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  • On Saturday, the DOJ announced a settlement with Cigna Group (“Cigna”), where Cigna agreed to pay $172 Million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act (“FCA”) by submitting and failing to withdraw inaccurate diagnosis codes for its Medicare Advantage Plan enrollees in order to increase reimbursements from Medicare.

  • On Monday, the DOJ announced a settlement with Verizon Business Network Services LLC (“Verizon”), where Verizon agreed to pay $4.1 M to settle allegations that it failed to completely satisfy certain cybersecurity controls in connection with an information technology service provided to federal agencies. The settlement resolves allegations that Verizon’s Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Service (“MTIPS”), which was designed to provide federal agencies with secure connections to the public internet and other networks, did not completely satisfy three required cybersecurity controls related to its General Services Administration (“GSA”) contracts from 2017 through 2021.

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  • The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently published amendments to narrow the Class Prohibited Transaction Exemption (PTE), also known as the qualified professional asset manager (“QPAM”) Exemption. The exemption allows QPAMs to manage multiple investments, notwithstanding general prohibitions under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”). Under the amendments, QPAMs are ineligible for the exemption if they committed certain criminal conduct. The DOL also requires QPAMs to be more transparent by changing reporting and administrative duties. The effective date of this new amendment is July 17, 2024.

  • Michigan historically has been at the forefront of labor law changes. This remains the case with the implementation and recent repeal of Michigan’s right-to-work legislation. Michigan workplaces are no longer governed by a “right-to-work” law, as the repeal took effect on February 13, 2024. Once again employees can be required to join a union to keep their jobs. Employers and employees alike question what effects this repeal may have on the relationship between labor unions and Michigan employers.

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