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Health Law Alert: Providers Beware: OIG Alert Highlights FCA Liability Under ...
JD Supra (press release)March 1, 2012

A recent OIG Alert highlights potential False Claims Act (FCA) liability for physicians whose services are billed to Medicare under an independent contractor reassignment. The February 8, 2012, Alert titled, "OIG Alerts Physicians To Exercise Caution ...more »

Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Calls on Investors Who Suffered Losses in Excess of ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 1, 2012

The investigation focuses on whether the Company and its executives violated federal securities laws by failing to disclose that: (1) Metabolix's 'Telles' joint venture with ADM would not meet the project's commercial phase benchmark as early as ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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Land Use Must Change to Meet Biofuel Targets
Laboratory EquipmentMarch 1, 2012

An alternative, according to a study in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology, would be to convert 60 percent of existing rangeland to biofuels. William Smith, from The Univ. of Montana, and colleagues explain that the 2007 Energy...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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UW law professor offers look at FDA from the inside out
University of Wisconsin-MadisonMarch 8, 2012

Her portfolio included drug safety, personalized medicine, genetically engineered food and new regulatory approaches for emerging technologies, such as nanotechnology. Now back on campus, Charo spoke with Inside UW-Madison to reflect on her time with ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Navy 'Sinkex' Raises Pollution Fear
Chem.InfoMarch 5, 2012

The Navy defended its cleaning and inventory process, saying it removes all liquid PCBs, thousands of gallons of fuel, mercury from instruments and other pollutants. "The Sinkex program provides numerous benefits to the Navy by making target vessels ...more »

Natural Resources
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Conflicts may leave appeals wanting
Columbus DispatchMarch 4, 2012

The Ohio Oil and Gas Commission was created to hear objections to decisions by Ohio Department of Natural Resources regulators. Among other things, the five-member panel hears appeals from residents, businesses and local governments that don't want ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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KC neighborhood's future is in its past
Kansas City StarMarch 14, 2012

Last month, the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation approved the Squier Park Historic District's nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. The nomination now is sitting with the National Park Service for its determination.more »

Floodplain
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Environmental protesters want 30000-room Mexican resort stopped
The Seattle TimesMarch 1, 2012

Mexican law allows developments in and around many protected areas if studies find they will not have serious environmental impacts, but the permits are being challenged in Mexican courts by the Mexican Center for Environmental Law, which argues that ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Bed bugs found at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital
WNCTMarch 12, 2012

To prevent similar incidents from happening in the future, Baker says he is re-enforcing pest control policies among his staff. “We educated, again last week, our staff about proper linen handling techniques and things to watch for,” he said.more »

Forest Preservation
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Walker signs wetlands development bill to law
Wisconsin Rapids TribuneMarch 1, 2012

Scott Walker signed a contentious bill Wednesday that helps developers win wetland construction permits, achieving one of Republican lawmakers' key goals for this legislative session. Walker signed the measure to a standing ovation at a Wisconsin ...more »

Federal court rejects delay of NM power plant pollution controls
Los Angeles TimesMarch 5, 2012

By Dean Kuipers A federal appeals court has ruled that the owners of the San Juan Generating Station, a huge coal-fired power plant near Farmington, NM, must continue with plans to install strong pollution controls. Several California cities purchase ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Lack of incinerators resulting in disease
Waste Management WorldMarch 12, 2012

With just two incinerators in the whole city for the disposal of hazardous medical waste, many private and public hospitals are not disposing of waste properly, increasing the risk of diseases like hepatitis, The Express Tribune has learnt.more »

Public Utilities
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Why this coal-averi di
Times of IndiaMarch 24, 2012

As per Section 3.3 (A) (I) of the Coal Mines Nationalization Act 1973, public utilities are exempt from the competitive bid process to buy coal, where their end-use products' tariff has been set through a bid process. This is to ensure that the cost of ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Adam Schmidt: A conservative voice against streamlined mining permits
Capital TimesMarch 1, 2012

While I usually identify as Republican, I am writing to break from the lockstep march Wisconsin's GOP establishment has come to represent over the last year, currently epitomized by the race to alter our decades-old mining law in the name of short-term ...more »

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