Legal News Articles - Whistleblower
September 7, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Camden, NJ: A former employee of Cooper Health System in New Jersey has filed a whistleblower healthcare fraud lawsuit after the paramedic claims he was fired for raising concerns about poor treatment of patients, potential billing fraud and other allegations related to regulatory violations.Read [ Whistleblower Alleges Healthcare Fraud in Lawsuit ]
August 28, 2017. By Anne Wallace.
Atlanta, GA: The Medical Center, Navicent Health (“Navicent”) has agreed to pay $2,549,742 to the United States and the State of Georgia to resolve allegations that it violated the federal False Claims Act (FCA) and the Georgia False Medicaid Claims Act by submitting inflated bills for ambulance transportation. The qui tam whistleblower lawsuit that brought about the settlement is significant because it targeted the common practice of “up coding.” Up coding occurs when providers inflate the claims submitted to Medicare or Medicaid by misrepresenting the complexity or emergency nature of services provided.Read [ Qui Tam Whistleblower Lawsuit Goes After “Up Coding” ]
August 2, 2017. By Brenda Craig.
New York, NY: The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been relentless in its pursuit of wrongdoers in the financial industry. Since 2011 it has recovered $975 million in enforcement actions ranging from elaborate investment schemes to financial advisors that work to benefit themselves rather than investors.Read [ Tipsters Play Huge Role in Rooting Out Financial Fraud ]
August 1, 2017. By Brenda Craig.
Los Angeles, CA: The noise from Washington D.C. these past months is such a wild, aggressive cacophony of loud voices, tweets, emails, conflicting opinion and unending TV gab that it is easy to overlook some very significant Trump inspired legislation making its way through the House of Representatives and the Senate.Read [ ‘Back the Blue Bill’ Will Crush Civil Rights/Wrongful Death Lawsuits ]
July 30, 2017. By Brenda Craig.
Washington, DC: Rooting out healthcare fraud is a top priority for the Department of Justice (DOJ) and on July 17, 2017 the DOJ announced a massive $1.3 billion crackdown on healthcare professionals involved in schemes to defraud Medicare, Medicaid and healthcare services for US veterans and their families.Read [ Healthcare Fraudsters Caught in Giant DOJ Sweep ]
July 27, 2017. By Deb Hipp.
San Francisco, CA: The US Department of Labor has ordered Wells Fargo to reinstate a former branch manager whistleblower that the bank fired for reporting bank employees who where secretly opening new accounts for customers without their knowledge or consent.Read [ Labor Department Orders Wells Fargo to Reinstate Whistleblower and Pay $577,000 in Back Wages ]
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 21, 2017. By Jane Mundy.
Ridgeland, MS: The very first talcum powder cancer lawsuit was filed by Diane Berg back in 2009. Johnson & Johnson offered her a settlement but Berg refused and wound up with nothing. This heroic whistleblower paved the way for ovarian cancer lawsuits today.Read [ Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Whistleblower ]