Thursday, November 11, 2021 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST Host Christopher A. Iacono, Partner Martin T. Shepherd, Partner Credit CLE credit in PA is currently pending approval. Read More

Pietragallo Partner James W. Kraus Admitted to the American College of Trial Lawyers

2021/10/04

Pietragallo is pleased to announce that partner James W. Kraus has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (the College), one of the premier legal associations in North America.  The induction ceremony took place during the College’s 2021 Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. Founded in 1950, the College is composed of preeminent members of the trial bar from the United States and Canada and is recognized as the leading trial lawyers organization in both countries. Fellowship is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Membership in the College cannot exceed 1% of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,800 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows. Jim has spent over 20 years focusing on white collar criminal defense, government enforcement, internal investigations, health care litigation and commercial litigation. He has extensive trial experience in a wide variety of complex matters, including health care litigation, securities matters, preliminary injunction proceedings, and criminal trials in both state and federal court. He has also handled environmental litigation and regulatory enforcement matters. Prior to joining private practice, he served as a JAG criminal prosecutor with the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division. In addition to his work in the courtroom, Jim has represented clients in response to investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other government agencies. About Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP is a multi-disciplined business and commercial litigation firm headquartered in Pittsburgh with five offices throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia from which we serve our clients in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Read More

Michael Morse to present at American Bar Association Physicians Legal Issues: Healthcare Delivery & Innovation Virtual Conference

2021/09/24

Michael A. Morse will present “With Friends Like These…The Attorney-Physician Expert Witness Relationship” at the American Bar Association Physicians Legal Issues: Healthcare Delivery & Innovation Virtual Conference on Friday, September 24, 2021 This live, interactive webinar will cover critical topics, including new payment models, compliance issues, enforcement trends, contracting, tips for managing transactions, cybersecurity, the implications of new technologies, and workplace issues for physicians. Speakers will share practical and viable improvement techniques to help you work more efficiently while restoring your sense of purpose. Mr. Morse’s panel will discuss how to find an appropriate expert witness, maintain attorney-client privilege, and guard against Daubert challenges from an attorney’s perspective. His panel also analyzes the physician expert viewpoint, including determining if a case is a good fit, the typical process for expert witness engagement, and preparation tips for deposition and trial testimony. For more information about Physicians Legal Issues: Healthcare Delivery & Innovation Virtual Conference please visit here. Read More

20 Pietragallo Lawyers Named in 2022 The Best Lawyers in America and Ones to Watch

2021/08/19

Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP is pleased to announce that 20 lawyers have been named as 2022 The Best Lawyers in America and 2022 Ones to Watch, including two lawyers who were recognized for Bet-the-Company Litigation. Best Lawyers employs a sophisticated, conscientious, rational, and transparent survey process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services. Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. The following were chosen as The Best Lawyers in America: Gaetan Alfano (Bet-the-Company Litigation) Pamela Coyle Brecht Phillip R. Earnest Mark Gordon James W. Kraus James F. Marrion Shelly R. Pagac Richard J. Parks William Pietragallo, II (Bet-the-Company Litigation) Francis E. Pipak, Jr. Kevin E. Raphael Marc Stephen Raspanti Douglas K. Rosenblum Eric G. Soller Clem C. Trischler Peter St. Tienne Wolff The following were chosen as The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch: John Kettering Leslie A. Mariotti Peter W. Nigra Frank H. Stoy   About Pietragallo Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP is a multi-disciplined business and commercial litigation firm headquartered in Pittsburgh with five offices throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia from which we serve our clients in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Read More

Alliance Family of Companies and Ancor Capital Partners Pay $15.3M to Settle False Claims Suits

2021/07/22

The Department of Justice and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, has announced the settlement of six qui tam cases filed in Houston, Dallas, and Philadelphia.  The first of the six whistleblower cases was filed in the Southern District of Texas by Dr. Bhuvana Mandalapu and Dr. Ramakrisha Chava, two Texas-based physicians, against Defendants Alliance Family of Companies and Ancor Holdings LP (d/b/a Ancor Capital Partners).[1] Alliance Family of Companies (“Alliance”), based in Irving, Texas, was one of the largest providers of in-home neurological diagnostic electroencephalogram (“EEG”) services in the United States.[2]  Ancor Capital Partners, based in Southlake, Texas, is a private equity firm that invested in Alliance in 2017. Drs. Mandalapu and Chava alleged in their Qui Tam lawsuit that, since 2013: Alliance paid independent-contractor neurologists to interpret EEG tests and provided these test-interpretation reports for free to non-neurologist referring physicians to enable them to bill the professional component for the test interpretations, in return for these non-neurologist physicians ordering the EEG tests from Alliance, in violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”), 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7b(b); Alliance chose the neurologists that it paid to provide interpretations of tests ordered by other physicians in return for those neurologists ordering EEG tests for their own patients from Alliance, in violation of the AKS; Alliance falsely billed Current Procedural Terminology (“CPT”) code 95957 for every video ambulatory EEG test performed when it did not perform the work required for the billing of the code; and Alliance falsely billed CPT code 95951 when its procedures met the requirements only for the lower-reimbursed CPT code 95953. Drs. Mandalapu and Chava also alleged in their Qui Tam lawsuit that Ancor Capital Partners, through its due diligence during the sale of Alliance, learned about Alliance’s payment of kickbacks and other false claims and, after the sale, it allowed that conduct to continue. Read More

