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Protecting your Copyright: Issues Surrounding the Copyright Act’s Statute of Limitations

The United States Copyright Act sets a relatively brief window of time for copyright owners to file infringement complaints, namely three years. But when does the clock start running? If you are a copyright owner who has recently discovered an infringement on your copyright, but the infringement happened more than three years ago and has not been repeated, what are your options?

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Personal Injury Claims & Medicare Mandatory Reporting Requirements

If you are a Medicare beneficiary, or represent someone in that position, it is important to be knowledgeable about federal legislation that requires the reporting of any personal injury settlement, judgment, or award to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the mandatory reimbursement of any benefits paid by Medicare for an injured person.

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U.S. Government Joins Michigan Medical Whistleblowers in Qui Tam Action

In January 2012, The United States government filed a suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, seeking $150 million in damages under the Federal False Claims Act, alleging that Universal Imaging, Inc. paid kickbacks to doctors, and essentially operated as a for-profit corporation while required to be a non-profit.  A $1.56 million settlement with many of the involved physicians was also announced in the same press release.

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False Claims Act Update Published in Federal Bar Assosciation Bar and Bench Newsletter

To read my article discussing recent updates to the False Claims Act, please click on this link: https://www.westmichiganfederalbar.org/newsletters/FBB_v3.pdf

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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Arbitration Clause in AT&T Contracts Disallowing Class Actions

On April 27, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision penned by Justice Antonin Scalia, determined that an arbitration provision in millions of AT&T's subscriber contracts prohibits the filing of class action lawsuits by consumers of AT&T's products.  The long-pending case, AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, turned on whether a California law disallowing arbitration provisions that waived consumers' rights to bring class claims was contrary to a federal law which favors private arbitrations over lawsuits.  The court held that California's law was invalid.  Justices Breyer, Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Kagan dissented.

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