VMWare Settles FCA Allegations for $75 Million Following Five Year Investigation

Software company VMWare has agreed to pay $75 million to settle claims it engaged in illegal price-fixing misconduct.Image source: Wikimedia Commons Government contract work can be extremely lucrative, providing companies with a regular stream of income and dependable job security for their employees. Accordingly, the risk for rampant [...]

By | 2018-03-25T13:55:10+00:00 July 27th, 2015|Contractor Fraud|

UPDATE: DaVita Health Settles Allegations of Medicare Fraud for $495 Million

On the heels of its recent $350 million illegal kickback settlement with the Department of Justice, Denver’s DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc. has opted to set aside another $495 million to settle additional claims under the False Claims Act involving fraud against government health insurer Medicare. The claims arose thanks to two whistleblowers working in [...]

By | 2019-02-18T15:18:00+00:00 May 14th, 2015|Healthcare Fraud|

What Does a Typical False Claims Act Settlement Agreement Look Like?

Much like most areas of civil law, False Claims Act lawsuits often result in a settlement agreement between the whistleblower, defendant(s), and the federal government. These agreements are often quite lengthy, containing dozens of provisions to be followed by all parties involved. If the defendant’s actions were especially egregious, the government may place restrictions [...]

By | 2018-08-20T13:12:59+00:00 November 5th, 2014|False Claims Act Information|

Jacksonville Hospital Baptist Health Settles False Claims Act Lawsuit for $2.5 Million

Jacksonville-area hospital Baptist Health, through its parent company, has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging healthcare fraud. The hospital is accused of having unlawfully exploited Medicare and Medicaid funds by billing the government for services not rendered or for services rendered that were not medically necessary. The case began in [...]

By | 2018-09-12T12:34:24+00:00 May 12th, 2014|Healthcare Fraud|

Manufacturer of Black Hawk Helicopters, Sikorsky Aircraft, Settles False Claims Act Lawsuit

The famed manufacturer of the Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopter, Sikorsky Aircraft, has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle claims it overcharged the U.S. government for services and parts for the powerful utility aircraft. The settlement occurred following a lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, which permits private individuals [...]

By | 2018-09-12T15:49:56+00:00 April 22nd, 2014|Military Contractor 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 of the complaint and settlement [...]

By | 2018-10-04T15:03:17+00:00 March 26th, 2014|Healthcare Fraud|

$85 Million Settlement in Stark Law Whistleblower Case, Relator to Receive $20.8 Million

The federal Stark Law is designed to place limitations on physician referrals and to create greater patient confidence in the underlying rationale for a patient referral. Prior to the Stark Law, there were no regulations in place regarding referrals by a physician to laboratories or hospitals in which the physician has a financial stake. Over [...]

By | 2019-02-19T13:52:50+00:00 March 18th, 2014|False Claims Act Legal News|