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Whistleblowers help Medicare recover $3 million from Atlanta Hospice


An Atlanta hospice company has agreed to pay $3 million to resolve allegations stemming from a whistleblower complaint that it aggressively recruited and enrolled patients who were not terminally ill so it could boost the payments it received from Medicare. The office of John Horn, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, announced the settlement with Guardian Hospice Friday. It is the latest resolution among a growing number of False Claims Act lawsuits filed against hospice companies for abusing and bilking Medicare of taxpayer funds. According to the complaint, Guardian Hospice engaged in a scheme to increase its patient ... Read More

Several Canadian women sue Bayer over Mirena IUD side effects

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Several Canadian women have filed lawsuits against Bayer alleging the company did not adequately warn that its Mirena intrauterine device could cause serious injuries. The lawsuits mirror concerns of hundreds of other plaintiffs in the United States. In 2013, Health Canada, the country’s drug regulator, received 52 reports of uterine perforations involving the Mirena IUD. Perforations have caused tissue or organ damage. There were also reports that the device migrated from its intended position in the cervix to other parts of the abdomen. Surgery is often required to remove the renegade Mirena IUDs. In some cases women have had to ... Read More

Louisville Police Officer Files Second Whistleblower Retaliation Lawsuit Against City


A Louisville, Ky., police officer who settled a whistleblower complaint against the city for $450,000 in April 2014 is suing the city again for what his lawyer described as “a conscious course of conduct to run him out of the department” because of the previous suit. According to WDRB Louisville, Officer Barron Morgan filed his second complaint against the city in Jefferson Circuit Court Sept. 29 describing the retaliation he allegedly experienced since the 2014 settlement. Officer Morgan claimed that his testimony on behalf of another police officer who also sued the city added fuel to Louisville Metro Police Department’s ... Read More

VW Emissions Cheat Should Spur Passage of Auto Industry Whistleblower Law

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Driven by General Motors’ deadly ignition switch disaster and the record number of safety recalls in the auto industry last year, the U.S. Senate began pushing for the support of a new bill designed to encourage whistleblowers in the auto industry to speak out by offering strong whistleblower protections and incentives. Now, after Volkswagen‘s recent admission that it programmed its diesel-powered TDI model to cheat on emissions tests, there are suddenly millions more reasons why the bipartisan Motor Vehicle Whistleblower Act should pass the House of Representatives. The hugely successful False Claims Act whistleblower provisions, which have helped the U.S. ... Read More

NYPD Cop Settles Whistleblower Retaliation Complaint For $600,000-Plus


A former New York City police officer who was fired and forcibly admitted to a hospital psychiatric ward for nearly a week allegedly as retribution for blowing the whistle on corruption and other misconduct in the NYPD, will receive $600,000 to settle the case. In his whistleblower retaliation lawsuit, which was about to go to trial in October when it was settled Tuesday, police officer Adrian Schoolcraft claims the NYPD fired him in 2010 for speaking out against a police department quota system for arrests and summonses, rampant misconduct in writing crime reports, a culture of harassment, abuse, and other retaliation against ... Read More

Judge Denies Selma Auto Worker Whistleblower Protections


A former employee of Selma, Ala.-based auto supplier Renosol Seating has been denied federal whistleblower protections by a Montgomery County circuit court judge. Kim King lost her job at the Lear-owned Renosol Corporation in March after she attempted to deliver a letter to Hyundai executives expressing her concerns about toxic chemical exposures in the plant and low wages. Renosol makes foam car seats for the Korean automaker. Ms. King and other Renosol employees claim that chemicals used to make the foam seats in the plant have adversely affected their health. Studies have shown that toluene diisocyanate, or TDI, can lead to ... Read More

Whistleblower Gets $800,000 Payout For Exposing Military Contractor Billing Fraud


A former employee of a U.S. military contractor will receive a whistleblower award of nearly $800,000 for tipping off the U.S. government about billing fraud he alleged his employer, L-3 Communications Corporation, engaged in to boost its own income. Robert Martin sued L-3 Communications Corp. and its units Vertex Aerospace LLC and L-3 Communications Integrated Systems LP (collectively L-3) under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, which authorize private individuals to sue on behalf of the U.S. government when they have solid, original information and evidence of fraud committed against federal agencies and programs. The U.S. Department of ... Read More

NHTSA Discovers Fiat Chrysler Underreported Defects, Accident Deaths


Fiat Chrysler failed to properly report safety problems to federal authorities, a practice that resulted in a “significant” underreporting of fatal accidents involving its vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Tuesday. The findings deepen Fiat Chrysler’s regulatory woes and will likely result in more major fines for the automaker. In July, the Fiat Chrysler agreed to pay fines of $105 million for mishandling 23 safety recalls affecting 11 million vehicles. On Tuesday, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said the agency was prepared to “take appropriate action after gathering additional information on the scope and causes of this failure.” ... Read More

AEB technology: automakers pledge to make safety feature standard

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is a relatively new technology that has earned accolades for its ability to prevent crashes in certain situations; however, thanks to the efforts of car safety experts, 10 automakers will now include AEB as a standard feature in their new vehicles. “We are entering a new era of vehicle safety, focused on preventing crashes from ever occurring, rather than just protecting occupants when crashes happen,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “But if technologies such as automatic emergency braking are only available as options or on the most expensive models, too few Americans will see the benefits ... Read More

Lawsuits allege talcum powder caused ovarian cancer

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Women who have regularly used talcum powder products on their genitals for personal hygiene and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer may be entitled to compensation. In October 2013, Deane Berg filed a lawsuit against consumer health care giant Johnson & Johnson claiming the company’s Shower to Shower talc-containing body powder and Johnson’s Baby Powder caused her ovarian cancer. It was hard to believe the claims. After all, the Johnson & Johnson products have been around for decades. The company had always advertised them as safe enough for babies. The jury’s verdict in the case, however, started consumers thinking. Jurors ... Read More