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Government intervenes in two whistleblower lawsuits

Two recent lawsuits filed in the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Florida under the qui tam or whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act (“FCA”) have prompted the United...

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DOJ intervenes in whistleblower complaint against Drug Maker for FCA allegations

Under the False Claims Act (“FCA”), individuals are allowed to sue for fraud on behalf of the United States and share in the recovery, if any. The act gives the government the...

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IBM settles FCA allegations for $14.8 million

Last week, IBM and Curam Software have agreed to pay $14.8 million to settle alleged False Claims Act (“FCA”) violations. The settlement was reached after IBM was accused of material misrepresentations to...

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Kansas Cardiologist agrees to pay $5.8 million to settle FCA allegations

A Wichita, Kansas Cardiologist has agreed to settle alleged False Claims Act (“FCA”) violations for $5.8 million. Dr. Galichia was alleged to have knowingly submitted false billings for surgical procedures in violation...

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Overtime Claims and Severance Agreements – What You Should Know

When a worker leaves a company, either voluntarily or involuntarily, it is not uncommon for the employer to ask them to sign a severance agreement.  Such documents often contain a clause that...

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District Court conditionally certifies FLSA case against Amazon

A Kansas federal district court recently conditionally certified an overtime case brought by engineers working at Amazon.  When there is one employee who has been wrongfully denied overtime without proper pay, there...

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Gas Marketer agrees to settle FCA allegations for $4.375 million

A recent settlement reached by a major oil and gas marketer, its employee and the government proves that third parties who do not directly do business or interact with government agencies are...

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Intermountain Healthcare abandons FCA case at the Supreme Court

Hospital chain Intermountain Healthcare agreed to settle a False Claims Act (“FCA”) case, which alleged it sought reimbursement for unnecessary heart procedures. This result eliminates an opportunity for the Supreme Court to...

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Software company agrees to settle FCA allegations for $22M

The Department of Justice announced a settlement of its allegations that a software development company, Informatica LLC violated the False Claims Act (“FCA”). The DOJ alleged in United States ex rel. Sullivan...

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Court certifies class of delivery drivers in Flowers Foods OT lawsuit

Another class action certification has been won by distributor-drivers who claimed they were misclassified as independent contractors and denied overtime pay. The distributors fought hard in their ongoing unpaid overtime compensation lawsuit...

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Supreme Court issues opinion on statute of limitations for qui tam lawsuits

When a current or former employee wants to file suit against their employer for fraudulent activity, what is the applicable time period in which to do so? Earlier this week, the U.S....

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1st Circuit switches big false claims award from one whistleblower to another

The First Circuit has issued an opinion on a significant False Claims Act whistleblower case and one of the claimants had a good day.  Millennium Health, a medical device company, reached a...

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How is Overtime Defined?

Overtime Definition I get calls from potential clients who want to know how overtime is defined and what sort of work constitutes overtime.  While some states have their own laws governing overtime,...

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Hospital CEO settles False Claims Act whistleblower case

Former CEO of Health Management Associates, LLC (HMA), Gary Newsome, agreed to pay the United States government $3.46 million to settle allegations that he caused HMA to knowingly submit false claims to...

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Pharmaceutical company settles alleged violations of FCA and Anti-kickback statute

US WorldMeds, LLC (“USWM”), a pharmaceutical company, has agreed to pay out $17.5 million to settle allegations of kickbacks to physicians and Medicare patients under the False Claims Act (“FCA”). The Department...

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Cenikor sued for minimum wage and overtime violations

Cenikor Lawsuit A former patient of Cenikor Foundation has filed a class action lawsuit in federal court in Houston against the company, alleging that its work program violates federal minimum wage and...

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Cenikor investigated for possible labor violations

UPDATE: On May 1, 2019, Borsellino, P.C. filed a lawsuit against Cenikor for labor violations related to its work program.  For more information regarding this lawsuit, including who may be eligible to...

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Amazon Delivery Drivers win worker exempt status under FAA

The e-commerce giant, Amazon, faces a proposed collective action lawsuit alleging that it misclassified its drivers as independent contractors after a Washington federal judge said this week that the drivers fit the...

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What you need to know about unpaid overtime laws and lawsuits

If you have been denied overtime pay, you likely have many questions.  What are the overtime laws?  Who should I talk to about overtime pay?  What if I can’t afford an overtime...

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Independent Contractor Overtime: What You Should Know

Having represented hundreds of workers in overtime pay disputes over the past seven years, I know that there is significant confusion among workers when they are classified as independent contractors and denied...

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