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June 18, 2014 Healthcare Fraud

Whistleblowers Fight for Portion of Settlement Despite Possible Statute of Limitations Defense

Two courageous whistleblowers are taking their fight for a qui tam reward all the way to the United States Supreme Court, asserting the government would have never recovered the $36 million it received from Houston-area doctors Dr. Arun Sharma and Dr. Kiran Sharma but for their information and participation in […]
June 17, 2014 Healthcare Fraud

Recently-Released Data Portrays Alarming Physician Reimbursement Rate Under Medicare Part B

Early last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services publicly released their data pertaining to reimbursement amounts provided to physicians under the Medicare Part B program – and many industry officials are not too happy about the numbers. According to the Inspector General of the Department of Health and […]
June 16, 2014 Healthcare Fraud

Hospice Center Home Health Care, Inc. Faces Massive Liability Under False Claims Act

Earlier this month, the Department of Justice filed its complaint in a multi-million dollar Medicare fraud case perpetuated by now-defunct Home Care Hospice, Inc. – an organization also facing significant criminal penalties and fines for its role in siphoning large sums of money away from Medicare patients in need of […]
June 13, 2014 Contractor Fraud

Massachusetts Attorney General Alleges False Claims Against Contractor Universal Drywall

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office recently commenced a lawsuit under the Commonwealth’s False Claims Act against general contractor Universal Drywall, LLC. The lawsuit alleges that the defendant engaged in unfair tactics in bidding on government jobs, resulting in fraudulent claims for reimbursement. The case represents a unique perspective on the […]
June 12, 2014 False Claims Act Legal News

AIG Alleged to Have Lied During Government Bailout Negotiations; False Claims Act Lawsuit Unsealed

American International Group, Inc., known as AIG, is facing a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging it failed to properly reveal certain licensing insufficiencies during 2008 bailout negotiations with the federal government. A whistleblower lawsuit, filed in 2009, was recently unsealed following the government’s decision not to intervene. The relator in […]
June 11, 2014 False Claims Act Legal News

Delaware Court Unseals Qui Tam Case Alleging False Claims About Unused Gift Cards

In a recently-unsealed whistleblower lawsuit initiated under the laws of Delaware, dozens of companies organized under Delaware law are facing possible exposure to liability for failing to escheat the value of unclaimed gift cards to the State. Escheat is a term referring to the legal requirement imposed by Delaware’s unclaimed […]
June 10, 2014 Healthcare Fraud

Kentucky-based King’s Daughters Medical Center Settles False Claims Act Allegations With $41 Million Payout

In a landslide victory for taxpayers, a Kentucky hospital found dabbling in expansive and costly healthcare fraud has agreed to pay $41 million to settle the allegations. According to reports, King’s Daughters Medical Center, located in Ashland, Kentucky, was engaging in the frightening practice of ordering and performing unnecessary heart […]
June 9, 2014 Military Contractor Fraud

District Court Judge Refuses to Dismiss False Claims Act Claim Against Military Contractor

Just last month, a federal District Court in Louisiana declined a dismissal attempt by Masonry Solutions International, LLC in an ongoing False Claims Act case alleging fraud under a contract with the Army. The defendant’s motion hinged on a civil procedure technicality which the court described as “excusable neglect” and permitted […]
June 6, 2014 Healthcare Fraud

Device Maker Medtronic, Inc. Agrees to Pay $9.9 Million to Settle False Claims Act Violations

Medical device maker Medtronic, Inc. recently settled a case under the False Claims Act alleging unlawful monetary kickbacks for physicians willing to implant its products in their cardiac patients. Unlawful kickback schemes are one of the most common scenarios triggering liability under the FCA and the federal government has worked […]
June 5, 2014 Healthcare Fraud

Tennessee-Based First Call Ambulance Services to Settle False Claims Act Allegations for $500,000

In a recent case out of the Middle District of Tennessee, ambulance provider First Call Ambulance Service has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle several claims of Medicare and Medicaid fraud. The case was commenced by an undisclosed whistleblower who will share in up to 30 percent of the settlement […]
June 4, 2014 Contractor Fraud

Department of Justice Joins False Claims Act Lawsuit Against CA Technologies

In its May 29th press release, the Department of Justice announced its intention to pursue claims against technology giant CA Technologies for alleged misrepresentations during negotiations for the purchase of software licenses. CA Technologies provides software and technology to several government agencies, including the Department of Labor, Department of Defense, […]
May 28, 2014 Healthcare Fraud

Department of Health and Human Services Proposes Enhancements to Its Enforcement Powers

As we discussed recently, the federal government has implemented several important measures to combat the rampant healthcare fraud plaguing American taxpayers. One such program, known as the H.E.A.T. Task Force, is administered jointly by the U.S. Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As an […]
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