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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 [&hellip… 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 [&hellip… 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 [&hellip… Continue Reading

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

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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 [&hellip… 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

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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 [&hellip… Continue Reading

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

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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 [&hellip… Continue Reading

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

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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 [&hellip… 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, [&hellip… 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 [&hellip… 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. [&hellip… Continue Reading

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

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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 [&hellip… 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 [&hellip… 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 [&hellip… 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 [&hellip… Continue Reading

KBR Ordered to Release Documents in Crucial Whistleblower Case

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
The Legal Times reported Thursday that the judge in the case of United States ex rel. Barko v. Halliburton Co. et al, ordered the release of documents to a whistleblower. The case, which arose under the False Claims Act, concerns the largest military contract ever awarded, coming in at $38 billion. The whistleblower, Mr. Harry Barko, alleges KBR  engaged in widespread [&hellip… Continue Reading

The FCA is the Most Effective Law for Protecting Employees from Retaliation

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 [&hellip… Continue Reading

“Retaliation against Whistleblowers at All-Time High”

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 [&hellip… Continue Reading

The False Claims Act and Related Laws “Make Reporting More Likely”

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 [&hellip… Continue Reading

Action Alert Issued Urging Attorney General to Investigate KBR

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
The National Whistleblower Center issued the following Action Alert today: Urge Attorney General Holder to Investigate KBR and Support Whistleblowers! KBR, Largest Defense Contractor in Iraq About to Score Big Victory Against Whistleblowers Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) is sitting on documents that contain proof of millions of dollars in government contract fraud. A trial court reviewed these documents and [&hellip… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Seeks Supreme Court Review in Controversial Iraqi War Defense Contracting Fraud Case

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
Appeals Court Decision Permitting KBR to Keep Secret Documents Containing Evidence of Millions of Dollars in Fraud Against the U.S. Taxpayers Challenged Washington, D.C. November 25, 2014. A whistleblower who formerly worked for the giant defense contractor, Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR) has filed a petition for a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking review of a highly controversial [&hellip… Continue Reading

Nearly $6 Billion Recovered Using False Claims Act In 2014

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), it obtained a record $5.69 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in the fiscal year ending September 30. This is the first time the DOJ has exceeded $5 billion in cases under the False Claims Act, and brings total recoveries [&hellip… Continue Reading

Employees Are Very Reluctant to Report Fraud to Federal Law Enforcement

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 [&hellip… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Are Key to the DOJ’s Ability to Protect the Taxpayers from Fraud

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 [&hellip… Continue Reading