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Lawyers as Witnesses? Special Counsel Investigation Compels Attorney to Testify Before Grand Jury

November 6, 2017 by Stephanie C. Courter, Of Counsel
Amidst the news of an indictment and a guilty plea in Robert Mueller’s investigation, there is a story that has been largely overlooked. It is a story of extraordinary importance to lawyers, because it could affect the way attorneys represent their clients in government investigations.

Opioid Crisis Brings Increased Federal Focus on Prosecuting Health Care Fraud

August 4, 2017 by Stephanie C. Courter, Of Counsel
The U.S. Department of Justice announced yesterday the formation of a new Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit. According to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the new unit, which is part of a pilot program, will utilize data analytics “to identify and prosecute individuals who are contributing” to the opioid epidemic. The Department will also fund additional prosecutors tasked specifically with investigating and prosecuting opioid-related health care fraud.

DOJ Prioritizes Combating Health Care Fraud

May 25, 2017
The investigation and prosecution of health care fraud will remain a priority for the Department of Justice (DOJ). In comments at an American Bar Association conference on health care fraud, the Acting Chief of the Criminal Division, Kenneth Blanco, said Attorney General Jeff Sessions “feels very strongly” about keeping health care fraud a priority. Blanco also said the investigation and prosecution of health care fraud will be “vigorous” under AG Sessions.

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