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Whistleblower Reveals Local Pediatric Dental Chain in Washington Reuses Disposable Utensils, Tools

A former employee of Smiles 4 Kids, a Washington-based pediatric dental chain, filed a whistleblower complaint accusing the company of reusing disposable dental tools. As a result, the Washington State Dental Quality Assurance Commission is now investigating the organization. The whistleblower was Lisa Walker, a former office manager at the Smiles 4 Kids building in Read More

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Jury Awards $5.1 Million to Workers Subjected to ‘Onionhead’ Religion

A U.S. District Court in Brooklyn awarded $5.1 million to 10 workers who claimed their employer, United Health Programs of American, Inc., forced them to participate in group prayers and various other types of religious activities associated with the “Onionhead” religion. According to the workers’ lawsuit, the company, which provides customer service for health insurance Read More

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DCS Investigations Reveal Improper Donations, Additional Wrongdoing

This spring, NBC 5 in Dallas produced a 30-minute in-depth investigative report surrounding developments in the investigation into Dallas County Schools (DCS), a taxpayer-funded agency that oversees the transportation of more than 75,000 students in North Texas each day. According to the report, DCS was experiencing financial turmoil that led it to sell land owned Read More

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SEC Whistleblower Awarded Nearly $4 Million

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a new whistleblower award in April. This time, the payout was worth nearly $4 million for a whistleblower who provided a valuable tip to the agency, and then assisted with the follow-up investigation. According to the SEC, the whistleblower provided the agency with “detailed and specific information Read More

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Whistleblower Lawsuit Rests on Allegedly Withheld Documents

On June 19, the whistleblower in a False Claims Act suit argued that the court should take action to secure documents that demonstrate Abbott Laboratories encouraged off-label marketing and doctor kickbacks. The whistleblower and former Abbott employee, Amy Bergman, denied the company’s claims that documents have already been shared, and believes that evidence supporting her Read More

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Whistleblower Sues NJ Firm for Alleged Unethical Billing Practices

A lawsuit was filed June 12 against Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito & Frost PC for allegedly firing a former legal secretary for issuing a complaint about misconduct she believed was taking place at the New Jersey law firm. In the complaint, whistleblower Cynthia Reeves accused Einhorn Harris of incorrect billing practices and priorities which placed Read More

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Department of Justice Intervenes in False Claims Act Case Separation

The U.S. Department of Justice has entered an Alabama False Claims Act trial in an effort to advise against a hospice chain’s request to divide its upcoming trial into two separate phases. The chain, AseraCare Inc., was granted a division of its trial by a district judge, but the DOJ officials believe the separation of Read More

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IRS, Former Employees Oppose Liberty Medical Bankruptcy Plan

On June 10, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) alleged that the proposed Chapter 11 liquidation plan of Liberty Medical Supply Inc. restricts the federal agency’s rights to recover funds it is owed. Former employees of Liberty Medical, a provider of supplies for diabetics, have also criticized the plan, which they claim would allow the company Read More

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