Legal News Articles - Whistleblower
September 17, 2015. By Heidi Turner.
Seattle, WA: A Washington state law encouraging medical whistleblowers to report Medicaid fraud has been a success, according to a report by auditors. The program, which allows citizens to report Medicaid fraud by providers, took effect in 2012 but expires in 2016. The auditor has recommended reauthorizing the Act to encourage further recovery.Read [ Auditor Recommends Reauthorizing Medicaid Fraud False Claims Act ]
August 24, 2015. By Gordon Gibb.
Norcross, GA: When the Affordable Care Act was upheld by the US Supreme Court earlier this summer, provisions that enhance the government’s capacity to recover overpayments also includes enhanced rights and freedoms for whistleblowers to bring healthcare fraud lawsuits. In the first healthcare fraud whistleblower lawsuit of its kind under the Affordable Care Act, a provider of home nursing services to medically fragile children has agreed to a settlement worth $6.88 million.Read [ First Healthcare Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuit under Obamacare Settles for $6.88 Million ]
August 20, 2015. By The National Trial Lawyers.
A Louisiana federal judge nullified a jury verdict in favor of DuPont Co., which had been accused by a whistleblower in a False Claims Act suit of not telling federal regulators about carcinogen leaks at one of its plants, saying the chemical giant withheld evidence.Read [ Whistleblower Gets Fair Chance to Present Case in DuPont Gas Leak Case ]
July 1, 2015. By Heidi Turner.
Miami, FL: A healthcare fraud lawsuit has been settled for $17 million, reportedly the largest settlement of a case involving skilled nursing facility kickbacks in the US. The lawsuit initially began as a whistleblower claim, and the settlement will see the whistleblower receive $4.25 million.Read [ Medicare Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuit Settled for $17 Million ]
June 1, 2015. By Gordon Gibb.
Jackson, TN: What originally began as a healthcare fraud whistleblower lawsuit has resulted in the payment by a hospital in Jackson, Tennessee, of more than $1.3 million to the Feds to settle allegations of fraud against Medicare and Medicaid.Read [ Tennessee Hospital Settles Alleged Whistleblower Healthcare Fraud for $1.3 Million ]
May 17, 2015. By Gordon Gibb.
Jacksonville, FL: The Feds may have dropped their healthcare fraud lawsuit, but the decision does not minimize allegations of fraudulent billing and other practices against nine hospitals in the state of Florida together with an ambulance service provider. The defendants in the False Claims Act case will pay a combined $7.5 million to settle allegations brought following an investigation by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other agencies.Read [ Florida Whistleblower Healthcare Fraud Lawsuit Settles for $7.5 Million ]
April 12, 2015. By Gordon Gibb.
Fort Lauderdale, FL: A battle is continuing between a Los Angeles-based nonprofit healthcare foundation that provides services to AIDS patients in 36 countries, and three former employees who accuse AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) of medical billing fraud that has needlessly cost Medicare and Medicaid $20 million, or so it is alleged in a healthcare fraud lawsuit.Read [ Healthcare Fraud Whistleblowers Allege Medicaid and Medicare Out Millions ]
March 1, 2015. By Gordon Gibb.
Sacramento, CA: As generous as they are, “sugar daddies” often get taken to the cleaners. For them, money is no object. When someone in a position of influence can invent reasons for a man of means to part with his cash, well, so much the better. It is with this parallel that we illustrate what happens when Medicaid and Medicare (and others), backed by government funding, are allegedly bilked by opportunistic entities out to bill the system for billions of dollars worth of unnecessary procedures. It’s medical fraud by any other name.Read [ Whistleblowers Integral to the Fight against Medical and Healthcare Fraud ]
December 30, 2014. By The National Trial Lawyers.
A $1.1 million dollar punitive damage award was reinstated against Walgreens for firing a pharmacist who reported the Medicare billing fraud practices occurring in 12 out of 30 stores investigated, according to court documents.Read [ $1.1M Punitive Award Against Walgreens for Firing Medicare Fraud Whistleblower ]
December 19, 2014. By LAS Staff Writer.
MINNEAPOLIS (Dec. 17, 2014) (Press Release): A Minnesota appellate court panel upheld a jury’s verdict ordering Globe University to pay $395,000 in compensatory damages to Heidi Weber, a former academic department head for the university. Weber sued Woodbury, Minn.-based Globe for firing her in retaliation for voicing concerns about deceptive trade practices by the university, including inaccurate information about transferability of credits and job placement.Read [ Whistleblower Verdict Against Globe University Stands, Says Minnesota Appeals Court ]