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Feds find largest Healthcare Fraud, charge 24 executives responsible for over $1.2B in losses

One of the largest health care fraud cases was recently discovered by Federal officials, uncovering more than $1.2B in losses, and resulting in 24 arrests involving fraud in telemedicine programs and durable medical equipment (DME) disbursements. Healthcare fraud comes in many different forms and remains one of the most active areas of false claims litigation. […]

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California Court Issues Ruling In Favor Of Whistleblower In Case Alleging Use Of Kickbacks In Violation Of California Insurance Fraud Prevention Act

On March 28, 2019, in an important victory for California whistleblowers, the Superior Court for the County of Orange held that Insurance Code section 1871.7, the Insurance Fraud Prevention Act (“IFPA”) applies to claims made to workers’ compensation insurers resulting from patient referrals induced by kickbacks.  Tycko & Zavareei LLP represents the plaintiff in this […]

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Duke University Agrees to Pay $112.5 Million to Settle False Claims Act Violations

On March 25, 2019, the Department of Justice announced that Duke University will pay $112.5 million to resolve allegation that it violated the False Claims Act. Researches from the university allegedly submitted application and reports containing falsified data to win more than two dozen grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Environmental […]

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Health Care Provider Agrees to Pay $775,000 to Settle Kickback Claims

In a recently announced settlement, Vital Life Institute LLC, formerly known as AgeVital Pharmacy LLC, has agreed to pay $775,00 to resolve allegations that the health care provider violated the False Claims Act. AgeVital is owned by Jenny and William Wilkins. The U.S. Department of Justice alleged that the owners directed the payment of kickbacks […]

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Pharmaceutical Company Agrees to Pay $360 Million to Settle False Claims Act Violations

In a recently announced settlement, Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc. has agreed to pay $360 million to resolve allegations that the pharmaceutical company illegally made payments in 2014 and 2015 to a fund set up by Caring Voice Coalition that was meant to assist Medicare patients taking its pulmonary arterial hypertension drugs. When a Medicare beneficiary […]

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Early Autism Project, Inc. Pays the United States $8.8 Million to Settle Allegations of Medicaid Fraud

The Department of Justice recently announced that Early Autism Project Inc., South Carolina’s largest provider of children’s autism behavioral therapy, has agreed to pay the United States $8.8 million to settle a False Claims Act whistleblower lawsuit. The government alleges that the company submitted false claims to a military insurance program, TRICARE, and the South […]

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William Beaumont Hospital to Pay $84.5 Million to Settle Allegations of Improper Payments to Referring Physicians

On Thursday, August 2, 2018, the Department of Justice announced that William Beaumont Hospital, a regional hospital system based in the Detroit area, had agreed to pay $84.5 Million to settle allegations brought by four false claims act whistleblowers, including a nationally renowned neuroscientist and medical doctor. The allegations against William Beaumont revolved around violations […]

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3M Company Agrees To Pay $9.1 Million to Settle Qui Tam Lawsuit Alleging That It Supplied the U.S. Military With Defective Combat Earplugs

In a recently announced settlement, Minnesota-based 3M Company is resolving allegation that it knowingly sold the U.S. military defective earplugs to the tune of $9.1 million. 3M Company allegedly sold the dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) without disclosing the defects that hampered the effectiveness of the hearing protection device. The original lawsuit was […]

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AngioDynamics, Inc. Settles Qui Tam Lawsuit Alleging That It Lied About The Safety And Effectiveness Of LC Bead; Agrees To Pay $11.5 Million

AngioDynamics, Inc. has agreed to pay the Federal government and various states $11.5 million to settle a False Claims Act whistleblower lawsuit alleging that the medical device company based in Latham, New York allegedly sold its device, Gelspheres, as a drug eluting device when the FDA had cleared it only for embolization (blood blockage) of […]

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Medicare Whistleblowers to Receive $2 Million in False Claims Act Case Against Skilled Nursing Facility Operators

On July 18, 2018, the Department of Justice announced that it had reached a ten-million-dollar settlement agreement with Southern SNF Management, Inc., Rehab Services in Motion d/b/a Dynamic Rehab, and nine affiliated skilled nursing facilities to resolve allegations of Medicare fraud. According to Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler, the case demonstrates the Department […]

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