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EKRA Creates Risk and Uncertainty for Substance Abuse Treatment Providers.As anyone working in health care knows, the industry is a complex minefield of rules.  Federal and state laws regulate referrals between health care providers and violations can carry heavy civil and criminal penalties. 

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California legislators set for vote to expand the state’s False Claims Act to false tax claims.A bill winding its way through the California legislature seeks to extend the reach of the California False Claims Act.  The bill would amend California Government Code 12651 and 12653 to add claims under the California Revenue and Taxation Code. 

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B | K Opens New Office in DTLA. On June 1, 2019 Bienert | Katzman will open a new office in the historic CalEdison Building in Downtown Los Angeles. 

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Ninth Circuit Rules that District Court Wrongfully Concluded that Dinosaurs Can’t Be Minerals.In 2005, the Murrays bought a Montana ranch from the Seversons.  But the Murrays didn’t transfer everything over.  Instead, the Seversons reserved ownership over two-thirds of the minerals found in, on, or under the land.  A year later, an amateur paleontologist uncovered the fossils of two dinosaurs locked in battle (the “Dueling Dinosaurs”) on the property.  The discovery of other valuable dinosaurs, said to be worth in the millions of dollars, followed. 

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16 Billion Dollar Medicare Advantage FCA Case Revived.The Ninth Circuit reversed the dismissal of various claims against several Medicare Advantage Organizations who a whistleblower claims submitted fraudulent health data to the federal government (“CMS”).Anita Silingo, a former employee of Mobile Medical Examination Services, Inc. (“MedXM”), brought claims under the False Claims Act on behalf of the United States Government against MedXM and several Medicare Advantage Organizations.  After MedXM settled the case, the Organizations moved for dismissal of the complaint, which the trial court granted. 

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Charitable Organizations Must Disclose Names of Large Contributors.On September 11, 2018, the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court’s decision barring the State of California from requiring Thomas More Society (the “Law Center”) and The Americans for Prosperity Foundation (the “Foundation”) to provide a list of their most significant donors to the state. 

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Two New Additions to Bienert | Katzman’s Roster of Veteran Trial Lawyers

Whitney Z. Bernstein is an experienced criminal defense attorney who brings her skills, tenacity, and compassion to every case and client. Prior to joining Bienert | Katzman, Whitney was a trial attorney with the Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. in the Southern District of California and Brooklyn Defender Services in Brooklyn, New York.

Nathan Reinhardt is an associate with experience in bankruptcy and insolvency matters.  Before joining Bienert | Katzman, Nathan served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Ernest M. Robles of the United States Bankruptcy Court from 2016 to 2017 and then the Honorable Scott H. Yun of the United States Bankruptcy Court from 2017 to 2018.  

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