Legal Roundup

OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS: South Florida Patient Recruiter Convicted For Role In $600,000 Health Care Kickback Scheme

By Uic-Office of Public Affairs | Feb 27, 2019

A federal jury found a South Florida patient recruiter guilty today for her role in a scheme involving approximately $600,000 in Medicare claims for home health care that were procured through the payment of kickbacks.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: Christini’s Ristorante Italiano to Pay $80,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment / Retaliation Lawsuit

By U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission | Feb 26, 2019

Christini's Ristorante Italiano, an Italian restaurant located in Orlando's "Restaurant Row," has agreed to pay $80,000 and furnish other relief to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.

ATTORNEY'S OFFICE OF FLORIDA: Fort Myers Body Armor Manufacturer Agrees To Pay $900,000 To Settle Civil Claims Concerning Its Eligibility To Participate In Federal Small Business Contracting Program

By U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida | Feb 25, 2019

United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces that Survival Armor, Inc. has agreed to pay $900,000 to the United States to resolve allegations that it wrongfully obtained a five-year small business set-aside contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by misrepresenting its company size.

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: U.S. Department of labor investigation results in Florida tomato packing company paying $87,920 to 109 employees in back wages

By U.S. Department of Labor | Feb 25, 2019

After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Utopia Fresh South LLC – operating as Taylor & Fulton Packing LLC in Palmetto, Florida – has paid $87,920 in back wages to 109 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: U.s. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Florida Warrantee Company Paying $89,866 in Back Wages to 138 Employees for Overtime Violations

By U.S. Department of Labor | Feb 25, 2019

After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Advanced Marketing & Processing Inc. – a warrantee insurance company based in Clearwater, Florida – has paid $89,866 in back wages to 138 employees for violations of the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

HOLLAND & KNIGHT: Insurance Investigations and Litigation Team Joins Holland & Knight

By Holland & Knight | Feb 19, 2019

A group of 12 attorneys who investigate and litigate fraud schemes and unfair and deceptive practices on behalf of insurance companies and other financial services companies has joined Holland & Knight.

GREENBERG TRAURIG: 3 Greenberg Traurig Texas Attorneys Receive Austin Black Business Journal’s 2019 Top 10 Super Lawyer Awards

By Greenberg Traurig LLP | Feb 19, 2019

Shareholders Karen Kennard, Demetrius McDaniel, and Dale Wainwright of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP have been named recipients of the Austin Black Business’ 2019 Top 10 Central Texas Super Lawyer Awards.

BAKER MCKENZIE LLP: Former US Senate Tax Policy Advisor joins Baker McKenzie

By Baker & McKenzie LLP | Feb 19, 2019

.Christopher Hanna has joined Baker McKenzie’s Tax Practice as a Counsel in Dallas, bringing 30 years of experience in handling tax policy and planning, having served most recently as a senior policy advisor for the US Senate Committee on Finance.

GREENBERG TRAURIG: Greenberg Traurig Welcomes Austin Appellate Lawyer Heidi Bloch

By Greenberg Traurig LLP | Feb 19, 2019

Elizabeth “Heidi” G. Bloch, a prominent Texas appellate lawyer, has joined the Austin office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP as a shareholder.

JACKSON LEWIS: Jackson Lewis Strengthens Litigation Team in Orlando with Addition of Peter M. Wendzel

By Jackson Lewis LLP | Feb 19, 2019

Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Peter M. Wendzel has joined the firm’s Orlando office as a Principal.

NELSON MULLINS: Anne Corcoran Joins Nelson Mullins in Tallahassee

By Nelson Mullins | Feb 19, 2019

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP announced today that Anne Corcoran has joined the firm in Tallahassee as of counsel.

HOLLAND & KNIGHT: Chambers Global Recognizes Holland & Knight International Practices and Lawyers

By Holland & Knight | Feb 19, 2019

Holland & Knight has been named as one of the world's leading law firms by Chambers Global – The World's Leading Lawyers for Business.

BRYAN CAVE: Martinez-Fraga Awarded Exclusive Winner of the Client Choice Awards 2019

By Bryan Cave LLP | Feb 18, 2019

Miami Partner Pedro J. Martinez-Fraga was the exclusive winner of the 2019 Lexology Client Choice International Arbitration & ADR Award for Florida. Established in 2005, Client Choice recognizes those law firm partners around the world who stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service.

SHAMIS & GENTILE PA: Given 3M Combat Arms Earplugs? 3M has agreed to pay $9.1 million for knowingly selling defective earplugs.

By Shamis & Gentile, PA | Feb 18, 2019

Whistleblower allegations were revealed stating that 3M, a defense contractor, sold defective Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) to the military from 2003 to 2015.

VERNIS & BOWLING: Vernis & Bowling Sponsoring Broward County Hispanic Bar Association Gala

By Vernis & Bowling | Feb 18, 2019

Vernis & Bowling is proud to be a Head Sponsor of the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association Gala.

ATTORNEY'S OFFICE OF FLORIDA: Winter Park Man Charged With Over $8 Million In Fraud

By U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida | Feb 18, 2019

United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Bryan L. Brewer (43, Winter Park) with six counts of wire fraud, four counts of bank fraud, and four counts of money laundering.

ATTORNEY'S OFFICE OF FLORIDA: Florida Compounding Pharmacy And Its Owners To Pay At Least $775,000 To Resolve False Claims Act Allegations

By U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida | Feb 18, 2019

The Department of Justice announced today that Vital Life Institute LLC (formerly known as AgeVital Pharmacy LLC), located in Sarasota, Florida, and owners Jenny and William Wilkins have agreed to pay at least $775,000 to resolve claims that they violated the False Claims Act by engaging in an illegal kickback scheme to induce the referral of compounded drug prescriptions for TRICARE and Medicare beneficiaries.

BRADLEY ARANT BOULT CUMMINGS: Hope Thai Cannon Appointed U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge

By Bradley Arant Boult Cummings | Feb 14, 2019

Bradley is pleased to announce that Hope Thai Cannon, a partner in the firm’s Birmingham office, has been appointed as a full-time magistrate judge in the Pensacola Division of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

ELLIOTT GREENLEAF: Elliott Greenleaf Awarded Healthcare/Life Sciences Deal of the Year by the M&A Advisor

By Elliott Greenleaf | Feb 14, 2019

Elliott Greenleaf, P.C. has been awarded the Healthcare/Life Sciences Deal of The Year (Under $500mm) by the M&A Advisor for the sale of Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc. Rafael Zahralddin and Eric Sutty, who served on behalf of the firm in this engagement.

HOLLAND & KNIGHT: Four Holland & Knight Lawyers Named to Latinvex Top 100 Lawyers List

By Holland & Knight | Feb 12, 2019

Holland & Knight Partners Peter Baumgaertner, Stephen Double, Luis Rubio and Guillermo Uribe have been selected by Latinvex for its 2019 ranking of the top 100 lawyers handling legal business in Latin America.

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