False Claims Act and Whistleblower News

The False Claims Act enables a private citizen with unique knowledge of fraud committed against the federal government (such as health care fraud, contract fraud, and tax fraud) to file a lawsuit under seal (not accessible to the public) seeking treble (triple the amount) damages on behalf of the government...
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August 15, 2016
 Atrium Medical Corp. has agreed to pay $11.5 million to settle allegations that the company knowingly submitted or caused the submission of false claims to federal health care program Medicare and also violated the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, Standly Hamilton LLP announced last month. Atrium allegedly engaged in an extensive nationwide scheme to promote its iCast brand stent for use in the vascular system even though it was federally approved only for treating tracheobronchial... full text
August 3, 2016
Jacintoport International LLC (Jacintoport) and Seaboard Marine Ltd. (Seaboard Marine) have agreed to pay $1.075 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that the companies knowingly submitted or caused the submission of false claims in connection with a warehousing and logistics contract for the storage and redelivery of humanitarian food aid, the U.S. Department of Justice announced earlier this week.  Jacintoport is a cargo handling and stevedoring firm headquartered in Houston, Texas, and... full text
August 2, 2016
The government has filed suit under the False Claims Act against Derish M. Wolff and Salvatore J. Pepe, respectively the former CEO and CFO of Louis Berger Group Inc. (LBG), for conspiring to overbill the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other government agencies for costs incurred performing reconstruction contracts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other countries, the U.S. Department of Justice announced last month. The government’s complaint alleges that Wolff and Pepe... full text
July 28, 2016
The Lexington County Health Services District Inc. d/b/a Lexington Medical Center located in West Columbia, South Carolina, has agreed to pay $17 million to resolve allegations that it violated the Physician Self-Referral Law (the Stark Law) and the False Claims Act by maintaining improper financial arrangements with 28 physicians, the U.S. Department of Justice announced today.  The Stark Law is intended to ensure that physician referrals are made based on the medical needs of the... full text
July 14, 2016
Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care has agreed to pay $18 million to settle allegations that it submittedor caused the submission of false claims to federal health care program Medicare, for hospice care for patients who were not eligible because they were not terminally ill, the U.S. Department of Justice announced yesterday.  Evercare, now known as Optum Palliative and Hospice Care, is a Minnesota-based provider of hospice care in Arizona, Colorado and other states across the United... full text
July 7, 2016
En Pointe Gov. Inc., En Pointe Technologies Inc., En Pointe Technologies Sales Inc., Dominguez East Holdings LLC and Din Global Corp., all of Gardena, California, have agreed to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by falsely certifying that En Pointe Gov. Inc. was a small business in order to obtain contracts set aside for small businesses and underreporting sales under a General Services Administration (GSA) contract to avoid the payment of fees, the U.S. Department of... full text
July 1, 2016
Florida cardiologist Dr. Asad Qamar and his practice, the Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence (ICE), will pay $2 million, plus release any claim to $5.3 million in suspended Medicare funds, to resolve a lawsuit alleging that they improperly billed Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE for medically unnecessary procedures and paid kickbacks to patients by waiving Medicare copayments irrespective of financial hardship, the U.S. Department of Justice announced yesterday.  Dr. Qamar also agreed to... full text
June 22, 2016
Salix Pharmaceuticals has agreed to pay $54 million to settle allegations that the company violated the federal Anti-Kickback Statute and the False Claims Act by using “speaker programs” as kickbacks to doctors to induce them to prescribe Salix drugs and medical devices, which were then reimbursed by federal health care programs, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York announced earlier this month. The federal government alleges that many of SALIX... full text
June 7, 2016
Genentech Inc. and OSI Pharmaceuticals LLC have agreed to collectively pay $67 to resolve allegations that the pharmaceutical companies knowingly submitted or caused the submission of false claims in connection with misleading statements about the effectiveness of the drug Tarceva in treating non-small cell lung cancer, the U.S. Department of Justice announced yesterday.  Genentech and OSI Pharmaceuticals co-promote Tarceva, which is approved to treat certain patients with non-small cell... full text
June 2, 2016
The federal government has intervened in a lawsuit against Prime Healthcare Services Inc. and its founder and CEO, Dr. Prem Reddy, alleging that Prime knowingly submitted or caused the submission of false claims to Medicare by improperly admitting patients, the U.S. Department of Justice announced last week. The lawsuit alleges that Dr. Reddy directed the corporate practice of pressuring Prime’s Emergency Department physicians and hospital administrators to raise inpatient admission rates... full text