Health Care

Pamela Coyle Brecht to Speak at South Carolina Bar Health Care Law Seminar

April 26, 2016

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Pamela Coyle Brecht, partner at the law firm Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, will speak at the “False Claims Act/Qui Tam Whistleblower Litigation Involving Health Care Providers” seminar at the South Carolina Bar Conference Center in Columbia, SC on Friday, May 6, 2016. She will be accompanied by esteemed local and national panelists. Ms. Brecht will present on “Private Causes of Action Accompanying FCA Qui Tam Cases”and will also be part of a panel discussion on “Hot Topics from the Plaintiff’s Perspective.” The seminar will focus on federal False Claims Act litigation and the health care industry.  It’s designed to inform attendees on emerging issues arising out of False Claims Act lawsuits involving the clinical health care industry including hospitals, hospices, pharmaceuticals, ambulance companies and laboratories. The program is hosted by the South Carolina Bar Health Care Law Section, South Carolina Bar CLE Division and the South Carolina Federal Bar Association Qui Tam Section. Ms. Brecht is a vibrant member of the Qui Tam Practice Group at Pietragallo. She is also experienced in employment law, internal investigations, white collar criminal litigation, and complex health care litigation. She litigates some of the most complex Qui Tam cases filed in the United States. Her cases have included alleged fraud by a large multi-state Medicaid managed care contractor, FCA violations by three of the largest hospital corporations in the country, and complex financial relationships among healthcare providers, clinical laboratories as well as myriad pharmaceutical fraud. Ms. Brecht is a 1988, cum laude, graduate of Villanova University and a 1991 graduate of Temple University School of Law. While attending Temple University School of Law, Ms. Brecht served as a member of the Temple Law Review and received honors for Distinguished Class Performance. Ms. Brecht is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, the Health Care Compliance Association, and the Federal Bar Association Qui Tam Section. Read More

Marc Stephen Raspanti to Speak at the South Carolina Bar Health Care Law Seminar

April 26, 2016

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Marc Stephen Raspanti, partner at the law firm Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, will speak at the “False Claims Act/Qui Tam Whistleblower Litigation Involving Health Care Providers” seminar at the South Carolina Bar Conference Center in Columbia, SC on Friday, May 6, 2016. Mr. Raspanti will present on “False Claims Act Pleadings & Related Issues” and will also be a part of a panel discussion on “Hot Topics from the Plaintiff’s Perspective.”  The seminar will focus on federal False Claims Act litigation and the health care industry. It’s designed to inform attendees on emerging issues arising in the context of False Claims Act lawsuits involving health care industries including hospitals, hospices, pharmaceuticals, ambulance companies and laboratories. The program is hosted by the South Carolina Bar Health Care Law Section, South Carolina Bar CLE Division and the South Carolina Federal Bar Association Qui Tam Section. Mr. Raspanti, who is a former prosecutor, is recognized as one of the most successful, skilled and experienced qui tam attorneys in the United States. Since 1989, Mr. Raspanti has litigated many of the most complex and important cases in the history of the federal False Claims Act. He has served as lead counsel for whistleblowers in false claims cases that have resulted in over $2 billion in recoveries for federal and state taxpayers. He practices in the areas of federal and state qui tam litigation, federal and state white collar litigation; criminal and civil health care fraud defense; and complex commercial litigation. Mr. Raspanti received his B.A. from Villanova University in 1979 and his J.D. from Temple University School of Law in 1984.  Mr. Raspanti was selected by his peers as one of Pennsylvania’s Super Lawyers from 2004 through 2015 in the field of White Collar Criminal Defense, an honor reserved for 5% of the Pennsylvania Bar. Read More

PA Bar 22nd Annual Health Law Institute

2016/03/15

Marc S. Raspanti will present “So You Want to Represent a Whistleblower: What Do you Need to Know to Succeed” regarding the ethics of representing whistleblowers, at the Pennsylvania Bar Institutes’ 22nd Annual Health Law Institute in Philadelphia. Read More