Pamela Coyle Brecht to present at Seton Hall University School of Law

2021/06/15

Pamela Coyle Brecht, Chair of the firm’s Qui Tam & False Claims Act practice, will present “The False Claims Act and Dealing with Whistleblowers” at Seton Hall University School of Law on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. This four-day healthcare compliance certificate program immerses attendees in the statutes, regulations, and other guidance that comprise the body of law known as “fraud and abuse law.” Attendees examine health care-related laws and regulations alongside other compliance, ethics and integrity officers, legal counsel, health care consultants, and regulatory and medical affairs professionals. For more information about Seton Hall University School of Law’s U.S. Healthcare Compliance Certificate Program please visit their website. Read More

24 Pietragallo Lawyers Named in 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

2021/06/08

Including Recognition in Top 100 in Pennsylvania and Top 100 In Philadelphia Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP is pleased to announce that 24 attorneys have been named as 2021 Super Lawyers and 2021 Rising Stars, including two attorneys who were also recognized in the Top 100 in Pennsylvania and Top 100 in Philadelphia. Super Lawyers is a service of Thomson Reuters legal division which compiles a list of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas. Each year, a research team at Super Lawyers conducts a multi-phase selection process reviewing independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. The following were chosen as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers: Gaetan J. Alfano (Top 100 in Philadelphia) Joseph J. Bosick Mark Gordon Christopher A. Iacono P. Brennan Hart James W. Kraus Michael A. Morse Shelly R. Pagac William Pietragallo, II Francis E. Pipak, Jr. Kevin E. Raphael Marc S. Raspanti (Top 100 in Pennsylvania and Top 100 in Philadelphia) Douglas K. Rosenblum John A. Schwab Eric G. Soller Clem C. Trischler Paul K. Vey The following were chosen as Pennsylvania Rising Stars: Jeremy E. Abay John R. Brumberg Sarah R. Goodman Joseph L. Gordon John W. Kettering Peter W. Nigra Peter St. Tienne Wolff About Pietragallo Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP is a multi-disciplined business and commercial litigation firm headquartered in Pittsburgh with five offices throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia from which we serve our clients in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Read More

James W. Kraus Elected into American Board of Trial Advocates

2021/06/07

James W Kraus, partner at Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP has been inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). ABOTA is an invitation-only national association of 7,600 experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees the right to civil jury trials. ABOTA’s primary goal is to educate the American public about the history and value of the right to trial by jury and is dedicated to elevating the standards of skill, integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession. Jim has spent over 20 years focusing on white collar criminal defense, government enforcement, internal investigations, health care litigation and commercial litigation. He has extensive trial experience in a broad range of substantive legal areas. He has also conducted numerous internal investigations, including investigations for governmental organizations and publicly traded companies. Prior to joining private practice, Jim served as a JAG criminal prosecutor with the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division. He also served as environmental litigation counsel for the Department of the Army in Washington, D.C., working with the Department of Justice as Agency counsel in litigation matters defending environmental lawsuits and regulatory actions. He has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America in three separate practice areas: Healthcare Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar, and Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants. About Pietragallo Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP is a multi-disciplined business and commercial litigation firm headquartered in Pittsburgh with five offices throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia from which we serve our clients in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Read More

Michael A. Morse is Contributing Author to HCCA’s Complete Healthcare Compliance Manual

2021/04/27

Michael A. Morse, partner and member of the firm’s Government Enforcement, Compliance, and White Collar Litigation team, recently contributed to Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA’s) Complete Healthcare Compliance Manual. The manual overall provides new and experienced practitioners with guidance and insights on the fundamentals of program management, risk assessment, compliance training, auditing and monitoring, and much more. Michael is a contributing author to Chapter 3: Running an Effective Compliance Program, wherein he discusses that the hallmark of an effective compliance program is having robust internal reporting system. Read More

From our COVID-19 Response Team: Pennsylvania Business Guidance For Probable or Confirmed Case of COVID-19

2020/08/05

As COVID-19 continues to spread globally and throughout Pennsylvania, most employers will be faced with the question of how to respond when an employee tests positive, or has exposure to the coronavirus, and will need to determine when those employees can safely return to work.  In part, it depends on whether the employee has simply tested positive, or if the employee tests positive and has symptoms. Where an employee has tested positive for COVID-19, but has no symptoms, the employee can return to work 10 days after the first positive test. Where an employee has tested positive for COVID-19 and has symptoms, the employee may safely return to work at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms, at least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, and all other symptoms have improved.  All three criteria must be met before the employee can safely return to work.    For employees with severe illness, 20 days of isolation after symptom onset may be warranted. Once a company has ensured that an employee with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case will not be reporting to the business’ physical worksite, Pennsylvania employers must take the following steps: I. Secure and Decontaminate Affected Areas Close off areas visited by the person who is a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19. Wait at least 24 hours, or as long as practical, before cleaning and disinfecting the affected area. If more than seven days have passed since affected person visited the business or facility, enhanced cleaning and disinfection is not necessary. Open outside doors and windows and use ventilation fans to increase air circulation. Clean and disinfect all shared areas such as offices, bathrooms, break rooms, shared electronic equipment (printers, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls) used by the affected person. For more information, see https://www.governor.pa.gov/covid-19/business-faq/ Read More

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Pamela Coyle Brecht to present at Health Care Compliance Association’s 2022 Managed Care Compliance Conference
January 31, 2022
On Monday, January 31, 2022, Pietragallo partner Pamela Coyle Brecht will be presenting on “The Dos and Don’ts of Medicare Advantage and Medicaid Managed Care: Lessons from Recent Enforcement Activity” at the HCCA’s Managed Care Compliance Conference. Read More
Pamela Coyle Brecht to present at Federal Bar Association’s 2022 Qui Tam Conference
February 24, 2022
On Thursday, February 24, 2022 Pietragallo partner Pamela Coyle Brecht will be presenting on “Private Equity – The Newest Face at the FCA Table” at the Federal Bar Association’s 2022 Qui Tam Conference. Read More
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