Qui Tam/False Claims Act

Pamela Brecht to present at Seton Hall University School of Law

2021/06/15

Pamela C. 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 Read More

Pietragallo Expands Litigation Practice with New Hires

2021/04/12

In a significant expansion of the firm’s litigation practice, Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP is pleased to announce the addition of four new associates to the firm’s Pittsburgh and Philadelphia Offices. “This is an exciting time for our firm as we continue to expand our litigation team and attract top talent in the legal market,” said Pietragallo Chairman William Pietragallo, II. “We are fully committed to providing our clients with the best possible talent and we are delighted to welcome this young and talented group of associates.” The group of four new associates includes: Stephen Raiola joins our Commercial Litigation team in our Pittsburgh office. Stephen brings our clients mid-level expertise in litigation and investigations, including product liability and mass tort, class actions, and commercial litigation. Before making the decision to return to Pittsburgh, Stephen spent five years with a leading international law firm in Washington D.C. Prior to Stephen’s move to D.C., he was an associate at an international law firm in New York City and clerked for Judge D. Michael Fisher on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. Daniel P. Wotherspoon joins our Government Enforcement, Compliance, and White Collar litigation team in our Philadelphia office. Daniel brings our clients mid-level experience in white collar criminal defense and government investigations related to securities and False Claims Act matters. He joins us from a nationally based law firm and clerked for Judge Jane Richards Roth on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Daniel graduated cum laude from Villanova University School of Law. Christin M. Roberts joins our Government Enforcement, Compliance, and White Collar litigation team in our Pittsburgh office. Christin completed an internship in the Legal Department and Compliance Department at a leading global pharmaceuticals company where she concentrated her research on the False Claims Act and Whistleblower laws. Read More

How to Avoid Turning Your Employees into Whistleblowers

2021/03/24

Partner Pamela Coyle Brecht will be presenting at the 8th Annual Advanced Forum on False Claims and Qui Tam Enforcement on March 24, 2021. Ms. Brecht’s panel is titled “View from the Relator’s Bar: How to Avoid Turning Your Employees into Whistleblowers.” The panel will discuss strategies for seeking the government’s intervention and dealing with government declination, including: How to present a strong case When to assist the government’s investigation Deciding when to file and knowing what factors to consider when bringing a claim Figuring out what to do when the government declines and learning how the government can help in a declined case (obtaining information and statements of interest/amicus briefs) Considering when relators go it alone Resolving why more relators are pursuing declined cases For more information about the program, including to register, please visit the American Conference Institute’s website here. Read More

Pamela Coyle Brecht to present on False Claims Act Update

2021/03/16

Qui Tam/False Claims Act Partner Pamela Coyle Brecht will be presenting at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Health Law Institute 2021 virtual event. The live webcast will be held on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. Ms. Brecht will be speaking on the “False Claims Act Update” with fellow panelists Gregory David and Matthew Hogan. For more information about the program, including to register, please visit the PBI program website. For more information about Pamela Coyle Brecht or the firm’s nationally-recognized False Claims Act practice, we invite you to visit our False Claims Act Resource Center. Read More

Partner Marc S. Raspanti to present at HCCA’s 6th Annual Healthcare Enforcement Compliance Conference

2020/11/18

Partner Marc S. Raspanti will be speaking at the Health Care Compliance Association’s virtual 2020 Healthcare Enforcement Compliance Conference on Wednesday, November 18. During the three-day conference, attendees will hear first‑hand from government officials about regulatory changes, expectations, and key priorities in the Healthcare Enforcement sector. Attendees can further gain the knowledge and skills needed to properly address potential violations and improve their organization’s compliance program. During the program, Mr. Raspanti’s segment is titled, “Negotiating and Mediating False Claims Act Cases.” For more information about the program, including to register, please visit the HCCA program website. For more information about Marc S. Raspanti or the firm’s nationally-recognized False Claims Act practice, we invite you to visit our False Claims Act Resource Center. Read More

Partner Michael A. Morse to present at HCCA’s 6th Annual Healthcare Enforcement Compliance Conference

