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U.S. Connecticut allege psychologist fraudulently billed Medicaid

By Marian Johns | Jul 11, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Connecticut psychologist has agreed to a $126,000 settlement with the federal and Connecticut state governments for allegedly billing Medicaid for services that were not provided.

Texas Supreme Court says it doesn't have jurisdiction in alleged Medicaid fraud case

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 5, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Texas affirmed an appeals court's decision in a case involving alleged Medicaid fraud, stating that it does not have interlocutory jurisdiction in the matter.

Texas Supreme Court denies writ of mandamus in Xerox Medicaid case

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 5, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Texas denied a petition for writ of mandamus relief in an appeal involving Xerox Corp. and Xerox State Healthcare and allegations of Medicaid fraud.

District of Columbia, major insurance companies OK agreement to correct physician directory errors

By Marian Johns | Jul 3, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The District of Columbia and three major insurance companies have reached an agreement for the insurers to correct errors in their online and print directories and to pay the district's investigation cost of $50,000.

Connecticut reaches $200,000 settlement with Waterbury social worker for alleged Medicaid fraud

By Marian Johns | Jun 26, 2018

HARTFORD — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has reached a $200,000 settlement with a Waterbury licensed clinical social worker and two of his behavioral health practices to resolve a lawsuit alleging long-term Medicaid fraud.

Connecticut accuses Norwich professional counselor of Medicaid billing fraud, destruction of records

By Marian Johns | Jun 26, 2018

HARTFORD — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has filed a lawsuit against a Norwich licensed professional counselor, alleging the provider billed the state's Medicaid program for services not rendered and for not maintaining or destroying records.

Tennessee Gas Pipeline challenges Connecticut pipeline tape regulation

By Bree Gonzales | Jun 22, 2018

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – A Houston company is seeking relief from a regulation in Connecticut regarding subsurface tap on a gas pipeline.

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A dissident emerges in Pennsylvania's opioid litigation: Lehigh Co. claims its case has been highjacked

By John O'Brien | Jun 22, 2018

The fight for control of Pennsylvania’s opioid litigation is not over, as Lehigh County is not happy that its case has been grouped in with more than 30 others and that lawyers it previously rejected have been tasked with overseeing the proceedings.

Grocery store chain successful against wrongful death lawsuit; Woman died after hitting cash register station in motorized cart

By Charmaine Little | Jun 20, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – The Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division has upheld a summary judgment ruling in favor of Shop-Rite Supermarkets Inc. in a wrongful death lawsuit.

N.Y. judge's ruling could be painful for opioid-makers sued over addiction crisis

By Dan Fisher | Jun 20, 2018

In an ominous sign for the opioid industry, a New York judge refused to dismiss any of the claims by eight counties against Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson and other prescription opioid manufacturers, saying the plaintiffs had adequately pled violations of everything from consumer protection statutes to the common law of public nuisance.

Delaware Superior Court denies prejudgment interest in 13-year-old asbestos coverage dispute

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 11, 2018

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A Delaware Superior Court judge denied a motion that set judgment amounts in a lawsuit against Century Indemnity Co. and other defendants.

Connecticut AG supports legislation to end credit freeze fees by the major credit reporting agencies

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 7, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen announced March 15 that he supported legislation that would ban the major credit rating agencies from charging consumers fees for placing, temporarily lifting or removing credit security freezes.

Pepperidge Farm asks that Texas distributor's case be dismissed in favor of arbitration

By Karen Kidd | May 29, 2018

SAN ANTONIO (Legal Newsline) – Pepperidge Farm has asked a federal court to dismiss a potentially $1 million case filed by a Bexar County, Texas distributor and to force him to arbitrate outside of court after the company decided in February to buy back the distributor's "club rights."

Liberty Mutual to pay $50,000 to resolve allegations of illegally canceling homeowners insurance

By Mark Iandolo | May 8, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced April 27 that Liberty Mutual Insurance Group Inc. will pay $50,000 after allegations of improperly canceling the insurance policies of about 200 homeowners in the state.

Connecticut rehabilitation center allegedly violated False Claims Act, to pay nearly $1.4 million

By Mark Iandolo | May 7, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby announced April 27 that New Era Rehabilitation Center and its co-founders and owners, Dr. Ebenezer Kolade and Dr. Christina Kolade, will pay $1,378,533 after allegations of false claims.

Appeal to decide future of NYC asbestos court; Companies fed up with their treatment

By John O'Brien | May 3, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – The fight over New York City’s controversial asbestos court is not over, as companies worried about their treatment there are likely to appeal an order that kept alive the possibility for even bigger verdicts.

New leadership at the CFPB means state AGs will be more active in financial consumer protection

By Karen Kidd | Apr 10, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Some states will be even more active in financial consumer protection enforcement now that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new director has made it clear the bureau will stay out of the way, an expert on state attorneys general said during a recent interview.

Justice Department cites ‘substantial financial stake’; Wants role in opioid settlement talks

By Daniel Fisher | Apr 3, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. government wants a seat at the table as lawyers for hundreds of municipalities and other plaintiffs negotiate a potentially multibillion-dollar settlement of lawsuits over the opioid addiction crisis, citing its “substantial financial stake” in the matter and need to recover its own costs.

Connecticut General Assembly urged to adopt ban on credit agencies charging credit freeze fees

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 2, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen announced March 15 that he has submitted testimony to the General Assembly’s Banks Committee in support of legislation that would ban the three major credit rating agencies in the U.S. from charging fees to place or remove credit security freezes.

Cities vs. states: A looming battle for control of high-stakes opioid litigation

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 29, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) - A public fight between the Tennessee attorney general and counties that have filed separate lawsuits against the opioid industry could be the first of many similar conflicts as state AGs try to assert control over mushrooming litigation over the addiction crisis.

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