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HTMLTime is Running Out to Avoid the Negative Effects of 2016 Value-Based Physician Payment Modifiers: CMS Releases Results of Medicare’s Value-Based Payment Modifier for 2015 as Final PQRS Participation Deadlines for 2016 Adjustments Approach
Eric A. Klein, Rachel Landauer; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 23, 2015, previously published on March 11, 2015
CMS recently released results of Medicare’s value-based payment modifier for 2015. This is the first year in which physicians are subject to adjustments under the payment system and, in this first phase of implementation, only affects practices with 100 or more eligible professionals.

 

HTMLStripping the ACA of Both the Carrot and the Stick: Sticking it to Consumers On and Off the Federal Exchange
Florence T. Wang, Ken Yood; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 23, 2015, previously published on March 13, 2015
Even as we write and you read, the Supreme Court in King v. Burwell is considering whether qualifying (often low income) individuals and families who have an opportunity to purchase healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA’s”) federal exchange also have...

 

HTMLYou Again?: Application of the First-to-File Bar Where Subsequent Actions Are Brought By the Same Relator
Charles L. Kreindler, Barbara E. Taylor; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on February 25, 2015
The Federal False Claims Act (“FCA”), 31 U.S.C. § 3729, et seq., has unique procedural aspects that come into play when a private whistleblower (the “relator”) seeks to sue on behalf of the Government. One of these, the so-called “first-to-file” bar, applies...

 

HTMLAscertainability Saps Plaintiffs’ Energy in Dietary Supplement Class Action
Paul Seeley; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on March 4, 2015
In the recent decision Mirabella v. Vital Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Case No. 12-62086-CIV-ZLOCH (S.D. Fl. Feb. 27, 2015) the plaintiffs attempted, but failed, to certify a nationwide class of all purchasers of an energy drink that allegedly caused harmful side-effects. The plaintiffs brought claims...

 

HTMLCyberspace Oddity: The FCC Regulates Internet Services as Common Carrier Telecommunications Services, “Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet”
Stephen S. Gilson, Dave Thomas, Paul A. Werner; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on February 27, 2015
The FCC voted yesterday 3-2 along party lines to promulgate new rules necessary to protect the “Open Internet.” At the core of the Commission’s action lies its decision to reclassify Internet services as a “telecommunications” instead of “information”...

 

HTMLThe Fourth Circuit Strengthens the FCA’s Implied Certification Theory in Triple Canopy
Matthew W. Turetzky; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on February 25, 2015
Under the “implied certification” theory of liability, a government contractor can violate the False Claims Act (“FCA”) by submitting a mere invoice for payment. The theory is that the invoice’s submission impliedly certifies compliance with contract conditions. If a...

 

HTMLU.S. Supreme Court Holds Agency Interpretations Are Not Subject To Notice-and-Comment Rulemaking Requirement
Karina A. Layugan, Marlene M. Nicolas; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on March 16, 2015
In 2004, the DOL revamped its regulations regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) administrative exemption. In 2006, the Bush DOL issued an opinion letter finding that mortgage loan officers qualified for the administrative exemption. In 2010, the Obama DOL withdrew the 2006 opinion letter...

 

HTMLAdd Importers to Those Facing Expanding Whistleblower Claims under the False Claims Act
Curtis M. Dombek, Neil Ray; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on March 5, 2015
On February 12, 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that three U.S.-based importers had agreed to pay more than $3 million to resolve a lawsuit brought by the United States under the False Claims Act (FCA) alleging that they had made false declarations to U.S. Customs and Border...

 

HTML“Unlimited” Time Off Policies - Fad or Fun?
Paul S. Cowie; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on March 17, 2015
Over the past several years the concept of “unlimited” vacation policies have sprung up around the philosophy that it allows companies to treat its employees with respect and empower them to make their own decisions regarding when to work and when to play. Being at the center of...

 

HTMLKeeping Up With The Commercial Division(s)
Robert S. Friedman, Bradley Rank; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on February 24, 2015
The past year has been a busy time for anyone keeping up with the Rules for the Commercial Division of the New York State Court System. The Commercial Division Advisory Council, led by Justice Eileen Bransten, has been pushing through various reformative measures, most of which were first...

 


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