Legal News Articles - Whistleblower
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 ]
July 28, 2014. By Brenda Craig.
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July 30 is National Whistleblower Day in the US
July 24, 2014. By Brenda Craig.
Minneapolis, MN: Fifteen years ago, Jane Turner was marched out the front door of the FBI office in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “There,” the FBI said to her, “You’ve had a good career Jane, now it’s over.”Read [ FBI Whistleblower Regrets Nothing ]
October 2, 2013. By Lucy Campbell.
Eerie, PA: A whistleblower case brought by four doctors against Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) and V & S Medical Associates has reached a settlement, with a federal judge awarding $2.7 million to the government and $600,000 in attorney fees and costs. The judge had issued an opinion on summary judgment in 2010 against the medical center.Read [ Whistleblower Case Settles for $2.7M ]
August 29, 2013. By LAS Staff Writer.
MINNEAPOLIS - (Aug. 18, 2013) (Press Release): A Washington County, Minn. jury today returned a verdict in favor of Heidi Weber, who claimed in civil court that she was wrongfully terminated by her former employer, Woodbury, Minn.-based Globe University/Minnesota School of Business. The jury awarded Weber damages in excess of $400,000, including legal costs and compensation for past and future lost wages, benefits and emotional trauma, in finding that Globe University unjustly fired her for reporting on unethical and misleading practices by the school. Minneapolis-based law firm Halunen & Associates represented Weber as plaintiff in the lawsuit, which alleged violations of the Minnesota Whistleblower law.Read [ Jury Returns $400,000 Verdict Against For-Profit School For Terminating Whistleblower ]
January 6, 2013. By Jane Mundy.
Thanks to a whistleblower complaint back in 2006, a settlement of almost $4 million was reached with the Justice Department over accusations that a community hospital in Ohio billed Medicare for unnecessary angioplasty procedures, a practice that also put patients’ lives at risk.Read [ Settlement Reached that Doctors Over-treated and Over-billed ]