Author: RJ Zayed

RJ Zayed

RJ HELPS CLIENTS PROTECT THEIR ASSETS AND REPUTATION IN THE AREAS OF PATENTS, TRADE SECRETS, AND GOVERNMENT ENFORCEMENT AND CORPORATE INVESTIGATIONS THROUGH COUNSELING, LITIGATION, AND TRIALS (IF NECESSARY). RJ has tried over 50 cases to jury verdict in federal court as lead trial counsel in both civil and criminal cases, including patent infringement, trade secrets, contract, and civil and criminal fraud cases. RJ has submitted, and argued as lead counsel, over 30 civil and criminal appeals before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Federal Circuits. RJ’s Intellectual Property practice focuses on counseling and litigation concerning patents and trade secrets. RJ’s Government Enforcement and Corporate Investigations practice focuses on counseling, compliance, internal investigations, and white collar defense of government enforcement actions and investigations.

Naughty or Nice: Feds Hand Out More Than Lumps of Coal When it Comes to Healthcare Fraud

RJ Zayed

The United States government has an arsenal of agencies and civil and criminal statutes at its disposal to choose from in investigating and combating healthcare fraud.  A recent federal indictment discussed below exemplifies just how multifaceted government investigations and prosecutions can be.  And organizations need to be prepared to respond to such investigations. Last week,...

Two Recent Justice Department Memoranda May Have Significant Consequences for Pending and Future False Claims Act Enforcement

RJ Zayed

In recent weeks, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued two memoranda that might change the calculus of False Claims Act (“FCA”) cases.  The memoranda at a minimum provide organizations with new—or at least invigorated—defenses to qui tam actions and civil enforcement matters. First, on January 10, Michael Granston, Director of DOJ’s Civil Frauds section,...

Consultant found guilty of illegal kickbacks by “referring” doctors’ patients to another medical provider in exchange for remuneration

RJ Zayed

Under 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7b(b)(1)(A) it is a felony for a physician to solicit or receive a kickback “in return for referring” a Medicaid or Medicare patient to another medical provider. But as a recent decision by the Eighth Circuit in United States v. Iqbal demonstrates, physicians are not the only ones capable of making illegal...