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Workers’ Comp: New Bill Filed to Clear Industrial Commission

The six Commissioners of the North Carolina Industrial Commission are the chief administrators and judges of the Commission. Guided by the Workers’ Compensation Act, the Commissioners manage the Commission and help set its policies and procedures. The Commissioners also act as the final judges of all contested cases that go […]

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Hospice of Arizona to Pay $12 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations

March 27, 2013

Hospice of Arizona, along with a related entity, American Hospice Management LLC and their parent corporation, American Hospice Management Holdings LLC, have agreed to pay $12 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare for ineligible hospice services. The Medicare hospice benefit is available […]

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National Asbestos Awareness Week Reminds of Asbestos Dangers

As a result of the US Senate unanimously passing Senate Resolution 66, the first week of April will be known as National Asbestos Awareness Week. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) sponsored the resolution, with the intention of highlighting April 1st – 7th, 2013, for the purpose of reminding the public about […]

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New York Times Reports on Difficulties Exonerees Face

March 21, 2013

The New York Times published a story last week highlighting the difficulties many exonerees face. The Times article focuses on Robert Dewey, a Colorado resident who spent 18 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. With the help of the Innocence Project and DNA testing that organization […]

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National Law Journal Highlights Importance of Arbitration Case Before US Supreme Court

March 20, 2013

A recent article in the National Law Journal highlights the critical importance of a case pending before the United States Supreme Court. The case, American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, was argued before the Supreme Court on February 27, 2013. The case involves interpretation of the Federal Arbitration Act, […]

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Jury Awards $13.2 Million in Wrongful Incarceration Case

March 13, 2013

An Ohio man who spent 11 years in prison on a murder conviction that was later reversed has won a $13.2 million verdict in a civil rights lawsuit against the City of Cleveland. A federal jury in the Northern District of Ohio found that two Cleveland detectives fabricated or withheld […]

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Rules Will Prohibit Steering Customers into Risky, High-Cost Mortgages

January 29, 2013

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) is issuing rules to prevent mortgage lenders from steering borrowers into risky, high-cost mortgage loans. The new rules will prohibit certain incentives that loan originators previously had which led them to sell costly and risky loans to borrowers prior to the financial crisis. Loan […]

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CFPB Issues Rules on High Cost Mortgages

January 28, 2013

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued final rules on January 10, 2013 to strengthen consumer protections for high-cost mortgages and to provide consumers with resources on home ownership counseling. The CFPB announced final rules to implement the Dodd-Frank Act’s amendments to the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act (“HOEPA”). […]

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WakeMed Medicare Fraud Settlement Rejected by Federal Judge in NC

January 23, 2013

A federal judge rejected a proposed settlement of charges against Raleigh-based WakeMed arising from false claims submitted to Medicare. A criminal charge for making false claims for Medicare payments was lodged against WakeMed by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The case arose after a government […]

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Bank Settlement Ends Flawed Foreclosure Reviews

January 22, 2013

Last week, federal banking regulators announced an $8.5 billion settlement with banks and touted the deal as providing quick relief for aggrieved homeowners. Critics, however, charged that the deal was actually a means to quietly end a deeply flawed review of foreclosed loans. The settlement brought to an end an […]

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