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New York Doctors and Ex-Assemblyman Charged in Illegal Opioid Ring

New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) May 8, 2017 – Thirteen people were arrested and charged in a large-scale prescription drug ring in Brooklyn, New York.

The ring included three doctors, four nurse practitioners and former New York State Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny. They pleaded not guilty to multiple charges in the Manhattan Supreme Court.

The suspects allegedly turned three medical clinics into “pill mills” that pumped millions of illegal painkillers onto the black market from 2012 to early this year. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said the ring prescribed over six million oxycodone pills with an estimated street value of between $60 and $100 million. The defendants face a total of 477 charges including money laundering, health care fraud in the first and second degrees, fourth-degree conspiracy, criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance and other crimes.

“Prescription drug fraud charges can have serious consequences,” said Peter Brill, a New York City criminal defense attorney with Brill Legal Group, who is not involved with the case. “The government’s crackdown on doctors and pharmacists can sometimes lead to overcharging and excessively harsh sentences. In such cases, an aggressive defense is often required to protect the defendant’s rights.”

The group was also accused of defrauding Medicaid and Medicare of about $24 million. Patients were allegedly given painkiller prescriptions in exchange for submitting to thousands of unnecessary medical procedures and tests. The clinics then used shell companies to pay practitioners. Investigators said Brook-Krasny’s alleged role in the scheme was instructing a laboratory he is currently affiliated with to alter drug test results.

Authorities said defendants Dr. Paul McClung of Valley Stream and Dr. Lazar Feygin of Staten Island ran the three clinics. Feygin was the alleged leader of the multimillion-dollar scheme. His two clinics received Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements in excess of $16 million from 2013 to this year. The doctor spent the money on overseas vacations, luxury goods and real estate.

Through wire-tapped phone calls, investigators discovered that the clinics systematically deleted positive drug tests. Opioids were allegedly prescribed to patients who were likely selling or abusing other drugs. Prosecutors said a patient blew the whistle on the scheme in 2013. However, the ring was not busted until four years later due to patient privacy laws.

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Court Finds That UBU Sports Willfully Infringed FieldTurf Patent

FieldTurf, A Tarkett Sports Company

Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Law Firm Newswire) May 8, 2017 – FieldTurf USA, a Tarkett Sports company and a global market leader in artificial turf, announces that on May 3, 2017, a court awarded it $780,000 in damages in its patent infringement case against UBU Sports, Inc.

The case was filed in May 2016 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The Court ruled that UBU Sports had willfully infringed FieldTurf’s U.S. Patent No. 6,723,412 through the sale and installation of at least 13 artificial turf fields. The Court awarded damages in the amount of $260,000, which it trebled to $780,000 based on UBU Sports’s willful infringement. Additionally, the Court dismissed with prejudice all of UBU Sports’s counterclaims, which asserted that the patent-in-suit was not infringed, invalid, and unenforceable.

“We are grateful for the Court’s attention to our case and careful consideration of the record. While litigation was a last resort, the result confirms the importance of the ’412 patent’s technology in delivering innovative artificial turf systems that provide optimum playability, and safety” said Eric Daliere, President of Tarkett Sports. “This victory reinforces our commitment to protect our intellectual property and innovation,” added Marie-France Nantel, Tarkett Sports General Counsel.

FieldTurf was represented by Winston & Strawn LLP in this matter.

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13th Annual Special Needs Trust Community Seminar to Highlight Trump Administration Policies May 10

San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 05, 2017 – In the Trump era, families with special needs kids — autism, cerebral palsy, bipolar disorder, etc. — are deeply worried about the solvency and availability of vital government benefits. Proposals of the current administration and steps already taken will be “front and center” in this timely community event.

Prominent attorneys from Gilfix and La Poll Associates will present the 13th Annual Special Needs Trust Seminar on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 in Palo Alto, California. The free event is designed to provide practical, up-to-date advice to family members of special needs individuals.

Attorneys Michael Gilfix and Mark Gilfix, longtime experts in the field of special needs planning, will present two sessions from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The informative two-hour seminar is open to the community at large. Along with discussing the benefits of special needs trusts, it will also cover the best approaches to creating and maintaining them.

“The seminar is essential for families hoping to create a stronger safety net for loved ones who are disabled,” commented Michael Gilfix, a nationally known special needs attorney and author of the book titled, “Special Needs Trust Creation and Management Guide.” Planning for the future involves many considerations, especially for families of children with special needs. Knowing about the planning options and tools available can make all the difference to a child’s well-being.”

Seminar attendees will learn why it is essential to create a special needs trust if they have a child or other family member with a disability. Michael Gilfix and Mark Gilfix will discuss this crucial planning tool in the context of housing for disabled individuals, the ABLE Act, the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act and the impact of Trump’s administration policies. They will also talk about how such trusts complement public benefits like Medi-Cal and Supplemental Security Income.

“There is a common misconception that special needs trusts disturb eligibility for public benefits,” noted Mark Gilfix. “However, many people are not aware that it is possible for a family member living with a disability to access public benefits while having a special needs trust.”

The Special Needs Trust Seminar is co-sponsored by notable nonprofit organizations including Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area, Community Resources for Independent Living, Jewish Family and Children Services, Pacific Autism Center for Education, Parents Helping Parents and many more.

Space is limited, so please RSVP now. Register over the phone at 650-493-8070 or online at

13th Annual Special Needs Trust Seminar
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
2pm to 4pm & 6pm to 8pm
Elks Lodge
4249 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, California

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