This week on the Beasley Allen Report, host Gibson Vance welcomes his law partner W. Daniel “Dee” Miles, who is head of Beasley Allen’s Fraud section. This section handles a wide variety of cases on behalf of individuals, small businesses and states who have been the victims of fraud. In particular, Beasley Allen is currently representing eight states in litigation against a number of pharmaceutical companies accused of defrauding the states’ Medicaid programs by overcharging for their prescription drug products. Prior to attending law school, Dee worked in the banking industry, which he says helps him in his law practice to understand issues of predatory lending, insurance, and how the corporate world works. Lawyers in the firm’s Fraud section handle cases involving class action lawsuits; the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which involves fair pay for hours worked and overtime; and cases involving the False Claims Act where someone acts as a whistleblower (also called qui tam) when they see and report fraud. Whistleblowers can be financially compensated when their actions help the government recover money that was lost through fraud. The fraud section also looks into claims such as bad faith insurance claims and insurance fraud.
April 23, 2013