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April 8, 2014 False Claims Act Legal News

Shipping Companies Sea Star and Horizon Settle False Claims Act Allegations Involving Anti-Competitive Price-Fixing

In today’s case, we explore a unique False Claims Act settlement alleging unlawful collaboration between several competitors in the maritime shipping business. Specifically, a qui tam lawsuit alleges a private business relationship between two cargo companies for purposes of driving up bids for work with both the U.S. Postal Service […]
March 20, 2014 False Claims Act Legal News

EndoGastric Solutions Settles False Claims Act Case for Over $5 Million

The False Claims Act not only covers exaggerated bills for examinations, but also works to help eliminate fraud pertaining to the use of medical devices during surgical procedures. In a recent case against gastrointestinal device-maker EndoGastric Solutions, the government has alleged a serious pattern of fraud involving executives wrongfully directing […]
March 18, 2014 False Claims Act Legal News

$85 Million Settlement in Stark Law Whistleblower Case, Relator to Receive $20.8 Million

The federal Stark Law is designed to place limitations on physician referrals and to create greater patient confidence in the underlying rationale for a patient referral. Prior to the Stark Law, there were no regulations in place regarding referrals by a physician to laboratories or hospitals in which the physician […]
March 17, 2014 False Claims Act Legal News

Recent False Claims Act Case Against Sprint Brings Wiretapping to the Forefront

The False Claims Act is used to address issues of overcharging the government for services rendered by independent, private contractors. In a recent case involving popular wireless provider Sprint, whistleblowers have alleged significant overcharges in conjunction with a contract to provide wiretapping services to federal agencies including the FBI, U.S. […]
March 13, 2014 False Claims Act Legal News

U.S. Solicitor General Explains the Inapplicability of Rule 9(b) in the False Claims Act

As we reported yesterday, the U.S. Solicitor General, upon request by the Supreme Court, submitted its amicus curiae brief in the hotly-contested False Claims Act case Nathan v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals. As a bit of background, this case involves the practice of off-label marketing, which occurs when a drug company promotes […]
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