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  • January 28, 2015

    A federal judge in Atlanta said that “troubling revelations” about testimony by current and former employees of a national chain of dialysis clinics being sued by whistleblowers prompted him on Tuesday to personally question the employees about whether the chain’s lawyers may have prompted them to lie under oath.

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  • January 14, 2015

    ATLANTA — One of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s sons declined to say Tuesday whether his father’s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize medal and traveling Bible would be sold if a judge rules they belong to the civil rights icon’s estate. The estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Inc., which is controlled by his sons,…

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  • January 13, 2015

    The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He also had a traveling Bible, the one that President Obama used when he was sworn in for a second term. Neither of these items is currently in the possession of any of King’s children. Neither of them is on display at…

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  • A family feud among the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s children was on display in an Atlanta courtroom Tuesday as his heirs sparred over who owns his personal Bible and Nobel Peace Prize medal. Martin Luther King III and Dexter Scott King want to sell their father’s prized belongings to a private buyer. They contend…

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  • September 18, 2014

    The judge in a whistleblower case that accuses a national kidney dialysis company of defrauding taxpayers said he intends to unseal court records that defense lawyers have fought to keep secret in the seven-year-old case.

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  • July 15, 2014

    Halifax Hospital Medical Center and the U.S. Department of Justice have tentatively agreed to settle the remainder of a massive Medicare suit in Florida federal court accusing the hospital of falsely billing innumerable claims, according to court documents unsealed Friday. The federal government has agreed to accept a $1 million payment from Halifax to end a whistleblower…

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  • Law360, Washington (July 15, 2014, 3:34 PM ET) — Halifax Hospital Medical Center and the U.S. Department of Justice have tentatively agreed to settle the remainder of a massive Medicare suit in Florida federal court accusing the hospital of falsely billing innumerable claims, according to court documents unsealed Friday. The federal government has agreed to…

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  • June 27, 2014

    John and Patsy Ramsey, Richard Jewell, and Gary Condit are names everyone has heard as they were all on trial in the court of public opinion. These cases were spread throughout the media and, even though there was never an arrest made in any, the public had judged the accused. L. Lin Wood was the…

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  • March 03, 2014

    Halifax Hospital agreed on Monday to pay a record-setting settlement in a whistle-blower lawsuit that alleged more than a decade of illegal kickbacks to physicians and Medicare fraud. Halifax and the U.S. Department of Justice reached the tentative agreement just as the jury trial was set to begin in Orlando federal court.

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  • February 04, 2014

    Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street was one of those movies that really divided people. It was super-long, it was full of super-disgusting things, and it never fully showed its hand in regards to how you were supposed to be feeling about all of the repetitive debauchery it put up on the screen. Some…

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  • February 03, 2014

    The ESPN “30 for 30″ short “Judging Jewell” is an absolute must-watch for anyone even remotely involved with media. If you do nothing else this week to further your career in sports media, sit down and spend 21 minutes with this devastating documentary. You want to see the real-life consequences of simply failing to properly…

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  • January 20, 2014

    A once-dismissed libel lawsuit filed by former U.S. Senate candidate and billionaire Jeff Greene against The Miami Herald and The Tampa Bay Times was revived this week.

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  • January 15, 2014

    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday revived a libel suit against the Tampa Bay Times and The Miami Herald over articles linking Palm Beach billionaire and former U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Greene to a mortgage fraudster and alleged illegal drug activities. Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal reversed the dismissal of Greene’s suit against the…

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  • October 07, 2013

    Dallas lawyer Marc R. Stanley won a motion to dismiss a libel lawsuit filed against him and two co-defendants by Sheldon G. Adelson, the chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp.  

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  • July 15, 2013

    The National Enquirer has asked a federal magistrate judge in Birmingham to dismiss alawsuit filed last year against the tabloid by the mother of Natalee Holloway, the Mountain Brook teen whose disappearance on a 2005 trip to Aruba triggered international headlines. Attorneys for the National Enquirer declined comment regarding the lawsuit, or their quest to…

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  • July 08, 2013

    VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Volusia County’s largest health care provider is facing an uncertain future Monday. The government is doubling the amount of damages it’s asking for in a whistle-blower lawsuit. The lawsuit claims that Halifax Health ripped off taxpayers and may have put profits over patients’ medical needs.

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  • May 13, 2013

    A federal judge on May 8 ordered Halifax Hospital Medical Center to turn over a legal memo on physician compensation to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and its whistleblower, saying it was not protected by attorney-client privilege because of the crime-fraud exception. The exception voids privilege when a client is engaged in or is about…

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  • May 07, 2013

    The relators in a False Claims Act suit accusing DaVita Inc. of creating waste to overbill Medicare told a Georgia federal court Monday that the dialysis service provider was abusing attorney-client privilege by labeling an excessive amount of communications as confidential. Alon J. Vainer and and Daniel D. Barbir asked the court to compel a…

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  • March 11, 2013

    A student at Florida A & M University has sued two Florida media outlets — Florida A & M University’s The Famuan and ABC-affiliate WFTV — for wrongly reporting that he was disciplined because of fellow student Robert Champion’s 2011 hazing death. And even though The Famuan, the university’s student newspaper, corrected the error made…

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  • February 20, 2013

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday killed a malpractice and fraud suit accusing Troutman Sanders LLP of helping a real estate mogul bilk $40 million from former client Mariner Health Care Inc.’s $1.3 billion merger, saying her court lacks jurisdiction. In her ruling, U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams dismissed the suit without prejudice after…

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  • January 31, 2013

    Eight women and four men convened regularly over 13 months. They heard from dozens of witnesses, considered 30,000 pieces of evidence. All of it with one question in mind: Who killed 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey? On October 13, 1999 — nearly three years after the diminutive Colorado pageant queen’s body was found in her home —…

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  • December 07, 2012

    A case brought by two Georgia whistle-blowers asserts that one of the country’s top dialysis providers bilked Medicare of hundreds of millions of dollars by billing for medicine the company’s clinics often threw away. The lawsuit contends DaVita Inc. fraudulently boosted profits by intentionally using over-sized vials of the vitamin D supplement Zemplar and the…

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  • November 30, 2012

    It started with a chance conversation between a doctor and a nurse several years ago. But that brief encounter may end up exposing what could be one of the largest Medicare frauds in U.S. history. Dr. Alon Vainer, a medical director at dialysis clinics in Georgia, was discussing clinic procedures with one of the nurses,…

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  • September 24, 2012

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  • June 22, 2012

    The mother of Natalee Holloway is suing The National Enquirer, alleging the tabloid knowingly published false stories to profit from her daughter’s 2005 disappearance in Aruba. Pictures: Joran van der Sloot, Natalee Holloway and Stephany Flores Beth Holloway said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that the Enquirer and its publisher, American Media Inc., published “false…

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