7th Circuit Court of Appeals Creates Expansive Definition of “Referral” Under the Anti-Kickback Statute

By | Health Law & Policy Matters | February 12, 2015

On February 10, 2015, in United States v. Patel (Case No. 14-2607), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a physician makes a “referral” within the meaning of the federal health care programs Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) when the physician makes a certification and recertification for Medicare-reimbursed home health services even without playing any role in the patient’s selection of the provider.

Seventh Circuit Holds That EEOC Can Pursue Employers’ Other Businesses for Violations of Federal Employment Law by Dissolved Entities

By | EEOC Year-End Countdown | February 4, 2015
Seventh Circuit Holds That EEOC Can Pursue Employers’ Other Businesses for Violations of Federal Employment Law by Dissolved Entities

In EEOC v. Northern Star Hospitality, Inc., No. 14-1660, 2015 WL 353997 (7th Cir. Jan. 29, 2015), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that companies under common ownership can be liable as successor entities to companies that are incapable of paying judgments in federal employment actions if there is continuity between the operations and workforce of the entity that is incapable of paying the judgment and another of the employer’s businesses.

The Seventh Circuit Interprets Wisconsin Exemption Law On College Savings Accounts and Retirement Annuities, but Did It Have Jurisdiction?

The Seventh Circuit Interprets Wisconsin Exemption Law On College Savings Accounts and Retirement Annuities, but Did It Have Jurisdiction?

In re Bronk (Cirilli v. Bronk), No. 13-1123 (7th Cir. Jan. 5, 2015), resolved a couple of “questions of first impression,” slip op. at 1, under Wisconsin’s exemption statute in a case where a bankruptcy trustee sought to upset a debtor’s pre-filing “exemption planning.”

Seventh Circuit Chides Plaintiffs’ Lawyers for Selling Out Class Members, Shedding “Crocodile Tears” in Class Action Settlement

By | Wisconsin Appellate Law | December 17, 2014
Seventh Circuit Chides Plaintiffs’ Lawyers for Selling Out Class Members, Shedding “Crocodile Tears” in Class Action Settlement

In most settlement negotiations, it is taken for granted that the parties’ self-interest will lead them to advocate aggressively for their positions and against their opponents. After all, every dollar that the plaintiff obtains is one more dollar that the defendant must give up.