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Barring Federal Employees from Using the FCA Will Promote Fraud

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
Healthcare-fraudThe 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.” The purpose of this blog series is to combat the Chamber’s misinformation, and explain why the… Continue Reading

Recent False Claims Act Settlements

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
fraudThe Department of Justice recently announced the settlements, listed below, in False Claims Act cases. The False Claims Act permits private parties to sue on behalf of the government those who falsely claim federal funds or avoid paying funds owed to the government.  The United States may intervene in and take over the lawsuit.  The False Claims Act also allows… Continue Reading

DOJ False Claims Act Settlements

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
stopfraudThe Department of Justice recently announced the settlements, listed below, in False Claims Act cases. The False Claims Act permits private parties to sue on behalf of the government those who falsely claim federal funds or avoid paying funds owed to the government.  The United States may intervene in and take over the lawsuit.  The False Claims Act also allows… Continue Reading

NWC Participates in Transparency Roundtable

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, International
WLPKohn1On March 20, 2015, NWC Executive Director Stephen M. Kohn participated in a Roundtable of Transparency panel discussion presented as part of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Each year this program brings about 4,500 visitors to the US from 140 countries to learn how to use advocacy as the process of building consensus on national, regional, or local priorities… Continue Reading

SEC Sanctions KBR for Illegal Non-Disclosure Agreement

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam
KBRSEC Investigation into overly restrictive non-disclosure agreements was triggered by complaint filed by former KBR Contractor Harry Barko Washington, D.C. , 2015.  April 1, 2015.  Today the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sanctioned defense contractor KBR for requiring its employees to sign restrictive non-disclosure agreements that prohibited employees from properly reporting fraud and misconduct to appropriate regulatory authorities.  A copy… Continue Reading

Maryland Senate Broadens Whistleblower Protections

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
Maryland-State-HouseOn March 24 the Maryland State Senate passed the Maryland False Claims Act.  The Act, if passed by the House, would widen Maryland’s current protections to include state and local government contractors.  The currently Maryland False Claims Act only overs health claims such as medicaid fraud. “This is about people ripping off the government,” said Sen. Jamie Raskin, the bill sponsor.… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Advocacy Group Warns OSC Proposed Rule for Federal Contractors May Cause Harm

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, Government Whistleblowers, National Security
federalk2In January the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) proposed a rule that it claims would extend protections under the Civil Service Reform Act and the Whistleblower Protection Act to employees of federal contractors.  However, as my previous blog on this proposed rule stated, the unintended consequences of this rule may cause more harm than good for employees of federal… Continue Reading

The FCA Saves the Government Costs and Does Not Encourage Frivolous Complaints

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
frivolousThe 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.” The purpose of this blog series is to combat the Chamber’s misinformation, and explain why the… Continue Reading

Mandating That Whistleblowers Report Violations of Law Internally Constitutes an Obstruction of Justice

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.” The purpose of this blog series is to combat the Chamber’s misinformation, and explain why the… Continue Reading

Recent False Claims Act Settlements

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
The Department of Justice recently announced the following settlements in False Claims Act cases: United States Settles False Claims Act Suit Against Good Shepherd Hospice Inc. and Related Entities Good Shepherd Hospice Inc. agreed to pay $4 million to resolve allegations that Good Shepherd submitted false claims for hospice patients who were not terminally ill. Good Shepherd is a for-profit… Continue Reading

Mandating Internal Disclosures Would Undermine the Effectiveness of Internal Compliance Programs

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.” The purpose of this blog series is to combat the Chamber’s misinformation, and explain why the… Continue Reading

U.S. Settles FCA Case Against Medical Device Manufacturer for $1.25 Million

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
medicare-fraud2The Department of Justice announced today that Medical device manufacturer ev3 Inc., formerly known as Fox Hollow Technologies Inc., has agreed to pay the United States $1.25 million to resolve allegations under the False Claims Act that Fox Hollow caused certain hospitals to submit false claims to Medicare for unnecessary inpatient admissions related to minimally-invasive atherectomy procedures. … Continue Reading

Chamber-Endorsed Compliance Programs Can Use Information Obtained by the Whistleblower to Investigate and Fire the Whistleblower

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
fired_whistleblowerThe 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.” The purpose of this blog series is to combat the Chamber’s misinformation, and explain why the… Continue Reading

Pharmaceutical Company Pays $39 Million to Settle False Claims Act Case

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
healthcarefraud3The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on January 9, 2015, that Daiichi Sankyo Inc., a global pharmaceutical company with its U.S. headquarters in New Jersey, agreed to pay the United States and state Medicaid programs $39 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act.  The DOJ alleged that Daiichi was paying kickbacks to induce physicians to prescribe… Continue Reading

The Chamber’s True Position is that Corporate Compliance Programs are a Tool for Corporate Attorneys to Collect Information in Order to Protect the Company – Not the Public

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
compliance2The 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.” The purpose of this blog series is to combat the Chamber’s misinformation, and explain why the… Continue Reading

Community Health Systems to Pay $75 Million in False Claims Act Settlement

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
healthcare-fraud2The Department of Justice announced yesterday that Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation (CHSPSC) and three affiliated New Mexico hospitals (collectively CHS) agreed to pay the United States $75 million to settle allegations that they violated the False Claims Act.  The government alleged that the defendants made illegal donations to county governments that were used to fund the state share… Continue Reading

Corporations Have Undermined Compliance Programs by Arguing That They Can Fire Employees Who Report Violations inside the Company

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
fired_whistleblowerThe 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.” The purpose of this blog series is to combat the Chamber’s misinformation, and explain why the… Continue Reading

Fighting International Corruption with Whistleblower Reward Laws

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, International
IntReportThe National Whistleblower Center released a report today recommending the use of whistleblower reward laws to fight corruption worldwide.  “Whistleblower Reward Programs: An International Framework for the Detection of Corruption and Illegal Bribery,” outlines how the use of whistleblower rewards laws is a highly effective tool in detecting fraud and misconduct. In a press release from the National Whistleblower Center,… Continue Reading

The FCA Strongly Encourages Businesses to Maintain Effective Internal Compliance Programs

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam
ComplianceProgramThe 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.” The purpose of this blog series is to combat the Chamber’s misinformation, and explain why the… Continue Reading

False Claims Act Used to Enforce Environmental Safety Standards

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam
dupontThis past Friday the Houston Chronicle published an important article regarding allegations that DuPont let poisonous gas leak continuously from a plant near New Orleans for three years. The article, “Whistleblower case raises more safety concerns about DuPont,” details a novel approach to enforce environmental standards using the False Claims Act (FCA). The plaintiff in U.S. ex rel Simoneaux v. E.I.… Continue Reading

Laws Already Exist That Require Government Contractors to Operate Effective Internal Compliance Programs

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.” The purpose of this blog series is to combat the Chamber’s misinformation, and explain why the… Continue Reading

Oral Arguments in Key Supreme Court Whistleblower Case Scheduled for Tuesday

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
US Supreme Court BuildingThe Supreme Court will hold oral arguments on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 in an important case brought under the False Claims Act. In October, the National Whistleblower Center filed an amicus brief in Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Carter supporting the whistleblower. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) has used this case to continue… Continue Reading

The FCA Does Not Need to be Amended in Order for Companies to Adopt Effective Rules for Internal Compliance

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.” The purpose of this blog series is to combat the Chamber’s misinformation, and explain why the… Continue Reading

Limiting Whistleblower Rewards Would Undermine Public Policy and Interfere with Employee Disclosures

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.” The purpose of this blog series is to combat the Chamber’s misinformation, and explain why the… Continue Reading