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Defense Contractor ArmorSource LLC Agrees to Pay $3 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

March 7th, 2016

United States Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs Press Release


ArmorSource LLC has agreed to pay three million ($3,000,000.00) dollars to settle a qui tam case alleging that it delivered military helmets to the military, which were manufactured using methods that did not conform to contract requirements. In May 2010, the Army began recalling the helmets after several lots failed ballistic safety tests. Attorney Andrew J. Campanelli represented the relators together with co-counsel. Mr. Campanelli’s clients will receive four hundred fifty thousand ($450,000.00) dollars, a portion of which will be paid as attorneys fees.

 

Defense Comes Out Swinging in Highly Publicized Long Island Dumping Trial

February 23rd, 2016

CBS News New York


At a criminal dumping trial within which his clients were charged with nearly a dozen felony counts for having allegedly released tons of hazardous contamination within a public park, attorney Andrew J. Campanelli began his opening statement before the jury with a line from the movie My Cousin Vinny. “Everything that guy just said was bull****.

‘In twenty-five years of litigation and trials, I have never uttered anything like that in any federal or state court anywhere within the Country. But in this case, it was the right opening statement to make.” – Andrew J. Campanelli

All charges against Mr. Campanelli’s clients were dismissed before the defense began the presentation of their case.

Mistrial declared in Islip Town fraud case

October 13th, 2015

Newsday


During a trial within which his clients were charged with over four hundred (400) counts of fraud and the alleged filing of false instruments, defense attorney Andrew J. Campanelli uncovered the fact that falsified evidence had been presented to the grand jury, which then returned the indictments against his clients based, in part, upon that falsified evidence.

After Mr. Campanelli’s discovery was presented to the Court, the Court granted the defense attorneys’ joint motion for a mistrial.

Lawyers for Datres call for mistrial

October 8th, 2015

Newsday


Prosecutors admit papers altered

During the jury selection process in a trial upon a four hundred and ninety-two (492) count indictment, attorney for the defendants, Andrew J. Campanelli, disclosed to the Court his discovery that evidence, which had been submitted to the grand jury, had been materially altered before it was presented to the jury.

Upon being confronted with Mr. Campanelli’s discovery, prosecutors admitted that the lead prosecutor had altered records before she presented them to the grand jury, but the prosecutors proffered to the Court that such alterations amounted to nothing more than “making certain notations” on the documents, in pencil.

In response, Mr. Campanelli pointed out that, in actuality, the lead prosecutor crossed out dates on documents and wrote in different dates, and crossed out work order numbers, to thereafter write in different order numbers. Of greatest import of all, Mr. Campanelli asserted, was the fact that the charges against his client were for having allegedly offered false instruments for filing when, ironically, it was the lead prosecutor in the case who was the person who falsified the very instruments upon which she was basing such criminal prosecution.

After Mr. Campanelli’s discovery was presented to the Court, the Court granted the defense attorneys’ joint motion for a mistrial.

Oyster Bay officials settle suit over campaign signs

June 3rd, 2015

Newsday


The Town of Oyster Bay has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit brought by a former Oyster Bay Candidate who asserted that when he ran for office in the Town, Town employees ripped down his campaign signs, and assisted his opponents on Town time. He additionally asserted that a Town sign law was unconstitutional, because it prohibited the display of political signs for more than a very short period, while allowing the Town’s politicians to keep their re-election campaign signs up for more than sixty (60) days.

As attorney for the Candidate, Andrew J. Campanelli filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York.

The Town agreed to settle the case by reimbursing the Candidate $5,000 for his attorneys fees, and of greater import, changed its sign law to permit all political signs to be displayed for the same length of time, with the same size limitations, and the same number limitations, as re-election campaign signs. The Town additionally agreed to pay the Candidate $120,000 to settle a negligence claim a month earlier.

Datres Strike Back

April 26th, 2015

Newsday


Armed with Town records which evidence that Town officials had no basis to believe that they were involved in the dumping of materials in Roberto Clemente Park, and that despite the same, the Town widely published false claims that the Town had conducted an investigation and had thereby determined that they were a responsible party for such dumping, Thomas and Clara Datre and their company have filed a multimillion dollar federal lawsuit against the Town of Islip, and a number of politically-connected Town officials.

In seeking thirty million dollars in damages, the Datres have sued Islip Deputy Town Attorney Michael P. Walsh, Islip Councilman Anthony Senft Jr. and Islip Conservative Leader Michael Torres, among others.

Their attorney, Andrew J. Campanelli filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York. The case remains pending.

Trio get offers to plead

April 23rd, 2015

Newsday


Campanelli called the case against his clients “fictitious” and said he would reject the offers

Three defendants under a four hundred and ninety-two (492) count indictment, who are accused of illegal dumping in and around the town of Islip, were offered plea deals from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Andrew J. Campanelli, an attorney representing two of the defendants, called the case against his clients “fictitious” and said he would reject the plea offers.

After the case went to trial, but before the defense began presenting any defense to the jury, all charges against Mr. Campanelli’s clients were dismissed.

Government Sues Skilled Nursing Chain HCR Manorcare for Allegedly Providing Medically Unnecessary Therapy

April 21st, 2015

United States Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs Press Release


The government has intervened in three qui tam lawsuits, and filed a consolidated complaint against HCR Manorcare alleging that Manorcare knowingly and routinely submitted false claims to Medicare and Tricare for rehabilitation services that were not medically reasonable and necessary. Manorcare is one of the nation’s largest healthcare providers, operating approximately 281 skilled nursing facilities in 30 states. Attorney Andrew J. Campanelli represents one of the relators along with co-counsel.

Nassau Seizing Vehicles After DWI

September 11th, 2014

Newsday


Nassau County police have begun seizing motor vehicles incident to arrests for DWI or driving while ability impaired by drugs.

In May, the County retained the law firm of Campanelli & Associates, P.C. to commence civil forfeiture actions against the owners of such vehicles. The firm did similar work for the County from 2001 through 2003, handling thousands of such cases for the County. According to actual arrest and DWI accident data, implementation of the DWI seizure program reduced the number of DWI offenses being committed within the County by thirty-six (36%) percent, and reduced the number of accidents caused by drunk drivers by twenty-six (26%) percent.

Attorney Andrew J. Campanelli’s firm has handled the prosecution of more than 5,000 civil forfeiture cases, with a success rate in excess of ninety-nine (99%) percent.
Note: prior outcomes do not guarantee future results.

Case off justices’ plate

December 6th, 2013

Newsday


After the Town of Southampton hired a “special prosecutor” to prosecute two criminal zoning violations charged against the manager of the Hampton Bays Diner, all four Southampton Justices recused themselves from the case, thereby requiring the Town to “borrow” a judge from the Town of Riverhead, to preside over the case before the Southampton Justice Court.

Although Town representatives failed to respond to an inquiry by defendants’ attorney, Andrew J. Campanelli, as to why the Town Board found it necessary to hire a Special Prosecutor to handle simple zoning code violations, Mr. Campanelli abstained from filing a motion to have the Special Prosecutor removed. Instead, the case went to trial.

When the trial was complete, all charges against Mr. Campanelli’s client were dismissed on the merits.