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1993 April

Federal Practice Tips

Litigating Medicaid Class Actions

By Jeanne Finberg

This article contains several federal practice tips for beginning legal services attorneys who may be reluctant to bring a class action. It discusses what questions should be asked before filing a suit, including whether a class action is appropriate, whether preliminary relief should be sought, and whether the case should be filed in state or federal court. Issues of settlements, appeals, and attorney fee rates are also explored.

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Representing Food Stamp Claimants in Fraud and Overissuance Cases

By Louisa Nickers, Hunter Labovitz, Carrie M. Lewis & Helen Hershkoff

Although intentional violations of the Food Stamp Program (IPVs) are rare, media coverage of sensational fraud oases has created the perception of rampant abuses. States are aggressively enforcing the Food Stamp Act's antifraud provisions, which leads to infringement of claimant's rights. This article examines the fraud and overissuance recovery process and presents suggestions for addressing problems.

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