Healthcare Fraud: It's a "Loss" Cause.
The Fifth Circuit recently clarified how courts should calculate the loss amount under the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines for Medicaid (and Medicare) fraud. Joining the Fourth Circuit, the court said that "the amount fraudulently billed to Medicare/Medicaid is 'prima facie evidence of the amount of loss.'" The parties may provide evidence in an effort to increase or decrease that amount.
It's a Conspiracy!
With the possibility that prosecutors may more frequently use RICO to prosecute white-collar crime (for a news article on the subject, click here), a recent Second Circuit opinion on RICO conspiracy is worth mentioning. Interpreting Supreme Court precedent, the court held that the government need not prove the existence of an enterprise to obtain a conviction for RICO conspiracy. The court ruled that for RICO conspiracy, it's the agreement-and the agreement alone-that counts.
Avoiding the Public Eye.
In the Internet age, public access to the courtroom stretches far beyond those in attendance. The only option to keep things in court from ending up on the Internet may be to seal the courtroom or the proceedings. For anyone in the position of wanting to take that tack, click here for the Federal Judicial Center's pocket guide on the subject.
Identity Theft Rules the Roost.
The Federal Trade Commission reported that consumers complain more about identity theft than about any other unfair practices. Also in the top ten were debt collection, Internet services, and other advance-fee schemes.
Is the Collective-Knowledge Doctrine Losing Steam?
It appears that the rules for determining a corporation's state of mind may be loosening. Several courts, including the D.C. Circuit late last year, have rejected the First Circuit's twenty-four-year-old Bank of New England opinion, endorsing the collective-knowledge doctrine.
Convicted of insider trading, former Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio is not taking his conviction sitting down. After unsuccessful appeals in the Tenth Circuit and a cert denial by the Supreme Court, Nacchio recently filed a malpractice suit in New Jersey Superior Court against the lawyers who represented him in his criminal matter.
Lawyers on the Stand.
Just who corporate counsel represents, and when the attorney-client privilege applies, can be a hotly contested issue. In a non-precedential opinion, the Third Circuit recently affirmed the conviction of a former CEO, rejecting a claim that the district court improperly allowed company's counsel to testify against the CEO at trial.
On January 30, Jed Davis will speak at The Knowledge Group Webcast, "Best Strategies in Protecting Your Firm Against Hackers: What Hackers Can and Cannot Do?"
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Jed Davis authored the article, "Cybersecurity for the Under-Resourced" for Bloomberg BNA.
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Dan Wenner wrote an article, "No Conviction, No Credit: Troubling Sentence For Cooperator," for Law360. Wenner explores why cooperation agreements don’t always work by analyzing the case United States v. Harrington, No. 15-3486, 2016 WL 4409337 (7th Cir. Aug. 19, 2016), in which the government and defendant-cooperator Richard Harrington sought resentencing under Rule 35.
Steven Cash was quoted in an article, "Senate Judiciary Committee To Be Led by Non-Lawyers," in The Wall Street Journal. In the article, Cash discusses how Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California is set to become the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, joining the committee's chairman, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa. Neither Grassley or Feinstein attended law school.
Steve Cash was named in an article, "How Two Russian Defectors Helped the FBI Nab European Mobsters Then Wound up Stranded in Oregon," in Newsweek.
Dennis Kearney was quoted in an article, "Bridgegate verdict: How long could Kelly and Baroni serve?," in The Star Ledger. In the article, Kearney discusses Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly’s sentencing in the Bridgegate trial.
Dan Wenner was quoted in an article, "Appeals could drag Bridgegate case on for another year," in The Bergen Record.
Dennis Kearney was quoted in an article, "Christie defends himself following Baroni, Kelly guilty verdicts in Bridgegate trial," in NJBiz. Kearney commented on how Gov. Chris Christie defended himself Friday in a statement after a federal jury in Newark found former aides Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni guilty of all charges for their roles in carrying out politically motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in 2013.