Consumer Fraud Articles
State Farm seeks new trial in Mississippi whistleblower fraud case
Illinois-based State Farm and Casualty Co. has asked a federal judge to overturn a Mississippi jury’s finding the insurance company defrauded the U.S. government by allegedly manipulating damage reports after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005 to blame
Generic drug maker settles whistleblower case for $500 million
MONTGOMERY, Ala.—The Alabama Attorney General’s office announced Tuesday that it participated with other states and the federal government in a $500-million settlement with India-based generic drug manufacturer Ranbaxy to resolve civil and criminal allegations that company for years made and
Whistleblower film raises fundamental questions about American rights and freedom
U.S. filmmaker Jim Spione, whose Academy Award nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad portrayed the transformation of one infantryman after witnessing the July 2007 slayings of two Reuters journalists and a number of Iraqi civilians by U.S. combat helicopters, is
Fraudulent mislabeling of seafood products rampant, DNA testing finds
Genetic testing of hundreds of seafood samples found that one-third of the products were mislabeled as being something other than what the packaging said, according to the ocean conservation group Oceana.
Returns on healthcare fraud cases climbing, U.S. officials say
For every one dollar the U.S. prosecutors spent on pursuing cases of healthcare-related fraud in the past three years, it has recovered $7.90, according to a report jointly released by the U.S. Justice Department and Department of Health and Human
Johnson and Johnson ordered to pay $181 million in legal fees
Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $181 million in legal fees to attorneys who won a record $1.21 billion fine for Medicaid fraud over the marketing of antipsychotic drug Risperdal. Judge Tim Fox ruled that Arkansas taxpayers should not
Legal threats force shutdown of whistleblower blog exposing science fraud
A disturbing blow to honesty and accuracy in the scientific world has occurred with the closure of the Science Fraud blog, a website whose operator faced a torrent of legal threats after he and his staff exposed several hundred lies
National Whistleblower Tour kicks off at Auburn University Jan. 31
Auburn University will be the first stop on a national “whistleblower tour” presented by the Government Accountability Project (GAP), a program designed to boost awareness about the importance of whistleblowing and ethical decision making in American democracy. Co-sponsored by Auburn’s
Defense Department bill institutes better protections for whistleblowers
An estimated 12 million people who receive federal grants and contracts will now also receive whistle-blower protections and legal recourse under a new defense bill sent to President Barack Obama in December.
$1 billion Toyota settlement provides economic damages, safety upgrades to vehicle owners
A settlement to resolve economic damages stemming from sudden unintended acceleration in millions of Toyota and Lexus vehicles will provide some relief to car-owners who claim the ongoing controversy caused a significant decline in the value of their vehicles.