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March Whistleblower Rewards Include $500,000 in Cargo Price-Fixing Case

April 1st, 2014 · No Comments

TweetThe U.S. Department of Justice announced settlements in three large qui tam cases during March — including a price-fixing case where the whistleblower earned a half-million-dollar reward.

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Tags: Contractor Fraud · False Claims Act · Medicare/Medicaid Fraud

The Top Ten Whistleblower Decisions of 2013: Part 1

January 14th, 2014 · No Comments

TweetFor whistleblowers and their advocates, 2013 was a whipsaw year: Big advances followed sharp letdowns in quick rotation — sometimes from the same source. (Ahem, Supreme Court and White House.) Plus there was the Snowden sideshow. But since NSA leaker Edward Snowden was never a real whistleblower — he acted outside the law and fled […]

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Tags: Department of Labor ARB · Dodd-Frank Act · False Claims Act · SEC Whistleblower · Securities Fraud · The Employment Law Group, P.C.

After Blowing Whistle on Itself, Utah Hospital Chain Agrees to Pay $25.5 Million

May 7th, 2013 · No Comments

TweetUtah’s Intermountain Healthcare Inc. will pay $25.5 million to settle claims that it violated federal laws, including the Stark Law against profit-driven referrals by doctors.

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Tags: False Claims Act · Medicare/Medicaid Fraud · Stark Act

Contractor Pays $1.15 Million for Faking Partnership with Native American Business

April 18th, 2013 · No Comments

TweetAn Alabama contractor agreed to pay $1.15 million to settle civil claims that it lied about hiring a Native American-owned company to help build barracks at two U.S. Army bases.

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Tags: Department of Defense · False Claims Act

Federal Jury Awards Whistleblower $3.5 Million in Alaska Retaliation Case

April 18th, 2013 · No Comments

TweetA federal jury awarded whistleblower Paul Blakeslee $3.5 million after finding that his former employer fired him for reporting suspicious dealings by a manager of the company’s maintenance work on Alaskan military bases.

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Tags: False Claims Act · Retaliation

Tech Supplier Pays $5.66 Million to Settle Claims of Overbilling, Trade Violations

April 17th, 2013 · No Comments

TweetA big technology distributor will pay $5.66 million to settle a whistleblower’s claims that it overbilled and underpaid the U.S. government — and also sold it Chinese-made products, in violation of federal trade law.

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Tags: Contractor Fraud · False Claims Act

University of California Pays $1.2 Million to Settle Medicare Fraud Claims

April 17th, 2013 · No Comments

TweetThe University of California will pay $1.2 million to settle a whistleblower’s claims that one of its teaching hospitals submitted false Medicare and Medicaid claims. Dennis O’Connor, a former professor and anesthesiologist at U.C. Irvine (UCI), will receive $120,000 for his role in the case; the remainder goes to the U.S. government. In his lawsuit, […]

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Tags: False Claims Act · Medicare/Medicaid Fraud

Arizona Hospice Will Pay $12 Million to Settle Claims It Treated Ineligible Medicare Patients

April 16th, 2013 · No Comments

TweetAn Arizona hospice company will pay $12 million to settle charges that it bilked Medicare by inflating bills and admitting patients who weren’t ready for end-of-life care.

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Tags: False Claims Act · Medicare/Medicaid Fraud

Obama’s Budget Plan: Protect IRS Whistleblowers from Retaliation

April 16th, 2013 · No Comments

TweetPresident Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal 2014 includes good news for whistleblowers: Under his plan, the law finally would protect people who report tax cheats to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

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Tags: False Claims Act · Federal Whistleblower Legislation · IRS Whistleblower Reward Program · Retaliation · Tax fraud

South Carolina Ambulance Company Pays $800,000 to Settle Claims of Medicare Fraud

March 18th, 2013 · No Comments

TweetA South Carolina ambulance company will pay the U.S. government $800,000 to settle a whistleblower’s claims that it billed Medicare for ambulance rides that weren’t medically necessary, falsifying paperwork to make the trips seem justified.

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Tags: False Claims Act

United States Joins Whistleblower Lawsuit against Lance Armstrong

March 18th, 2013 · No Comments

TweetThe U.S. government has joined the whistleblower lawsuit filed by cyclist Floyd Landis against his former teammate Lance Armstrong, who was recently stripped of his Tour de France titles for using banned drugs and other performance enhancers. Landis would share any money recovered by the government from Armstrong and some of his closest associates, who […]

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Florida Dermatologist Will Pay $26.1 Million to Resolve Whistleblower Claims of Kickbacks and Unnecessary Surgeries

February 22nd, 2013 · No Comments

TweetIn one of the largest-ever settlements with an individual under the False Claims Act, a Florida dermatologist agreed to pay $26.1 million to resolve claims that he accepted illegal kickbacks and billed Medicare for thousands of medically unnecessary skin surgeries. The Department of Justice agreed to the settlement with Steven J. Wasserman, M.D., in a […]

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$3.8M Settlement in Medicare Fraud Lawsuit Alleging that Unnecessary Cardiac Procedures Were Performed by EMH Regional Medical Center and Ohio Heart Center Settle

February 5th, 2013 · No Comments

TweetThe Department of Justice has announced that Lorain County, Ohio EMH Regional Medical Center (EMH) and North Ohio Heart Center Inc. (NOHC) have both agreed to settle allegations of submitting false claims to Medicare and will pay the United States $3,864,857 and $541,870, respectively. The lawsuit alleges that between 2001 and 2006, EMH, a non-profit […]

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Florida Diagnostic Sleep Testing Center Agrees to Pay $15.3 Million Settlement for Submitting False Claims to Federal Healthcare Programs

