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County-Owned Medical Center in Texas Agrees to Pay the Government $21.75 million To Resolve Qui Tam Case Alleging Illegal Kickbacks to Physicians

On April 21, 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Citizens Medical Center (CMC) a county-own hospital located in Victoria, Texas agreed to pay the Government a settlement of $21.75 million to resolve claims that it violated the Stark law and the False Claims Act (FCA) by allegedly paying kickbacks to doctors for patient […]

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Government to Receive $48.5 Million Settlement from Two Cardiovascular Testing Diseases Laboratories for Allegedly Violating the Anti-Kickback Statue

On April 9, 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that two cardiovascular disease testing laboratories based in Virginia and California agreed to pay the government $48.5 million to resolve allegations that it violated the Anti-Kickback Statue and the False Claims Act (FCA) by allegedly paying inducements to physicians for referring patients to its laboratories […]

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SEC Warns Companies Not To Try To Silence Potential Whistleblowers

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) brought a ground-breaking enforcement action against one of the country’s largest government contractors, Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR), stemming from KBR’s use of a confidentiality agreement arguably aimed at intimidating employees and former employees from blowing the whistle on fraud.  KBR recently settled the case, agreeing to pay a […]

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Government to Receive $44 Million Settlement from Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company for Alleged Crop Insurance Fraud

Last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company agreed to pay the U.S. Government $44 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act (FCA) when it knowingly sold and serviced ineligible crop insurance policies under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) federal crop insurance program.  In addition, […]

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Maryland’s Proposed False Claims Act Doesn’t Go Far Enough to Fight Fraud

Last month, Maryland’s recently elected Attorney General Brian Frosh proposed legislation to expand Maryland’s False Claims Act (“FCA”) law.  The bill was submitted with bipartisan support in the Maryland legislature and just this week passed with amendments in the Senate by a vote of 46-1.  False Claims Act laws allow private citizen whistleblowers (referred to […]

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Construction Management Company Agrees to Pay the U.S. Government More than $1.1 Million To Settle a Qui Tam Case Alleging that the Company Falsely Claimed “Disabled Veteran” Status

On March 18, 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that W.G. Mills, a construction management company located Florida, agreed to pay the U.S. Government a settlement of $1.1 million for allegedly violating the False Claims Act (FCA) by intentionally creating a front company in order to qualify for Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business […]

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Bank of New York Mellon Agrees To Pay $714 Million to Resolve Claims Regarding Foreign Exchange Fraud

On March 20, 2015, the Attorney General of New York announced that a $714 million settlement had been reached to resolve allegations that the Bank of New York Mellon (“BNYM”) falsely told investors that it offered the “best rates” on securities trading involving foreign exchanges, even though BNYM allegedly assigned investors the worst rates, while […]

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Two Recent Decisions Hold That A Whistleblower Is Not Barred From Bringing A Qui Tam Lawsuit Based Upon Facts Already Known To The Government As A Result Of Audit Or Investigation That Is Not Known To The General Public

One of the procedural hurdles facing a whistleblower who brings a qui tam lawsuit under the False Claims Act (FCA) is the so-called “public disclosure bar.”  That bar arises from a section of the FCA stating that a qui tam case may be subject to dismissal if it is “based upon the public disclosure of […]

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MetLife Home Loans LLC Agrees to Pay U.S. Government $123.5 Million for Alleged Unqualified Government-Backed Mortgages

Last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that MetLife Home Loans LLC, successor of MetLife Bank N.A. (MetLife Bank) agreed to pay the U.S. Government $123.5 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by knowingly underwriting thousands of unqualified mortgage loans insured by the U.S. Department of Housing and […]

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As A Result Of Whistleblower, California, Florida and Texas Importers to Pay the U.S. Government $3 Million for Allegedly Evading Customs Duties

On February 12, 2015 the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that California-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc., Florida-based Southeastern Aluminum Products Inc., and Texas-based Waterfall Group LLC, agreed to pay the U.S. Government $3 million to settle allegations that they violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by allegedly evading customs duties on aluminum extrusions imported from […]

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