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Catholic Medical Center Will Pay $3.8 MIllion to False Claims Act Case

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced a $3.8 million settlement with Catholic Medical Center (CMC) to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by providing free call coverage to a cardiologist in exchange for patient referrals. Government attorneys said these actions violated the Anti-Kickback Statute. Case background The federal government alleged CMC Read More

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TriMark USA Will Pay $48.5 Million to Settle Whistleblower Case

TriMark USA, LLC recently agreed to a $48.5 million settlement in a whistleblower lawsuit, the largest single amount ever recorded in a False Claims Act case involving small business fraud. The previous record was a $37 million settlement paid out by Atlantic Driving Supply. The significant recovery was the result of the combined work of 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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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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Which Protections are Available for Corporate Whistleblowers?

There are not any federal laws that afford general protections to corporate whistleblowers. However, there are many types of protected disclosures under federal whistleblower laws. These protections come from a variety of sources, including the following: False Claims Act: The False Claims Act protects disclosures about fraud toward the government, including any actions taken to Read More

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Court Rules Whistleblower Claim Against Medtronic May Continue

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently cleared the way for a whistleblower lawsuit against Medtronic to continue. The lawsuit alleges the medical devices company fraudulently obtained clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for several of its spinal fusion devices. A lawsuit had initially been dismissed in a California district court in Read More

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Whistleblower to Get $3.6 Million in False Claims Act Case Against Roche, Humana

Humana and Roche Diagnositics Corp. and Roche Diabetes Care, Inc. (Roche) agreed to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit to the tune of $12.5 million, of which more than $3.6 million will go to the whistleblower who initiated the claim. The case dates back to 2014, when the whistleblower (who had worked at Roche) reported Read More

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Philly-Area Addiction Treatment Facility to Pay $2.85 Million to Settle False Claims Allegations

This summer, Eagleville Hospital, a provider of various substance abuse treatments to Medicare and Medicaid patients, agreed to a $2.85 million settlement with the government in the face of allegations it defrauded various healthcare programs. In the lawsuit, it was alleged that the hospital billed Medicare, Medicaid and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program fraudulently Read More

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Federal Government Joins Hospital Whistleblower Suit

The U.S. federal government announced it would join a whistleblower lawsuit filed against a West Virginia hospital. The suit includes allegations the hospital improperly submitted payments and kickbacks to physicians under the direction of its management firm and chief executive officer. The lawsuit was originally filed in 2017 and was made public for the first Read More

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