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June 8, 2018 False Claims Act Legal News

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 […]
April 18, 2018 False Claims Act Legal News

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 […]
July 26, 2017 False Claims Act Legal News

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

The Ninth Circuit 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 […]
July 14, 2017 False Claims Act Legal News

Court Allows False Claims Act Case Involving Janssen’s HIV/AIDS Drugs to Proceed

On May 31, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey allowed relators’ False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit against Janssen to proceed to litigation.  United States et al. v. Johnson & Johnson, et al., Civ. A. No. 12-7758, 2017 WL 2367050 (D.N.J. May 31, 2017).  Although […]
July 12, 2017 False Claims Act Legal News

Circuit Court Endorses Tri-Partite Inquiry in Analyzing Medical Necessity Under the False Claims Act

On May 1, 2017, in United States ex rel. Petratos v. Genentech, Inc., 855 F.3d 481 (3d Cir. 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit endorsed a tri-partite approach in analyzing the medical necessity theory of liability under the False Claims Act.  While the Third Circuit […]
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