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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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Whistleblower Entitled to Receive $57.6 Million for Exposing Countrywide Home Mortgage Loan Scheme

When former executive and mortgage lender at Countrywide Financial (Countrywide), Edward O’Donnell, recognized an alleged mortgage fraud scheme, he filed a federal civil lawsuit against Countrywide under the False Claims Act (FCA) on behalf of the Government.  In that qui tam lawsuit, Mr. O’Donnell claimed that Countrywide violated the FCA by processing fraudulent mortgage loans […]

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New Jersey Medical Devices Company and Former CEO to Pay $80 Million for Alleged Illegal Distribution of Knee Replacement Apparatus

On December 8, 2014, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that OtisMed Corporation (OtisMed) and its former CEO, Charlie Chi, agreed to pay $80 million to the U.S. Government to resolve allegations that it violated the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) by marketing and distributing knee devices that were not approved by the Food […]

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Supreme Food Companies Agree to Settlements of More Than $500 Million for Violating the False Claims Act by Overcharging for Supplies and Fuel in Connection with U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

On December 8, 2014, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Supreme Foodservice GmBH (Supreme GmbH) and Supreme Foodservice FZE (Supreme FZE) agreed to pay the U.S. Government $288.36 million for violating the False Claims Act (FCA) by overcharging the government for the cost of food and water supplied to U.S. Troops in Afghanistan.  In […]

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