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HTMLHealth Care Workers May Think Twice Before Becoming a Relator
Amy E. McCracken; Duane Morris LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 13, 2015, previously published on January 29, 2015
The Federal False Claims Act (and many similar state false claims acts) allow an individual-called a "relator"-to file a lawsuit on behalf of the United States Government. If successful, the relator stands to collect a portion of the amount collected. Since the False Claims Act provides...

 

HTMLPennsylvania Could Enact Medical Marijuana Legislation In 2015
Seth A. Goldberg; Duane Morris LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 13, 2015, previously published on January 28, 2015
On January 26, 2015, in a bipartisan effort, Pennsylvania senators Mike Folmer (R) and Daylin Leach (D) reintroduced to the General Assembly of Pennsylvania a bill (Senate Bill No. 3) providing for the medical use of cannabis in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Senate Bill No. 3 comprises a...

 

HTMLLong-Awaited Work Authorization Rule for H-4 Spouses Published February 24, 2015: First Day to File Applications Is May 26, 2015
Duane Morris LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 13, 2015, previously published on February 25, 2015
On February 24, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, effective May 26, 2015, certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status are eligible to apply for work authorization.

 

HTMLFees and Costs Awarded to False Claims Act Defendant
Seth A. Goldberg; Duane Morris LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 13, 2015, previously published on January 9, 2015
A recent decision in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York provides fair warning to qui tam relators who assert erroneous claims under the False Claims Act ("FCA") that they could be hit with legal fees and expenses pursuant to 31 U.S.C. § 3730, which permits...

 

HTMLIt’s 2015: The Future Is Here for Legal Tech
Eric J. Sinrod; Duane Morris LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 13, 2015, previously published on January 6, 2015
It may be hard to believe, but we already have closed the books on 2014, and we now have started making our legal way into 2015. The year 2015 at first blush sounds futuristic, and in many ways we really are living in the legal tech future we could have barely imagined not that many years ago.

 

HTMLCalifornia Guidance on Complex Duty to Defend Disputes over Additional Insured Status
Max H. Stern; Duane Morris LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 13, 2015, previously published on January 28, 2015
In McMillin Companies, LLC v. American Safety Indemnity Co. (4th Dist. Div. 1, No. D063586, January 22, 2015 (published in relevant part)), the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District has provided some meaningful guidance on how a trial court should handle issues that regularly come up...

 

HTMLCan you receive a term of life imprisonment for forcing someone to accompany you to a different room in their own house?: Justice Scalia and a unanimous Supreme Court say “yes” in Whitfield v. United States of America, (though to be fair, I should note that Mr. Whitfield had just tried to rob a bank).
Eric R. Breslin; Duane Morris LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 13, 2015, previously published on January 14, 2015
18 U.S.C. 2113 (e) has a long and venerable history, even by the storied standards of the federal criminal code. It was originally enacted in 1934 in response to "an outbreak of bank robberies committed by John Dillinger and others" Carter v. United States of America, 530 U.S. 255, 280...

 

HTMLNew CMS Payment Policy Will Negatively impact Healthcare Investors
C. Mitchell Goldman; Duane Morris LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 13, 2015, previously published on January 29, 2015
I have been concerned about the difficulty of projecting revenue and determining valuations for new and existing healthcare companies based on risk based reimbursement models. My fears have not been allayed. Rather, they have been confirmed.

 

HTMLReal Estate Tax Exemption Issue Muddied Again
Philip H. Lebowitz; Duane Morris LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 13, 2015, previously published on January 10, 2015
On December 23, 2014, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania logged another frustrating mile down the confused and confusing road of property tax exemption for purely public charities. In Fayette Resources, Inc. v. Fayette County Board of Assessment Appeals, the Court overturned a lower court...

 

HTMLTop Three Problems with Text Messaging in Health Care Settings
Amy E. McCracken; Duane Morris LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 13, 2015, previously published on January 16, 2015
1. Since most text messaging is not a secure form of communication, it raises HIPAA concerns if any protected health information is included in the text message. There is the possibility of a data breach in the transmission of the text message, as well as in the event of a lost or stolen phone.

 


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