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Shocking Wrongdoing Alleged in Whistleblower Pharma Case

Shocking Wrongdoing Alleged in Whistleblower Pharma Case

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that they will intervene in five whistleblower (qui tam) False Claims Act (FCA) cases. The first of the five cases was brought in 2013 by Maria Guzman, a former sales representative for Insys Therapeutics, headquartered in Chandler, Arizona. The five cases were ordered unsealed in the Los … Continue reading “Shocking Wrongdoing Alleged in Whistleblower Pharma Case”

SC Man Liable in $51 Million Whistleblower Case

Three separate qui tam cases that ended up being litigated as one concluded on January 31, 2018, when a federal jury handed down a unanimous verdict of fraud against the three defendants, one of whom is from Lexington, South Carolina. Floyd Calhoun “Cal” Dent, III, a Midlands-area man, and his partner, Robert Bradford “Brad” Johnson … Continue reading “SC Man Liable in $51 Million Whistleblower Case”

Brave New World: Cryptocurrencies and Whistleblowers

Two New Top Ten SEC Whistleblower Awards

Cryptocurrencies—of which the best-known is Bitcoin—have appeared in financial news stories with increasing frequency during 2017 and early 2018. Perhaps you’ve read about daily swings of $1,000 or more in the prices of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other “cryptos.” It may seem as if a lot of people are scoring quick profits. But fast profits can … Continue reading “Brave New World: Cryptocurrencies and Whistleblowers”

New National Day for Whistleblowers

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Did you know that whistleblowers have national days of recognition devoted to them? Seventeen of such days exist, among them National Report Medicare Advantage Fraud Day on April 24, National Report Government Contractor Fraud Day on May 8, and National Report Kickback Fraud Day on September 18. For the first time on January 23, 2017, … Continue reading “New National Day for Whistleblowers”

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”

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