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The False Claims Act Works

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
The Chamber of Commerce has commenced a well-financed and aggressive lobbying campaign to undermine America’s most effective whistleblower law, the False Claims Act. To justify its anti-whistleblower campaign the Chamber published a report entitled, “Fixing the False Claims Act: the Case For Compliance-Focused Reforms.” This is the first posts in a series the purpose of which is to combat the … Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Recover $398 Million For U.S. Taxpayers

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
The False Claims Act is widely acknowledged as the most important tool for uncovering fraud.  The majority of fraud cases filed by the government are triggered by whistleblower disclosures.  Recent press releases from the Department of Justice report that whistleblowers in five separate cases recovered a total of more than $398 million for U.S. Taxpayers.  These cases were originally brought … Continue Reading

NWC Fights Back Chamber of Commerce/KBR Attack on Whistleblowers at Supreme Court

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
Washington, D.C. October 22, 2014. Yesterday, the National Whistleblower Center filed a “friend of court” brief in Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Carter before the U.S. Supreme Court.  The extensive brief delivers a full rebuttal of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) and Kellogg Brown & Root’s (KBR) attack on the integrity of whistleblowers. The Chamber and its … Continue Reading

Attorney General Supports Increased Whistleblower Protections Under Federal Banking Laws FIRREA

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
New York City, New York. September 17, 2014.  In a speech delivered today at New York University School of Law, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder publicly endorsed enlarging U.S. whistleblower reward laws to include expanded rewards under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act, better known as “FIRREA.” The Attorney General acknowledged the tremendous success of other whistleblower reward laws, explaining … Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Recover $98.15 Million for U. S. Taxpayers

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Yesterday, the Justice Department announced that Community Health Systems, Inc., the nation’s largest operator of acute care hospitals, has agreed to pay $98.15 to settle multiple lawsuits against it filed under the False Claims Act. Nine whistleblowers stepped forward to report “a deliberate corporate-driven scheme” to bilk the U.S. taxpayers of millions of dollars. This settlement illustrates the government’s emphasis … Continue Reading

Senator Grassley Steps Forward Once Again to Defend Whistleblowers

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
On July 30, 2014, the House Judiciary Committee Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee held a hearing on proposals by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to substantially weaken the False Claims Act (FCA). The FCA is the most effective whistleblower law and allows those with evidence of fraud against federal programs or contracts to sue the wrongdoer on behalf of the … Continue Reading

Full Court Review Requested in KBR Contracting Fraud Case

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam, News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Whistleblower Seeks Release of Documents that Demonstrated Contracting Fraud during the War in Iraq Washington, D.C. July 28, 2014. Today, Mr. Harry Barko, a whistleblower who alleged that defense contractor KBR had engaged in widespread fraud during the War in Iraq, requested the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review a major … Continue Reading

NWC Issues Action Alert to Save America’s Most Important Whistleblower Law

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
On July 25, 2014, the National Whistleblower Center issued the following Action Alert: Demand that the House Judiciary Committee cancel the hearing on False Claims Act “reform” scheduled for July 30, 2014. If the Committee is determined to hold the hearing, then a member of the National Whistleblower Center should be invited to testify as a witness. Urgent Action Needed!! … Continue Reading

NWC joins Amicus Brief in Support of Whistleblower’s Petition for Certiorari

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On June 26th, 2014, the National Whistleblower Center joined in an amicus brief filed in Kalyanaram v. New York Institute of Technology before the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the Petition For Writ Of Certiorari. The issue involves whether whistleblowers can be required to reveal the fact they have filed a False Claims Act case, which is under seal, … Continue Reading

We Must Stop Illegal Gag Orders

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam, News
The post below was co-authored by Stephen M. Kohn, Michael D. Kohn David K. Colapinto, partners of the law firm Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto, LLP.  One of the most destructive tools used to silence whistleblowers are non-disclosure agreements (often found in employment contracts and severance agreements) which prohibit employees from disclosing fraud and other crimes to law enforcement agencies.  Today’s Washington Post story … Continue Reading

Three Judge Panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Shields Evidence of KBR Contracting Fraud In Iraq War Under Attorney-Client Privilege

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam, News, Uncategorized
Washington, D.C.  June 27, 2014. Today the D.C. Circuit court issued a decision in the case of In re: Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., et al., finding certain reports produced during internal corporate investigations were covered under the attorney-client privilege even though the documents show employees believed there was contracting fraud taking place during the Iraq War.  The Court granted a … Continue Reading

Court Holds Arguments on Whether Documents Created by Non-Attorneys Are Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam
Washington, D.C.  May 8, 2014. Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held oral arguments in the case of In re: Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., et al. This appeal arises from a petition for a writ of mandamus filed by Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. over a judge’s order compelling the company to produce compliance investigation witness … Continue Reading

Washington Post Reports Federal Contractor Gagged Employees

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
Washington Post Reports: Largest DOD contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan gags employees from reporting fraud. Employees who witness fraud threatened with termination if they told ANYONE outside of KBR of allegations. A February 20, 2014, report by The Washington Post revealed that Halliburton/KBR, one of the nation’s largest government contractors, requires employees to sign confidentiality agreements, which violate federal whistleblower laws.  The confidentiality … Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Recover over $200 Million for Taxpayers

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This week the Department of Justice issued a series of press releases announcing settlements in several cases under the False Claims Act. The settlement of these cases, originally brought under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provisions of the False Claims Act, resulted in recoveries of over $200 million for the U.S. Taxpayers. The settlements are listed below: Endo Pharmaceuticals and Endo Health … Continue Reading

False Claims Act Resource Updated

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FCABookThe National Whistleblowers Center recently updated its False Claim Acts: Federal, State and Municipal Qui Tam Laws publication. This publication outlines all current U.S. laws that allow private citizens who witness fraud against a government entity to file suit “blowing the whistle” on greedy contractors who bilk government agencies, and to be awarded a portion of the monies recovered. The … Continue Reading