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  • Allegiance Health Management, Inc. agrees to pay $1.7 million in False Claims Act settlementAllegiance Health Management, Inc. Agrees to Pay $1.7 Million in False Claims Act SettlementJune 28, 2018 - 11:48 am

    Beginning in 2005, Allegiance entered into agreements with hospitals located in Southeastern United States to provide Intensive Outpatient Psychotherapy services to patients who were Medicare beneficiaries on the hospitals’ behalf. The settlement resolves allegations that many patients were provided services that did not qualify for Medicare reimbursement but were billed as such. “The Department of […]

  • Halunen Law Seeks Justice for Special Education Teacher WhistleblowerHalunen Law Seeks Justice for Special Education Teacher, WhistleblowerMay 25, 2018 - 11:24 am

    Halunen Law attorneys Ross Stadheim and Blaine Balow filed a lawsuit in United States District Court—District of Minnesota on behalf of Karen Abbott, a special education teacher in Independent School District 518. The suit claims the district unlawfully retaliated against Ms. Abbott —including harassment and a formal reprimand—because she reported special education violations. Ms. Abbott’s […]

  • Halunen Law - The Second Amendment Does Not Protect Assault WeaponsThe Second Amendment Does Not Protect Assault WeaponsFebruary 22, 2018 - 6:51 pm

    Contrary to popular rhetoric, there is no Constitutional impediment to outlawing assault weapons. Federal law has banned them before, as evidenced by the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, which—unfortunately—was allowed to expire in 2004. Importantly, the Supreme Court has clearly stated that the Second Amendment does not protect assault weapons. District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 […]

  • Stop Sexual Abuse in Immigration Detention Centers NowStop Sexual Abuse in Immigration Detention Centers NowJuly 12, 2018 - 4:09 pm

    Immigration has long been a contentious subject, and we now see media reports nearly every day telling us that the United States has an immigration “problem.” Indeed we do, but it is one that most people never hear about; specifically the physical and sexual harassment, abuse, assaults and rapes perpetrated against the women, men, and […]

  • Emma R. DennyHalunen Law Employment Attorney Emma Denny is Featured Guest on Recent Popoganda PodcastJune 15, 2018 - 11:46 am

    With nearly half of millennials doing freelance or contract work, many have questions about their rights and how workplace rules against sexual harassment and other objectionable behaviors apply. Halunen Law attorney Emma Denny joined the host of Bitch Media’s Popoganda podcast to share her legal expertise on these concerns and more. Listen to the podcast […]

  • Halunen Law - Have I Been Wrongfully TerminatedHave I Been Wrongfully Terminated?June 6, 2018 - 12:01 pm

    Minnesota is known as an employment “at-will” state. This means that an employer can terminate an employee for any reason, or no reason at all.i This “at-will” doctrine gives employers considerable discretion, and allows them to terminate an employee for what may seem like unreasonable and irrational reasons. For example, let’s say your employer terminates […]