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South Carolina’s Largest Urgent Care Provider is Paying $22.5 Million to Settle Claims Billed for Doctors and Nurses with False Credentials. Learn How You Can Stop This Fraud and Earn a Large Cash Whistleblower Reward. In order to get paid by Medicare, Medicaid or Tricare, healthcare professionals must be properly credentialed. When you go to see the an orthopedic surgeon, you assume she is a fully licensed and credentialed physician. Unfortunately, some shady healthcare providers cut corners and illegally use healthcare workers without proper credentials. That hurts both taxpayers and endangers patient health. (Since Medicare and the other two programs…
Ali Razak, Kenan Sabani and Khaldoun Cherdoud are all UberBlack drivers in Pennsylvania. In 2016 they filed suit claiming that they were misclassified as independent contractors. (We brought similar suits in 2016 in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin on behalf of Uber drivers.) Whether or not a driver is classified as an employee or independent contractor is important. If you are an employee, you are entitled to a statutory minimum wage, overtime, workers compensation if you are hurt and other benefits. Uber has long claimed that its drivers are not employees. Whether or not a worker is an employee or contractor…
It took less than a month before the national legal media began focusing on our landmark class action lawsuit against Maine papermills for the contamination of drinking water in rural Maine. Potentially many thousands of Maine households are drinking water contaminated with per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). According to an article in the National Law Journal, “The Skowhegan paper mill, owned by Sappi and referred to as the Somerset Mill, is a pulping and papermaking facility that manufactures various paper products, including coated paper, grease-proof packaging paper, and bleached chemical pulp. The paper mill has an annual production of 970,000 metrics tons…
Maine Cancer Victims and Those with Contaminated Wells May Be Getting Some Relief after the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee Approved PFAS Legislation that Makes It Easier to Sue For much of the afternoon, members of the Maine Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on the Judiciary debated two virtually identical bills designed to extend the time period for victims of PFAS contamination to seek damages. PFAS is a family of similar chemical substances known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. Under the proposed PFAS legislation, any action for harm or injury caused by PFAS can be commenced within 6 years after the plaintiff discovers…
In 2018, the Environmental Defense Fund submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the FDA. What it found was shocking: in 2009 and 2010, the agency ignored warnings from PFAS manufacturers about the imminent threat of PFAS in papermill wastewater. In their yearly environmental assessments, Daikin America and Chemours told the FDA that massive amounts of the PFAS they manufactured were polluting land and water in the vicinity of paper mills. As revelations about the FDA´s failure to protect Americans from dangerous PFAS made headlines, the EPA feared a “public relations nightmare” over the discrepancy between the level of…
Earlier this year, the Federal Bar Association held a conference on whistleblower claims under the False Claims Act. That law allows ordinary citizens to claim cash rewards for reporting fraud involving fraud involving federal programs. The timing of the conference was perfect, everyone wants to know what to expect from the Biden administration. One of the speakers at the conference was Senator Chuck Grassley, the modern day patron saint of whistleblowers. During the conference he said it was time for the government to “come down with a sledgehammer, not a toothpick” against fraud.We agree but what exactly should…
Maine Residents Sue Paper Mills Over PFAS Contamination Nathan Saunders, a resident of Fairfield, Maine, has recently initiated a PFAS class-action lawsuit against Sappi North America and several affiliates. According to the lawsuit, the State of Maine recently found that the water in Saunders’ private well was “contaminated with PFAS at 12,910 parts per trillion—nearly 185 times greater than the United States Environmental Protection Agency Health Advisory limit of 70 ppt.” Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, have been linked to various cancers and other life-threatening conditions. They are known as ‘forever chemicals’ because they don’t break down after…
Is Disposable Dinnerware Like that Made by Chinet and Others Safe? PFAS is an extremely dangerous chemical. We believe that its makers knew for years of its dangers yet continued to sell the product to a wide variety of industries including paper companies. Today the Environment Working Group estimates that over 100 Americans have PFAS in their drinking water. Unlike many chemicals, PFAS stays in the environment for many years. That is why scientists have dubbed it a “forever chemical.” To be technically precise, PFAS is a family of similar chemical substances known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. There are…
