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Democracy Misconceived

By William Nettles and Reuben Guttman There is a misconception among many that democracy and freedom are synonymous and that freedom, in turn, equates to the right to do and say anything. Th...

Marijuana, Immigration And Private Prisons

On August 18, 2016, then Deputy Attorney General, Sally Yates, issued a memorandum directing the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to begin to reduce – with an eye toward eliminating – the use of private p...

Corporate Compliance Programs: Pretext or Panacea?

Proponents of corporate compliance programs loudly sing their praises while detractors point to ceaseless prosecutions and a parade of civil suits—often resulting in multi-billion dollar verdicts...

Whistleblower Case Results In $28 Million Settlement

Case Is Reminder That Healthcare Fraud Is An Important Election Year Issue WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A whistleblower case alleging the payment of kickbacks...

Reuben Guttman: The lawyer pharma loves to hate

By KAREN WEINTRAUB @kweintraub Reuben Guttman wants us all to be concerned about what’s in our medicine cabinets. A Washington lawyer who specializes in prosecuting pharmaceutical fraud, G...

The Importance of Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers are of vital importance to regulators, helping them put the pieces of the jigsaw together, says Reuben Guttman. Back in 2013, HSBC whistleblower, Herve Falciani, told the German p...

The Art of Advocacy

Judges are now insisting that plaintiffs make their case with facts instead of merely putting their clients on notice of a claim. When the United States Supreme Court issued its decisions in Bel...

Advocacy is a two way street

Young lawyers learning about advocacy need to understand how judges think if they are to master the skill, says Reuben Guttman. Young advocates or trial lawyers often labour under the conception...

Renewed Attention on an Old Legal Doctrine

by Reuben A. Guttman. Guttman practices law with Guttman, Buschner & Brooks PLLC  A half century ago, in Boire v. Greyhound, 376 US 473 (1964), the United States Supreme Court opined that tw...

Claiming credit for False Claims Act success in 2014

At year's end, here in the nation's capital there is the ritual they call "credit claiming." Legislators claim credit for everything from corn and soy subsidies, programs or pieces of legislation...

Tort Reform: A Lion in Sheep’s Clothing

Tort reformers cite a range of cases as frivolous litigation. But, says Reuben Guttman, many of these lawsuits raise fundamental issues. The United States Chamber of Commerce, a few academics an...

Original Source and The Third Circuit

Yesterday, the 3rd Circuit issued an opinion regarding direct and independent knowledge requirement of the original source exception to the public disclosure bar.  It found that, among other thin...

A Tale of Two Cases

The SEC needs more transparency The SEC needs to begin identifying those receiving bounties as another $30 million goes to an unidentified whistleblower, says Reuben Guttman of Guttman, Buschner...
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