Albert Powell

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Albert Powell
Staff Attorney

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At Constantine Cannon, LLP, Mr. Powell was a member of the team that successfully prosecuted and negotiated a $2.75 billion settlement on behalf of the plaintiff in Discover Financial Services v. Visa USA, Inc.

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Albert Powell is a Staff Attorney in the New York office who primarily works on qui tam/whistleblower cases. He received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.

Mr. Powell represents individuals in a wide range of cases involving whistleblowers, most of whom bring actions under the U.S. False Claims Act. Currently, he assists the team litigating United States of America et al. ex rel. Raffington v. Bon Secours New York Health System, Inc. et al. (S.D.N.Y.), Case No. 10-cv-09650, a case where the relator alleges a billing fraud scheme.

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Prior to joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, Mr. Powell practiced law at Milberg, LLP and Constantine Cannon, LLP. At Milberg, Mr. Powell was a part of trial preparation teams that litigated and negotiated a $3 billion and a $460 million settlement in In re Visa Check/MasterMoney Antitrust Litigation and In Re Raytheon Securities Litigation, respectively. Notably, in J. E. Pierce v. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, 365 F.Supp.2d 119 (D. Mass. 2005), he and his team at Milberg were counsel to independent pharmacies that were allowed summary judgment against defendants for violating Massachusetts’ unfair trade practices laws.

At Constantine Cannon, LLP, Mr. Powell was a member of the team that successfully prosecuted and negotiated a $2.75 billion settlement on behalf of the plaintiff in Discover Financial Services v. Visa USA, Inc.

Education

  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 1989
  • B.A., Columbia University, 1987

Clinic

  • University of Texas School of Law Capital Punishment Clinic

Bar Admisisons

  • Connecticut
  • New York

Court Admisisons

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

United States of America et al. v. Bon Secours New York Health System, Inc., et al.

Relator asserts that between December 2004 until 2015, Bon Secours Health System, Inc., Bon Secours New York Health System and Schervier Long Term Home Health Care Program defrauded Medicaid and Medicare by filing millions of dollars in false claims for home health services provided to elderly and homebound patients.

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Yale University Gender Discrimination Class Action

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The devil is in the details. In this case, the details are pay data collected by the United States government in an attempt to quantify, if possible, gender or racial discrepancies in pay. With this in mind, during the Obama administration, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) decided to improve the quality of the pay […]

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Moving Towards Pay Equity Without Salary History

Over the past few years, there has been a movement to restrict employers from inquiring into the salary histories of prospective employees. The rationale for this prohibition is clear: certain jobs and workers have historically been underappreciated and underpaid; consequently, workers in these jobs are anchored to lower starting salaries. If employers can ask about […]

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Wages and Overtime Law: A Return to the Past Courtesy of the U.S. Supreme Court

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