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July 23, 2014 Healthcare Fraud

Florida-Based Halifax Health Settles Second Half of $73 Million Overbilling Case

Earlier this year, Florida-based health services company Halifax Health paid $85 million to settle allegations that it was engaged in a years-long kickback scheme in violation of the federal Stark Law. The settlement was one of the largest reported in Florida history; however, it did not work to settle the […]
July 22, 2014 Omnicare

Department of Justice Formally Announces Settlement With Omnicare

As you may recall, we reported heavily months ago on the breadth of the False Claims Act allegations facing Omnicare, Inc. Omnicare, a company reigning as one of the top providers of pharmacy services to nursing homes, has been embroiled in widespread allegations of fraud and unlawful kickbacks spanning years. […]
July 21, 2014 Contractor Fraud

Relocation Service Pays Hefty Sum to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

Fraud can occur in virtually any industry – and it takes courageous private citizens to come forward, ultimately exposing fraud to authorities and alerting taxpayers as the misconduct being perpetrated in even the most unlikely of sectors. In a recent settlement under the False Claims Act, Re/Max Allegiance Relocation Service […]
July 18, 2014 False Claims Act Information

Know Your Rights as a Whistleblower: Workplace Anti-Retaliation Rules

Making the decision to come forward as a whistleblower often takes both courage and gumption. The negative consequences that have faced whistleblowers range from unkindness to threats of violence – and everything in between. For whistleblowers planning to expose fraud in the workplace, many fear that their decision to expose […]
July 17, 2014 Healthcare Fraud

Are State Colleges and Universities Exempt From Access to the False Claims Act’s Qui Tam Provisions?

The heart of the False Claims Act is its qui tam provisions, which allow ordinary private citizens the opportunity to commence a lawsuit against companies alleged to have committed fraud against the government – often exposing widespread fraud by massive corporations. What’s more, the qui tam provisions allow these private […]
July 15, 2014 Military Contractor Fraud

UPDATE: U.S. Supreme Court Grants Writ in Closely-Watched False Claims Act Case

The U.S. Supreme Court generally tends to let District and Circuit Courts sort out False Claims Act disputes – it has only opted to review a small handful of cases. However, the closely-watched military fraud case involving defense contractor Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) and its subsidiary, Halliburton, Inc., will […]
July 14, 2014 False Claims Act Legal News

What Are the Milestones Leading Up to a Whistleblower Reward?

If you are considering a lawsuit under the False Claims Act, you may be curious as to how these lawsuits typically progress. Whistleblower lawsuits are a unique subset of civil litigation and follow a unique path to resolution. For this reason, it is vital to work with an attorney possessing […]
July 11, 2014 Mortgage Fraud

US Bank to Pay $200 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

Late last month, banking services company US Bank agreed to repay the government a staggering $200 million amid allegations it misrepresented residential home loans as suitable for insurance when, in fact, the borrowers either did not meet standard underwriting requirements or were not checked for creditworthiness at all. The settlement […]
July 10, 2014 Mortgage Fraud

British-Based HSBC Bank to Settle Allegations of Unlawful Foreclosure Practices

It is not uncommon for lenders to outsource their foreclosure work to law firms and outside attorneys, particularly over the past several years when foreclosures hit an all-time high. However, lenders working with loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) are required to submit accurate and detailed paperwork with […]
July 9, 2014 False Claims Act Legal News

California Appellate Court Takes Dim View of Whistleblower Threats

The False Claims Act is a means for helping the government combat fraud.  Although violations of the False Claims Act can result in millions – sometimes billions – of dollars in liability for the offending company, a California appellate court held that an employee cannot use the False Claims Act […]
July 8, 2014 Healthcare Fraud

New York Attorney General Files ‘Reverse’ False Claims Act Case Against Two Prominent NY Hospitals

We cover quite a few stories about healthcare fraud cases litigated under the False Claims Act. Most of the time, these cases involve illegal upcoding or billing for services never rendered – two practices which net the government billions of dollars in recoveries and penalties. A concept known as “reverse” […]
July 7, 2014 False Claims Act Legal News

Recent Tenth Circuit Decision May Impact Commission-Based Sales Earnings

It is common industry practice within the medical sales field for independent contractors and salespeople to earn a base salary and a percentage of all sales finalized – known as commission-based pay. However, one recent decision out of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit may work to […]
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