Michael A. Morse to Present at the 20th Annual Compliance Institute

March 7, 2016

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Michael A. Morse, partner at the law firm Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, will present at the 20th Annual Compliance Institute in Las Vegas, NV.  He will discuss “False Claims Act Developments” at 9:00 am on Sunday, April 17, 2016. The 2016 Compliance Institute, presented by the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA), will take place from April 17-20 at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  Mr. Morse will be part of a panel discussing the fundamentals of the False Claim Act’s liability, damages, procedures, and whistleblower provisions from the viewpoint of the compliance official. They will also discuss whistleblower, government and defense perspectives on the filing, investigation, litigation and settlement of qui tam cases. As an attendee at the Compliance Institute, you will be attaining knowledge from the most comprehensive conference for today’s healthcare compliance professional. Mr. Morse serves as Chair of the Qui Tam Practice Group and also is a member of the Government Enforcement, Compliance, and White Collar Litigation Group as well as the Health Care and Litigation Practice Groups at Pietragallo. He is a former prosecutor who has developed a nationwide practice representing whistleblowers under federal and state false claims acts.  Mr. Morse has served as counsel for the lead whistleblowers in a number of the most successful false claims cases in United States history, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in recoveries for federal and state taxpayers. Mr. Morse currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Federal Courts Committee. He has been selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for 2013, 2014, and 2015 in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense.  Mr. Morse received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from Emory University Law School. For more information regarding the upcoming Health Care Compliance Institute or to register, please visit http://www.compliance-institute.org/. Read More

Pamela Coyle Brecht to Present at the 20th Annual Compliance Institute

March 7, 2016

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Pamela Coyle Brecht, partner at the law firm Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, will present at the 20th Annual Compliance Institute in Las Vegas, NV. She will speak on “Managed Care Fraud: Enforcement and Compliance” on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 11:00 am. The four-day event takes place from April 17-20 at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  The 2016 Compliance Institute, presented by the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA), will help attendees better understand the chaos of healthcare reform, hospital physician alignment, compliance effectiveness, and HIPAA Privacy/Data Breach; which are adding complexity to the regulatory compliance challenges facing healthcare professionals today. Professionals such as healthcare specialists, risk managers, attorneys, regulators, physicians and more will learn how recent laws, regulations, and enforcement actions will affect compliance programs. Ms. Brecht is an active member of the Qui Tam Practice Group at Pietragallo. She is also experienced in employment law, internal investigations, white collar criminal litigation, and complex health care litigation. She litigates some of the most complex Qui Tam cases filed in the United States. Her cases have included alleged fraud by a large multi-state Medicaid managed care contractor, FCA violations by three of the largest hospital corporations in the country, and complex financial relationships among healthcare providers, as well as pharmaceutical fraud. She is also part of the team that is advancing one of the first national cases alleging fraud against the Medicare Part D program. Ms. Brecht is a 1988, cum laude, graduate of Villanova University and a 1991 graduate of Temple University School of Law. While attending Temple University School of Law, Ms. Brecht served as a member of the Temple Law Review and received honors for Distinguished Class Performance. Ms. Brecht is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, the Health Care Compliance Association, the Federal Bar Association Qui Tam Section, the Brehon Law Society, and the Justinian Law Society. Read More

ABA Section of Litigation Healthcare

November 3, 2015

Pamela C. Brecht will speak about current events at the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Litigation Healthcare LA Regional Conference. Michael A. Morse will present on “Complexities of Parallel Proceeding Under the False Claims Act.” Read More

Attorneys And Law Firms Remain On Sec’s Radar For Insider Trading Cases

September 30, 2015

A series of recent high profile prosecutions of attorneys or persons affiliated with law firms for insider trading has highlighted the government’s concern about attorneys and law firm personnel misusing information shared by clients.  Law firms, particularly those representing public companies, are entrusted on a regular basis with sensitive information regarding proposed mergers, acquisitions and tender offers.  Protecting this information from threats inside the organization is a challenge just as critical as protecting it from outside threats. Attorneys advising or representing highly placed executives or board members in public companies are also frequent recipients of potentially market-moving information. It is correspondingly critical that these individuals restrict their use of this information to those purposes necessary to serve their client and nothing more.  When sensitive information regarding public companies is misused for personal gain, those using it can expect the government to come calling.  On Monday, the most recent example of this peril came to light when the SEC charged five Florida residents, including two lawyers and an accountant, with insider trading in advance of the acquisition of Pharmasset, Inc. by Gilead Sciences, Inc. The charges are set forth in a civil complaint filed in the U.S. District in Newark, New Jersey, alleging that attorneys Robert L. Spallina and Donald R. Tescher, as well as accountant Stephen G. Rosen, used information obtained from a mutual client to trade in advance of the sale of Pharmasset to Gilead.  According to the complaint, during a meeting on November 8, 2011 regarding year-end personal tax and estate planning, the mutual client, who was a Pharmasset board member, discussed with his advisors the fact that the Pharmasset board was negotiating to sell the company at a significant premium.  Three of those advisors, Spallina, Tescher and Rosen purportedly used that information and purchased Pharmasset securities.  According to the complaint, Spallina also told a financial advisor, Thomas J. Read More

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