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June 2014 Archives

Tennessee Man Exonerated After 11 Years In Prison

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.

Tenet Healthcare Settles False Claims Act Case for $5 Million

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.

CFPB Study Finds Medical Debt Overly Penalizes Consumer Credit Scores

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.

Article Highlights Excessive Medicare Billings

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.

New York Times Magazine Article Illustrates How Forced Arbitration Harms Consumers

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.

North Carolina Man Will Receive New Trial After 19 Years In Prison

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.

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