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January 7, 2014 False Claims Act Information

The Intersection Between the False Claims Act and the Federal Stark Law, Part II

In yesterday’s post, we explored the important partnership between the federal False Claims Act “(FCA”) and the Stark Law – a lesser-known, equally-vital statute enacted to combat healthcare fraud in the form of unfair kickbacks and referral fees. The FCA and the Stark Law are often used in conjunction with […]
January 6, 2014 False Claims Act Information

The Intersection Between the False Claims Act and the Federal Stark Law, Part I

An emergence of whistleblower cases citing the Stark Law has prompted us to take a look at this important piece of legislation – and how it intersects with the False Claims Act (“FCA”). Both statutes work to help eliminate fraud against the U.S. government. However, the Stark Law is more […]
January 2, 2014 False Claims Act Legal News

Prominent Southern Hospital Operator Facing False Claims Act Allegations

In a recently-revealed False Claims Act case, the United States has elected to intervene against Naples, Florida-based Health Management Associates, Inc. after uncovering serious allegations of fraud. Currently, four whistleblower cases are pending against the company both in the Middle District of Georgia and Southern District of Florida. The cases […]
January 1, 2014 Healthcare Fraud

Fourth Circuit Revives False Claims Act Case Involving Controversial Painkiller OxyContin

The drug OxyContin has been widely publicized for its tendency to lead patients toward unintended opiate addiction, often resulting in misuse and eventual dependence. The drug is also favored among younger children eager to experiment with illicit drugs without having to venture beyond the medicine cabinet. For these reasons, OxyContin […]
December 31, 2013 Healthcare Fraud

Whistleblowers and Whistleblower Attorneys Make 2013 A Very Bad Year for Healthcare Fraud

The False Claims Act has proven unparalleled in its effectiveness in recovering money improperly obtained by fraudulent businesses and individuals. In recent years, the FCA has proven especially useful in exposing and punishing those engaging in healthcare fraud. Healthcare fraud, generally speaking, involves the submission of fraudulent invoices to programs […]
December 30, 2013 False Claims Act Legal News

Honeywell International Hit With $45 Million False Claims Suit

Litigation involving the False Claims Act (“FCA”) often invokes complex civil procedure challenges. For this reason, FCA cases tend to take significantly longer than other types of cases and may require several motions, hearings, and discovery requests. An FCA case begins when a plaintiff, also known as a whistleblower, relator, […]
December 27, 2013 False Claims Act Legal News

Prominent U.S. Pharmacy Escapes Price Inflation Lawsuit; Reveals Need for Qui Tam Attorneys

The False Claims Act is a federal statute enacted to prevent and punish fraud in the use of government funds. In other words, it works as a protection for taxpayers and is pivotal in the recovery of billions of dollars each year. Generally speaking, any private individual with firsthand knowledge […]
December 26, 2013 False Claims Act Legal News

Whistleblower Attorneys Allege Unlawful Penny-Swapping Scheme Against Brinks

As we reported yesterday, whistleblower cases can occur pursuant to some of the most bizarre and unexpected fact patterns. Ranging from corporate fraud and insider trading, to food stamp scams and wayward podiatrists, whistleblower cases span the gamut of ways in which crafty scammers work to defraud taxpayers out of […]
December 25, 2013 False Claims Act Information

Uncommon and Obscure Fact Patterns in False Claims Act Cases

The False Claims Act has uncovered, and continues to uncover, a bevy of corporate greed, healthcare deception and dishonest behavior. Many cases involve fraud pertaining to a Medicaid, Medicare, or defense contract. However, every now and then, an FCA case will bring about an unusual fact pattern or involve parties […]
December 24, 2013 False Claims Act Information

The Importance of Whistleblowers – Part Five: Legal Protections the Obligation of Our Laws

Over the past week, we have explored several assertions advanced in a recent report by the National Whistleblowers Center, a non-profit, non-partisan group working to advance the cause of whistleblowers facing workplace retaliation. As we discussed previously, the Chamber of Commerce through its Institute for Legal Reform, presented a view […]
December 23, 2013 False Claims Act Information

Anti-Retaliation Group Presents Report to Congress on Importance of Whistleblowers, Part IV

We have been reviewing some of the acclaims and concerns with the False Claims Act (“FCA”) and its qui tam whistleblower provisions. More specifically, we have reviewed a 2013 report presented to Congress by the National Whistleblower Center (“NWC”), a group dedicated to advocating on behalf of employees facing retaliation […]
December 20, 2013 False Claims Act Legal News

Importance of Whistleblowers – Obstacles & Incentives When Internal Reporting Fails, Part III

In a weeklong series, we have been exploring the assertions set forth in a recent study submitted to Congress by the National Whistleblower Center. The NWC is a non-profit, non-partisan group dedicated to helping whistleblowers stand up against corporate fraud and avoid unfair retaliation from employers. In its report, which […]
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