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Whistleblower could score big in health care false billing case

We stressed a few fundamental points regarding qui tam whistleblower lawsuits that individuals file on behalf of the federal government under the U.S. False Claims Act in a recent post. We noted in our January 31 entry that such filings seem to be spiking these days. Moreover, "they feature in stories involving federal agencies and entities of virtually every type and dimension."

Military spotlighted in False Claims Act whistleblower recovery

We noted a clear reality concerning fraud claims commenced under the U.S. False Claims Act in a recent blog post at the pro-consumer website of Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah (with offices in Connecticut and several other states spanning the country).

False Claims Act: Regulators busy, wrongdoers not in short supply

The U.S. False Claims Act, which addresses fraudulent claims against federal entities, has clearly stood the test of time. The legislation dates back to Abraham Lincoln's presidency and is still routinely invoked in cases probing civil and criminal wrongdoing in the fraud realm.

What it’s really like to be in a class-action lawsuit

“Someone ought to put a stop to that,” you may be thinking. Perhaps a company is selling appliances with dangerous defects. Maybe a manufacturing plant dumped chemical waste into the town’s water supply. Whatever the situation may be, people are suffering unfair consequences. It might be time for a class-action lawsuit.

Store credit policy crosses the threshold into deception

Have you returned a product back to the store – only to find you can only receive store credit? This can be frustrating, especially if you don’t want to continue shopping there, but there’s nothing you can do to change the policy.

Judge Rejects Keurig's Motion to Dismiss In K-Cup Monopoly Suits

On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, Judge Vernon S. Broderick, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, rejected Keurig Green Mountain Inc.'s ("Keurig") motion to dismiss multiple lawsuits against Keurig and its parent company, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (collectively, "Defendants") brought by purchasers of K-Cup coffee pods. The lawsuits allege Keurig's coffee maker freezes out competitors' coffee cups as part of an anti-competitive scheme.

The aftermath of identity theft

The Equifax breach earlier this year—which enabled hackers to steal the personal information (Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses etc.) of nearly half the American population—is a large-scale example of identity theft. The personal impacts on you if you suffer this kind of violation can be even more devastating than you might suspect.

Contracts with Banks and Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

When a consumer feels their bank has treated them unfairly or has not acted right towards them, what avenues they have for pursuing remedies depends on a variety of things. This includes what clauses the contract they have with the bank contains.

Youth Football Lawsuit Against Pop Warner Continues

California U.S. District Court Judge Philip S. Gutierrez dismissed part of the second amended complaint in a suit against Pop Warner Little Scholars Inc. ("Pop Warner"), which accuses the organization of lacking safety protocol to protect players from head injuries. Pop Warner is not in the clear, however, as Judge Gutierrez allowed claims of fraud and negligence alleging the company misrepresented its safety practices.