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False Claims Act Hearing a Success

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House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing entitled “Oversight of the False Claims Act,”Yesterday, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing entitled “Oversight of the False Claims Act,” in which corporate lobbyists organized by the Chamber of Commerce worked to advance their agenda to cripple the False Claims Act.… Continue Reading

Senator Grassley Blasts Efforts to Undermine the False Claims Act

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, Legislation, News
Senator GrassleyIn a statement before the House Judiciary Committee, Senator Charles Grassley strongly opposed efforts by high-powered corporate lobbyists to undermine the False Claims Act.  This Act has proven to be the most effective whistleblower law in the United States, providing protection and compensation to more whistleblowers then any other law, and triggering civil and criminal investigations.  These investigations have recovered… Continue Reading

The National Whistleblower Center Draws on Grassroots Support to Defend the False Claims Act

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
fraudToday, the National Whistleblower Center rallied support from its network of supporters across the country to defend the False Claims Act from proposals made before the House Judiciary Committee to cripple the law’s protections for whistleblowers. The False Claims Act is considered the most effective tool to prevent fraud on government contractors and protect taxpayer dollars. Over 42 billion dollars… Continue Reading

Government Contractors Ask Supreme Court for False Claims Act Loophole So They Can “Pick and Choose” What Regulations to Follow

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
SupremeCourt2On April 19th I visited the Supreme Court to listen to oral arguments in Universal Health Services v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar, arising under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act.  However, I was shocked at what I heard. The hospital that was sued in this case actually asked the Justices to believe that: (1) it is not fraud… Continue Reading

United States Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Landmark Whistleblower False Claims Act Case

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
US Supreme Court BuildingRuling in Universal Health Services v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar will have major impact in government contract fraud cases. Washington, D.C. April 19, 2016. The U.S. Supreme Court heard Oral Argument today in a landmark whistleblower case, Universal Health Services v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar, arising under the False Claims Act.  The Escobar case will determine how specific government contracts… Continue Reading

National Whistleblower Center presents original documents showing the intent of the False Claims Act

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam
Civil War Contractor CartoonThe National Whistleblower Center recently filed an Amicus (friend of the court) brief in the case Universal Health Services v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar. The legal issue behind the case concerns the False Claims Act, America’s premier whistleblower law and its best defense against government contracting fraud. The question at hand asks whether a contractor can only be held liable… Continue Reading

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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