January 17th, 2013 · No Comments

TweetThe Department of Justice has announced that American Sleep Medicine LLC, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, has agreed to pay $15,301,341 to settle allegations that the company violated the False Claims Act by improperly billing for sleep diagnostic services that were not eligible for payment under Medicare, TRICARE and the Railroad Retirement Medicare Program. According to […]

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British Contractor APTx Vehicle Systems to Settle False Claims Act Suit

January 17th, 2013 · No Comments

TweetBritish contractor APTx Vehicle Systems Limited has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States government, the Coalition Provisional Authority that governed Iraq from April 2003 to June 2004, the government of Iraq, and JP Morgan Chase Bank. Additionally, APTx has entered into a civil settlement agreement to resolve a related False […]

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Healthpoint Ltd. and DFB Pharmaceuticals Agree to Pay $48 Million False Claims Act Settlement for Submitting Claims for Unapproved Prescription Drug

January 17th, 2013 · No Comments

TweetHealthpoint Limited and DFB Pharmaceuticals have agreed to pay the federal government up to $48 million to settle allegations that they submitted false claims for an unapproved drug ineligible for reimbursement through Medicare and Medicaid. Under the settlement agreement, Healthpoint and DFB will pay $28 million, plus an additional $20 million if in the next […]

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Whistleblower Rewards Total Nearly $5 Billion under False Claims Act in 2012

December 21st, 2012 · No Comments

TweetOn December 4, 2012 the Justice Department announced that in fiscal year ending in September 30, 2012 the United States recovered a total of $4.9 billion in whistleblower rewards in the form of settlements and judgments in civil cases involving fraud against the federal government. The Justice Department reports that this figure is the highest […]

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Medicare False Claims Result in $900,000 Settlement by Baylor University

December 12th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetBaylor University Medical Center, Baylor Health Care System and HealthTexas Provider Network (collectively, “Baylor”) have agreed to pay a $907,355 settlement for allegedly submitting false claims and double billing Medicare, the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (TRICARE) and the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program (FEHBP) between 2006 to May 2010. According […]

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Tags: False Claims Act · Medicare/Medicaid Fraud

Missouri Hospital Pays $9.3 Million to Settle False Claims Act and Stark Law (Healthcare Fraud) Violations for Compensating Physicians for Referrals

November 15th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetThe Department of Justice has announced that Freeman Health System, a healthcare provider and hospital system located in Joplin, Missouri, will pay $9,316,139 to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act and Stark Law for improperly compensating physicians for referrals. The lawsuit alleged that Freeman provided seventy physicians employed at clinics operated by […]

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Department of Justice Files Lawsuit against Virginia-Based Contractor for Submitting False Claims for Iraqi Security Guards Who Did Not Meet Contract Requirements

November 15th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetThe Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that the United States has filed a False Claims Act lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against Triple Canopy Inc., a Reston, Virginia-based government contractor. The case was initially filed in 2011 by a former employee of Triple Canopy under the qui […]

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RxAmerica Settles False Claims Act Lawsuit for Misrepresenting Costs of Prescription Drugs to Senior Citizens

November 5th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetRxAmerica, a subsidiary of CVS Caremark, entered a civil settlement agreement with the federal government and agreed to pay $5.25 million to resolve allegations that the company misrepresented prescription drug costs to seniors and submitted false claims to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). According to the lawsuit filed in 2009 by Max […]

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The Daily Cavalier Interviews Attorney Adam Carter on Recent $819,000 Whistleblower Retaliation Verdict in False Claims Act Lawsuit Involving Misuse of NIH Research Grants

October 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

TweetLast week, The Daily Cavalier, a newspaper serving the University of Virginia community in Charlottesville, Virginia, interviewed Adam August Carter, principal of The Employment Law Group® law firm, on his client, Dr. Weihua Huang’s recent $819,000 whistleblower retaliation jury verdict. Dr. Huang was a UVA researcher working on a research project funded by the National […]

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Tags: False Claims Act · Retaliation · The Employment Law Group, P.C.

TheScientist Magazine Features Story on $819,000 Whistleblower Retaliation Verdict in Favor of TELG Client Dr. Weihua Huang

October 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

TweetLast week, The Scientist, a magazine for life science researchers and academics, featured an article highlighting a recent $819,000 whistleblower retaliation jury verdict for Dr. Weihua Huang, a former University of Virginia (UVA) researcher and client of The Employment Law Group® law firm.  Dr. Huang alleged that UVA administrators retaliated against him for reporting that […]

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Tags: False Claims Act · Retaliation · The Employment Law Group, P.C.

ABC Feature Story Highlights Misconduct Leading to Whistleblower Lawsuit Alleging Defense Contractor Jorge Scientific Defrauded U.S. Taxpayers

October 17th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetOn October 17, 2012, ABC ran a feature story involving two whistleblowers represented by The Employment Law Group® law firm.  The whistleblowers are former employees of Jorge Scientific Corporation, a defense and intelligence contractor with the federal government recently filed a qui tam lawsuit against the company for misconduct they witnessed while working for the […]

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Tags: Department of Defense · False Claims Act · The Employment Law Group, P.C.

Law360 Interviews TELG Attorney Adam Augustine Carter on $819,000 Whistleblower Retaliation Jury Verdict for Former University of Virginia Scientist

October 17th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetLast week a federal jury in Virginia awarded an $819,000 verdict to Dr. Weihua Huang in his False Claims Act suit alleging that two University of Virginia administrators retaliated against him for reporting what he believed was misuse of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grant. According to Dr. Huang’s lawsuit, two University of […]

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Tags: False Claims Act · Retaliation · The Employment Law Group, P.C.