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Hospital Chain Agrees to Pay More Than $260 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Lawsuits

Hospital Chain Pays to Resolve FCA Lawsuits

The federal False Claims Act (FCA) and related qui tam legal actions, as you can see from the size of the settlement, is a powerful tool that can be used to discourage healthcare providers from defrauding government health programs. A successful case can also hold accountable those who engage in fraud and other illegal acts. … Continue reading “Hospital Chain Agrees to Pay More Than $260 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Lawsuits”

Defective Fighter Jet Engines Place U.S. Pilots in Jeopardy

Defective Fighter Jet Engines Place U.S. Pilots in Jeopardy

Those in the military whose careers involve protecting us deserve the very best tools and supplies we can give them so they can perform their jobs safely. We previously told you about alleged False Claims Act (FCA) violations by the Boeing Company that endangered military personnel flying Air Force planes. Now, a whistleblower has come … Continue reading “Defective Fighter Jet Engines Place U.S. Pilots in Jeopardy”

Possible Rule Changes Impact SEC Whistleblowers

Possible Rule Changes Impact SEC Whistleblowers

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed some new rule amendments that impact whistleblowers. The changes were announced in late June, 2018, and the public is invited to comment on them until mid-September. Among the amendments are the following changes: Changing current rules regarding the amounts of whistleblower awards Creating a uniform definition of … Continue reading “Possible Rule Changes Impact SEC Whistleblowers”

Whistleblower’s Successful Case Will Likely Save Lives

Whistleblower’s Successful Case Will Likely Save Lives

Imagine someone selling a product that is meant to protect people, but it doesn’t. Now imagine that the seller knew all along that the product they were selling didn’t offer the promised protection. Aaron Westrick believed that the company he worked for was selling defective bulletproof vests to law enforcement, so he blew the whistle … Continue reading “Whistleblower’s Successful Case Will Likely Save Lives”

Violating the FCA’s Anti-Kickback Statute via Charities

Violating the Fca’s Anti-Kickback Statute via Charities

Several big pharmaceutical companies have been under investigation for using charities that fund drug co-pays in ways that violate the False Claims Act’s (FCA) rules regarding illegal payments (kickbacks). The Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) forbids drug companies from paying for a Medicare patient’s drugs by offering either partial or full remuneration, because doing so might be … Continue reading “Violating the FCA’s Anti-Kickback Statute via Charities”

First SEC Award Paid Under the “Safe Harbor” Rule

First SEC Award Paid Under the “Safe Harbor” Rule

A former company insider will be awarded more than $2.2 million by the SEC for providing crucial information that led to a substantial Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement action. The whistleblower reported their information to the SEC after telling another federal agency first, but because they conveyed the information within a 120-day grace period, … Continue reading “First SEC Award Paid Under the “Safe Harbor” Rule”

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