Legal News Articles - Whistleblower
May 18, 2017. By Lucy Campbell.
Santa Clara, CA: An $8 million settlement has been reached in a qui tam lawsuit brought against Omnicare Inc, a subsidiary of CVS Health Corp, by The US Department of Justice and 28 states. The whistleblower lawsuit alleged the defendants violated the False Claim Act by incorrectly labeling generic drugs. The labeling procedure enabled claims to be made to Medicare and Medicaid for generic drug prescriptions under different National Drug Codes than those of the actual drugs given, and for the drug labels to be given with incorrect information.Read [ $8M Settlement Reached in Omnicare False Claims Suit ]
April 6, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Kansas City, KS:Of the 18 healthcare lawsuits filed under the whistleblower qui tam provision of the False Claims Act and unsealed last November, 13 of the whistleblowers (relators) are current or former employees of the defendant.Read [ Qui Tam Whistleblower “Double-Dipping” ]
March 3, 2017. By Brenda Craig.
Dallas, TX A Dallas doctor decided in 2009 to blow the whistle on a physician over a billing scam that was costing the healthcare system and American taxpayers millions and millions of dollars. Six years later, after a long investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ), Dr. Bijan Oughatiyan’s former employer, IPC Healthcare Inc., was ordered to pay $60 million plus interest, to settle a false claims case brought against the company based on the information the whistleblower doctor provided.Read [ Doctor from Dallas Collects $11.4 million for Blowing the Whistle on Healthcare Fraud ]
February 19, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Washington, DC: “We even have qui tam whistleblower cases that involve doctors paying illegal runners to find people who are destitute on Medicare. They get a little treatment but the doctor bills for a lot,” says attorney Jason Brown. “They figure these people won’t complain but employees of that practice will blow the whistle.”Read [ Qui Tam Whistleblowers and Healthcare Fraud: “It’s a Completely Criminal Enterprise” ]
January 20, 2017. By Heidi Turner.
Marion, NC: Patients rely on doctors, medical centers, and healthcare companies to ensure the treatment they receive is safe and lives up to strict regulations. But sometimes healthcare companies attempt to get around the rules, putting the health and lives of their patients at risk. In those cases, healthcare whistleblowers—the people who know of alleged wrongdoing and alert authorities about it—are needed to step in and hold the wrongdoers accountable. Luckily for patients, these healthcare whistleblowers do exist, and luckily for the whistleblowers, they can earn money for exposing illegal activities.Read [ Healthcare Whistleblowers Protect Patients' Rights ]
December 15, 2016. By Brenda Craig.
The US government doesn’t like to be cheated. In fact, the government dislikes being cheated so much that it will pay people to tell on fraudsters that submit false or inflated bills for government services or try to avoid paying money they owe to the government.Read [ Cash for Whistleblowers in the Health Care Industry ]
September 18, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA: Last month Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $18 million because it caused health care providers to submit false claims to Medicare and other federal health care programs. The device in question is a sinus spacer product, but it’s almost a repeat performance of J&J’s Risperdal claims and subsequent settlement.Read [ Johnson & Johnson’s Tale of Two Profit Makers: Risperdal and Relieva ]
April 25, 2016. By LAS Staff Writer.
PHOENIX, ARIZ. (April 25, 2016) (Press Release): An Arizona federal jury has awarded $27.6 million to a healthcare staffing company founder who claimed his allegation of internal medical billing fraud led to a retaliation plan with a highly unusual method to oust him.Read [ Arizona Jury Awards $27.6 Million To Company Founder in Retaliation Suit ]
February 5, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
Roseburg, OR: As one healthcare fraud lawsuit is settled, another healthcare whistleblower lawsuit has been filed alleging a worker was fired for reporting improper payments. The lawsuit was filed by the former CEO of a healthcare provider, and alleges the plaintiff was fired for reporting fraudulent Medicare payments.Read [ Healthcare CEO Files Whistleblower Lawsuit ]
January 6, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Los Angeles, CA: It was four days before Christmas when a major, multimillion-dollar settlement was announced in a California healthcare fraud whistleblower lawsuit involving alleged kickbacks and other incentives to doctors in exchange for additional business.Read [ Healthcare Fraud Cost Pharmaceutical Almost $150 Million in Settlements ]