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Tag Archives: False Claims / Qui Tam

Bullet-Proof Vest Qui Tam Case Settles

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, False Claims Act
Dr. Aaron WestrickAttorney General Sessions Condemns Companies That Sell Defective Equipment to First Responders The U.S. Department of Justice issued a press release late today announcing a settlement in a 13-year long False Claims Act case. Toyobo Co. Ltd. of Japan and its American subsidiary, Toyobo U.S.A. Inc., f/k/a Toyobo America Inc. (collectively, Toyobo), have agreed to pay $66 million to resolve claims… Continue Reading

DOJ Recommends Dismissing “Meritless” Whistleblower Cases

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, False Claims Act, Whistleblowing Works
Department of Justice Recommends Dismissing "Meritless" Whistleblower CasesA January 10th memo released by the Department of Justice states that attorneys should consider dismissing “meritless” and “parasitic” whistleblower cases filed under the False Claims Act (FCA). The FCA allows citizens to sue on the government’s behalf, should they report evidence of waste, fraud, or abuse of taxpayer dollars. Whistleblowers (called “relators” in this context), who file qui tam lawsuits under the FCA,… Continue Reading

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

Trump’s Nominee for Attorney General Voices Support for Major Anti-Fraud Program

Posted in News
Senator Sessions: “It's not acceptable to retaliate against a whistleblower.”Senator Sessions: “It’s not acceptable to retaliate against a whistleblower.” Washington, D.C. January 12, 2017. The U.S. Department of Justice manages many of America’s most important whistleblower programs, including the False Claims Act (“FCA”) anti-fraud law. The Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing of  of President-Elect Trump’s nominee for Attorney General began on Tuesday. Sen. Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Committee… Continue Reading

End-of-Year Round Up: The Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016

Posted in Campaigns, End of Year
The Whistleblower Protection Blog’s most popular posts of 2016 covered a wide range of topics including Supreme Court case coverage, the National Whistleblower Center’s new program for wildlife whistleblowers, and crucial agency-related and legislative victories that improved whistleblower rights.… 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

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

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

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

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

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