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Justice Department Recovered Over $4.7 Billion From False Claims Act Cases in Fiscal Year 2016

February 14th, 2017

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it has obtained more than $4.7 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in fiscal year 2016 (ending September 30). This is the third highest annual recovery in False Claims Act (FCA) history.  Since 2009, the total recovery amounted to $31.3 billion.  Of the $4.7 billion...

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Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Dismissal Of Claims Challenging A General Partner's Compliance With Safe Harbor Provisions In A Conflicted Transaction

January 27th, 2017

On January 20, 2017, the Delaware Supreme Court, in Dieckman v. Regency GP LP et al., No. 208, 2016, reversed the dismissal of a complaint challenging a conflicted transaction between two affiliated parties, Regency Energy Partners LP (“Regency”), and Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (“ETP”) (the “Transaction”).  The conflicts of interest stemmed from Regency’s and ETP’s general...

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Ninth Circuit Eases Consumer Class Action Restrictions

January 27th, 2017

The United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals began 2017 by helping all consumers in California and its other states and territories (Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Nevada, Montana, Idaho and Guam).  In Briseno v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., ___ F.3d ___ (9th Cir. Jan. 3, 2017),  the Ninth Circuit affirmed class certification for consumers in 11 states challenging ConAgra’s 100%...

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States Increase Minimum Wages

January 9th, 2017

New York workers, along with workers in 18 other states, are ringing in 2017 with higher minimum wage laws.  These increases are crucial to low wage workers as the federal minimum wage has remained stagnant at $7.25 per hour since 2009.  With Andy Puzder, Chief Executive of CKE Restaurants and a vocal critic of efforts to increase the federal minimum wage, likely to be appointed as...

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Generic Drug Companies Face Price-Fixing Charges

January 7th, 2017

After a two year investigation, twenty state attorneys general recently filed a lawsuit against six generic drug companies, alleging that they colluded to fix prices and allocate markets for two generic drugs: doxycycline hyclate delayed release, an antibiotic, and glyburide, an oral diabetes medication. The generic companies named are Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc., Aurobindo Pharma USA Inc.,...

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