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Countries with the Highest Rates of Bribery of Government Officials Have Info on Foreign Bribery? Uncle Sam Is Interested and Pays Huge Rewards for Information Congress passed the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in 1977. That law prohibits the payment of bribes to foreign officials to assist in obtaining or retaining business. The FCPA applies to prohibited conduct anywhere in the world and extends to publicly traded companies and their officers, directors, employees, stockholders, and agents. Agents can include third parties such as consultants. Another feature of the law requires companies to maintain accurate books and records and have a…
The insurance world is quickly becoming online. While most towns still have a local State Farm agent, you are more likely to see dozens of insurance apps and Internet advertisements. Many of these sites and apps advertise they can find you the best price on a wide variety of insurance products including life, car and home insurance policies. According to J.D. Power, about 75% of people seeking insurance now shop online. How many people have heard the radio commercials for Big Lou or social media ads for price comparison apps like Gabi and the Zebra? While on some apps…
How to Stop Nuisance Calls in Texas How to Stop Those Annoying Telemarketers and Get an Award of Monetary Damages Too (Texas Robocall Lawyer Post) Americans received 58.9 billion robocalls  last year. And that total is up 22% from the year before!  President Trump signed into law the TRACED  Act in late December 2019 that gives greater enforcement power to the FCC but thus far, we haven’t seen a big decrease in illegal telemarketing calls. And the state that receives the most spam and unsolicited calls? Texas (actually California has the dubious honor of being tied for first). Those calls…
Dr. Javaid Perwaiz Faces 465 Years in Prison after Jury Convicts Him in Case Involving Medically Unnecessary Hysterectomies (Booking Photo) We get a chill up our spine when people say Medicare fraud is a victimless crime. It’s not just taxpayers that get ripped off. Very often patients are harmed by the very doctors they trust with their care. In this post we examine a 70 year old obstetrician-gynecologist now facing 465 years in prison after performing dozens of medically unnecessary surgeries… surgeries that are also irreversible. Dr. Javaid Perwaiz is a long time physician in the Hampton Roads area of…
Lawyers Get $3M From $9.5M Settlement Over Unwelcome Sales Calls by Charles Toutant | New Jersey Law Journal (79K) The risk of establishing liability and damages favors settlement because of the defendant’s argument that it did not use an automated telephone dialing system, the court said, noting that the U.S. Supreme Court is slated to consider this term what constitutes such a system, resolving a split among the circuits. Lawyers for the class were awarded $3 million, and class members get $75.30 each, in a $9.5 million settlement of a Telephone Consumer Protection Act suit against Freedom Mortgage of Mount…
(Photo of Ft. Knox) What is the lure of gold? For thousands of years people have used gold and silver as a measure of wealth. It’s durable and is frequently held as a hedge against inflation. Americans love gold and unfortunately, scammers love it too. Two precious metal dealers have been charged by the CFTC and thirty states with defrauding elderly investors out of $185 million by getting them to invest in overpriced gold and silver. TMTE Inc. (doing business as Metals.com), Barrick Capital, Lucas Asher and Simon Batashvili were all named in the complaints. Regulators say that since 2017…
Hurt While Driving for Uber? Hurt While a Passenger? This Story Will Shock You Pedro Fontes is a long time driver for Uber. His life changed forever on July 6, 2017 when he was shot in the head while driving for Uber. Three years later and Uber still refuses to pay him for his injuries. Pedro began his evening on July 5th like any other night. A Wednesday night, Pedro was driving for Uber in the Boston area. Shortly after midnight (now July 6th) he accepted a fare from an Uber rider on Cushing Avenue, Boston. Uber did not provide…
Anyone who owns an office building, shopping center or other commercial space has probably seen their property values decrease since the pandemic began. Particularly hard hit are hotels, especially those in tourist areas. The Financial Times reported in September that values are down an average of 27% with hotels in some areas seeing even larger drops. The article sites a……
