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Have you been served with a Federal Subpoena or Summons by Attorney Jonathan Tappan on behalf of "AF Holdings LLC?"

I have become aware of an internet patent “trolling” case captioned “AF Holdings LLC v. Matthew Ciccone” and filed in the Eastern District of Michigan. The company AF Holdings claims to own the copyright to “Sexual Obsessions,” a pornographic movie. Their attorneys employed a computer forensics expert to identify IP addresses (specific numbers assigned to computers connected to the internet) at which someone allegedly downloaded the movie in violation of the copyright.

SEC Issues First Annual Report on Whistleblower Program

On November 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued its first ever Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program for the fiscal year 2012.

Thanks to Whistleblower, Experienced Construction Contractor Caught Defrauding the Government

On October 1, 2012, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rendered an opinion which will no doubt serve as a warning to government contractors--that companies doing government work must play by the government’s rules and be scrupulous in documenting their compliance.

Bradley Birkenfeld Has Had His Ups and Downs: The Government Threw Him in Jail, and then Gave Him a Hundred Million Bucks

Congress recently passed the IRS Whistleblower Statute, which rewards individuals who report Tax Fraud with a percentage of the monies and penalties recovered. And based on the experience of Bradley Birkenfeld, the IRS intends to be incredibly forgiving of whistleblowers that knew about tax fraud because they were perpetrating it themselves.

Seventh Circuit Victory for Qui Tam Relators

Keen and watchful citizens who become aware of possible Medicare billing fraud face a difficult road if they wish to bring a qui tam action on behalf of the government.