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6th Circuit Court Rules FCA Whistleblower Protections Include Post-Employment Retaliation

The Sixth Circuit Court ruled on March 31 that the whistleblower protection provisions of the False Claims Act (FCA) include protections for former employees who are subject to retaliation from employers after their employment ceases. The case, United States ex rel. Felten v. William Beaumont Hospital, centered on a plaintiff who worked as a doctor Read More

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SEC Issues $22 Million Award to Pair of Whistleblowers

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced a pair of awards of approximately $22 million to two whistleblowers who brought forth information to the SEC that was crucial in enabling successful enforcement actions. The whistleblowers in question also provided substantial additional assistance to the Commission in its efforts to take action against a financial Read More

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Whistleblowers Collect More than $4.2 Million in False Claims Act Cases Involving Unnecessary Surgeries and Financial Misconduct

A pair of physicians acted as whistleblowers recently, initiating False Claims Act cases against a neurosurgeon and his two medical device companies. The whistleblowers received 20 percent of the $4.4 million total recovery under the False Claims Act, and also received separate settlements for cases involving that same neurosurgeon, including one award of $3.4 million. Read More

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Whistleblower Receives Award in False Claims Act Case Relating to Billing Violations Against Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Care Providers

The U.S. Department of Justice settled a False Claims Act lawsuit against Massachusetts Eye and Ear (encompassing several care providers), with the organization agreeing to pay $2.675 million in the case. The organization provides both inpatient and outpatient care to people with a variety of eye, ear, nose and throat health problems. According to the Read More

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Jury Issues $11 Million Award to IBM Manager who was Fired After Reporting Bias

A federal jury in Washington state recently awarded $11 million to an IBM manager who was fired after complaining about racial discrimination. Scott Kingston, the manager in question, was retaliated against after he spoke up about concerns regarding a black sales representative who he believed to have been denied sales commissions he had earned. According Read More

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Akumin Corporation Must Pay $700,000 to Resolve Healthcare Fraud Claims

Akumin Corporation and Delaware Open MRI Radiology Associates, LLC agreed to a $749,600 settlement with the U.S. government to resolve healthcare fraud allegations that arose under a False Claims Act case. A whistleblower familiar with the case prompted the legal action by filing a claim under the quit tam provisions of the False Claims Act. Read More

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Florida Woman Faces Significant Consequences for Role in Healthcare Fraud Scheme

A woman from Indian Rocks Beach in Florida owes more than $20.3 million in restitution and could face up to 13 years in federal prison for her role in perpetrating a healthcare fraud scheme. Kelly Wolfe pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and filing false tax returns. She will be sentenced later this Read More

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Frisco Firm Fires Employee After She Shelters in Place in Dallas County, Suit Says

In her article published April 23, 2020, on nbcdfw.com, Diana Zoga discusses a lawsuit filed in Dallas County in mid-April. The suit was filed by Amy Reggio, a woman who says she lost her job for trying to comply with shelter-in-place orders during the coronavirus pandemic. On March 27, Ms. Reggio was fired from her job Read More

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U.S. Government Joins Lawsuit Alleging False Claims in Marine Corps Contract

The federal government recently opted to intervene in a whistleblower lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Navistar Defense LLC, a company that manufactures armored vehicles for the U.S. Military and a subsidiary of Navistar International LLC. According to the lawsuit, Navistar Defense violated the False Claims Act in Read More

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SEC Whistleblower Program Releases its Annual Report for 2019

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently released its 2019 Annual Report to Congress overviewing its highly successful whistleblower award program. According to the report, the program continues to protect investors and promote a strong market integrity while richly rewarding people who come forward with unique, actionable information in a timely manner. Since the Read More

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