False Claims Act (FCA) Whistleblowers

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Good News on the Horizon? FCA Reform Could Signal Relief for Health Care Providers

Good news may be in sight for businesses and health care providers. On April 28, 2016, the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice once again considered potential updates to the...more

District Court Holds that Interest in Protecting Whistleblowers under the False Claims Act Can Outweigh Companies’ Confidentiality...

A magistrate judge in the Northern District of Illinois recently dismissed a company’s breach-of-contract counterclaim against a whistleblower for violating the company’s privacy policy and confidentiality agreement....more

Court Throws Out Counterclaim That Whistleblower Divulged Confidential Information

A federal judge recently dismissed a company’s counterclaim that it brought against a whistleblower for violating the company’s privacy policy and a confidentiality agreement by providing the government with confidential...more

California Employment Law Notes - May 2016

Employee Who Needed To Assist Disabled Son Could Proceed With "Associational Disability Discrimination" Claim - Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, Inc., 246 Cal. App. 4th 180 (2016) - Luis...more

Escobar Oral Arguments: Justices Imply Outcome – False Claims Act Implied Certification May Survive

The U.S. Supreme Court recently held oral arguments in the case of Universal Health Services, Inc. v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar, No. 15-7, which is set to decide the viability of implied certification under the FCA. As discussed...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - May 2016

Spotlight on the False Claims Act - Why it matters: This month we discuss two interesting court cases involving the False Claims Act (FCA). On April 19, 2016, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Universal Health...more

Second Circuit Rejects Broad Certification as Basis for False Claims Act Liability in Financial Industry

Today, the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of False Claims Act (“FCA”) claims against Wells Fargo, finding a general certification of compliance with “any laws or regulations” too broad to support an FCA action and...more

Statistical Sampling in FCA Case Under Review by 4th Circuit Court of Appeals

The issue of using statistical sampling in federal False Claims Act (FCA) cases has come to the fore in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, following a U.S. District Court decision denying its use in a case brought in South...more

Amending FIRREA: An Alternative Proposal

Near the end of his tenure, Attorney General Eric Holder publicly raised the prospect of amending FIRREA—the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989—to increase the incentives for blowing the...more

Supreme Court Seeks Meaning in Falsity and Fraud in the False Claims Act

Oral arguments were heard Tuesday, April 19th by the U.S. Supreme Court in one of the most significant False Claims Act (FCA) cases the Court has dealt with in decades on an issue with very real impact on whistleblower suits...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

Court Dismisses Major False Claims Act Case Against Hospice Provider: Ruling Mere Difference of Medical Opinion is Insufficient...

On March 31, 2016, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama in U.S. ex rel. Paradies v. AseraCare, Inc. dismissed a major False Claims Act case against a national hospice provider after ruling...more

Bard Whistleblower Settlement Highlights Potential Risks for Higher Education Institutions

Bard College recently entered into an agreement with the United States to pay $4 million to settle a whistleblower suit alleging violations of the False Claims Act. Bard is a non-profit liberal arts institution founded in...more

OK to Exaggerate How Long Patients Need Device

Today’s riddle: Why would a federal court approve a medical device manufacturer’s practice of persuading physicians to exaggerate the period of time Medicare patients need their devices? The answer is so simple that you’ll be...more

In 10-1 Verdict, Jury Finds No FCA Violation by Abbott Laboratories

On April 7, 2016, after just three hours of deliberations following a three-week trial, a federal jury dismissed False Claims Act (“FCA”) claims against Abbott Laboratories brought by a whistleblowing former employee.  The...more

Bard College settles False Claims Act allegations; Justice, Education Departments get tough on compliance - 7 steps to support...

“Throughout this Administration, the Department of Education has aggressively enforced accountability and compliance laws for institutions of higher education to protect students, families, and taxpayers,” US Education Under...more

Whistleblowers Suffer Another Implied Certification Theory Defeat — But Supreme Court Showdown Looms

Adding its voice to an issue soon to be argued before the Supreme Court, an Alabama federal court recently dismissed a False Claims Act (“FCA”) complaint, holding that complying with a federal disclosure regulation was not a...more

U.S. Sides with Defendant Against Whistleblower—Sort of

Today’s riddle: why would the government take the defendant’s side against the whistleblower in a False Claims Act qui tam case? Why would the government challenge the whistleblower’s claim that two defendants violated the...more

Retaliation Claim Survives Though False Claim Act Claim Is False

Roxanne Perkins was employed as a clinical supervisor of prior authorizations therapy at Wellcare Health Plans. When she returned from a leave of absence, she learned that Wellcare had instituted a new practice of approving...more

Olympus to Pay $632.2 Million to Resolve Allegations of Kickbacks

Olympus Corporation of the Americas, the United States’ largest distributor of endoscopes and related medical equipment, recently agreed to pay $623.2 million to resolve criminal charges and civil claims, according to a...more

Florida Qui Tam Statute Applies to False Claims Made to State, not Local, Governments

What is the state? Before the summer of 2015, there were two schools of thought on the answer to this question in the context of the Florida False Claims Act (FFCA). The first was advanced in a February 2014 Florida Bar...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of $2.3 Billion FCA Case Due to Prior Public Disclosure

Last week, in U.S. ex rel. Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) v. U.S. Bank, the Sixth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a False Claims Act (FCA) suit against U.S. Bank because the conduct alleged by the qui tam...more

Most Imaginative Whistleblower Claim of the Month

Vicki Sheldon is the hands-down favorite to claim this month’s Most Imaginative Whistleblower Claim award. Vicki’s at-the-time husband Duane was employed at Kettering Health Network (KHN). Duane had an affair with another KHN...more

First District Tells Relators: Know Your Role in State Whistleblower Actions

Last week, the Florida First District Court of Appeal issued a decision of first impression confirming the controlling role that the Attorney General’s office plays in the life, or death, of a whistleblower action in Florida....more

A Grossly Negligent Claim Isn’t a False Claim

You have to feel sorry for whistleblower Darilyn Johnson. The former billing clerk thought she had a sure-fire, double-barrel False Claims Act (FCA) case against the medical clinic that fired her. Barrel one was her...more

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