Did You Lose Money at Securities America? You May Have a Case [Post updated March 2021] When this post was first written in 2011, Ameriprise had just released its annual report, which showed its securities broker dealer subsidiary, Securities America, was hemorrhaging cash. Securities America’s capital had dropped by a whopping 86% in just one year as the company defended itself against investor lawsuits. The company’s actual capital on hand at the close of 2010 was a mere $2 million, down from $15 million just a year earlier. Securities America has been facing a large number of lawsuits and securities…
Toxic Water in Fairfield Erin Brockovich helping Fairfield residents dealing with wells highly contaminated with PFAS by Joy Hollowell, WABI Channel 5 The Environmental Protection Agency limits PFAS chemicals in drinking water to 70 parts per trillion. But at least 52 private wells in the town of Fairfield have levels up to 460 times higher. The state of Maine is installing water filtration systems as they discover more and more affected wells. And each Friday, the town of Fairfield hands out bottled water. But residents with toxic wells want more action taken. And they’ve enlisted the help of a very…
Do you remember those Holiday Inn Express commercials? My favorite is the one where a man dressed like a doctor is performing surgery in a hospital operating room. At the end of the surgery he takes off his mask and a nurse quickly realizes he is not a doctor. As the man walks out of the OR, he admits that he is not a doctor but stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night. A Houston area chiropractor has been charged with collecting over $3.9 million from Medicare and TRICARE. Dr. Suhyun An claimed she was implanting neurostimulator electrodes. Prosecutors…
Fairfield man files class-action lawsuit against Sappi paper mill over ‘forever chemicals’ by Greg Levinsky, Portland Press Herald (218K) A Fairfield man filed a class-action lawsuit Friday against Sappi North America over high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, known as PFAS, found in Somerset County wells and at other sites. Nathan Saunders filed the lawsuit through lawyer Brian Mahany at Somerset County Superior Court in Skowhegan. The lawsuit alleges Sappi’s Somerset Mill in Skowhegan is the source of the PFAS, known as “forever chemicals.” Specifically, the lawsuit alleges the PFAS came from biosolids from the mill’s wastewater treatment plant.…
Maine man sues paper mill over levels of ‘forever chemicals’ by Associated Press, ABC News (153K) A Maine man is suing a paper mill company that operates in the state about levels of long-lasting chemicals in wells and elsewhere. Nathan Saunders of Fairfield filed the lawsuit Friday against Boston-based Sappi North America. The lawsuit concerns per- and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, which are also called PFAS and are sometimes referred to as “forever chemicals.” The lawsuit makes the claim that the chemicals in water sources in Somerset County came from biosolids from the mill’s wastewater treatment plant, the Morning Sentinel reported. An…
Maine man sues paper mill over levels of ‘forever chemicals’ by Associated Press, KOB4 (138K) A Maine man is suing a paper mill company that operates in the state about levels of long-lasting chemicals in wells and elsewhere. Nathan Saunders of Fairfield filed the lawsuit Friday against Boston-based Sappi North America. The lawsuit concerns per- and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, which are also called PFAS and are sometimes referred to as “forever chemicals.” The lawsuit makes the claim that the chemicals in water sources in Somerset County came from biosolids from the mill’s wastewater treatment plant, the Morning Sentinel reported. An attorney…
Skowhegan paper mill ‘strongly disputes’ lawsuit alleging fault for contaminating water wells Fairfield resident Nathan Saunders filed a class-action suit Friday, saying the Sappi mill is the source of high levels of ‘forever chemicals’ in a growing number of Fairfield area wells. by Greg Levinsky, centralmaine.com (149K) The Somerset County paper mill now the subject of a class-action lawsuit says it “strongly disputes” allegations that its facility has led to so-called “forever chemicals” contaminating a growing number of residential water wells in the Fairfield area. Sappi North America, the company that owns the Skowhegan mill, made the statement Monday following…
Class-action lawsuit filed for dangerous chemical levels in Somerset County well water by WGME, Fox 23 Maine You’ll need a modern browser for media streaming A class-action lawsuit has been filed for dangerous levels of toxic chemicals found in Somerset County well water. PFAS have been linked to increased risk of cancers and other health issues. The class-action lawsuit claims Sappi’s Somerset mill in Skowhegan produced PFAS-treated paper products, which later were turned into fertilizer, and when spread on farms, that got into area well water, putting people at risk. PFAS Class Action – Brian Mahany Maine Lawyer by Wgme…