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Former Utah Professor Suits for Whistleblower Retaliation, Wins $760K

Judith Zimmerman, a former professor at the University of Utah, won $760,000 in damages in a jury trial after she sued the university claiming whistleblower retaliation. The case was another example of how whistleblower retaliation can result in the perpetrator being subject to significant penalties for their actions. Case background Zimmerman had worked for the Read More

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Former Medical Testing Lab CEO Settles False Claims Act Case

The Department of Justice recently announced it reached a settlement with Jae Lee, who formerly served as Chief Executive Officer of the Northwest Physicians Laboratory (NWPL). The terms of the settlement require Lee to pay $1.1 million to resolve allegations that NWPL violated the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute. Case background NWPL, which is Read More

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Whistleblower Receives Award of More Than $2 Million from the SEC

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently awarded a whistleblower more than $2 million for disclosures that resulted in successful enforcement actions by both the SEC and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The whistleblower had previously received an award in connection to SEC covered action. The new $2 million award was based on Read More

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Whistleblower Lawsuit Alleges Fraudulent Billing Over Concurrent Surgeries at UPMC

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a department chair and the university’s physician group. The lawsuit stems from allegations made by a former UPMC physician under the False Claims Act. The DOJ investigated the claims for two years after the whistleblower alleged Read More

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SEC Whistleblower Program Surpasses $1 Billion Threshold

The SEC whistleblower program achieved a significant milestone at the beginning of September when it surpassed a total of $1 billion in awards. The agency announced this first whistleblower award in 2012, and since that time has seen steady increases in the amount of money it provides in awards to whistleblowers. As of early September, Read More

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Report: Colorado Air Quality Division Gave Permits Despite EPA Standard Violations

Colorado’s Air Pollution Control Division allegedly issued multiple air quality permits to facilities despite predictive models demonstrating those facilities could violate pollution standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These findings were released in a report from the Colorado Attorney General’s office. Case background In response to the report, state health officials say they Read More

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Whistleblower Claims Executives at Minnesota Nursing Home Instructed Staff to Ignore COVID-19 Protocols

In a September article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a whistleblower alleges executives of St. Therese of New Hope nursing home instructed staff to ignore protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The whistleblower was Brooke Peoples, who previously worked as an administrator at the facility in New Hope, Minnesota. She claims the instructions came from Read More

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Boston Scientific Must Pay $68K for Fees in Case Involving Defibrillator Sanctions

Boston Scientific Corp. was ordered by a judge to pay $68,400 in fees and expenses after being sanctioned for violations in a whistleblower lawsuit surrounding allegedly defective defibrillators. The decision was handed down by U.S. Magistrate Judge Tony Leung in Minneapolis, who ruled the sanctions were a good compromise between the requested $114,000 from whistleblower Read More

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Bayada Pays $17 Million to Settle Kickback Case

Healthcare organization Bayada recently agreed to pay $17 million to resolve claims that the organization engaged in a fraudulent kickback scheme. The allegations arose after the firm purchased a pair of home health agencies from a retirement home group operating in Arizona. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Jersey alleged the transaction made in 2014 Read More

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SEC Issues Shared $2.6 Million Award to Five Whistleblowers

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced an award of $2.6 million shared among five individuals who assisted the agency with three separate enforcement proceedings. One whistleblower received $1.2 million from the SEC for providing crucial independent analysis based on an algorithm they developed and applied to public data. This assistance from the whistleblower Read More

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