Yellen Confirmed as First Female Treasury Secretary


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Biden Administration

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NBC News: Janet Yellen confirmed as first female treasury secretary in U.S. history Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was confirmed as treasury secretary, with the Senate voting 84-15 to make her the first woman to lead the department. Her nomination passed the Senate Banking Committee on a 26-0 vote last week.


HuffPost: Federal Judges Are Retiring Now That Joe Biden Will Pick Their Replacements U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts wrote to President Biden announcing her plans to step down 90 minutes after Biden took office. As of Wednesday, Biden has 46 district court vacancies and three appeals court vacancies to fill — numbers that will only continue to grow.


COVID-19 Related Fraud

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LAist: Santa Clarita Man Pleads Guilty to Massive PPP Loan Fraud Scheme A 40-year-old man pleaded guilty this week to claiming more than $1 million in fraudulent loans through the federal Paycheck Protection Program. The man claimed 40 employees, yet IRS and EDDD records showed the company never reported playing any employees.


ReviewJournal: Las Vegas man charged with fraud in obtaining $2M in PPP funds A Nevada man has been charged with fraudulently obtaining nearly $2 million in federal Paycheck Protection Program money, meant for struggling small businesses, to purchase luxury cars and two luxury condominiums in Las Vegas.


Case Settlements & Opinions

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MedCity News: Recoveries down under federal False Claims Act but likely to rise again While the DOJ announced a slight drop in False Claims Act recoveries from health care companies in 2019, last year’s decline stemmed in part from Covid-19. With a spotlight falling on the billions of dollars in CARES Act money that went to health care providers, that total is expected to grow.


Dept. of Justice: Electronic Health Records Technology Vendor to Pay $18.25 Million to Resolve Kickback Allegations A national electronic health records (EHR) technology vendor based in Watertown, Massachusetts, athenahealth Inc. has agreed to pay $18.25 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by paying unlawful kickbacks to generate sales of its EHR product, athenaClinicals.


Cision: Illinois State Tax Whistleblower Lawsuit against Call One, Inc. Settles for $2.5 Million Call One, Inc., a Chicago-based provider of telecommunications services agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle allegations the company failed to collect and remit state taxes for telecommunications services.


Law360: Raucous 2021 Awaits FCA Litigants After Low-Key Year While FCA recoveries were modest overall in 2020, the tremendous government spending on pandemic relief and a record number of new cases could mean a potentially turbulent 2021.


NJToday: Pharmaceutical executive will pay NJ $5 million New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced a $5 million settlement with Insys Therapeutics, Inc. founder John N. Kapoor to resolve allegations that Kapoor unlawfully orchestrated the payment of bribes to NJ doctors as part of a nationwide kickback scheme to boost sales of the opioid drug Subsys.




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