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New Law Requires Establishment of Specialized "Business Dockets"

On October 16, 2012, Governor Snyder signed into law HB 5128, sponsored by Rep. John Walsh, as Public Act 333 of 2012. The Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, a group of business law attorneys, supported the new law and provided meaningful input on drafts of the bill. This new law will require State of Michigan circuit courts with three or more judges (currently there are 17 such courts) to establish specialized “business dockets.”

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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.

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"Qualified Mortgage" Regulation Debate Continues

In early July, Congress continued to scrutinize the ongoing struggle to reform lending practices in the wake of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act.

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ACA’S Medicaid Expansion Upheld by the Supreme Court

On June 28, 2012, public attention to the United States Supreme Court swelled, as that eminent body handed down its landmark decision in Natl. Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, 567 U. S. ____ (2012).

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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.

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