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U.S. intervenes in whistleblower lawsuit against Symantec

The U.S. government has intervened in a whistleblower lawsuit against Symantec Corporation that alleges the company, contracted by the U.S. General Services Administration to provide security software services, defrauded the agency by submitting false claims. Lori Morsell, a former Symantec employee, filed the lawsuit in the District of Columbia under the False Claims Act, which allows individuals to sue on behalf of the federal government when they have solid, original evidence of fraud and other wrongdoing committed against a U.S. government agency or program. Ms. Morsell alleges in her lawsuit that Symantec knowingly falsified information about the prices it offered ... Read More

National Whistleblower Appreciation Day aims to celebrate those who expose fraud, misconduct

On July 30, 2013, the U.S. Senate designated July 30 as “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day” in an effort to celebrate the courage of past and present whistleblowers, encourage and help protect would-be whistleblowers, and to honor the intentions of the founding fathers of the Unites States, who understood the importance of calling out fraud and other wrongdoing harmful to the newly formed nation. This July 30 will mark the 236th anniversary of the nation’s very first whistleblower legislation, which members of the Continental Congress unanimously ratified and enacted in 1778. That legislation, triggered by an incident in 1777 in which ... Read More

Florida hospital spent $24 million in taxpayer money fighting whistleblower lawsuit

A Florida hospital that settled a whistleblower’s allegations of fraud with the U.S. Justice Department earlier this year used millions of dollars in taxpayer money to defend itself in the case, Florida’s WFTV reported. According to an investigative report by Orlando’s WFTV, Daytona Beach-based Halifax Health Medical Center “tried to keep the rates it has paid its attorneys a secret” in violation of public records laws, but a lawsuit finally exposed the figures, showing that the hospital paid one law firm $350,000 per month for more than four years to defend itself in the False Claims Act lawsuit. “WFTV found ... Read More

Nation’s largest nursing home pharmacy provider settles whistleblower lawsuit for $124.24 million

Omnicare Inc., the country’s largest provider of prescription drugs and pharmacy services to nursing homes, has agreed to pay the U.S. more than $124 million to settle whistleblower allegations that it defrauded federal and state Medicare and Medicaid programs through false billings and engaged in illegal kickback schemes. The latest settlement marks the third time in one year that the Cincinnati-based corporation has agreed to settle whistleblower allegations brought against it under the federal False Claims Act, which contains provisions allowing individuals to sue on behalf of the U.S. government when they have good, original evidence of wrongdoing. Additionally, Omnicare ... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court to review whistleblower lawsuit against KBR, Halliburton

The U.S. Supreme Court said that it will review a whistleblower lawsuit against KBR Inc. (Kellogg, Brown and Root) and Halliburton Co. alleging the corporations overbilled the U.S. government for work they performed on water-purification projects at two camps in Iraq. The Justices said on Tuesday that they will consider whether the lawsuit, filed by former KBR employee Benjamin Carter under the federal False Claims Act, should move forward. KBR, a global engineering and construction firm, has appealed the decision of a lower court reinstating Mr. Carter’s whistleblower lawsuit. According to the Associated Press, a federal judge had tossed the ... Read More

Celgene’s bid to have whistleblower case tossed is invalid, U.S. argues

The U.S. government threw its support behind a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the False Claims Act against drugmaker Celgene Corp. after the defendant asked a California federal court to throw out the complaint. The lawsuit, filed in 2010 by former Celgene sales representative Beverly Brown, alleges the company illegally marketed its cancer drugs Thalomid and Revlimid for off-label uses and then submitted reimbursement claims to Medicare and Medicaid for the prescriptions. Only drugs that are prescribed for purposes approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are reimbursable by federal health care programs. Drugs sold for off-label or “unapproved” ... Read More

Medtronic whistleblower gets $1.73 million for exposing illegal kickbacks, false claims

A whistleblower who exposed illegal kickback schemes and false claims at Minnesota-based Medtronic Inc. will receive $1.73 million as his share in the government’s nearly $10-million recovery, the U.S. Justice Department said. Medtronic, a major manufacturer of pacemakers and defibrillators, agreed to pay the U.S. government $9.9 million to resolve allegations brought by Adolfo Schroeder, a former Medtronic employee, under the False Claims Act. The Act’s qui tam or “whistleblower” provisions allow individuals with knowledge of fraud and other wrongdoing targeting U.S. agencies and programs to sue on behalf of the federal government. In return, whistleblowers receive up to 30 ... Read More

Alabama nurse receives $15 million whistleblower reward for exposing Medicare fraud

A Monroeville, Ala., nurse who filed a False Claims Act lawsuit against a home health care company will receive more than $15 million for her part in helping the U.S. recover $150 million in funds that she and others claim were fraudulently taken from Medicare and other health care programs. April Brown filed her whistleblower lawsuit in a federal court in Birmingham in 2010, alleging that her employer, Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Amedisys Inc. billed for health care services that she hadn’t provided or were provided but not medically necessary. Ms. Brown, a home health care nurse in the Monroeville area, ... Read More

Whistleblower complaint prompts U.S. to sue Army contractor, subcontractors for fraud

A whistleblower complaint has prompted the U.S. government to sue a Houston, Texas-based Army contractor and two Kuwaiti companies for submitting false claims in connection with the logistical support they were contracted to provide for U.S. Army operations in Iraq. The case names Kellogg, Brown & Root Services Inc. (KBR), an engineering and construction firm, and two Kuwait-based companies, La Nouvelle General Trading & Contracting Co. (La Nouvelle) and First Kuwaiti Trading Company (First Kuwaiti), which KBR subcontracted to provide transportation, maintenance and other services for its work in Iraq. The U.S. alleges that KBR knowingly made false claims to the ... Read More