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OSC Withdraws Proposed Rule That May Have Had Unintended Consequences for Federal Contractors

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, National Security, News
OSC Withdraws Proposed Rule That Have Harmed Federal ContractorsIn January 2015, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) submitted a proposed rule it claimed would extend protections under the Civil Service Reform Act and the Whistleblower Protection Act to employees of Federal contractors.  The National Whistleblower Center filed a public comment on March 23, 2015, stating that the proposed rule could cause more harm than good for employees of federal… Continue Reading

False Claims Act Settlements October 2015, part 1

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
healthcare-fraud2The Department of Justice announced settlements in the following False Claims Act lawsuits: United States Settles False Claims Act Suit against Guardian Hospice and Related Entities Guardian Hospice of Georgia LLC, Guardian Home Care Holdings Inc. and AccentCare Inc. (collectively Guardian) agreed to pay $3 million to resolve allegations that Guardian knowingly submitted false claims to the Medicare program for hospice patients… Continue Reading

Whistleblower’s Responsible for Majority of Fraud Recoveries in 2015

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
Whistleblower’s Account for Over 81% of Civil Fraud Recoveries in FY 2015Whistleblower’s Account for Over 81% of Civil Fraud Recoveries in FY 2015 Washington, D.C. December 16, 2016. A statistical analysis of civil fraud recoveries obtained by the United States in FY 2015, released today by the National Whistleblower Center, reveals that whistleblower disclosures accounted for over 81% of civil fraud recoveries. According to the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Division’s “Fraud Statistics Overview,”… Continue Reading

DOJ False Claims Act Settlements August 2015

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
The Chamber’s Proposal to Make it Harder to Prove Fraud Was Refuted Years Ago  by the Reagan AdministrationThe Department of Justice announced settlements in the following False Claims Act lawsuits: Technology Integration Group Agrees to Pay $5.9 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations PC Specialists Inc., doing business as Technology Integration Group (TIG), has agreed to pay the United States $5.9 million to settle allegations that the company inflated the price of computers sold through another company to… Continue Reading

July 2015 False Claims Act Settlements

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
False Claims Act SettlementsThe Department of Justice announced settlements in the following False Claims Act lawsuits: AstraZeneca and Cephalon to Pay $46.5 Million and $7.5 Million, Respectively, for Allegedly Underpaying Rebates Owed Under Medicaid Drug Rebate Program AstraZeneca LP has agreed to pay the United States and participating states a total of $46.5 million, plus interest, to resolve allegations that it knowingly underpaid… Continue Reading

June 2015 False Claims Act Settlements, Part 2

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
healthcarefraud3The Department of Justice announced settlements in the following False Claims Act lawsuits: For-Profit Education Company to Pay $13 Million to Resolve Several Cases Alleging Submission of False Claims for Federal Student Aid Education Affiliates (EA), a for-profit education company based in White Marsh, Maryland, has agreed to pay $13 million to the United States to resolve allegations that it… Continue Reading

June 2015 False Claims Act Settlements, Part 1

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
Mortgage fraud, false claims actThe Department of Justice announced settlements in the following False Claims Act lawsuits: First Tennessee Bank N.A. Agrees to Pay $212.5 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Liability Arising from FHA-Insured Mortgage Lending First Tennessee Bank N.A. has agreed to pay the United States $212.5 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly originating and… Continue Reading

May 2015 False Claims Act Settlements, Part 2

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
healthcare-fraud2The Department of Justice announced settlements in the following False Claims Act lawsuits: Government Settles False Claims Act Allegations against Florida Neurologist for $150,000 Dr. Sean Orr of Jacksonville, Florida, has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle allegations that he violated the False Claims Act by providing medically unnecessary services and drugs to federal health care program beneficiaries, the Department… Continue Reading

Appeals Court Rules That KBR Can Keep Evidence Of Contract Fraud Secret

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
KBRWashington, DC. August 11, 2015. Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted a petition filed by the defense contractor Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc. (“KBR”) and ordered that internal company documents containing evidence that the company defrauded the U.S. government during the War in Iraq can remain secret. The controversy over the release of… Continue Reading

May 2015 False Claims Act Settlements, Part 1

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
The Chamber’s Proposal to Make it Harder to Prove Fraud Was Refuted Years Ago  by the Reagan AdministrationThe following are recent settlements by the Department of Justice under the False Claims Act: Sixteen Hospitals to Pay $15.69 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations Involving Medically Unnecessary Psychotherapy Services The Justice Department announced that 16 separate hospitals and their respective corporate parents have agreed to collectively pay $15.69 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations that the… Continue Reading

The FCA Promotes Free and Fair Market Competition

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
The FCA Promotes Free and Fair Market CompetitionThe 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

The FCA Does Not Permit Recovery for Violations of “Any Fine-Print Regulatory Requirement”

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
stopfraudThe 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 Settlements under the False Claims Act

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
medicare-fraud2The below cases were settled by the Department of Justice in April 2015: Texas-Based Citizens Medical Center Agrees to Pay United States $21.75 Million to Settle Alleged False Claims Act Violations Citizens Medical Center, a county-owned hospital in Victoria, Texas, agreed to pay the United States $21,750,000 to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by engaging in… Continue Reading

The Chamber’s Proposal to Limit Recoveries to “ Net Actual Damages ” is Not Needed

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
The FCA’s Penalties Are Not ExcessiveThe 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

Maryland Enacts False Claims Act

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
Maryland False Claims ActOn April 8, 2015, the State of Maryland joined the majority of states, including Virginia and the District of Columbia, in passing a False Claims Act, which permits whistleblowers to file claims alleging fraud in government contracting and procurement (including Medicare and Medicaid) and to obtain financial rewards if their allegations are verified. On February 19, 2014, National Whistleblower Center… Continue Reading

FCA Whistleblowers Celebrate Partial Victory at Supreme Court

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
SupremeCourt2The Supreme Court handed down a ruling today in Kellogg Brown & Root v. United States ex rel. Carter, holding that whistleblowers don’t get extra time to file civil false-claims lawsuits when the United States is at war. However, the Court was unanimous in finding that it was improper for the trial court to dismiss Carter’s one live claim under the first-to-file rule.… Continue Reading

FCA Settlements Bring In Millions From Medicare Fraud

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
healthcare-fraud2The 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

The FCA’s Penalties Are Not Excessive

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
The FCA’s Penalties Are Not ExcessiveThe 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

The Chamber’s Proposal to Make it Harder to Prove Fraud Was Refuted Years Ago by the Reagan Administration

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
The Chamber’s Proposal to Make it Harder to Prove Fraud Was Refuted Years Ago  by the Reagan AdministrationThe 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 Announced by DOJ

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

The Chamber’s Justification for Barring FCA Cases after Defendants Make a Disclosure to the Government Is a Green Light for 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… Continue Reading