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Allstate Insurance Company v. Northfield Medical Center P.C. (A-27-15


Allstate Insurance Company v. Northfield Medical
          Center P.C. (A-27-15; 076069)
          Defendants extensively promoted a professional practice
          structure that a fact-finder could reasonably conclude
          was little more than a sham intended to evade well-
          established prohibitions and restrictions governing
          ownership and control of a medical practice by a non-
          doctor.  In light of the broad anti-fraud liability
          imposed under the IFPA, holding defendants responsible
          for promoting and assisting in the formation of an
          ineligible medical practice was not a novel or
          unanticipated application of the statute.  The trial
          court correctly applied a plain-language understanding
          of “knowing,” and its finding of a knowing violation of
          the IFPA is amply supported in this record.