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Government Investigations - How to Respond to a Search Warrant: 10 Practical Steps [Video]

In a highly regulated industry such as health care, it’s not uncommon to be the subject of a government investigation. In-house counsel and leadership must be prepared in advance for the possibility of a search warrant being...more

Jury Sides with Defendant in Whistleblower's Suit Alleging Defendant "Caused" False Claims

Abbott Laboratories recently won a jury verdict in a high profile qui tam lawsuit alleging that Abbott “caused” health providers to submit false Medicare payment claims for off-label use of biliary stents. U.S. ex rel....more

Provider Fights Back Against Whistleblower's Taking of Provider's Documents

Among the challenges for health care providers facing whistleblower lawsuits is the discovery that a whistleblower has secretly taken the provider’s documents or data. What options are available to the provider? In the recent...more

The Pitfalls of Settling Qui Tam Lawsuits

In a recent federal court case, the federal government and the State of California successfully enforced an oral settlement agreement of a qui tam lawsuit against a health care provider. United States v. North East Medical...more

Provider Waives Attorney-Client Privilege in Qui Tam Case by Asserting Compliance with Law

A federal district court recently rejected a health care provider’s claim of attorney-client privilege and ordered the provider to produce written communications with its lawyers regarding the provider’s compliance with the...more

Privilege Upheld for Internal Investigation Preceding False Claims Act Litigation

The D.C. Circuit recently issued an important decision upholding the attorney-client privilege to protect corporate internal investigations. In re: Kellogg Brown & Root, No. 14-5055, 2014 BL 180217 (D.C. Cir. June 27, 2014). ...more

D.C. Appeals Court Upholds Privilege For Internal Investigation Preceding False Claims Act Litigation

The KBR decision should not be interpreted as a sign that internal investigations of regulatory compliance are privileged per se. Companies should keep the following principles in mind when conducting any internal...more

"Cursory Services" May Be "Worthless Services" Under False Claims Act

A recent federal court decision allowed the federal government to proceed with a False Claims Act (FCA) case involving an allegation that a health care provider’s “services were so cursory that they were worthless.” U.S. v....more

PODCAST: How to Respond to a Search Warrant - Ten Practical Steps

Presented by Gina L. Simms and James P. Holloway of Ober|Kaler's Government Investigations and White Collar Defense Group, this podcast provides guidance to health care providers and other corporations on how to respond when...more

PODCAST: Responding to a Government Subpoena or Other Document Demand - Six Helpful Hints

Presented by Gina L. Simms and James P. Holloway of Ober|Kaler's Government Investigations and White Collar Defense Group, this podcast provides guidance to health care providers and other corporations on how to respond to a...more

WEBINAR: Conducting an Internal Investigation: Managing Messages, Risks and Outcomes

In today’s regulatory environment, the prospect of a health care provider having to conduct an internal investigation is not a matter of “if,” but “when.” Whether an internal investigation is handled effectively or...more

Lessons from Frankenstein: Don't Create a Whistleblower

Given the publicity generated by large settlements paid to whistleblowers, many individuals are regularly on the prowl for a qui tam lawsuit that will yield a large bounty. These eager whistleblowers may be likely to pursue a...more

Justice Department Intervenes in Qui Tam Lawsuit Alleging Antikickback and Stark Violations

The Justice Department recently intervened in a qui tam lawsuit against a home health provider and related individuals, alleging violations of the antikickback statute and the Stark Law, which also constituted alleged...more

Justice Department Lawsuit Reveals Roadmap to Avoid False Claims Act Liability

Earlier this month, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Vitas Hospice Services, LLC, and related entities, alleging that Vitas fraudulently billed the Medicare program in violation of the False Claims Act (FCA)....more

Worthless Services: Giving Nothing Can Cost You a Lot Under the False Claims Act

Numerous courts have recognized that knowingly billing the federal government for “worthless services” may be a violation of the False Claims Act (FCA). Recently, an Illinois nursing home learned how costly worthless services...more

Government Fails to Prove Alleged Kickback Scheme Violates False Claims Act

When the U.S Justice Department alleges a violation of the False Claims Act (FCA), some health care providers conclude that they must reach a settlement with the government because they cannot win — or cannot afford to win —...more

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