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Customs Fraud, Wildlife Crime, and the Value of Whistleblowers

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Customs Fraud, Wildlife Crime, and the Value of WhistleblowersIn late 2017, federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York (considered one of America’s most important judicial districts) settled a case against Notations, a garment wholesaler. In a case originally brought by a qui tam relator (a.k.a. a whistleblower), Notations admitted to ignoring repeated warning signs that its Chinese importer was lying about the value of its imported… Continue Reading

For #MeToo Moment to Last, Strengthen Whistleblower Protections

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, Legislation
For #MeToo Moment to Last, Strengthen Whistleblower Laws(This article was published on January 8, 2018 in the Baltimore Sun.) The Golden Globe Awards this Sunday put the #MeToo movement in the spotlight. Many actresses wore black to express to solidarity, and a number of them brought important activists as their dates. Millions were raised for a legal defense fund to help women fight sexual harassment and abuse.… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Save Taxpayers $3.4 Billion

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
Whistleblowers save taxpayers millions of dollarsLast week, the Department of Justice announced that it collected $3.7 billion in settlements and judgements from False Claim Act (FCA) cases against the government in 2017. The FCA is a statute that allows individual whistleblowers, called relators in this context, to file lawsuits on behalf of the government. Known as Lincoln’s Law, the FCA was originally passed in the Civil… Continue Reading

DeVos Pick Puts Veterans and Whistleblowers at Risk at For-Profit Colleges

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
Creative Commons/User Christopher PennSecretary of Education Betsy DeVos has appointed Julian Schmoke, to head the agency’s Student Aid Enforcement Unit, the unit tasked with investigating fraud at for-profit colleges. Mr. Schmoke previously served as a dean at DeVry University, a for-profit school that was sanctioned $100 million by the U.S. government for fraudulent practices. Take action: add your name to the NWC letter… Continue Reading

Despite Bipartisan Efforts to Stand Up to Wildlife Trafficking, Agencies Continue Their Standstill  

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Endangered_GorillaLast year, Steve Kohn informed the world about dormant whistleblower provisions in wildlife protection laws that, if activated, would effectively combat wildlife trafficking. While several branches of the U.S. government have committed to addressing trafficking activities that have pushed many iconic species such as tigers and elephants to the brink of extinction, federal agencies have yet to use all the… Continue Reading

Over 60% of False Claims Act Recoveries Brought in by Whistleblowers in 2016!

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
False Claims Act SettlementsDecember 15, 2016. On Wednesday, December 14th, The U.S. Justice Department announced that it recovered over $4.7 billion from False Claims Act (FCA) cases in 2016. Of those recoveries, $2.9 billion were recovered through cases initiated by whistleblowers. The Justice Department paid more than $519 million in whistleblower awards over the course of the year. This represents the continuation of… Continue Reading

Huge Win for Whistleblowers with Unanimous Supreme Court Decision

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
Washington, D.C. December 6, 2016. An attempt by large government contractors and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to undermine the False Claims Act (FCA) was beaten back by whistleblower advocates. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision today in the case of State Farm Fire and Casualty Company v. U.S. ex rel. Rigsby ruling that breaches to the confidentiality… Continue Reading

UPDATE: Today U.S. Supreme Court Heard Oral Argument in State Farm Ex Rel. Rigsby

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
Supreme Court Will Hear Major Whistleblower Case on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in State Farm Fire and Casualty Company v. U.S. ex rel. Rigsby. Having suffered a 758-thousand-dollar jury verdict for defrauding the Government following Hurricane Katrina, State Farm is now attempting judicial gymnastics to avoid paying the judgment.  State Farm is asking the Supreme Court to automatically dismiss False Claims Act cases… Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument in State Farm Ex Rel. Rigsby

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
Supreme Court Hears Major Whistleblower Case TodayPress Release October 31, 2016 On Tuesday November 1, 2016, The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in State Farm Fire and Casualty Company v. U.S. ex rel. Rigsby. Having suffered a 758-thousand-dollar jury verdict for defrauding the Government following Hurricane Katrina, State Farm is now attempting judicial gymnastics to avoid paying the judgment.… Continue Reading

NWC Files Amicus in State Farm Ex Rel. Rigsby

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
Today, the National Whistleblower Center filed an Amicus (friend of the court) brief in State Farm Fire and Casualty Company v. U.S. ex rel. Rigsby. Having suffered a 758-thousand-dollar jury verdict for defrauding the Government following Hurricane Katrina, State Farm is now attempting judicial gymnastics to avoid paying the judgment. The question in this case is whether the harshest sanction… Continue Reading

Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus Designates National Whistleblower Appreciation Day: July 30, 2016

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, Government Whistleblowers, Legislation, News
Washington, D.C. June 30, 2016. The bipartisan Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus cosponsored a resolution on Thursday designating July 30, 2016 as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. This resolution was introduced in order to recognize the crucial role whistleblowers play in exposing fraud and wrongdoing, and to encourage federal agencies to acknowledge the legal rights of whistleblowers.… Continue Reading

Justice Department’s First Public Statement on Supreme Court’s Unanimous Escobar Decision Slams Toyobo’s “Half-Truths” in Pending False Claims Act Whistleblower Suit

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
Department of JusticeWashington, D.C. June 22, 2016 – Today, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a Notice of Supplemental Authority in a pending False Claims Act case, U.S. ex rel. Westrick v. Second Chance Body Armor, et al., No. 04-0280 (D.D.C.), setting forth the DOJ’s official position on the impact of the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision announced last week in Universal Health… Continue Reading

Big Win for Whistleblowers at Supreme Court

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
Supreme Court Unanimously Supports Whistleblower under False Claims Act Washington, D.C. June 16, 2016. In a unanimous ruling issued today, the United States Supreme Court upheld a whistleblower’s claim in Universal Health Services v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar.  The Court, in an opinion by Justice Thomas, affirmed the “implied certification theory” of liability under the False Claims Act (FCA).  This theory permits contractors to… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Receive Rewards in False Claims Act Settlements

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
The Department of Justice announced settlements in the listed False Claims Act lawsuits, January through May 2016. The Act permits cases to be brought under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provisions which permit private individuals to sue on behalf of the government for false claims and to share in any recovery. Over 42 billion dollars has been recovered from government contract fraud… Continue Reading

False Claims Act Hearing a Success

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
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
In 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
Today, 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
On 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
Ruling 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
The 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