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News from the Health Law Gurus™: July 2014

Survey of ACA Navigators Finds 10.6 Million People Sought Enrollment Help — In a survey released this week, the Kaiser Family Foundation (“Kaiser”) estimates that approximately 10.6 million people received assistance...more

For Wall Street Fraudsters, Business As Usual

John F. Kennedy once quoted Dante: “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.” Unfortunately, on Wall Street, maintaining neutrality — or feigned...more

GSK Faces a Bad Day at Black Rock

One of my favorite movies is Bad Day at Black Rock. It is one of the few movies to combine elements of film noir into something approaching a traditional Western. It also attacks directly the prejudice and hate against...more

The False Conception That FCA Claims Are Not Covered

In 2013, the United States Department of Justice recovered $3.8 billion under the False Claims Act (“FCA”), bringing the total amount secured by the Justice Department since 2009 to $17 billion. Whistleblowers recovered...more

Rising Scrutiny of Kwashiorkor Claims Places Hospitals at Risk

Whistleblower lawsuits against health care providers have nearly doubled in the past five years, and have resulted in massive awards. According to the Department of Justice, the government recovered $4.3 billion from health...more

Private Company Employees Who Blow the Whistle on Public Company Fraud Are Protected from Retaliation

When it passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”), Congress established protections against retaliation for “employees” who report fraud at public companies. Since then, however, courts and commentators have disagreed...more

From FCPA to Export Compliance: Avoiding the Slippery Slope to a Compliance Violation

The second half of 2013 saw the continued expansion of FCPA enforcement by the DOJ and the SEC. The decrease in the scope of protections afforded to whistleblowers will lead to an increase in the number of FCPA potential...more

False Claims Act Whistleblower Bounties Exceed $345 Million in Fiscal Year 2013

The DOJ has released its Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2013 totals for civil settlements and judgments recovered under the federal False Claims Act (“FCA”). To say that the Department had a successful year in prosecuting fraud against...more

False Claim Act: 2013 Year in Review

Last year continued the trend of robust False Claims Act (FCA) enforcement by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and proliferating qui tam lawsuits brought by whistleblowers on behalf of the United States. In 2012, DOJ...more

Justice Department Announces $3.8 Billion In False Claims Act Recoveries In FY 2013

On December 20, 2013, the Justice Department announced a total of $3.8 billion dollars in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving the False Claims Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. Total recoveries under the False...more

White Collar Watch - November 2013

In This Issue: - The true cost of fines: Bills would address tax break for corporate fines - Senate approves new protection for criminal antitrust whistleblowers - Justice Department sinks ex-Navy...more

Whistleblowing to the Tune of $6 Million

In early July 2013, Baxano Surgical Inc., formerly known as TranS1 Inc., agreed to pay $6 million to settle charges that it encouraged doctors to overcharge Medicare and other federal health programs and paid kickbacks to...more

Beware the False Claims Act, Whistleblowers, and the Importance of Internal Investigations

Companies that do business with the federal government must be cognizant of potential liability under the False Claims Act. Civil litigation may be inevitable at times as a result of occasional business disputes with...more

SEC Announces Additional Whistleblower Award Based on Assets Seized by Justice Department

After awarding the second-ever whistleblower bounty award pursuant to Section 922 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) in connection with SEC v. Andrey C. Hicks and Locust Offshore...more

To Blow or Not to Blow — this is the Whistleblower’s Question

Cheryl D. Eckard was drug giant GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) quality manager. In 2002, she was sent to the company's primary plant in Puerto Rico to fix problems cited by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Eckard quickly...more

SEC Whistleblower Program: What Employers Need to Know [Video]

Attorneys Matt Allen and Todd Holleman give insights to the SEC Whistleblower Act and what employers need to know. ...more

Chinese Detain Pharmaceutical Company Managers in Economic Crime Probe

This week, reports have arisen that Chinese authorities in the cities of Shanghai, Beijing, and Changsha detained high-level GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) managers as part of an investigation into potential “economic crimes.” The...more

Physicians Are My Friends; Surely I Can Get Paid to Talk to Them!

On April 26, 2013, the U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ) intervened in a whistleblower case alleging Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (Novartis) knowingly and willfully violated the federal FCA by inducing physicians to...more

The Floodgates are Open: Second Whistleblower Award Sparks Speculation Over What's Next

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an order awarding three whistleblower awards to tipsters who helped the SEC with its enforcement action against Locust Offshore Management, LLC and its CEO Andrey...more

Is Edward Snowden a Whistleblower?  [Video]

June 14 (Bloomberg Law) -- Trevor Timm, writer and activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about recent intelligence leaks surrounding the NSA's surveillance of American...more

Hospital Ordered to Produce Privileged Documents Under the Crime-Fraud Exception

A magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida recently ordered a hospital defendant in a False Claims Act (FCA) case to turn over two prime documents to the U.S. Department of Justice and...more

Criminal Antitrust Update - April 2013

INDUSTRY SCORECARD - E-books: Macmillan has become the latest and final major e-book publisher to resolve price-fixing allegations by the DOJ Antitrust Division (the “Division”)...more

McNulty’s Maxim No. 3 and Response to Allegations of Bribery

In a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article by Chris Matthews, Joe Palazzolo and Shira Ovide, entitled “U.S. Probes Microsoft Bribery Allegations”, they reported that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange...more

Anti-Corruption Compliance Check-Ups

The Justice Department’s message is getting through. The two-fisted strategy of aggressive enforcement and public cajoling on the importance of compliance is being heard by the business community. The Justice Department and...more

Sands’ Casinos Report of “Possible” FCPA Violations Will Draw Scrutiny to the Gaming Industry

On Friday, March 1, 2013, the parent company of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. (Sands), reported in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that the company may have violated the “books and records and internal...more

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