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Tissue graft company agrees to pay $6.5 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit focused on sales to the Department of Veterans Affairs

Mon 6th Apr 2020, Blog

A Georgia company that manufactures and sells human tissue grafts agreed to pay $6.5 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act. The case, unsealed last October, settled relatively quickly before the defendant, MiMedx Group Inc. (“MiMedx”), filed a responsive pleading. The qui tam complaint filed by former MiMedx sales representatives alleges that MiMedx falsely represented its commercial sales prices to the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”).  By claiming that it sold …

Important information affecting small businesses in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic

Fri 3rd Apr 2020, Blog

Provisions of CARES Act Likely to Increase Number of Small Business Bankruptcy Filings The recently enacted “Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act” (CARES) expands the applicability of the Small Business Reorganization Act (SBRA), passed just last year.  As a result: Businesses with less than $7.5 million in debts may proceed under the new subchapter V of chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code; The cost of a chapter 11 reorganization for these qualifying businesses will …

Bankruptcy in a Post COVID-19 Era

Wed 18th Mar 2020, Blog

Dear Colleagues,   With the economy in turmoil due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all of our businesses and practices may be impacted by bankruptcy issues.  The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic will likely create a flood of bankruptcies and restructurings as individuals and entities attempt to cope with the resulting financial loss.  There will also be unprecedented legislation addressing the crisis that will require quick interpretation and action.   As bankruptcy litigation practitioners, …

Bienert | Katzman Negotiates $1.2 million Settlement in a Whistleblower Lawsuit Involving the Sale of Chinese Computer Parts to the Government

Tue 28th Jan 2020, Blog, Case Successes

Bienert | Katzman, representing a whistleblower, filed a lawsuit on behalf of the federal government claiming that three computer part suppliers wrongly sold various federal agencies disguised Chinese products, including computer mice. One of the three defendants agreed to settle for $1.2 million.    In order to support domestic manufacturing and business with favored trading partners, Congress enacted the Trade Agreements Act (“TAA”).  The TAA requires that government suppliers ensure that products sold to federal …

Four Bienert | Katzman Attorneys Selected to the 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers® List

Tue 14th Jan 2020, Blog, Firm Accomplishments and Recognition

Bienert | Katzman is pleased to announce that James D. Riddet, Thomas H. Bienert, Jr., Steven J. Katzman, and Michael R. Williams have been selected to the 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers® list.   Mr. Riddet holds the distinction of being the Bienert | Katzman attorney who has been selected for inclusion on the Southern California Super Lawyers® list the longest – from 2004 through 2020.   Mr. Bienert has been a Southern California Super Lawyers® honoree every year since 2006, in …

Boutique Trial Firm With a National Powerhouse Punch

Tue 7th Jan 2020, Blog, Firm Accomplishments and Recognition

Attorney Journals Profiles Law Firm of the Month Bienert | Katzman PC Click here to read more

EKRA Creates Risk and Uncertainty for Substance Abuse Treatment Providers

Mon 30th Dec 2019, Blog

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.  One way to avoid the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”) is to stay away from services reimbursed under federal insurance programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare.  The federal AKS doesn’t apply to services that are reimbursed solely by private insurers (however, state …

Bienert | Katzman Chosen as a 2019 Top Boutique Firm in California

Mon 28th Oct 2019, Blog, Firm Accomplishments and Recognition

The national practice of Bienert | Katzman PC is complimented with its new Downtown Los Angeles office to keep up with ever growing demands. Click here to read more…

Whitney Bernstein Selected to Serve as a Lawyer Representative for the Southern District of California

Fri 20th Sep 2019, Blog, Firm Accomplishments and Recognition

Bienert | Katzman PC is proud to announce that Whitney Z. Bernstein was chosen to serve as a Lawyer Representative for the Southern District of California.  Lawyer Representatives are members of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference who are chosen by the District Court with the input of local bar associations.  In announcing Whitney’s selection, the judges indicated that they were very impressed by her qualifications.  Whitney is honored to serve as an alternative for the …

California legislators set for vote to expand the state’s False Claims Act to false tax claims

Wed 28th Aug 2019, Blog

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.  The California False Claims Act, as well as its Federal equivalent, are specialized statutes with specific pleading requirements and a robust body of case law.  The IRS, the SEC, and many other Federal and state …