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Federal Contractor Whistleblowers Now Permanently Protected from Retaliation

Congress recently passed legislation extending and making permanent certain protections from retaliation for government contractors that blow the whistle on a host of problem areas relating to federal contracts and funds. This is good news for federal contractors and the public at large as the law is broad both in terms of the type of employees […]

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Maryland’s Proposed False Claims Act Doesn’t Go Far Enough to Fight Fraud

Last month, Maryland’s recently elected Attorney General Brian Frosh proposed legislation to expand Maryland’s False Claims Act (“FCA”) law.  The bill was submitted with bipartisan support in the Maryland legislature and just this week passed with amendments in the Senate by a vote of 46-1.  False Claims Act laws allow private citizen whistleblowers (referred to […]

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Kickback-Tainted Medicare/Medicaid Claims for Reimbursement Actionable Under FCA, New York Federal Judge Holds

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (“SDNY”) recently issued an opinion making clear that liability now arises under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) whenever claims for reimbursement of prescription drugs are submitted under Medicare Part B, Medicare Part D, or state Medicaid programs in connection with which a provider has […]

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Customs Fraud Whistleblower Cases on the Rise

The recent settlements of various False Claims Act (“FCA”) cases involving customs fraud bode well for increased enforcement and prosecution of U.S. customs laws.  This month alone, two cases were settled alleging that importers had undervalued imported goods as part of a scheme to fraudulently evade customs duties owed to the U.S. Government.  Because the […]

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