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Cephalon Settles Whistleblower False Claims Act Suit Alleging Off-label marketing of Narcolepsy Drugs

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Teva Pharmaceutical Industries subsidiary Cephalon Inc. on Thursday settled a False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit filed by a former sales representative who accused the drugmaker of pushing its narcolepsy drug Provigil for unapproved, off-label uses. Whistleblower Bruce Boise, who filed the original complaint against Cephalon in 2008, alleged that the company rewarded physicians who prescribed Provigil and another narcolepsy drug, Nuvigil, for uses not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), including attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity disorder, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, jet lag, and depression, according to Law360. A number of patients who had been prescribed the drugs ... Read More

Court Revives Nursing Home Whistleblower Retaliation Claims

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A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a nursing home employee’s False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit under the first-to-file rule but has reinstated his claim that he was terminated in retaliation for speaking out against alleged billing fraud. According to Business Insurance, Patrick Gerard Carson sued Toledo, Ohio-based Manor Care Inc. on behalf of the U.S. government in September 2011, alleging that the company was fraudulently overcharging the federal Medicare program for patient care. Mr. Carson also claims that Manor Care terminated him in November 2009 in retaliation for his repeated complaints about the alleged fraudulent ... Read More

Idaho County Official Awarded $1.74 Million in Whistleblower Retaliation Suit

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An Idaho jury has awarded a former Ada County, Idaho, official $1.74 million, concluding a four-year legal battle that began with a whistleblower complaint. According to the Idaho Statesman, Rich Wright, formerly a television journalist and Boise Police Department spokesman, became Ada County’s spokesman in 2006. He was promoted to lead the Department of Administration in 2008, but was fired in January 2015, one day after two newly elected county commissioners were sworn in. Mr. Wright filed a lawsuit against the county for $1.5 million, alleging he was fired in retaliation for ordering an investigation of harassment complaints from a ... Read More

CA Technologies Pays $45 Million To Resolve Whistleblower FCA Complaint

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CA Technologies has agreed to pay $45 million to settle a False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit accusing the company of denying the federal government the same discounts it provided to its commercial customers. The lawsuit was filed in 2010 by Israeli whistleblower Dani Shemesh, a former employee of CA Software Israel LTD. Mr. Shemesh alleged that the Manhattan-based technology-management software company, formerly known as Computer Associates, did not disclose its discounting policies when negotiating a contract with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) in 2002. That contact required CA to provide the same discounts on products and services that it ... Read More

Whistleblower Set to Receive $4.3 Million From Chicago State University

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After years of fending off a whistleblower lawsuit, Chicago State University is set to pay $4.3 million to a former administrator who successfully sued the school in 2010, alleging he was wrongfully fired for exposing questionable contracts. James Crowley’s whistleblower-retaliation lawsuit was the first to be tried under Illinois’ new state ethics act. His complaint alleged that Chicago State University fired him after he refused to withhold documents about former university president Wayne Watson’s employment that a faculty member had sought under the Illinois Open Records Law and for reporting dubious contracts to the state attorney general’s office. Jurors awarded Mr. Crowley ... Read More

So-called Ag-Gag Bill attempts To Make Agriculture Industry Whistleblowing a Crime

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A new anti-whistleblower “Ag-Gag” bill was introduced in the Arkansas legislature last month, marking the fourth attempt by some of the state’s elected officials to try and make reporting wrongdoing in the agricultural industry a punishable offense. According to the Food Integrity Campaign, the proposed bill HB 1665 is also the most nefarious of the Ag-Gag bills introduced to the Arkansas legislature in recent years because it seeks to gag would-be whistleblowers not just in agriculture, but in other industries as well. The Food Integrity Campaign writes: What could make a bill designed to make it illegal to document crimes ... Read More

Court’s Ruling in Digital Realty Retaliation Complaint Allows Broader Whistleblower Protections  

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A former sales representative for a San Francisco datacenter acquisition company who claims to have been fired for reporting financial wrongdoing internally may still sue the company as a whistleblower even though he did not contact the federal government, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled February 9. The ruling provides further clarity on what whistleblower activity is protected by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under the Dodd-Frank law. The question of whether a whistleblower who is fired for reporting financial improprieties to his employer but not federal regulators is one that has divided federal courts in the ... Read More

Whistleblower Complaint Leads To $115 Million Jury Verdict Against Florida Nursing Home Facilities

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A federal jury in Tampa, Florida, returned a $115 million verdict in a False Claims Act complaint brought by a nurse against a nursing home facility, its parent company, and other defendants. Plaintiff Angela Ruckh filed the False Claims Act suit in 2011, naming Governor’s Creek and Marshall nursing facilities; management company, LaVie Management; LaVie Rehab; and CMC II, the new corporate owner of the facilities, as defendants. Ms. Ruckh’s lawyer told Corporate Crime Reporter that his client started working for the companies to help train the nurses that fill out the forms, which are used to bill Medicare and ... Read More

Whistleblower Retaliation Suits Claim SunEdison Falsified Financial Standing

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Solar power company SunEdison Inc. faces whistleblower lawsuits filed by two former executives who claim they were fired in retaliation for voicing their concerns about the company’s precarious financial state. According to the Wall Street Journal, Carlos Domenech, formerly a senior executive at TerraForm Power, a SunEdison subsidiary, and Pancho Perez, a former senior exec at TerraForm Global Inc., seek an unspecified amount of back pay and damages for being fired, they claim, in retaliation for sounding an alarm about misrepresentations the company was making about its financial health. Both plaintiffs also name a number of top officials as defendants ... Read More

Whistleblower Complaint Leads to Multiple Arrests In Massive Health care Fraud Scheme

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A False Claims Act lawsuit filed by a whistleblower and resulting investigation of those claims has led to the arrest of a New York City-area cardiologist, neurologist, and several others on charges of health care fraud, identity theft, and making false statements, among other things, as well as civil allegations that they defrauded Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance companies. Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and other federal officials announced the charges March 1, saying that the defendants’ wrongdoing spanned 12 years starting in 2003 and cost taxpayers and private insurers more than ... Read More