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November 11, 2015 Contractor Fraud

US Software Firms Pay $13 Million to Settle Claims of Unlawful Employment of Russians

Entering into a contract with the US Department of Defense naturally necessitates confidentiality, discretion, and, in some cases, top-level security clearances. Accordingly, government contracts generally contain clauses relating to employment practices the contractor must follow in order to protect national security and ensure that all workers on the project are […]
November 10, 2015 Military Contractor Fraud

Defense Contractor Alleged to Have Overcharged Military for Fruits & Vegetables

Los Angeles-based Coast Produce Company recently found itself in a real pickle amid allegations that it grossly overcharged the U.S. military for the delivery and provision of fresh fruits and vegetables. According to a recent press release, the defense contractor agreed to settle the allegations for $4 million and entered […]
November 9, 2015 Healthcare Fraud

Justice Department Settles With Hundreds of Hospitals Amid Healthcare Fraud Claims

In today’s case, we review one of the largest False Claims Act settlements in terms of sheer breadth, number of defendants, and number of healthcare fraud claims. The settlement, which involved 457 hospitals and healthcare facilities across the United States, resulted in a $250 million payout to the government, and […]
November 6, 2015 Healthcare Fraud

Maine Dermatology Settles Medicare Fraud Allegations for Over $600,000

With a current caseload of over 50 million enrollees, and as one of the prime programs targeted for fraud nationally, the Medicare program has a lot on its plate. In today’s case, we review a recent Medicare settlement between the federal government, the state government of Maine, and a Portland-area […]
November 5, 2015 Contractor Fraud

South Dakota Loggers Settle False Claims Act Allegations of Illegal Employment Practices

In one of the few False Claims Act cases to come out of South Dakota, two contractors related to the logging industry have agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle claims that they violated the terms of their agreement with the U.S. Forest Service and billed for the work nonetheless. […]
November 4, 2015 Healthcare Fraud

Zimmer BioMet Sued for $10 Million Under False Claims Act

In a recent lawsuit filed under the state of New York’s False Claims Act, a former sales representative for BioMet, which has since merged with Zimmer Holdings, has alleged the company engaged in illegal and unlawful practices when touting its dental implant products. More specifically, the whistleblower’s complaint asserts that […]
November 3, 2015 Healthcare Fraud

UPDATE: Tuomey Healthcare Escapes Historic $237M False Claims Verdict With More Manageable $72M

Things may be looking up for Tuomey Healthcare System. Back in 2013, this South Carolina-based healthcare provider was slapped with an initial whopping $276 million fine regarding accusations of physician kickbacks. In a surprising turn of events, the Department of Justice recently announced that it settled with Tuomey for a […]
November 2, 2015 False Claims Act Legal News

The False Claims Act in Fiscal Year 2015: Nearly $3 Billion Recovered on Behalf of Taxpayers

In a recent article published by the whistleblower advocacy organization Taxpayers Against Fraud (TAF), an unofficial tabulation of False Claims Act settlements shows a lucrative fiscal year with over $3 billion recovered on behalf of taxpayers, with $2 billion of that represented by whistleblower-initiated cases. FY 2015 saw many repeat […]
October 30, 2015 Healthcare Fraud

Warner Chilcott Pleads Guilty to Healthcare Fraud

Following an intensive investigation into the practices of pharmaceutical giant Warner Chilcott U.S. Sales LLC, the company has agreed to settle criminal and civil allegations of healthcare fraud for $125 million as well as plead guilty to one felony count of healthcare fraud. In October 2015, the former president of […]
October 29, 2015 Healthcare Fraud

Applying the False Claims Act to Off-Label Marketing

What is off-label marketing? When it comes to pharmaceutical marketing, it may seem like the options are virtually endless for a company seeking to boost sales and increase exposure of its product. However, despite the relentless television commercials and internet ads, there are a number of restrictions placed on the […]
October 28, 2015 Healthcare Fraud

UPDATE: Novartis Agrees to Pay Mega $390 Million Settlement Amid False Claims Allegations

With just one week before the start of a False Claims Act trial involving drug manufacturer Novartis Pharmaceuticals, the company decided to avoid the unpredictability of a jury in favor of a calculated $390 million settlement. The company is facing several False Claims Act lawsuits involving a number of different […]
October 27, 2015 Contractor Fraud

Shipping Subsidiary APL Settles Allegations of Defense Contractor Fraud for $9.8 Million

In yet another case of defense contractor fraud, a company known as APL, Ltd. has agreed to pay $9.8 million to the federal government amid allegations of false billing. APL is a Scottsdale, Arizona-based subsidiary of Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines Limited, a global shipping company engaged in the transcontinental transport […]
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