Teva Pharmaceutical Industries will pay $135 million to the state of Illinois to clear up allegations the Israeli drugmaker defrauded the government by inflating prices for medicines covered by the state’s Medicaid program. Teva allegedly violated Illinois’ Consumer Fraud Act, Whistleblower Act, and Public Assistance Fraud Act by falsely providing the state with inflated wholesale prices for drugs covered by Medicaid. To read more from Law360, click here (behind a paywall).
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has agreed to a $800 million settlement to resolve claims from the U.S. Justice Department and the state of California that it used illegal software that produced false results on diesel-emissions tests. As a part of the settlement, Fiat Chrysler agreed to an enhanced whistleblower program. The company must implement corporate governance and technical process reforms to minimize the likelihood of future Clean Air Act violations. To read more from Reuters, click here.
The House of Representatives has adopted new rules that include key reforms relating to accountability, ethics, and protecting whistleblowers. Most notably, the House established its first Office of the Whistleblower Ombudsman. The new office should help Congress work more effectively with individuals coming forward to disclose key information on waste, fraud and abuse. To read more from the Project on Government Oversight, click here.
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