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April 4, 2014 Healthcare Fraud

Medicare Fraud Case Takes Aim at Unnecessary Prescriptions of Dangerous Drug Clozapine

In a case involving Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, LLC, the Department of Justice recently settled hundreds of allegations of Medicare and Medicaid fraud relating to the improper recommendation of the generic drug clozapine – considered a drug of last resort for the treatment of schizophrenia. According to allegations, Teva, through its […]
April 3, 2014 Healthcare Fraud

Pittsburgh-Area West Penn Allegheny Health System Settles False Claims Act Case

In a recent settlement involving the False Claims Act’s anti-kickback provisions and the federal Stark Law, Pittsburgh’s West Penn Allegheny Health System has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle claims it engaged in an unlawful exchange of benefits with Pittsburgh-area doctors and facilities. The case was handled by the […]
April 2, 2014 SEC Fraud

The SEC Files Brief in Support of Whistleblower in Case Against Siemens

In 2010, the Dodd Frank Act was enacted to further financial reform and bring about greater integrity from those working on Wall Street. One of the hallmark features of the Act involves the implementation of a whistleblower program designed to incentivize those with original information about securities fraud to come […]
April 1, 2014 Tax Fraud

False Claims Act Settlement Against Lantheus Medical Imaging & Bristol-Myers Squibb

The federal False Claims Act has proven to be so effective in combating healthcare, defense, and other types of fraud against the government that the majority of U.S. states have enacted similar statutes to address fraud within their own borders. In New York, the False Claims Act expressly includes acts […]
March 31, 2014 Military Contractor Fraud

Securities and Exchange Commission Joins False Claims Act Investigation Against KBR

Over the past year, we have examined a False Claims Act case against one of the largest military contractors in the world: Kellogg, Brown & Root. Known as KBR, this firm has been awarded over $40 billion in government work throughout the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, primarily for logistical support. […]
March 28, 2014 Environmental Fraud

Shell Oil Company Pays to Settle Allegations of False Claims for Environmental Clean-Up

In a recent case out of Massachusetts, oil giant Shell has agreed to pay $4 million to the Commonwealth in order to settle claims it improperly billed for environmental cleanup services. We have reported in the past on the importance of state-level false claims acts, which often work to supplement […]
March 27, 2014 Healthcare Fraud

Hospice Compassus to Pay $3.9 Million to Settle False Claims Act Lawsuit

The Department of Justice announced a $3.9 million settlement with a palliative care company responsible for operating a number of hospice care facilities in the Southeast United States. The case involves alleged fraudulent invoices to Medicare for end-of-life care that did not meet Medicare guidelines for coverage – thus meeting […]
March 26, 2014 Healthcare Fraud

Texas-Based Grocery Store H-E-B Settles Medicaid Fraud Case for $12 Million

The San Antonio-based grocery store H-E-B was recently involved in an extensive Medicaid fraud case involving several in-store pharmacies across the Texas area. The case was filed in 2011 by three pharmacists who, while not employees of H-E-B, worked in other states filling prescription orders for the company. The contents […]
March 25, 2014 Healthcare Fraud

Off-Label Marketing and the First Amendment: Are Pharmaceutical Companies Protected?

The issue of off-label marketing raises a compelling question as to the relationship between the First Amendment’s protection of free speech and the various federal regulations prohibiting the practice of unlawful marketing of prescription drugs. As a review, off-label marketing occurs when a pharmaceutical company markets its product for use […]
March 24, 2014 Mortgage Fraud

Dedicated Whistleblower Receives Record-Breaking Reward in JP Morgan Case

If you have original information about possible fraud against the government, you may be considering speaking with a whistleblower attorney but are not sure whether it is worth the effort. While this is a common fear associated with qui tam lawsuits, there are also great benefits to filing your lawsuit. […]
March 20, 2014 False Claims Act Legal News

EndoGastric Solutions Settles False Claims Act Case for Over $5 Million

The False Claims Act not only covers exaggerated bills for examinations, but also works to help eliminate fraud pertaining to the use of medical devices during surgical procedures. In a recent case against gastrointestinal device-maker EndoGastric Solutions, the government has alleged a serious pattern of fraud involving executives wrongfully directing […]
March 19, 2014 Healthcare Fraud

Florida Pain Clinic to Pay $750,000 Amid Allegations of Phony Medicare Invoices

In a tale as old as time, another physician’s office has opted to settle with the federal government after facing allegations of fraudulent Medicare billing. Under the False Claims Act, it is considered unlawful for a doctor to submit invoices for repayment to healthcare agencies like Medicare or Medicaid for […]
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