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Tag Archive: False Claims Act

When disclosing a sealed complaint goes right

The U.S. Supreme Court recently handed a victory to qui tam plaintiffs everywhere when it handed down its unanimous opinion in State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. v. United States ex rel. Rigsby et al.  At issue in Rigsby was…
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False Claims Act, Qui Tam, Whistleblower

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Tenet to pay $513M over kickback charges

Tenet to pay $514M over kickback charges

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced yesterday that “[a] major U.S. hospital chain, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, and two of its Atlanta-area subsidiaries will pay over $513 million to resolve criminal charges and civil claims relating to a scheme to defraud…
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False Claims Act, Healthcare Fraud, Medicaid, Medicare, Qui Tam, Whistleblower, whistleblower attorney, Whistleblower award

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Off-label marketing leads to $18M settlement

Off-Label Marketing

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) recently announced a settlement with Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Acclarent Inc. over allegations of off-label marketing.  The DOJ’s suit alleged that Acclarent caused false claims to be submitted to the government in conjunction with the…
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Healthcare Fraud, medical fraud, Medicare, Qui Tam, Whistleblower award

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Small business (in)eligibility at issue in FCA suit

Small Business

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced in early July that it had settled a False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit with five Gardena, California info tech companies (En Pointe Gov. Inc., En Pointe Technologies Inc., En Pointe Technologies Sales Inc., Dominguez…
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False Claims Act, Qui Tam, U.S. Department of Justice, Uncategorized, Whistleblower, Whistleblower award

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FCA penalties set to double

FCA Penalties

In early May 2016, the Railroad Retirement Board (“RRB”) published an interim rule, which imposed significant increases to the per claim penalties the RRB imposes under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) and the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act (“PFCRA”).  The…
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False Claims Act, Qui Tam, U.S. Department of Justice

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Supreme Court aids vets and FCA suit

U.S. Supreme Court

In two recent opinions, the U.S. Supreme Court handed victory to veteran-owned small businesses under the “Rule of Two” process, as well as whistleblowers under the False Claims Act (“FCA”).  Both opinions represent a significant victory for veteran-owned small businesses…
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False Claims Act, Qui Tam, Veterans Affairs

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SEC whistleblower awards trending up

SEC whistleblower awards

In May 2016 alone, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) paid approximately $10 million in whistleblower awards.  These frequent and ever-increasing awards should serve as a stern notice to in-house counsel and compliance personnel alike that SEC whistleblower awards may…
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Dodd-Frank Act, Sarbanes-Oxley, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission

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Qui tam complaint finds new life

Qui Tam Complaint Against Raytheon Finds New Life

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled to revive a decade-old qui tam complaint filed by a former Raytheon Co. engineer who claims Raytheon cheated on a $1 billion government contract from 14 years ago by…
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False Claims Act, Qui Tam, Whistleblower

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Tax Whistleblower Program in Need of Improvements

Tax Whistleblower Program

Whistleblower awards for those reporting an employer’s underpayments to the Internal Revenue Service’s (“IRS”) Tax Whistleblower Program can be quite significant.  In fact, one tax whistleblower received a $104 million award from the IRS in 2012 for disclosing Swiss tax…
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IRS Tax Whistleblower Program, Tax Fraud

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