On October 15, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued a False Claims Act ("FCA") judgment allowing the case to continue against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals ("Bayer"), based on the relator’s allegations that the company fraudulently induced the Department of Defense ("DoD") to enter contracts under which a drug known as Baycol was purchased for the use of armed service men and women.
Blog Archive: November 2013
MARYLAND COURT OF APPEALS SPOTLIGHT: High Court to Consider Whether an Employment Contract can Establish a Right to Lifetime Employment.
Can an employment contract establish a right to employment for life? The Maryland Court of Appeals will take up this question in the case of Spacesaver Systems, Inc. v. Adam.
Under Maryland law, the majority of employees are “at will” employees, meaning they can be terminated at any time and for any reason—other than discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, sex, religion, another legally-protected class, or for a reason that violates Maryland public policy (a very narrow exception)—or no reason at all.
As a general rule, the states (including Maryland) and the federal government recognize two general categories of working relationships: employer- employee relationships, and independent contractor relationships. While the majority of persons are employees (and the law presumes as much), employers often miscategorize workers as independent contractors.
So You Think You Have a Slam Dunk Custody Case? How Adultery and Pornography Impact the Court’s Decision
As a family law practitioner, there have been numerous occasions when a client or potential new client contacts me and says that they think they have an easy case – that they “have this one in the bag.” However, slam dunk cases are hard to come by.
Choice of Entity: A Primer for the New Business Owner Part 2: Doing Business as a Limited Liability Company
Welcome to post number 2 in my primer for the new business owner series. In my last post we discussed doing business as a sole proprietor. In today’s installment we turn to the limited liability company or LLC. By a wide margin, LLC’s are the preferred choice of entity for most small business owners. The benefits of operating as an LLC are numerous and include the following: