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Whistleblowers Awarded $31.25 Million in Settlement with Hanford Nuclear Reservation Contractors for Allegations of Illegal Lobbying and Nuclear Quality Violations

In 2013, whistleblowers Walter Tamosaitis, Donna Busche, and Gary Brunson, all former managers of the Hanford Site vitrification project, filed a sealed complaint in federal court. The case alleged nuclear quality violations, illegal lobbying and the misuse of taxpayers’ money by contractors Bechtel National and AECOM. After a three year investigation, the case was unsealed […]

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Issues Landmark Decision Holding that Failing to Properly Mark Imports with their Foreign Country of Origin Can Give Rise to False Claims Act Liability

October 6, 2016 – In an important case of first impression, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit yesterday ruled that if a company knowingly evades customs duties by importing goods that are not properly marked with their foreign country of origin, that company is subject to being sued by whistleblowers under […]

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Tenet Healthcare to Settle False Claims Act Lawsuit That Alleged That Hospitals Paid Pre-Natal Clinics for Medicaid Referrals; Agrees to Deal Worth $514 Million

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced the settlement of a lawsuit that was filed against hospital chain Tenet Healthcare Corporation (“Tenet”) in relation to the company’s violation of the federal False Claims Act (“FCA”) and Georgia’s False Medicaid Claims Act (“FMCA”). Specifically, the settlement is the result of a qui tam lawsuit that alleged […]

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Vibra Healthcare To Pay $33 Million To Settle Qui Tam Lawsuit That Alleged Healthcare Fraud in Medicare Billing Practices

Vibra Healthcare (“Vibra”) recently settled a False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit which alleged that, between 2006-2013, at least six of the company’s medical facilities billed Medicare for expenses related to admitting Medicare beneficiaries and administering treatment that was medically unnecessary. The lawsuit was filed under the FCA’s qui tam provision by a former employee of […]

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Regions Bank Agrees To Pay $52.4 To Settle False Claims Act Case Alleging Misconduct In Connection With FHA-Insured Mortgage Lending

On September 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Alabama-based Regions Bank agreed to pay $52.4 million to resolve allegations that the bank violated the False Claims Act by falsely certifying that mortgage loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) were underwritten according to, and complied with, requirements of the U.S. Department of […]

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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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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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