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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decision Upholds Damages for Emotional Distress for Whistleblower

In a unanimous decision strongly supporting whistleblowers and recognizing the public interest that they serve, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court confirmed that an employee terminated for reporting suspicious activities by a government sub-contractor could recover non-economic damages – essentially, damages for emotional distress – in addition to economic damages for loss of employment. Given the [...]

IRS Awards Whistleblower Birkenfeld in UBS IRS Fraud Case

The IRS awarded former banker at UBS, whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld, an award of $104 million for the inside information he provided related to UBS's illegal offshore banking tax fraud case. UBS AG, a corporation organized under the laws of Switzerland, operates a global financial services business. Beginning in 2000 and continuing until 2007, UBS, through [...]

GlaxoSmithKline False Claims Act Suit to Settle for $3 Billion

Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to pay $3 billion in fines to settle criminal and civil violations. The qui tam portion of the civil lawsuit arose under the False Claims Act and is said to be worth over $1 billion. At issue in the civil suit were claims relating to the company's medications, including Paxil, Wellbutrin, Advair, Lamictal, [...]

Ninth Circuit Applies Escobar to Assess Materiality in False Claims Act Case

The Ninth Circuit recently applied the materiality requirement for claims under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) and provided guidance for the application of the Supreme Court’s seminal decision on the FCA’s materiality requirement in Universal Health Servs., Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar.[1] The False Claims Act’s Materiality Requirement Under the FCA, “a [...]

District Court Rejects the Industry-Wide Public Disclosure Bar, Part II

By Jonathan DeSantis In Part I of this blog series, we discussed the False Claims Act (“FCA”)’s public disclosure bar and the so called industry-wide public disclosure bar. In this blog post, we will examine a recent qui tam case that discusses and rejects the industry-wide public disclosure bar. An industry-wide public disclosure bar [...]

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