False Claims Act/Whistleblower

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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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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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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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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What whistleblowers should know about the False Claims Act

What is the False Claims Act? Under the False Claims Act (“FCA”), a whistleblower brings a qui tam complaint alleging fraud against the government. The FCA incentivizes these individuals, also known as...

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Court allows whistleblower’s retaliation claim to move forward

A federal judge has denied a company’s request to dismiss a retaliation claim filed by a former employee under the False Claims Act.  In Forsythe v. National Health Corporation, a former physical...

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Walgreens pays $269 million to settle False Claims Act Whistleblower Claims

National pharmacy chain Walgreens agreed to pay $269.2 million to the federal and state governments to settle claims that the drugstore chain improperly billed Medicare, Medicaid and other federal healthcare programs over...

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How Does the False Claims Act Protect Whistleblowers?

What is the federal whistleblower statute?   Many people do not know that there is a federal statute that provides job protection as well as a potential substantial monetary reward for whistleblowers...

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