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The Downside of the Advice-of-Counsel Defense

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Intent is a necessary element of a False Claims Act (FCA) violation. If a defendant reasonably relied on advice of counsel in performing the actions at issue, the intent element is absent. That’s the upside of the...more

Five Trends in False Claims Act Enforcement: Take Two

In July 2015, we posted about the N.Y. Attorney General’s False Claims Act (FCA) settlements with Trinity HomeCare and its related entities, and how the case provided insight into the future of FCA enforcement. We identified...more

Western Pennsylvania Hospital Stark/Whistleblower/False Claims Case Provides Real World Guidance For Medical Directors’ Contracts

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Emanuele v. Medicor Associates, was presented to the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania as cross motions for summary judgment, and provides some guidance regarding the Stark requirements for...more

Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Review 2016

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims is pleased to announce the release of its fifth annual Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Review 2016. The Review, compiled by the firm’s Healthcare Fraud Task Force, is an industry-leading guide to healthcare...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of FCA Cases

by Jones Day on

The Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of two False Claims Act ("FCA") cases brought by private relators against insurance and other companies based on the alleged failure to reimburse the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...more

Seventh Circuit Grants Interlocutory Appeal in Rx Discount Program Qui Tam Suit to Answer Several Important Questions

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In United States ex rel. Garbe v. Kmart Co., 824 F.3d 632 (7th Cir. 2016), the Seventh Circuit granted interlocutory appeal following numerous motions for partial summary judgment to consider four questions: (1) whether the...more

Escobar's Impact: Recent Application of "Materiality" in Ninth Circuit

Last year, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decided Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar (Escobar), 136 S.Ct. 1989 (2016), creating important implications for Federal False Claims Act (FCA) cases...more

The Siege Continues: The Justice Department is Investigating Four Additional Medicare Advantage Plans

In our prior blog post, we reported that, at the request of the federal Department of Justice, the FCA qui tam whistleblower lawsuit in the case of United States ex rel Benjamin Poehling v. United HealthGroup, Inc., et. al....more

Federal district court interprets Stark Laws writing requirement

by Dentons on

On March 15, 2017, the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, ruling on cross motions for summary judgment in U.S. ex rel. Tullio Emanuele v. Medicor Associates Inc. et al., provided the first...more

Agape Take Two - 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Rules on FCA Statistical Sampling Case

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Last May, we reported on a False Claims Act (FCA) case pending in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals regarding a claim brought in the U.S. District Court in South Carolina against a network of 24 nursing home providers...more

False Claims Act Dangers on Display in Ruckh

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

A recent jury verdict in an FCA lawsuit pending in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida resulted in a not-so-subtle reminder of just how high the stakes can be in such litigation....more

Health Care FCA Decisions Applied to Criminal Case

by Bryan Cave on

False Claims Act (“FCA”) cases involving medical necessity continue to receive great attention. A March 7, 2017 opinion that overruled a jury’s criminal fraud conviction of a cardiologist demonstrates the broader implications...more

Taking Shape: Influential D.C. Circuit Court Continues the Expansion of Escobar’s “Materiality” Standard

In June 2016, the Supreme Court’s decision in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar confirmed the viability of the “implied false certification” theory of liability under the False Claims Act (FCA)....more

New Medicare Fraud Defense: “My Mom Made Me Do It!”

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Charged with 33 counts of Medicare fraud netting some $45 million in false claims, Richard Tinimbang invoked a novel defense: “My mom made me do it!” That, according to Law360, is the gist of the opening statement of...more

What’s Past is Prologue: How The FCA’s Eventful Year in 2016 Will Affect Government Contractors

2016 was a big year for the False Claims Act (FCA). Total government recoveries were up; total new matters filed were up; and total new government-led FCA matters were up. The Supreme Court issued multiple decisions...more

Proof by Proxy in FCA Suits? District Court Says It Depends

by Morgan Lewis on

Admissibility of statistical sampling to prove liability in FCA suit is fact dependent. In a February 14, 2017 decision, the Fourth Circuit declined to rule on the question of whether statistical sampling can be used to...more

Fourth Circuit Takes a Pass on Statistical Sampling, Finds DOJ's Settlement Veto Authority Unreviewable

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

After granting the relators’ petition for an interlocutory review of the district court’s rejection of the use of statistical sampling to establish FCA liability, the Fourth Circuit ultimately declined to reach that issue in...more

Fourth Circuit Permits DOJ to Reject an FCA Settlement, But Punts Decision on Statistical Sampling

In a closely watched False Claims Act (“FCA”) case, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has an unreviewable right to object to a proposed settlement agreement between a relator...more

False Claims Act Alert: Fourth Circuit Punts on Sampling and Extrapolation

by Hogan Lovells on

Tuesday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the interlocutory appeal in United States ex rel. Michaels v. Agape Senior Community, Inc.. In an opinion considering two significant questions arising under the qui tam...more

First Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Defendant, Rejecting the Use of Aggregate Data to Prove False Claims and Clarifying the...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The First Circuit has issued an opinion affirming a complete grant of summary judgment for Pfizer, Inc. in United States ex rel. Booker v. Pfizer Inc., No. 16-1805 (1st Cir. Jan. 30, 2017), a False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit...more

Far-Fetched Whistleblower Claim of the Month

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The hospital industry is accustomed to far-fetched whistleblower claims: allegations that a hospital knowingly submitted false or fraudulent Medicare or Medicaid claims or fired a whistleblower for trying to prevent such...more

Alleging Improper Use of Funds Legitimately Obtained from the Government Insufficient to State FCA Retaliation Claim

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas has dismissed an FCA retaliation claim brought by a nurse who claimed to have blown the whistle on misuse of funds at a hospital that received significant federal...more

Materiality Under FCA: The Lower Courts Grapple With Escobar’s Meaning

by WilmerHale on

The Supreme Court’s decision in Universal Health Services v. Escobar ex rel. United States sought to clarify the standard for materiality under the False Claims Act, but lower courts have already begun to adopt different...more

Failure to Plead Objective Falsity Dooms Cardiologist’s FCA Complaint

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

A number of recent FCA decisions have grappled with the question of objective falsity, particularly in the context of FCA claims where the alleged falsity is premised on a lack of medical necessity in connection with the...more

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recently Unsealed Whistleblower Cases: January 2017

by Mintz Levin on

We have identified 30 health care–related qui tam cases that have been unsealed in whole or in part. Trends & Analysis - A substantial majority of the unsealed cases had been under seal for periods well in excess of...more

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