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IPC Healthcare Agrees to Settle Qui Tam Lawsuit Alleging that the Company Engaged in Fraudulent Medicaid and Medicare Billing Scheme; Agrees to Pay $60 Million

IPC Healthcare, formerly known as IPC the Hospitalist Company (IPC), has agreed to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit that alleged that the company encouraged its physicians to submit billing codes for more expensive care than the services that were actually being administered. IPC then submitted these false claims to government healthcare programs, such as […]

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Walgreens agrees to Pay $50 Million in Healthcare Fraud Case for Paying Kickbacks to Beneficiaries of Government Healthcare Programs

A Manhattan U.S. Attorney announced that Walgreens Co. (“Walgreens”) has recently agreed to pay approximately $50 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that it used kickbacks to induce beneficiaries of government healthcare programs to fill their prescriptions at Walgreens pharmacies. The lawsuit, which began as an action brought by a qui tam whistleblower, alleged that […]

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U.S. Attorney Announces $30 Million Settlement with Total Call Mobile for Defrauding the U.S. Government’s Lifeline Program for Low-Income Consumers

On December 22, 2016 Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, in cooperation with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and as a result of a private whistleblower qui tam lawsuit under the False Claims Act, announced a $30 million settlement of a lawsuit against Total Call Mobile, LLC. The lawsuit alleged […]

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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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Forest Laboratories LLC and Forest Pharmaceuticals Inc. Settle Lawsuit Alleging that the Companies Engaged in Physician Kickback Scheme; Agree to Pay $38 Million

Allergen, Plc subsidiaries Forest Laboratories LLC and Forest Pharmaceuticals Inc. (collectively “Forest”) recently entered into a settlement agreement with the federal government and multiple state Medicaid programs to resolve a qui tam lawsuit that alleged that the companies violated the Medicare Anti-Kickback Statute and the False Claims Act. The lawsuit contends that Forest targeted physicians […]

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New HHS Kickback Safe Harbors Are Subject To Many Conditions

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) published two new rules in the Federal Register (81 Fed. Reg. 88368 (Dec. 7, 2016)) that create new safe harbors that prevent certain actions taken by healthcare providers from being treated as kickbacks. The new rule relates to sections […]

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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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Life Care Centers of America, Inc. Agrees to Settle Qui Tam Lawsuit Alleging that the Nursing Home Company Billed Medicare and TRICARE for Unnecessary Medical Services; Agrees to Pay $145 Million

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced the settlement of a consolidated False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit that was filed against private nursing home company Life Care Centers of America, Inc. (“Life Care”). The lawsuit alleges that, between January 2006 and February 2013, Life Care engaged in health care fraud by submitting false claims to […]

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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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