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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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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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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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