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31 Oct, 2019

Personal Liability for Signing Payment Affidavits? Uh-oh.

2019-10-26T12:47:15-05:00October 31st, 2019|Construction Claims, Construction Contractor Advisor, Fraud|

Have you ever considered whether you could be held personally liable for signing company documents?  Maybe you should, especially if you know the documents are false. A recent case out of Ohio, Decker v. Wesex, is considering whether the CFO of a construction company can be held personally liable for falsifying affidavits that stated that the construction company was paying its subcontractors. In this case, Wesex was hired to build [...]

17 Nov, 2016

Insurance Cheaters Never Prosper

2018-05-24T20:58:49-05:00November 17th, 2016|Fire, Fraud, Midwest Insurance Law Guide|

SO SAYS THE 8TH CIRCUIT.   A new ruling from the 8th Circuit affirms what we all know to be true:  people who exaggerate their insurance claim losses should never be rewarded. But why is this new case interesting to us, Dear Readers?  Because the 8th Circuit refused to sever the claims that were untruthful from those that were truthful and rejected them all. Final score?   Insurance Carrier: 1   [...]

28 Aug, 2014

No Sweeping Under the Rug

2018-04-24T00:00:14-05:00August 28th, 2014|Health Care Law, Litigation Tips, Medical Malpractice, Midwest Medical Legal Advisor, Risk Management, Tort Reform|

It happed in California several weeks ago.   After 2 ½ days of jury deliberation, the jury awarded a $4 million verdict against a hospital for allegedly covering up the cause of the post-operative death of a patient.  The jury did not find that the hospital committed malpractice and did not award punitive damages (which cannot be awarded in Nebraska). The patient had a surgical cervical disc.  Post operatively he had [...]

7 Aug, 2014

Doctors beware: tax-fraud scheme targets the medical profession.

2018-04-23T23:57:55-05:00August 7th, 2014|Midwest Medical Legal Advisor, Risk Management|

An increasing number of doctors have reported that they have been targets of tax fraud.  Here’s what happens: you, happy that it is April 15, go to file your tax return.  The IRS kindly informs you that your return has already been filed.  What is this, you think?  Has my accountant already handled this?  The IRS then gives you some odd news: you were awarded a large refund.  As reported [...]

17 Jul, 2013

Contractors Charged in $23 Million Fraud involving Veteran’s Contracts

2018-04-23T23:55:17-05:00July 17th, 2013|Construction Contractor Advisor, Government Contracting|

Earlier this month, two businessmen were accused of fraudulently bidding for and winning $23 million work of highway construction projects in Iowa and Nebraska. The two businessmen owned and operated Midwest Contracting, an Omaha based construction company that holds itself out as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Company. The crux of the allegations allege that Midwest Contracting was not qualified to bid on or perform work under contracts directed toward [...]