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Whistleblower’s Import Fraud Case Helps U.S. Recover $10.5 Million

A whistleblower who filed a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging Bassett Mirror Company was evading customs duties by misclassifying its imported furniture has helped the U.S. government recover $10.5 million. Bassett Mirror Company, a Virginia-based home furnishing company, imports wooden bedroom furniture from the People’s Republic of China. According to the whistleblower allegations, Bassett evaded paying antidumping duties on those furniture imports by intentionally misclassifying them as non-bedroom furniture. Antidumping duties are put in place to protect U.S. manufacturers from foreign companies “dumping” products on the U.S. market at prices below cost. The U.S. Commerce Department assesses the duties and the ... Read More

California Whistleblower Case Against BP Recovers $102 Million

BP has agreed to pay $102 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit brought under California’s False Claims Act alleging the oil company intentionally overcharged the state for natural gas for more than a decade. The law firm representing the whistleblower in the case said it is the largest whistleblower settlement involving an oil company in California’s history, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The case started on July 3, 2012, when former BP employee Chris Schroen filed a whistleblower complaint with the state alleging BP was knowingly quoting and charging the state gas prices above the contractual price cap. The ... Read More

Whistleblowers Aid in $24 Million Recovery From Kool Smiles Dental Chain

Multiple whistleblower lawsuits alleging a pediatric dental chain and a dental management company systematically defrauded Medicaid programs in several states have led to a settlement of nearly $24 million. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Kool Smiles Dental Clinics and dental management company Benevis LLC (formerly NCDR LLC) conspired to bill Medicaid programs for root canals and other dental procedures on children that weren’t medically necessary or never provided. According to the whistleblower complaints, Kool Smiles, which operates more than 130 dental clinics in 17 states, routinely pressured and incentivized dentists to meet production goals through a system that ... Read More

Whistleblower Settles Retaliation Complaint With Bowling Alley

A mechanic who filed a whistleblower retaliation complaint against the Chicago-area bowling alley where he formerly worked will receive $40,000 in back wages as part of a consent judgment between the employer and federal regulators. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said the mechanic filed a whistleblower complaint alleging that Lucky Strike Entertainment LLC, a bowling center in Lombard, Illinois, terminated him in June 2015 in retaliation for voicing concerns about unsafe working conditions. Federal statutes regulating workplace safety prohibit employers from retaliating against workers who raise concerns over workplace conditions or practices that put the safety and health ... Read More

Utah Doctor Faces False Claims Act Allegations

A physician slated to oversee medical studies of cannabidiol (CBD) oil, a cannabis compound that could be beneficial in treating epileptic seizures and other health problems, is facing a federal False Claims Act complaint accusing him of overbilling Medicare. Ogden, Utah’s Standard-Examiner reports that the False Claims Act lawsuit accuses Dr. Steven Warren of Bountiful, Utah, of improperly billing Medicare 80 times between February 2012 and July 2014 for visits to nursing home patients outside of Utah and receiving overpayments as a result. Under the False Claims Act, health care providers that improperly bill Medicare and other government health care ... Read More

Alex Azar Nomination Opposed in Letter to Senate

More than 60 health care and consumer organizations have sent a letter to the U.S. Senate urging lawmakers to oppose the confirmation of Alex Azar, the former head of Eli Lily and Company’s U.S. division, to Secretary of Health and Human Services. “The undersigned organizations, representing patients, healthcare providers, public health experts, women, people of color, workers, consumers, and people of faith strongly urge you to vote against confirming Alex Azar … We are deeply concerned by statements made by Mr. Azar as well as his record at the pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly and Company,” the letter states. The authors ... Read More

Whistleblower: Utah City Failed To Investigate Hundreds of Serious Crimes

A Utah police officer has filed a federal whistleblower complaint against the City of Ephraim, Utah, and its city manager alleging he was targeted for retaliation after voicing concerns about the Police Chief’s alleged mishandling of hundreds of police reports. Darren Pead was one of three officers who resigned from the five-member Ephraim Police Department after alleging that Police Chief Ron Rassmussen failed to complete hundreds of police reports, leaving scores of serious crimes to go “un-investigated,” the whistleblower complaint alleges, according to the Associated Press. Officer Pead discovered the alleged problem after the police department switched to a method ... Read More

Kmart Settles Whistleblower Drug Pricing Suit For $32.3 Million

Kmart Corporation will pay the United States $32.3 million to settle False Claims Act allegations brought by a whistleblower who alleged the retailer failed to report discounted prescription drug prices to government health care programs, resulting in the U.S. paying more for drugs than it should have. The U.S. Department of Justice said that James Garbe, a pharmacist at a Kmart store in Ohio, sued Kmart in 2008 under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, which allow private parties to sue on behalf of the U.S. government in cases of suspected fraud. The whistleblower lawsuit alleged that Kmart ... Read More

Judge Upholds Whistleblower Complaint Against Boston Scientific Subsidiary

A whistleblower complaint against Boston Scientific Corp. will move forward after a New Jersey federal judge dismissed a motion to dismiss the suit by subsidiary company Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corp. The whistleblower lawsuit was filed in 2011 by Wendy Bahnsen and Carolina Fuentes, two former billing department employees, under the federal False Claims Act. According to the New Jersey Law Journal, the whistleblower lawsuit concerns a spinal cord stimulator that Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corp. makes for the treatment of back pain: The plaintiffs claimed that Boston Scientific knowingly submitted false bills to Medicare from 2006 to 2010 for the stimulators ... Read More

Whistleblower Lawsuit Leads to $63.7 Million Recovery From DaVita Rx

A pair of whistleblowers has helped the U.S. government recover $63.7 million from DaVita Rx LLC, a nationwide pharmacy that specializes in serving patients with kidney disease. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said that Patsy Gallian and Monique Jones, both former DaVita employees, filed the lawsuit under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, alleging that the company was improperly billing Medicare and Medicaid and engaging in illegal kickback arrangements to boost its profits. DaVita settled the whistleblower complaint ahead of trial, paying the U.S $63.7 million to resolve allegations that it billed the federal health care programs for ... Read More