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Matson Navigation Company to Pay a Settlement of $9.95 Million to U.S. Government for Improperly Billing the U.S. Department of Defense for Ocean Fuel Surcharges; Whistleblower to receive $2.5 Million

On July 28, 2014, Matson Navigation Company, Inc. (Matson), Hawaii’s largest container shipping company, agreed to pay the U.S. Government $9.95 million to settle allegations that they violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by improperly billing the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) for ocean fuel surcharges.  The whistleblower that brought the case, Mario Rizzo, an […]

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Alabama Hospital System and Physician Group To Pay U.S. Government $24.5 Million in Settlement of Qui Tam Medicare Fraud Case; Whistleblower Rewarded $4.41 Million

On July 21, 2014, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Mobile, Alabama-based Infirmary Health System Inc. (IHS), two IHS-affiliated clinics and Diagnostic Physicians Group P.C. (DPG) have agreed to pay the United States $24.5 million to settle allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by paying or receiving unlawful financial inducements in connection […]

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Court Allows Qui Tam Suit to Proceed Against Computer Sciences Corporation and Modis for Circumventing Small Business Act Requirements

Last week, a federal judge in the District of Columbia issued a ruling in which she refused to dismiss a whistleblower’s qui tam case brought under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) alleging that a company fraudulently evaded requirements of the Small Business Act (“SBA”). The SBA promotes government contractors’ use of small business subcontractors because […]

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U.S. Bank Pays $200 Million in Settlement of Banking Fraud Case

On Monday, June 30, 2014, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that U.S. Bank has agreed to pay the United States $200 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly underwriting thousands of unqualified mortgage loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).  The FHA alleged that U.S. Bank misused […]

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Omnicare Pays $124 Million to Settle Whistleblower Allegations Involving Healthcare Fraud

The Department of Justice announced Wednesday that Omnicare Inc., the nation’s largest nursing home pharmacy company, has agreed to pay $124 million to settle whistleblower allegations of healthcare fraud. The whistleblower lawsuit alleged that the company engaged in a kickback scheme with skilled-nursing facilities all across the country. The lawsuit accused the Ohio-based company of […]

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CFTC Issues Its First Ever Whistleblower Award For Tip On Securities Violation

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced this week that the agency will make its first ever award to a whistleblower for a tip in relation to securities violations. The award was made by the CFTC under its two-year-old Whistleblower Program, which was put in place to encourage whistleblowers to come forward with information about […]

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Massachusetts Attorney General Goes After Drywall Company In False Claims Act Case Arising Out of Worker Misclassification

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced that her office has sued Universal Drywall LLC and its owner for violations of that state’s False Claims Act and consumer protection statute.  According to the lawsuit, the company repeatedly, and unlawfully, classified its workers as independent contractors rather than employees.  The Attorney General alleges that, by misclassifying its […]

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SuperLawyers Honors All Four Tycko & Zavareei Partners

Super Lawyers is an independent rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas. Each year, Super Lawyers honors lawyers “who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.”   The selection process involves peer nominations and evaluations as well as third party research. This year, Super Lawyers honored all four of […]

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Amedisys Home Health Companies Pays $150 Million In Healthcare Fraud Case

The Department of Justice announced last week that Amedisys Inc. has agreed to pay $150 million to the federal government to settle False Claims Act allegations of healthcare fraud. It is alleged that the Louisiana-based home health company submitted false home healthcare billings to the Medicare program.  Amedisys is one of the nation’s largest providers […]

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