The Marshall County District Attorney General’s Office recently dismissed all remaining charges against a Tennessee man, Randy Mills, thus exonerating him of a 1999 rape. The dismissal was in response to a November 2013 decision by the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals which ordered a new trial for Mills based on new DNA evidence proving his innocence.
The False Claims Act case against Tenet Healthcare was settled for $5 million, with $4 million going to the federal government and $1 million going to the South Florida landlord that was the whistleblower. Tenet was accused of paying kickbacks to doctors in return for patient referrals by allowing the doctors to lease offices at below-market rates.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a studyon May 20, 2014 which found that consumers’ credit scores may be overly penalized for medical debt that goes into collections and shows up on their credit report.
Federal regulators have increasingly targeted unscrupulous practitioners who routinely bill Medicare for unnecessary treatments or procedures they never perform. Those practices are often easier to get away with in physical therapy than in specialties such as oncology or cardiology.
The piece titled “How Payday Lenders Prey Upon The Poor - And The Courts Don’t Help” and focuses on payday lending, a practice in which consumers are sold short-term loans at annual interest rates of 300-500 percent.
Due to misconduct on the part of a North Carolina prosecutor and a Durham police detective, a North Carolina judge ordered last week that Darryl Anthony Howard, who has been imprisoned for 19 years and who has repeatedly proclaimed his innocence, will receive a new trial.
According to the lawsuit, Medtronic induced physicians to use its products by paying them to speak at events, providing them tickets to sporting events, and developing marketing plans for them at no charge.