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10 Fun Facts About the False Claims Act

10 Fun Facts About the False Claims Act

1. The False Claims Act (“Act”) is over 150 years old. The Act, originally known as the Lincoln Law, after its original proponent, President Abraham Lincoln, was implemented during the Civil War. The Act was a response to war profiteering by federal contractors who attempted to defraud the government by selling inadequate firearms and horses.

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Can a Relator Amend or Supplement Her Complaint

Can a Relator Amend or Supplement Her Complaint

December 28, 2015 – Filing a complaint expeditiously for a whistleblower and her lawyer is a top priority for experienced qui tam attorneys.  As we previously discussed in the article titled, Reporting Fraud by Filing a Qui Tam Case, timeliness is of the essence to meet the first to file rule. And if the whistleblower’s case has jurisdictional defects, it has to be dismissed and...

Two Managers Of Three California Medical Clinics Indicted In Health Care Fraud Scheme

Two Managers Of Three California Medical Clinics Indicted In Health Care Fraud Scheme

November 3, 2014 — The False Claims Act empowers health care insiders to file a whistleblower lawsuit on the government’s behalf. Courageous whistleblowers help to protect the integrity of our federal healthcare programs, like Medicare or Medicaid, for those who need them. Under the Act, the United States may choose to intervene in the lawsuit and take primary control for litigating it. The...

Florida Hospital Pays $69.5 Million to Settle False Claims Act Case

Florida Hospital Pays $69.5 Million to Settle False Claims Act Case

October 12, 2015 — North Broward Hospital District (“Broward Health”), a taxpayer financed system of hospitals and health facilities, agreed to pay $69.5 million to settle federal charges that it made illegal payments to physicians using a secret compensation system that rewarded doctors for patient referrals and penalized them for accepting low income patients. The False Claims...

What is a Relator Interview and What Can One Do to Prepare for it?

What is a Relator Interview and What Can One Do to Prepare for it?

September 28, 2015 — Upon retaining a qui tam attorney and filing a case under seal, the Assistant United States Attorney assigned to investigate the case may contact the qui tam attorney on the record to schedule an in person interview with the relator (also known as a whistleblower). This occurs in a majority of cases that hold merit. The relator interview is one of the first steps...

Multi-Relator Disputes

Multi-Relator Disputes

September 14, 2015 — As summarized in a previous post, whistleblowers (also known as relators) interested in filing a qui tam case must act quickly, because by statute only the whistleblower who is “first to file” her complaint is entitled to pursue the action with or on behalf of the government. Where, however, a whistleblower is able to establish that her allegations are materially...

Private Insurance Fraud and Qui Tam Cases

Private Insurance Fraud and Qui Tam Cases

September 10, 2015 — California is one of two states that has a unique statute that permits qui tam actions in the context of private insurance claims. Generally, qui tam cases involve claims paid for by the government. Any claims paid for by private insurance companies under the False Claims Act are not actionable. Within the False Claims Act context, the idea is that the...

What Happens to My Employment Claims if I Decide to File a Qui Tam Case?

What Happens to My Employment Claims if I Decide to File a Qui Tam Case?

August 27, 2015 – This is an inquiry that comes up relatively often in qui tam cases. Often, when prospective clients tell us their stories, we see multiple actionable claims against the defendant. This may include employment claims such as discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour losses, alongside qui tam claims on behalf of the government. A basic difference between the two is that the...

University of Phoenix Under Investigation by the Federal Trade Commission

University of Phoenix Under Investigation by the Federal Trade Commission

August 17, 2015 — One of the largest for-profit colleges still in operation, the University of Phoenix, is being investigated by the government for allegedly deceptive marketing practices. The struggling school is facing a probe by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as to whether it engaged in deceptive marketing practices. As part of the investigation, the school must turn over documents...

NuVasive Inc. Pays $13.5 Million to Settle Whistleblower Case

NuVasive Inc. Pays $13.5 Million to Settle Whistleblower Case

August 10, 2015 — Kevin J. Ryan, of Frederick, MD, a former sales agent for NuVasive Inc., a medical device company, was awarded $2.2 million for blowing the whistle on NuVasive for off-label marketing. Specifically, Ryan accused his former employer NuVasive of marketing its spinal treatment device for surgical uses that were not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and for...

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