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Lance Armstrong Agrees to Pay $5 Million to Settle False Claims Act Case Brought by Qui Tam Whistleblower

Lance Armstrong, the cyclist who became a national hero wearing a yellow jersey emblazoned with the iconic blue and white eagle of the U.S. Postal Service, has agreed to pay $5 million to settle allegations that payments under that sponsorship agreement were, like so much else in his career, the result of fraud. On April […]

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Japanese Toyobo Pays $66 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Over Selling Defective Fiber to Government for Use in Bullet Proof Vests

The Department of Justice recently announced the settlement of a qui tam lawsuit against Toyobo, the sole manufacturer of Zylon fiber used in bulletproof vests, in relation to their violation of the False Claims Act (FCA). According to the allegations of the case, between 2001 and 2005, Toyobo actively marketed and sold defective Zylon fiber […]

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Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Pays $1.65 Million to Settle Alleging False or Fraudulent Billing of Medicare and Medicaid in Violation of the False Claims Act

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) recently settled a False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit with Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (“BMH”). Pursuant to the settlement, BMH agreed to pay $1.65 Million to the United States and the State of Vermont to resolve allegations that the company violated the False Claims Act through submitting false or fraudulent claims to […]

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AmeriCare Ambulance Service to Pay $5.5 Million to Settle False Claims Act Lawsuit Initiated by Healthcare Whistleblower

On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida Maria Chapa Lopez announced the settlement of a false claims act case against AmeriCare Ambulance Service, Inc. and its sister company, AmeriCare ALS, Inc. (collectively, AmeriCare). AmeriCare, the largest ambulance service provider in Tampa, Florida., will pay $5.5 million and enter […]

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Nationwide Pharmacy DaVita Rx to Pay $63.7 Million to Settle Healthcare Fraud Allegations Relating to Improper Billing Practices of Federal Healthcare Programs

DaVita Rx LLC, a nationwide pharmacy specialized in serving patients with severe kidney disease has agreed to resolve allegations that the company defrauded the Government through improper overbilling of the Medicare and Medicaid healthcare programs for medications that were never shipped, billing for medications that did not comply with documentation requirements, and failing to reverse […]

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U.S. State Department Contractor to Resolve Allegations of Improper Vetting with $5 Million Settlement

On September 14, 2017, Pacific Architects & Engineers Incorporated (PAE) settled a whistleblower lawsuit alleging the company did not follow proper vetting procedures for its personnel that performed and billed work to the U.S. State Department. The $5 million settlement resolves allegations without any determination of liability of contract violations. PAE is a company originally […]

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Pharmaceutical Companies Agree to Pay $465 Million Settlement in EpiPen False Claims Act Lawsuit

On Thursday, August 17, 2017, the Department of Justice, announced that Mylan Inc. and Mylan Specialty L.P. (collectively, “Mylan”) have settled allegations that they violated the False Claims Act when they misclassified EpiPen as a generic drug as part of a scheme to avoid paying rebates owed to the federal government. Mylan has agreed to […]

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Sightpath Medical Pays $12 Million to Settle Allegations of False Claims Act Violations and Medicare Fraud

On August 21, 2017, Acting United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota announced that the U.S. government reached a settlement of $12 million with Sightpath Medical over its alleged use of kickbacks to promote its products, in violation of federal law. Whistleblower Kipp Fesenmaier, former […]

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Navicent Pays $2.5 Million to Settle Allegations of False Claims Act Violations and Medicare and Medicaid Fraud

On August 3, 2017, the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia and the Georgia Attorney General announced Navicent Health’s $2.5 million settlement to resolve allegations of violating the False Claims Act and billing Medicare and Medicaid for ambulance trips that were overpriced or not medically necessary. Navicent Health, Inc. owns and operates […]

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Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Agrees to Pay $280 Million to Settle Healthcare Whistleblower Lawsuit

Celgene Corp., a New Jersey pharmaceutical manufacturer, has agreed to pay $280 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit related to allegations that it promoted cancer drugs for uses that had not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”). Under the terms of the agreement, which does not include any admission of […]

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