False Claims Act Statistics Reveal Robust Enforcement

by Charles A. Yuen on April 23, 2014

Fair Claims Act

The Department of Justice recently released its enforcement statistics under the False Claim Act (FCA), the federal government’s primary civil enforcement tool to recover losses due to false claims for government funds and property under government contracts. In short, it was another banner year for the feds. A Look at the FCA Statistics During fiscal […]

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5 Key Tips for Encouraging Internal Whistleblowers

by Eleanor Grinshteyn on April 22, 2014

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In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Lawson v. FMR, LLC, whistleblower claims against U.S. companies are likely to rise. As previously discussed, the Court ruled that the whistleblower protections of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act not only shield employees of public companies, but also employees of privately held contractors and subcontractors. Whistleblower claims […]

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Is Your Favorite Brew Really a “Craft” Beer?

by Dan Brecher on April 21, 2014

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The number of craft breweries in the United States has skyrocketed in recent years. Most recently, the monks of St. Joseph Abbey, located in a small Massachusetts town, made headlines by introducing the first and only certified Trappist ale in the country. It sold out in a matter of days. Here in New Jersey, laws […]

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Is a Federal Data Breach Notification Law on the Horizon?

by Fernando Pinguelo on April 18, 2014

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Nearly all 50 states have data breach notification laws in place. Generally, these laws dictate how private and government entities must notify individuals of data breaches involving personally identifiable information, commonly referred to as PII. However, when a widespread data theft occurs and impacts customers across the country, there is no singular response procedure required. […]

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EEOC Challenges Restrictive Separation Agreement

by Gary S. Young on April 17, 2014

EEOC Challenges Restrictive Separation Agreements

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against CVS Pharmacy, Inc. alleging that the pharmacy chain’s standard separation agreement is “overly broad.” Specifically, the EEOC claims that the separation agreement interferes with a former employee’s right to communicate with the EEOC or to file discrimination charges. Employers should take note of […]

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Cybersecurity – Is It Time to Make Your Vendors Account?

by Fernando Pinguelo on April 16, 2014

Cybersecurity

With cybersecurity being at the forefront of clients’ and customers’ minds, businesses should take reasonable precautions to protect digital data that they create, collect, process, and/or maintain. And, according to The New York Times, companies are now requiring their law firms to increase their security and demonstrate that their confidential information is protected. In fact, […]

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Successor liability

In the recent case of Thompson v. Real Estate Mortgage Network, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has endorsed successor liability for claimed wage-and-hour violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The ruling reinstates a class action lawsuit against a mortgage underwriter for allegedly cheating employees out of overtime. Facts of […]

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Defense Against Hacking: Is A New Industry Emerging?

by Fernando Pinguelo on April 14, 2014

Defending Against Hacking

As the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to increase data exponentially, cyber-attacks and data breaches persist at alarming rates and effectiveness.  These circumstances create a need that has fostered a booming business for contractors whose business services and products are designed to assist corporations with defending against hackers and nefarious intruders. The […]

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customer networking

Businesses know that relationships with their clients are important, but in today’s world of social media, it is imperative to be proactive in strengthening and maintaining them. This means including your customers in everything from strategy to community management. Making customers feel like they are part of a community, while also not feeling like just […]

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General Motors – Guilty of Conscious Avoidance?

by Robert Levy on April 10, 2014

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Mary Barra, the CEO of General Motors, recently testified before Congress regarding the 13 deaths caused by GM’s decision not to use a $.59 part in the ignition systems of models years ago. Barra repeatedly responded to questions regarding when GM knew of the problems and why decisions were made by stating she did not […]

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