By: Carrie Bennice / Date: 25, June 2019
The Taxpayer First Act (TFA), which the House passed on June 10, 2019, and the Senate passed on June 13, 2019 will enhance the IRS’ ability to combat tax fraud. The whistleblower provisions in the TFA protect whistleblowers from retaliation and improve the IRS whistleblower program by authorizing the IRS to communicate with whistleblowers during the processing of their claims, while also protecting taxpayer privacy. The TFA also includes several provisions protecting taxpayers and modernizing and reforming the IRS. Those… Read more
By: Carrie Bennice / Date: 17, June 2019
Check out Emily Mikes article "Smile, You're on Camera" which discusses the implications of Government usage of facial recognition software: https://lnkd.in/efup8QR Read more
By: Carrie Bennice / Date: 06, June 2019
The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) recently updated its Manual to include formal guidance on False Claim Act matters. The DOJ may apply cooperation credit to companies for voluntarily disclosing misconduct unknown to the government, cooperating in an ongoing investigation, or undertaking remedial measures in response to a violation. The credit will take the form of a reduction in the damages multiplier and civil penalties. To read more about the policy click here: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr...
By: Carrie Bennice / Date: 24, May 2019
The Department of Justice recently published an updated version of the Criminal Division’s 2017 guidance publication “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs.” The update is intended to harmonize the former Fraud Section publication with other Department legal standards. The updated guidance primarily focuses on three sections: 1. Is the corporation’s compliance program well designed? 2. Is the program being applied earnestly and in good faith? 3. Does the corporation’s compliance program work in practice? The publication provides additional support in answering… Read more
By: Carrie Bennice / Date: 17, May 2019
Flannery Georgalis is pleased to welcome six summer law clerks studying at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law to the firm: Bomi Boehnlein, Vincent Hynes, George Kennett, Liza Langdon, Ryan Palko and Oliver Thomas. They are a bright and talented group of students and we are excited to have them as part of the team. We look forward to their contributions to the firm’s efforts this summer.
By: Carrie Bennice / Date: 30, April 2019
Congratulations to the Cleveland Opera Theater for their successful opening night performance of La Traviata at the Maltz Performing Arts Center this past weekend! We are honored to sponsor the Cleveland Opera Theater and support their artistic endeavors.
By: Carrie Bennice / Date: 24, April 2019
A federal court of appeals (the Sixth Circuit) recently considered a very common parking-enforcement practice: chalking vehicle tires to determine how long the vehicle has been parked. The appeals court held that a city’s chalking of tires is a “search” within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment, and is unconstitutional without a warrant absent some applicable exception to the warrant requirement. The case is Taylor v. City of Saginaw, --- F.3d ---, 2019 WL 1757953 (6th Cir. Apr. 22, 2019).… Read more
By: Carrie Bennice / Date: 09, April 2019
The Federal Government released its Medicaid Fraud Control Units Fiscal Report for 2018. In 2018, Units operated in 49 States and the District of Columbia. Last year there were 1,503 convictions. 1,109 were fraud cases and 394 were patient abuse or neglect cases which combined for a total of $314 million collected in criminal recoveries. There were 810 civil settlements and judgments totaling $545 Million in civil recoveries. https://oig.hhs.gov/oei/report... Read more