Supreme Court Broadens Sales Tax Obligations on Online Retailers

By Sarah Wirskye - On

In South Dakota v. Wayfair, 138 S. Ct. 2080 (2018), the Court held that states can require internet retailers to collect sales taxes in states where they have no physical presence. The 5-4 opinion was written by Justice Kennedy, and Justices Thomas, Ginsburg, Alito and Gorsuch joined the majority opinion. President Trump, who has …

False Claims Act Basics

By Sarah Q. Wirskye - On

The False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. §§3729-3733) (“FCA”) imposes liability on persons and companies who defraud the government.  It is the federal Government’s primary tool in combating fraud against the Government. There are also similar provisions under most states’ laws.  Because of changes in the law, which make it easier to file these actions, …

Government’s Use of the Travel Act to Combat Bribery in Healthcare Fraud Cases

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Healthcare fraud continues to be a government priority.  And right now the government is focusing on cases with healthcare business referrals in exchange for something of value. The government usually prosecutes these cases under the federal anti-kickback statute, 42 U.S.C. §1320a-7b(b). The anti-kickback statute criminalizes the offering, paying, soliciting or receiving anything of value …

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act – To Disclose or Not Disclose under DOJ Policy

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By: Sarah Wirskye & Adrienne Braumiller On November 29, 2017 the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) Corporate Enforcement Policy (“FCPA Policy”).  The policy was incorporated into the United States’ Attorney’s Manual and is based on the 2016 FCPA Pilot Program designed to promote greater compliance.   Under the …

New DOJ Policy Addresses Duplicative Corporate Penalties

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On May 9, 2018, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a new policy discouraging duplicative corporate penalties. This policy was incorporated in the United States Attorneys Manual Section 1-12.100 and is titled “Coordination of Corporate Resolution Penalties in Parallel and/or Joint Investigations and Proceedings Arising from the Same Misconduct.” It contains the …

Increased Use of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

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The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) is a United States cybersecurity law that was enacted in 1986 as an amendment to existing computer fraud law (18 U.S.C 1030), which had been included in the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984.  The statute has been amended several times since and most recently in 2008. …

DOJ Ends Use of Civil Enforcement Authority Including False Claims Act to Enforce Agency Guidance Documents

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In January 2018, the Office of the Associate Attorney General issued a new policy that prohibits the Department of Justice (DOJ) from using its civil enforcement authority to convert agency guidance documents into binding rules.  This policy prohibits DOJ’s civil litigators from using “guidance documents” in the enforcement of affirmative civil cases (ACE). This …

DOJ Announces FCA Policy on Dismissal of Actions

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In January 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a new policy about False Claims Act (FCA) dismissals. The policy instructs federal prosecutors to consider whether declined qui tam actions should be dismissed to better advance the government’s interest, under Section 3730(c)(2)(A) of the FCA.  The policy specifically references the (1) use of government resources in …