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SEC Whistleblower Program: What Employers Need to Know
Is Edward Snowden a Whistleblower?
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Whistleblower Tax Suits on the Rise
The Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, Leslie Caldwell, announced on September 17, 2014, that criminal prosecutors at the Justice Department in Washington will automatically review all new qui tam (i.e.,...more
Antonio Saidiani filed a whistleblower suit alleging that NextCare urgent centers and CEO Dr. Shufeldt had collected tens of millions of dollars in false Medicare claims. Antonio was in a position to know because he was that...more
A federal court in New Jersey has permitted a defendant in a False Claims case to defend itself on the grounds that the whistleblower/ex-employees breached their employment agreements by using and disclosing confidential...more
The most potent weapon in combatting corporate fraud against the U.S. government has been the False Claims Act (“FCA”). Under the FCA, the U.S. government may recover treble damages and civil fines for such fraud....more
A large operator of acute-care hospitals reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to resolve multiple whistleblower lawsuits, which alleged the company knowingly defrauded government healthcare systems...more
The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently filed a joint amicus curiae brief with several other associations, including the American Medical Association and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America,...more
New Criminal Division Review Process for Qui Tam Complaints Expands Main Justice Involvement and Threatens Greater Criminal Exposure in Whistleblower Investigations.
The Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal...more
Last week, a New Jersey federal court allowed medical device maker Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corp. (“Boston Scientific”) to proceed with counterclaims against two of its former employees for violating their contracts...more
For companies in certain business sectors, such as defense contracting and health care, insider-whistleblower lawsuits under the U.S. False Claims Act are a familiar threat. But Pillsbury client Victaulic, the world’s leading...more
On August 29, 2014, the Eighth Circuit ruled that False Claims Act (FCA) whistleblowers with knowledge of employer billing practices are not necessarily required to identify specific examples of fraud to survive a Rule 9(b)...more
On December 19, 2013, in a highly anticipated decision, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit awarded $24 million in civil penalties under the False Claims Act (FCA), despite the fact that the whistleblower prosecuting...more
Last Friday’s Eighth Circuit decision in Thayer v. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland favored the whistleblower in the ongoing controversy over specificity requirements in False Claims Act actions. The split had been even...more
Former Moody’s analyst, Ilya Kolchinsky, has accused the credit rating powerhouse of overstating its ratings for countless toxic mortgage-backed securities that caused the financial meltdown in 2008, misleading investors and...more
In This Issue:
- ALJ Upholds Denial of Sales Tax Refund Because Vendor Failed to First Make Refunds to Customers
- HMO Held Exempt from New York City General Corporation Tax
- State Tax Department Issues...more
The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently dealt a stinging blow to the False Claims Act (FCA) plaintiff's bar in United States ex. rel. Absher v. Momence Meadows Nursing Center, Inc. et al., Case...more
Over the last decade, it has often felt as though the pharmaceutical industry has been the government’s and whistleblowers’ main, and at times only, target for False Claims Act (“FCA”) investigations. While manufacturers are...more
The federal government was busy over the summer when it came to decisions and settlements under the Stark Law, anti-kickback law and federal False Claims Act. This article revisits recent developments with respect to...more
Two nurses filed a whistleblower suit against the Illinois nursing home where they worked. Their theory was that the care provided at the home was so poor that it was worthless. So any bills to Medicare and Medicaid were...more
A decision has been made in the case against Omnicare, Inc. that will net a former Omnicare pharmacist more than $17.2 million in the ensuing settlement.
The settlement with the Department of Justice orders Omnicare,...more
In an August 7, 2014 opinion, the Eighth Circuit upheld the dismissal of a whistleblower’s suit alleging that a number of pain pump device makers had violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by marketing their pain pumps for...more
The False Claims Act (FCA) is one of many federal enactments that could be characterized as a whistleblower law. In fact, it is also one of the oldest and most well-known.
The False Claims Act has existed statutorily...more
In U.S. ex rel. Corporate Compliance Assocs. v. N.Y. Society for the Relief of the Ruptured & Crippled the court ruled that the whistleblower failed to meet the False Claims Act’s requirement that allegations be described...more
The U.S. Attorney General recently intervened in a qui tam case brought by a current employee of California-based computer software giant Symantec Corporation, alleging violations of the federal, California, Florida and New...more
Whistleblower laws are intended to discourage corruption by granting legal protection and sometimes even financial incentives to employees who report corruption and other violations. However, these laws can sometimes be at...more
Medicare and Medicaid providers lie awake at night worrying about disgruntled—or worse yet, fired—finance officers filing whistleblower suits. After all, Medicare and Medicaid regulations are notoriously complicated, and...more
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