Halunen Law is pleased to announce attorney Amanda R. Crain has joined its Employment Practice Group. After several years as a partner in a family law firm, Cain comes to Halunen Law with an astute understanding of client emotional trauma, conflict, and complex legal matters. Recognized by her peers for her outstanding legal work, professional work ethic, and advocacy on behalf of her clients, Crain has been selected to the Super Lawyers “Rising Star” list from 2014-2018. This elite group represents just 2.5% of Minnesota attorneys who are under the age of 40 or have practiced law for less than ten years. Read more
It was announced yesterday that the CEO of Insys Therapeutics Inc., Micheal Babich, pleaded guilty to participating in a nationwide scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe its opioid medication Subsys. Babich resigned as the Arizona-based drugmaker’s CEO in 2015. His guilty plea comes just weeks before Insys founder, and one-time billionaire, John Kapoor goes to trial facing allegations of racketeering conspiracy. Read more
KSTP-TV spoke with Halunen Law attorney Charles Moore regarding a recent suit against major airlines. The class action lawsuit was filed against American, Delta, Southwest, and United Airlines, where passengers allege the airlines improperly worked together to limit the number of seats available on domestic flights to drive up ticket prices.
While not directly involved with this case, Halunen Law is recognized for its expertise and is frequently asked by media organizations to comment on legal matters in the news.
View Moore’s recent interview with KSTP reporter Matt Belanger:
Halunen Law recently filed a lawsuit in Hennepin County District Court against Target Corporation alleging failure to address alleged sexual harassment experienced by Eva Biswas who was employed at a Twin Cities Target store. The suit claims a potential promotion was delayed because Biswas turned down unwanted sexual advances by one of her managers, and others in senior positions failed to respond appropriately when told of the allegations.
“We stand firm in defending employee’s rights including the right to work in an environment free of harassment and discrimination,” said Halunen Law employment attorney Emma Denny. “Women like Ms. Biswas – minimum wage employees, immigrants, and women of color – too often have their voices ignored when they report sexual harassment or other workplace misconduct to their employers. We look forward to pursuing justice on behalf of Ms. Biswas.”
Read recent news coverage of this case:
Target sued by an employee who alleges sexual harassment and store management doing little to address it
Target Worker Claims Manager At Fridley Store Sexually Harassed Her, Staff Didn’t Help
Target employee claims sexual harassment, and that management didn’t stop it
$1.5 Billion Case Against Abbott Labs
Halunen Law represents one of the whistleblowers in the $1.5 billion settlement with Abbott Laboratories announced today by the Department of Justice in a case involving government fraud. The case alleged illegal sales of Abbott’s anti-epilepsy drug, Depakote in violation of federal and state False Claims Acts. The company was accused of marketing the drug off-label, including for nursing home patients, persons with schizophrenia, and children, and providing kickbacks to medical providers who prescribed the drug. The $1.5 billion settlement is the second largest payment by a drug company in the history of the False Claims Act. Abbott has pled guilty to a criminal misdemeanor violation of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act for misbranding and will pay a $700 million criminal penalty. Abbott will also pay $800 million to resolve civil claims under the federal False Claims Act and various state laws.
Attorneys Clayton Halunen and Susan Coler of Halunen Law
Attorneys Clayton Halunen and Susan Coler of Halunen Law represent one of the six “relators” who filed lawsuits against Abbott and participated in the Government’s prosecution of the case.
“the government can’t root out all corporate fraud by itself. Our firm takes pride in assisting courageous whistleblowers to blow the whistle on corporations, large and small, who are cheating the government and, in effect, U.S. taxpayers.”
Federal and State False Claims Acts allow individuals with personal knowledge of fraud to bring an action, sometimes called a qui tam case, on behalf of the governments and to assist in recovering dollars stolen from the government. Whistleblowers who bring forth evidence of fraud in a successful case are entitled to a statutory reward of 15 to 30% of the amount recovered. In this case, the relators will share 15% of the civil recovery.
Halunen further commented,
“False Claims Acts, including the one recently passed in Minnesota, are powerful tools to deter fraud in health care, education, defense, and other government contracts. These cases are not easy, but they are gratifying for our clients and the firm. They right a serious wrong and help to make sure that U.S. taxpayer money is used for the purposes for which it was intended.”
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