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Top-10 Public Health Issues of 2013

Posted  12/31/13
By Gordon Schnell As we usher in the New Year with hopeful anticipation of all the positive public health developments that await us in 2014, here is a look-back at 2013 and our Top-10 listing of public health issues in the spotlight. 10. Herbal Supplements.  The herbal supplement trade has grown into a multi-billion dollar business because these alternative remedies offer the promise of treating the old...

Top-10 Public Health Issues of 2013

Posted  12/31/13
By Gordon Schnell As we usher in the New Year with hopeful anticipation of all the positive public health developments that await us in 2014, here is a look-back at 2013 and our Top-10 listing of public health issues in the spotlight. 10.  Herbal Supplements.  The herbal supplement trade has grown into a multi-billion dollar business because these alternative remedies offer the promise of treating the old...

Concerns Continue Over Fracking Contamination

Posted  08/15/13
By Gordon Schnell The dispute over hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, rages on with neither side giving much credence to the other.  Proponents of the practice insist it is a safe and cost-effective way to unlock vast new supplies of oil and natural gas -- billions and billions of gallons worth.  Opponents argue that the millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals pumped deep into the ground to break apart...

Hanson Aggregates — Government Underpayments on Public Resource Lease ($48 million).

Two of our whistleblower attorneys led the representation of a whistleblower in a qui tam action filed under the California False Claims Act alleging underpayments (or “reverse false claims”) under a public resource lease. Specifically, the three defendants, which were engaged in dredging and selling sand and gravel from public lands, were alleged to have paid the State of California less than what was owed by under-reporting the quantity of the sand and gravel removed, as well as its value. Dubbed the “sand pirates” by the media, the defendants allegedly “sold” the sand to affiliated companies they set up, and used artificially deflated prices from those purported sales, instead of the prices paid in real third party transactions when calculating and reporting royalties due the State. Critical issues concerning the proper interpretation of the related leases and related accounting issues were resolved in favor of the government following a seven week trial, in which one of our whistleblower lawyers served as lead trial counsel. The case settled before the next trial phase. California recovered $48 million in combined settlement payments and price adjustments. The whistelblower, a tugboat captain, received a whistleblower award of 30% of the government’s recovery. It was the second-largest recovery for a whistleblower under California state law. See California AG Press Release and Oakland Tribune for more.
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