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Qui Tam Whistleblowers Successful in $11 Million Settlement of False Claims Act Lawsuit Against Marinello Schools of Beauty

For-profit beauty school chain Marinello Schools of Beauty was sued for allegedly defrauding the federal government through embellished and often falsified claims of enrollment, post-graduate employment, and entitlement to federal funding. Marinello officials stated they “strongly and categorically” deny the allegations made in the suit, calling them “utterly false” and adding that the settlement did […]

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Medicaid and Medicare Fraud Allegations Resolved with a $3.28 Million Settlement by the Estate of Dr. Kenneth Michael Rice and UMC Physicians

On August 8, 2016 U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas announced the resolution of a False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit that alleged Medicaid and Medicare fraud by Dr. Kenneth Michael Rice and UMC Physicians. Both parties have agreed to pay a total of $3,280,000.00 to the United States and the State of […]

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Agrees To Pay $30 million To Settle Whistleblower Case Brought Under The California Insurance Fraud Prevention Act (IFPA)

In 1993, the California Legislature enacted the Insurance Frauds Prevention Act (“IFPA”) in a unique effort to combat rampant insurance fraud that was driving up the cost of insurance premiums for citizens throughout the state. In particular, California lawmakers sought to deter fraudulent activity related to automotive insurance, workers’ compensation, and healthcare claims. With regard […]

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California-Based Information Technology Companies Settle False Claims Act Lawsuit Alleging That They Misrepresented Company as a Small Business to Receive Specialized Federal Contracts; Agree to Pay $5.8 Million

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently settled a False Claims Act lawsuit with information technology companies En Pointe Gov., Inc., En Pointe Technologies Inc., En Pointe Technologies Sales Inc., Dominguez East Holdings LLC and Din Global Corp. (“En Pointe companies”). The lawsuit alleged that En Pointe Gov. Inc. fraudulently represented itself as a small business in […]

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Renown Health Agrees to Pay Government $9.5 Million for Alleged Medicare Fraud

On June 30, 2016, Renown Health, one of the nation’s largest healthcare facilities in Reno, Nevada, agreed to pay the Government $9.5 million to settle a qui tam lawsuit alleging that Renown Health violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by knowingly and consistently overbilling the government for out-patient services at a much more costly in-patient […]

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Supreme Court Upholds “Implied Certification” Theory of Liability Under the False Claims Act

Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, the most significant False Claims Act (“FCA”) decision of the year.  At issue was a theory of liability known as “implied certification,” and whether this theory was valid under the FCA. The relators (the technical term […]

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U.S. Department of Justice announces $64 Million Settlement with M&T Bank for Mortgage Underwriting Violations

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that M&T Bank has agreed to pay the United States $64 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by knowingly underwriting unqualified mortgage loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).  The FHA alleged that M&T Bank misused government programs designed to expand homeownership, […]

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Two of the Largest Shipping Companies in the U.S. Agrees to Pay the Government $13 Million for Violating the False Claims Act by Overbilling the DOD for Shipping Costs

Menlo Worldwide Government Services of San Mateo, California (Menlo), and Estes Forwarding Worldwide LLC of Richmond, Virginia (Estes), have agreed to pay the U.S. Government $13 million for allegedly violating the False Claims Act (FCA) by overbilling the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) for air shipments that were shipped by ground and for submitting inflated […]

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Z Gallerie LLC To Pay $15 Million In Settlement Of False Claims Act Lawsuit Alleging Evasion of Customs Duties in Furniture Imported from China

The United States Attorney in Savannah, Georgia recently entered in to a settlement of a False Claims Act lawsuit against Z Gallerie LLC. Headquartered in Gardena, California Z Gallerie LLC is a privately owned retailer of home accessories and furniture with stores across the nation. Pursuant to the settlement, Z Gallerie LLC will pay $15 […]

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Pharmaceutical Giant Pfizer, Inc. To Pay $785 Million In Settlement Of Qui Tam Lawsuit Alleging that Subsidiary Wyeth LLC Engaged in Fraudulent Antacid Drug Rebate Scheme

Department of Justice (DOJ) recently entered into a settlement of a qui tam lawsuit against Pfizer, Inc. and its subsidiary Wyeth LLC.  Pursuant to the settlement, Pfizer will pay $784.6 million. According to the allegations of the case, from 2001 to 2006, Wyeth engaged in healthcare fraud by failing to inform Medicaid about the discounts […]

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