Industries for the Blind Settles Chinese Import Fraud Suit by Daniel Seiden | Bloomberg Law Industries for the Blind Inc. will pay $1.9 million to settle a whistleblower’s claims that it violated the False Claims Act by providing the federal government with goods from China and Taiwan despite promising to provide goods produced by disadvantaged workers in the United States, according to a Tuesday news release. IBI allegedly engaged in a scheme to purchase cheaper goods from those countries and pass them off as products eligible for sale to federal agencies under the AbilityOne program, the press release said.…
Nonprofit agrees to pay $1.9M fine after whistleblower suit over products it claimed were made by visually impaired Americans by Bruce Vielmetti | Journal SentinelSeptember 29 2020 (107K) A West Allis nonprofit that operates nationwide has agreed to pay $1.9 million to the federal government after a whistleblower exposed it for repackaging Chinese products and claiming they had been made by visually impaired Americans. Such claims helped Industries for the Blind and Visually Impaired earn the agency Ability One certification, a major advantage in winning contracts with government agencies like the U.S. Navy and Air Force. Paul Inzeo, the company’s…
JP Morgan Securities – Big Doesn’t Mean Better JP Morgan Securities – Bigger Doesn’t Mean Better JPMorgan Chase is the largest bank in the United States and the 7th largest in the world. With assets of $2.86 trillion, it certainly is big. It also claims to be one of the oldest financial institutions in the country. But that doesn’t mean its brokerage arm is without problems. We first wrote about problems in its brokerage business back in 2011. According to its website, JP Morgan is a leader in financial services for consumers. In the year we first wrote about the…
Stem cell therapy is one of the most promising developments in medicine. Over 1000 trials are currently underway. While we are big supporters of stem cell research, few products have received FDA approval and of those that have, they are only approved for use in very particular situations. Look at the Internet, however, and stem cell therapy can grow hair, restore hearing, regenerate damaged heart muscle, cure arthritis and cure just about anything else wrong with you. At best, these unapproved products are composed of freeze dried cells and will do nothing for you. In other words, you are out…
QuantaDyn Corporation Pays $37 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Charges Whistleblower lawyers have long known that bribing foreign public officials can lead to cash rewards under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. That law gives the SEC the right to pay whistleblower rewards in certain circumstances. But what about companies that bribe American officials in order to obtain a competitive business advantage? Can whistleblowers receive cash rewards for turning in these companies? A case in San Antonio, Texas finally answers that question. Justice Department officials this week announced that QuantaDyn corporation and its president, William Dunn, settled charges them of…
Stem Cell Maker Invitrx Is in Trouble Again. Are Its Products Safe? You Be the Judge! We are one of the few law firms still handling stem cell lawsuits. The industry has become the wild west. It seems like there are more bad products out there than good. And some of the claims being tossed around would make a 19th century snake oil salesman blanche. In this post we look at Invitrx, the FDA and William Shatner. As I write, William Shatner (we all remember him as Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise) is hawking a cleaning device…
The FDA Announces a Major Amiodarone Recall – Some Patients May Have Received the Wrong Drug Google “Is amiodarone dangerous” and you will receive 292,000 search results. A so-called drug of last resort, amiodarone is very dangerous. In our opinion, the cure is often far worse than the disease it is intended to treat. From its first beginnings as a  prescription anti-arrhythmic drug in 1985 to the hundreds of lawsuit claims to day, this powerful prescription drug has always had plenty of detractors. In this post we will provide a litigation update and discuss the new FDA announcement recalling amiodarone…
IRS Looking for Tax Cheats Using Cryptocurrencies to Evade Taxes – Huge Opportunities Exist for Cash Awards [Rewritten August 2020] America has a bunch of new millionaires and even a few billionaires. These aren’t the titans of the Industrial Revolution in America. No oil barons or railroad magnates. Instead they are people who invested early in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency offerings. And their meteoric rise in wealth hasn’t escaped the watchful eye of the IRS. When we first wrote this post in 2018, Bitcoin was on its way to almost $20,000 to one Bitcoin. Shortly thereafter the price of Bitcoin…