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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…
Ali Razak, Kenan Saban UberBlack Drivers Win Big Victory in Federal Appeals Court i 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…
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…
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…
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…
Plenty of Whistleblower Reward Opportunities in the Biden Administration 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…
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,…
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…
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…
Toxic Water in Fairfield Erin Brockovich helping Fairfield residents dealing with wells highly contaminated with PFAS by Joy Hollowell, WABI Channel 5 (173K) 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…