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HEALTH CARE. Emergency Care Partners, a Florida-based company that provides emergency physician staffing for hospitals, recently hired The Picard Group to work on issues related to surprise medical billing legislation, according to disclosures. Hunter Hall, former regional director for Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyLawmakers introduce bipartisan bill to allow new parents to advance tax credits Overnight Health Care: Crunch time for Congress on surprise medical bills | CDC confirms 47 vaping-related deaths | Massachusetts passes flavored tobacco, vaping products ban Crunch time for Congress on surprise medical bills MORE (R-La.), and ex-Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.), will work on the account.

 

TRADE. California-based real estate company Samitaur Constructs hired Carmen Group Incorporated to work on steel tariff issues. CEO and founder David Carmen and executive managing director Dal Harper will work on the account.

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MEDIA. Starz Entertainment also hired Carmen Group Incorporated to work on antitrust issues and matters related to the Federal Communications Commission. Carmen and Harper will also work on that account.

 

News website Rappler Inc., based in the Philippines, hired Covington & Burling to address issues related to charges brought against Rappler and its CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa, according to disclosures. 

Ressa also separately hired Covington & Burling to lobby on her behalf. Ressa is facing libel and tax charges in the Philippines, actions the company's supporters call politically motivated. Rappler has been critical of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration. Peter Lichtenbaum, former assistant secretary of Commerce for export administration, will work on the accounts.

 

DISTILLERS. Miami Club Rum hired Government Relations Group to work on economic incentives for relocating and expanding their operations. Government Relations Group President and CEO Michael Kesti will work on the account.