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April 3, 2018 - Posts

Whistleblower Roundup - April 3, 2018

A look back at the week’s news and developments affecting whistleblowers. Last week, it was announced that three former Takata Corporation employees will share an award of $1.7 million under the Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act for coming forward with knowledge that the automotive parts company fraudulently concealed knowledge of their defective airbag inflators.

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March 19, 2018 - Posts

Whistleblower Roundup - March 19, 2018

A look back at the week’s news and developments affecting whistleblowers. Last week, Virginia trucking company Beam Bros. Trucking Inc. (BBT), and its principals Gerald Beam and Garland Beam, have settled a False Claims Act case filed against them for $1,025,000, which resolves allegations that they overcharged the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) on contracts to transport mail.

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March 15, 2018 - Posts

Department of Justice to Use False Claims Act in Fight Against Opioid Epidemic

We’ve posted before about how states, and even cities, are turning to their False Claims Act statutes to help combat the nation’s opioid epidemic. It should come as no surprise that the federal government is doing the same. In recent remarks before the Federal Bar Association, Deputy Associate Attorney General Stephen Cox discussed how the Department of Justice plans on using the False Claims Act as part of a larger plan to fight opioid abuse.

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March 12, 2018 - Posts

Whistleblower Roundup - March 12, 2018

A look back at the week’s news and developments affecting whistleblowers. Last week, medical device company Abiomed, Inc. agreed to pay $3.1 million to settle claims that it violated the False Claims Act by treating physicians to lavish meals in order to persuade them to use Abiomed’s Impella line of heart pumps.

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March 6, 2018 - Posts

Whistleblower Roundup - March 6, 2018

A look back at the week’s news and developments affecting whistleblowers. Last week, the Department of Justice reported that Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Inc. (BMH), a nonprofit community hospital in Vermont, has paid $1,655,000 to the United States and the State of Vermont to resolve allegations that it violated the federal and state False Claims Acts.

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February 27, 2018 - Posts

Whistleblower Roundup - February 27, 2018

A look back at the week’s news and developments affecting whistleblowers. Last week, the Supreme Court issued a long anticipated ruling regarding the scope of protection afforded under the Dodd Frank Act’s retaliation provisions aimed at protecting whistleblowers who report violations of the securities laws.

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February 21, 2018 - Posts

Government Wins a Big Victory in Medicare Advantage Fraud Case

Last week, the federal judge in the remaining case – U.S. ex rel. Poehling v. UnitedHealth Group – denied the Defendant’s motion to dismiss, ruling that the Justice Department sufficiently alleged that UnitedHealth submitted invalid diagnostic data related to the health of its Medicare Advantage patients.

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February 19, 2018 - Posts

Whistleblower Roundup - February 19, 2018

A look back at the week’s news and developments affecting whistleblowers. Last week, California launched an investigation of Aetna, the nation’s third largest health insurance provider, after former medical director Dr. Jay Ken Iinuma admitted to denying care without reviewing patients’ records.

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