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Russia/Ukraine sanctions

Russia/Ukraine sanctions

On July 29, 2014, President Obama imposed tough new sanctions on Russia due to the situation in Ukraine. These “Level 3” sanctions followed two previous rounds of sanctions that targeted individual persons and companies. Now the United States and the European Union (“EU”) have imposed sanctions against key sectors of ... Read More »

Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order severely increases compliance and obligations for federal contractors

Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order severely increases compliance and obligations for federal contractors

President Obama warned during his State of the Union speech in January that this would be the “Year of Action” where he unilaterally implements laws on behalf of workers. The creation of new laws is a power generally reserved for Congress, and Republican members of Congress have threatened to sue ... Read More »

HMI Industries reaches costly settlement agreement with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission over defective floor cleaners

HMI Industries reaches costly settlement agreement with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission over defective floor cleaners

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has published the terms of a settlement agreement reached with Ohio-based HMI Industries Inc. (HMI), over the company’s failure to properly inform the CPSC of defects with its Majestic 360 floor cleaners. HMI has agreed to pay a $725,000 civil penalty and to ... Read More »

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Medicare fraud crackdown leads to charges against 90 people for $260 million in false billing

Medicare fraud crackdown leads to charges against 90 people for $260 million in false billing

On May 13, 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that charges had been filed against 90 individuals, including 27 doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, for engaging in schemes to defraud Medicare. The charged individuals are alleged to have collectively defrauded Medicare of nearly $260 ... Read More »

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