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September 2, 2014 Healthcare Fraud

New York Heart Center Settles False Claims Act Allegations for $1.33 Million

In a recent announcement from the Department of Justice of the Northern District of New York, the New York Heart Center has agreed to pay $1.33 million to avoid liability stemming from allegations of unlawful referrals. The settlement resolved a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the False Claims Act, which also […]
September 1, 2014 Military Contractor Fraud

New Whistleblower Lawsuit Alleges False Billing by Aircraft Company Derco Aerospace, Inc.

In a recent False Claims Act case, a whistleblower has alleged that Derco Aerospace, Inc. has unlawfully engaged in fraudulent billing practices in violation of a contract between the company and the federal government. The case, which is speculated to be the largest whistleblower case ever filed in Wisconsin, involves nearly […]
August 29, 2014 Healthcare Fraud

Arizona Hospital Network Carondelet, Corp. Pays $35 Million to Settle Healthcare Fraud Claims

In yet another healthcare fraud case, a prominent Arizona-based hospital management company has agreed to remit $35 million to settle allegations of improper billing procedures. Earlier this month, Carondelet Health Network – which manages Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital and Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital, both in the Tuscon area – agreed […]
August 25, 2014 Healthcare Fraud

Pennsylvania Hospital Faces False Claims Act, Wrongful Retaliation Allegations

In a False Claims Act and wrongful retaliation lawsuit filed earlier this year, a former Montgomery County laboratory technician is making startling allegations against Abington Hospital and its administration, including the assertion that she was unfairly threatened with termination following her decision to expose alleged billing discrepancies. The cause of action, which […]
August 22, 2014 False Claims Act Legal News

California District Court Reviews Public Disclosure Bar in Light of False Claims Allegations by Realtor

The federal False Claims Act contains several provisions that essentially work to bar plaintiffs with certain types of actions from filing a whistleblower claim. One of these bars is known as the “public disclosure bar,” and it prevents a whistleblower from filing a claim involving allegations of fraud against the […]
August 21, 2014 Healthcare Fraud

Community Health Systems Pays $98 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

In the largest-ever False Claims Act settlement in the Middle District of Tennessee, Community Health Systems has agreed to pay $98.15 million to resolve allegations it was engaging in fraudulent activity with Medicare and Medicaid patients, including unlawful referrals and kickback schemes. This settlement resolves several lawsuits filed by whistleblowers […]
August 20, 2014 Healthcare Fraud

UPDATE: U.S. Government Opts to Intervene in New York False Claims Act Case Against Continuum Health

Earlier this year, we reported on a False Claims Act case filed in the State of New York under its state level False Claims Act, which was then joined by the New York Attorney General’s Office. The case, which involves Continuum Health Partners and affiliated Mt. Sinai Health System, has […]
August 19, 2014 Contractor Fraud

McKesson, Corp. Pays $18 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations it Falsely Certified Safe Vaccine Shipping Practices

Fraud by government contractors is one of the most common scenarios triggering liability under the False Claims Act. Beginning in the Civil War era, government contractors would routinely engage in misconduct by offering goods and services that fell far short of the requirements delineated in the contractual agreement. In today’s […]
August 18, 2014 Healthcare Fraud

Infirmary Health, Inc. Agrees to Pay $24.5 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

In a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Justice late last month, Mobile, Alabama-based Infirmary Health, Inc. has agreed to pay over $24 million to settle claims it engaged in unlawful kickback schemes and fraudulent conduct in violation of the False Claims Act. The allegations specifically address unlawful […]
August 15, 2014 Contractor Fraud

Hewlett-Packard Settles Allegations of Overbilling the U.S. Postal Service

In a recent announcement by the Department of Justice, Hewlett-Packard has settled allegations it bilked the federal government out of millions of dollars during a ten-year contract for the provision of computer software and maintenance services. The computer giant agreed to remit a staggering $32.5 million to settle claims advanced […]
August 14, 2014 False Claims Act Legal News

House of Representatives Oversight Committee Reviews False Claims Act, Pt. 3 – The Chamber of Commerce Takes a Turn

Over the past few days, we have examined a recent oversight committee hearing held by the U.S. House of Representatives through its Committee on Judiciary. Specifically, the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice elicited testimony from several experts in the field of ethics and whistleblower laws, including several opinions […]
August 13, 2014 False Claims Act Legal News

False Claims Act Oversight Hearing Part 2: Proponents Shed Light on Benefits of Incentivizing Whistleblowers

In yesterday’s post, we discussed the recent oversight hearing conducted by the U.S. House of Representatives through its Committee on Judiciary. The hearing, which took place at the end of July, was called in order to address the effectiveness of the False Claims Act, areas ripe for improvement, and issues […]
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