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Over 4,000 Class Action Members Poised to See SSI Benefits

More than 4,000 class members in the case Hart v. Berryhill (formerly Hart v. Colvin) may soon be able to have their applications for SSI or SSDI benefits re-reviewed. These class members could get prior benefits that SSA wrongfully denied and even get ongoing benefits.

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Novo Nordisk Pays $58+ for Misrepresenting Diabetes Drug’s Risk Factors

Drugmaker Novo Nordisk will pay more than $58 million to settle claims that its sales staff intentionally minimized the importance of the federal Food and Drug Administration's mandated warnings regard8ing cancer risks associated with its diabetes medication Victoza.

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Nationwide Class Certified in ‘Observation Status’ Case

Due to a federal court decision issued two weeks ago, Nancy Niemi is now a member of a nationwide class of thousands of hospital patients who may gain the right to appeal their placement on observation status.

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Walmart Pays $1.65 Million to Resolve False Claims Charges

Walmart Stores Inc. has paid $1.65 million to resolve allegations that it violated the federal False Claims Act when it knowingly submitted claims for reimbursement to California’s Medi‑Cal program that were not supported by applicable diagnosis and documentation requirements.

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L.A. Acute Care Hospital Settles False Claims Case for $42 Million

PAMC Ltd., and Pacific Alliance Medical Center Inc., which together own and operate Pacific Alliance Medical Center, an acute care hospital located in Los Angeles, have agreed to pay $42 million to settle allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by engaging in improper financial relationships with referring physicians.

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SCOTUS Agrees to Weigh in on Partisan Gerrymandering

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral argument this fall in Gill v. Whitford, offering the Justices their first opportunity in more than a decade to weigh in on the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering. The high court’s decision in the case could impact congressional maps in around half a dozen states and legislative maps in about ten states, as well as have major implications for the next round of redistricting after the 2020 Census.

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Kentucky Psychologist Convicted of Defrauding Social Security

A federal jury in Lexington, KY, this week convicted a clinical psychologist for his role in a Social Security disability fraud scheme that included a former Social Security Administration (SSA) administrative law judge and involved the submission of thousands of falsified medical documents to the SSA, obligating the SSA to pay more than $600 million in lifetime benefits to claimants predicated on these fraudulent submissions.

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Five More Plead Guilty in Massive Telephone Fraud Scheme

Five men, including two individuals who formerly worked at scam call centers in India, each pleaded guilty within the past two weeks for their respective roles in a massive telephone impersonation fraud and money laundering scheme perpetrated by India-based call centers. Many of these scam artists' victims were elderly U.S. citizens.

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Texas Woman, California Man Imprisoned for Medicare Fraud

A Houston woman and a California man have been ordered to federal prison for conspiring to defraud Medicare through so-called diagnostic testing labs in the Houston area.

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SCOTUS Rules Against Nursing Home Residents on Arbitration

In a 7-1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that claims for damages against defendant nursing homes must be adjudicated through private arbitration, rather than the court actions requested by the plaintiffs.

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