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Lockheed Martin Pays $27.5 Million to Settle Claims It Employed Unqualified Staff

The federal False Claims Act got its start addressing costly and wasteful fraud under defense contracts executed during the American Civil War. Since that time, it has proven highly successful in exposing and redressing this sort of wasteful misconduct, including a recent settlement with aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin. In today’s post, we discuss alleged [...]

By | 2018-09-12T15:36:19+00:00 January 26th, 2015|Contractor Fraud|

DOJ Announces Record $5.69 Billion Recovered Under the False Claims Act in Fiscal Year 2014

In a recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice, a record $5.69 billion was recovered under the False Claims Act in fiscal year 2014. This is the highest amount ever recorded and includes all settlements and verdicts across all industries. The vast majority of these recoveries involved financial or healthcare [...]

By | 2018-08-01T15:40:25+00:00 December 15th, 2014|False Claims Act Legal News|

Boeing Agrees to Pay $23 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

The Boeing Company, a preeminent aircraft manufacturer, has agreed to pay $23 million to the federal government amidst allegations of improper invoices for wages on behalf of workers employed at the San Antonio-based Aerospace Support Center. Despite Boeing’s assertions that the false claims were the result of accidental mischarges and not intentional conduct, the [...]

By | 2018-08-21T14:51:01+00:00 October 22nd, 2014|Military Contractor Fraud|

Department of Justice Announces Plans to Enhance Scrutiny of False Claims Act Complaints

Earlier this month, the Department of Justice announced its plans to enhance and fortify the review process upon receipt of a complaint filed under the False Claims Act. Complaints, which are filed confidentially and under seal, often set forth highly-specific and complex fact patterns detailing years-long abuse of federal or [...]

By | 2018-08-01T14:21:12+00:00 October 10th, 2014|False Claims Act Legal News|

Department of Justice Files False Claims Act Complaint Against California Nursing Homes

On August 29th, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a complaint against two California-based nursing home facilities known as Country Villa Watsonville East and Country Villa Watsonville West – both of which participate in both Medicare and Medicaid (Medi-Cal). The complaint alleges horrific patterns of patient neglect, including the administration of government-reimbursed medications in [...]

By | 2018-09-11T12:12:21+00:00 September 22nd, 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 U.S. Attorney’s Office for the [...]

By | 2018-09-21T14:47:24+00:00 April 3rd, 2014|Healthcare Fraud|

Department of Justice to Intervene in Eight False Claims Act Lawsuits

For those who may be unfamiliar with the procedural jumpstart of a False Claims Act whistleblower action, these cases are filed by an individual plaintiff who has firsthand, original knowledge of facts tending to suggest fraud. Plaintiffs are usually current or former employees, but can also be customers, clients, or patients of the defendant. As [...]

By | 2018-09-11T12:23:29+00:00 February 6th, 2014|Healthcare Fraud|

United States Intervenes in Whistleblower Lawsuit Alleging Improper Background Checks

The private investigations firm responsible for vetting highly-publicized whistleblower Edward Snowden is now facing FCA liability for sloppy and irresponsible background check work.Image source: Wikimedia Commons The United States Department of Justice opted to intervene in a whistleblower case, filed in 2011, alleging faulty background checks performed by a private government contractor, United [...]

By | 2018-03-25T14:49:13+00:00 January 31st, 2014|False Claims Act Legal News|