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More Than $20 Million in Recent SEC WB Awards

Shocking Wrongdoing Alleged in Whistleblower Pharma Case

Three recent whistleblower awards in one week—one announced on December 5, 2017, and two on November 30, 2017—totaled over $20 million. The three whistleblowers helped the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recover undisclosed millions from alleged wrongdoers in the financial world. The November 30 Awards Two whistleblowers provided the SEC with information which was critical … Continue reading “More Than $20 Million in Recent SEC WB Awards”

“Reckless Disregard” and the FCA

Accountant Auditing For Fraud

With certain investigations into violations of the False Claims Act (FCA), a critical issue is whether someone knew that wrongdoing was taking place. Under the FCA, “knowing” about violations creates liability for false claims. “Reckless disregard” can be at the heart of liability for a false claim. The courts have examined the issues and have … Continue reading ““Reckless Disregard” and the FCA”

The “Duty Speech” Doctrine and Whistleblowers

Shocking Wrongdoing Alleged in Whistleblower Pharma Case

Workers who blow the whistle on illegal actions generally are—and should be—protected from retaliation by their employer and others. Protection from retaliatory measures is a fair system because it encourages whistleblowers to step forward. However, one group of employees deserves special mention. Those whose job it is to identify and investigate unlawful actions, such as … Continue reading “The “Duty Speech” Doctrine and Whistleblowers”

Bert Louthian Representing Client in Lawsuit Against SCANA

SCANA Lawsuit

South Carolina residents have likely seen several headlines recently regarding energy-based holding company SCANA and several lawsuits that have been filed against the company. Charges against SCANA include misleading regulators, overcharging customers and paying millions of dollars in bonuses to executives amidst a failed nuclear project. One of the many parties filing lawsuits against SCANA … Continue reading “Bert Louthian Representing Client in Lawsuit Against SCANA”

Midland’s Family Practice Medical Centers Will Pay $2 Million in Whistleblower Case

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On September 11, 2017, the Justice Department announced a $2 million settlement with Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina for allegedly violating the False Claims Act. Bert Louthian, who worked with Dick Harpootlian in handling this case, is proud of the efforts by whistleblower Dr. Catherine A. Schaefer and the work done by the authorities … Continue reading “Midland’s Family Practice Medical Centers Will Pay $2 Million in Whistleblower Case”

A Multimillion-Dollar Whistleblower Settlement—with Two Unusual Aspects

Pills and Money

Over the past several years, dozens of whistleblower cases involving pharmaceutical companies have been settled, with the largest fine to date levied on GlaxoSmithKline: $3 billion in 2012. While the latest settlement isn’t in the billions, the case includes two attention-grabbing aspects. The U.S. Department of Justice announced on July 24, 2017, that Celgene Corporation … Continue reading “A Multimillion-Dollar Whistleblower Settlement—with Two Unusual Aspects”

The Taxpayers Against Fraud Educational Fund

SC Education Fraud Lawyer

A number of groups exist that are related to whistleblowing and anti-fraud measures. A few of them are the Government Accountability Project, the National Whistleblower Center, and the Project on Government Oversight. However, you might not have heard of the Taxpayers Against Fraud Educational Fund (TAFEF). I recently joined them because I believe in their … Continue reading “The Taxpayers Against Fraud Educational Fund”

Boom in False Claims: FHA-Insured Reverse Mortgages

Mortgage Fraud

In general, false claims against the mortgage industry have been profitable for the federal government. Since 2009, over $7 billion in settlements and judgments have been collected from Federal Housing Administration (FHA) lenders who have been accused of loan origination defects in forward (regular) mortgages. Recently, though, False Claims Act (FCA) cases brought against mortgage … Continue reading “Boom in False Claims: FHA-Insured Reverse Mortgages”

A Major Whistleblower Settlement Against One of the Largest EHR Companies

Healthcare Fraud Lawyer

Electronic health records, or EHRs, have been promoted a great deal over the past decade. Considered a solution to the problems that result when doctors don’t talk to each other about their patients, EHRs have been gaining ground. The use of electronic medical records was also included in the Affordable Care Act; “meaningful use” of … Continue reading “A Major Whistleblower Settlement Against One of the Largest EHR Companies”

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