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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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Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Agrees to Pay U.S. Government $7.9 Million for Alleged Kickback Scheme

On February 11, 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that AstraZeneca, a pharmaceutical manufacturer headquartered in Delaware, agreed to pay the U.S. government $7.9 million to resolved allegations that it violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by allegedly offering kickback incentives to Medco Health Solutions (Medco), a drug management company, in exchange for selling […]

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Testosterone Replacement Clinic Agrees to Pay the Government $1.6 Million for Alleged Medicaid Fraud

On February 4, 2015, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that Ageless Men’s Health LLC (AMH), a testosterone replacement clinic, headquartered in Memphis, TN, agreed to pay the government $1.6 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claim Act (FCA) by overbilling the government for medically unnecessary procedures and office visits.  AMH operates over […]

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Federal Government to Receive a $75 Million Settlement from CHSPSC in Alleged Medicaid Fraud Scheme

On February 2, 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation (CHSPSC) and three of its CHS affiliated hospitals in New Mexico, agreed to pay the government $75 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act (FCA) when it manipulated the Medicaid funding program by making […]

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Supreme Court Ruling Provides Significant Protection to Whistleblowers

In a 7-2 decision last week, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that provides significant protection to whistleblowers who bring potential improprieties within the federal government to light.  Although premised on mere statutory interpretation, the opinion in Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean, ___ S. Ct. ____, No. 13-893, 2015 WL 248560 (Jan. 21, 2015), […]

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Office Depot to Pay the California Government $68.5 Million for Allegedly Overcharging for Office Supplies

On January 14, 2015, Office Depot agreed to a settlement of $68.5 million to be paid to California government entities, for allegedly violating the False Claims Act (FCA) by overcharging for office and school supplies.  The qui tam lawsuit filed by David Sherwin, former Office Depot account manager, and the whistleblower in this case, alleged […]

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New Jersey Pharmaceutical Company Agrees to Pay $39 Million to Settle Alleged Anti-Kickback Violations

On January 9, 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that pharmaceutical company Daiichi Sankyo, headquartered in New Jersey, agreed to pay the Government $39 million to settle claims that it violated the Anti-Kickback Statue and the False Claims Act (FCA) by allegedly incentivizing physicians to prescribe Daiichi drugs by providing kickbacks to those doctors.  […]

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Qui Tam Case Against Arbon Equipment Corporation and Rite-Hite Holding Corporation Settles For $4,000,000; Arbon Employees Who Worked On Federal Prevailing Wage Jobs To Receive Payments

December 26, 2014 – The law firms of Tycko & Zavareei LLP and Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris & Hoffman are pleased to announce the settlement of a qui tam lawsuit brought by their client, Mark Brooks, against defendants Arbon Equipment Corporation (Arbon) and Rite-Hite Holding Corporation (Rite-Hite).  The lawsuit alleged that Arbon and Rite-Hite violated […]

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U.S. ex rel. Rille v. Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP: Government Takes Unduly Harsh Position On Whistlblowers’ Right To Award In Pending En Banc Appeal

Whistleblowers risk their careers, livelihoods, and in some instances their own safety, to expose fraud on the Government.  Coming forward with information that one’s current or former employer (or anyone else) may be defrauding the Government is a serious and difficult task—not only because it requires courage and conviction, but also because just getting the […]

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Records and Information Management Company Agrees to Pay Government $44.5 Million in Settlement of Overcharge Allegations

On December 19, 2014, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Iron Mountain, a records and information management company headquartered in Boston, agreed to a settlement of $44.5 million in a case alleging that Iron Mountain overcharged the Government Services Administration (GSA) for storing government records, and failed to comply with National Archives and Records […]

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