2020/11/15

Partner Michael A. Morse will be speaking at the Health Care Compliance Association‘s 6th Annual Healthcare Enforcement Compliance Conference in November. During the four day conference, attendees will hear first‑hand from government officials about regulatory changes, expectations, and key priorities in the Healthcare Enforcement sector. Attendees can further gain the knowledge and skills needed to properly address potential violations and improve their organization’s compliance program. During the program, Mr. Morse will speak on a panel, “Anatomy of a False Claims Act Case.” For more information about the program, including to register, please visit the HCCA program website. For more information about Michael A. Morse or the firm’s nationally-recognized False Claims Act practice, we invite you to visit our False Claims Act Resource Center. Read More

Pamela Coyle Brecht Appointed as a Hearing Committee Member serving the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

2020/08/06

Partner Pamela Coyle Brecht of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP has been appointed as a Hearing Committee Member serving the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania effective July 1, 2020. This appointment is a three-year term. Ms. Brecht also serves as Chair of the firm’s national Qui Tam/False Claims Act (FCA) Practice Group. She is experienced in white-collar criminal litigation, internal investigations, and complex health care litigation. Some of Ms. Brecht’s largest FCA cases have included alleged fraud by a large multi-state Medicaid managed care contractor and FCA violations by three of the largest hospital corporations in the country. The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is dedicated to protecting the public, maintaining the integrity of the legal profession, and safeguarding the reputation of the courts. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania established the Disciplinary Board in 1972. In regard to the appointment, Ms. Brecht commented, “I’m honored and proud to accept this appointment. I will do my very best to assist our system of discipline.” Read More

Partner Pamela Coyle Brecht to present at HCCA’s 6th Annual Healthcare Enforcement Compliance Conference

2020/11/16

The practice group leader of the firm’s False Claims Act practice group, Pamela Coyle Brecht, will be presenting at the Health Care Compliance Association‘s 6th Annual Healthcare Enforcement Compliance Conference on Monday, November 16. During the three-day conference, attendees will hear first‑hand from government officials about regulatory changes, expectations, and key priorities in the Healthcare Enforcement sector. Attendees can further gain the knowledge and skills needed to properly address potential violations and improve their organization’s compliance program. During the program, Ms. Brecht will be discussing, “Managed Care Enforcement and Compliance.” For more information about the program, including to register, please visit the HCCA program website. For more information about Pamela Coyle Brecht or the firm’s nationally-recognized False Claims Act practice, we invite you to visit our False Claims Act Resource Center. Read More

Are You FCPA Compliant?

July 13, 2020

In today’s international marketplace, it is critical to keep in mind the reach of American federal statutes which have significant impact on foreign jurisdictions. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), enacted in 1977, contains two key provisions: (1) a prohibition on bribery of foreign officials, and (2) accounting and reporting provisions for companies registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). 15 U.S.C. §§ 78dd-1-3. The Department of Justice has increasingly made headlines using this powerful law. In 2014 alone, the United States prosecuted seven corporate FCPA enforcement actions. In just those seven cases, the Department of Justice collected $1.25 billion in criminal fines – an all-time record. The anti-bribery provision of the FCPA criminalizes the “offer, payment, promise to pay, or authorization of the payment of any money, or offer, gift, promise to give, or authorization of the giving of anything of value” to foreign officials for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business. Id. at § 78dd-1(a). There is an exception for payments or gifts made “to expedite or secure the performance of a routine governmental action.” Id. at §78dd-1(b). The statute also provides two interesting affirmative defenses. Defendants may be excused from liability if (1) the payment was legal under the written laws of the recipient’s country; or (2) the payment was a “reasonable and bona fide expenditure” toward specific, enumerated ends. Id. at § 78dd-1(c). A Helpful Checklist If your company operates overseas, it is time and money well spent to review the following aspects of your business: (1) Identify the nature of your business and all sectors in which you operate; (2) Identify all nations in which you operate and/or engage in commerce; (3) Research the Corruptions Perception Index published by Transparency International (a global coalition with the mission to stop corruption and promote transparency, accountability and integrity at all levels and across all sectors of society) for each nation in which you operate and/or engage in commerce (available at www.transparency.org); Read More

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Pamela Brecht to present at Seton Hall University School of Law
June 15, 2021
Pamela C. 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. Read More
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