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Posted on Wed, 2017-05-31 15:04 by Jay P. Holland in False Claims Act

Federal government employees are often in an excellent position to know about waste, fraud and abuse in government programs and to quietly inform others of what they know in order to punish wrongdoing, spur change and save the government vast sums of money. When they inform Congress, for example, about potentially illegal or wasteful practices in their agencies, federal employees are acting as whistleblowers – and they are protected under their own whistleblower statutes.

Posted on Wed, 2017-05-31 14:44 by Levi S. Zaslow in

Debtor/Credit – Civil Procedure

Cassandra Murray v. Midland Funding, LLC, No. 2280, Sept. Term, 2015 (Md. Ct. Spec. App., April 26, 2017).

http://www.mdcourts.gov/opinions/cosa/2017/2280s15.pdf

Posted on Thu, 2017-05-25 12:20 by Brian J. Markovitz in Labor Law

More and more frequently, employers are evading the legal requirement to pay overtime to their employees by choosing to pay them on a salaried basis instead of an hourly wage, and then telling the employees that they’re not entitled to overtime because they have an “exempt” job title. But often this practice amounts to nothing more than illegal wage theft from workers who should be classified as hourly and are being denied overtime pay that they deserve.

Posted on Thu, 2017-05-04 14:58 by Veronica Nannis in

      Did you know that sometimes civil health care fraud can result in criminal convictions? It’s rare. But when it happens, it ruins lives, careers and risks serious patient harm. What might start small, can quickly snowball when greed eclipses medical judgment. When supervision and peer review get overshadowed by revenue, civil fraud can be a crime.

            Civil fraud turned criminal charges

Just some of the media headlines discussing civil-fraud-turned-criminal have included:

Posted on Tue, 2017-05-02 15:15 by Andrew E. Greenwald in

When a patient is injured or dies as a result of inappropriate medical treatment, it is known as medical negligence. In medical negligence cases, it’s important to provide your attorney with a list of specific items to better help them investigate the claim. 

Posted on Thu, 2017-04-27 15:52 by Veronica Nannis in False Claims Act

Some basic considerations when thinking of reporting health care fraud

Most employees never imagine reporting their employers. No one takes a job with their sights set on clandestinely gathering evidence for a government health care fraud investigation. But, anyone working in the health care field long enough knows that fraud is still rampant and it sometimes causes real patient harm. So, how does a loyal employee turn whistleblower, and what should you do if you find yourself in this position?

Posted on Tue, 2017-04-25 16:02 by Andrew E. Greenwald in Medical Malpractice

Cases that involve victims of brain damage can be very challenging, emotional and complicated. I believe to be successful in court, attorneys must be aware of any potential challenges he/she may face. A specific example of this is using infection as a cause of brain damage. 

Was there a fever before the brain damage was realized? Have you analyzed the mother’s screen? Was chorioamnionitis confirmed before the birth of the victim? These are just some of the questions to answer prior to building a case of brain damage caused by infection. 

Here is a checklist:

Posted on Mon, 2017-04-17 16:14 by Andrew E. Greenwald in

INSTRUMENTAL DELIVERIES

An Important Discussion About Vacuum Deliveries All Effected Families Should Read       

“It has been repeatedly shown that under modern conditions, caesarian section, although not devoid of risk, offers better results to both mother and child than does a difficult instrumental delivery.”[1]

Posted on Thu, 2017-04-06 13:13 by Megan A. Benevento in Civil Rights

Since June 26, 2015, when jubilant masses swarmed First Street in front of the Supreme Court and the White House illuminated the night with rainbow lights, lawyers, scholars, and many citizens have waited with bated breath to see how the legacy of Obergefell v. Hodges would shape the next generation of jurisprudence.

Posted on Thu, 2017-03-16 15:41 by Jeffrey N. Greenblatt in Divorce

Suggestion:  How to Break the News of Your Divorce to Your Kids: Before, During and After the Discussion

When parents decide to end their marriage, one of their biggest concerns is how their children will cope with the news. Although children may struggle with this new transition, there are several things that parents can do to make it easier to break the news and to help their children get through the divorce process.

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