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Whistleblower Says Hawaii GMO Farm Used Monsanto Herbicides Unsafely

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A former farm worker has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against GMO seed company DuPont Pioneer, claiming she was fired for voicing concerns about the how the company handled toxic herbicides on a Hawaiian farm. Shannell Grilho alleges DuPont Pioneer fired her and her husband last year after she questioned company officials about spraying practices on the company’s Waialua, Oahu, farm, according to a report by Hawaii News Now. Ms. Grilho alleges that Pioneer continued its unsafe spraying practices even after employees raised concerns about them. She says Pioneer instead retaliated against workers who complained, and that its unsafe herbicide sprayings ... Read More

False Claims Act Complaint Against DynCorp Over Iraq Billing Fraud Stands

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Government contractor DynCorp International will have to face the bulk of allegations made in a False Claims Act lawsuit that accuses the company and a subcontractor of grossly and fraudulently overcharging the U.S. Department of State for security work performed in Iraq. While most False Act Claim lawsuits are filed by private parties under the Act’s whistleblower provisions, the complaint against DynCorp was initiated by the U.S government. Federal Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle in Washington D.C. trimmed some claims from the government’s $135 million complaint but allowed the bulk of them to move forward, Law360 reported. Judge Huvelle said May ... Read More

CFTC Adopts Stronger Whistleblower Rules and Protections

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Anti-retaliation whistleblower protections are getting a new boost under the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), after the agency’s board unanimously approved amendments to current rules in an effort to make it less risky for would-be whistleblowers to call out fraud and other wrongdoing. Changes to the Commodity Exchange Act will now allow the CFTC and whistleblowers to bring an action against an employer in cases of alleged retaliation. The amendments also bar employers from using confidentiality, pre-dispute arbitration, or similar agreements to obstruct potential whistleblowers from communicating with CFTC staff about possible commodities laws violations, the agency said. In ... Read More

CVS/Omnicare Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit for $8 million

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A lawsuit filed under the False Claims Act by a whistleblower who accused CVS subsidiary Omnicare of cheating Medicare and Medicaid through its prescription verification system has been resolved with an $8 million settlement, New Jersey U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick announced. The deal resolved civil claims that Omnicare, in an effort to increase business efficiency and profit, designed and implemented an automated label verification system that used improper drug codes, resulting in the submission of claims for generic drugs differently from those actually dispensed to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. The whistleblower complaint also alleged that the false, patient-specific information on ... Read More

Jury Awards Whistleblower $1.5 Million in Retaliation Case

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A former fire investigator for the Charlotte, North Carolina Fire Department was awarded $1.5 million by a jury who found the investigator had been fired in retaliation for voicing safety concerns about construction work on a fire department office building. The Charlotte Fire Department fired Crystal Eschert in 2014, claiming a controversial facebook comment she posted on her personal page was offensive and inflammatory and could have ignited trouble in Charlotte at a time when riots broke out in Ferguson, Missouri, over police slayings. Eschert’s facebook comment said: “White guy shot by police yesterday near Ferguson … Where is Obama? ... Read More

Whistleblowers Ask 9th Circuit To Reinstate FCA Lawsuit Against Honeywell

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Plaintiffs in a whistleblower lawsuit against military contractor Honeywell International have turned to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals a third time in an effort to have their False Claims Act complaint revived. The False Claims Act lawsuit seeks a $45 million recovery for the United States government, alleging that Honeywell falsely inflated its energy savings calculations for work performed under an Army contract. Honeywell’s contract stipulated that the company was not eligible for payment if the energy cost savings on an Alabama-based Army Engineering and Support Center was not shown to reduce actual energy costs. The project involved converting ... Read More

False Claims Act lawsuit settles For $1 Million

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A False Claims Act lawsuit filed brought by the U.S. government against a Dodge City, Kansas, penis pump manufacturer ended this week with a $1 million settlement. According to United States Attorney Tom Beall, District of Kansas, Pos-T-Vac, Inc. agreed to pay the U.S. to settle allegations that it violated the federal False Claims Act by improperly charging Medicare for “vacuum products used to treat erectile dysfunction.” Prosecutors alleged that from Jan. 1, 2009, through July 27, 2012, Pos-T-Vac submitted claims for durable medical supplies that were not medically necessary, lacked documentation of medical necessity, or were not properly ordered ... Read More

Whistleblower Sues U.S. For Ignoring Oil Rig Chemical Dumping Evidence

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A whistleblower who allegedly witnessed environmental crimes being committed aboard an oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico is suing the Unites States, claiming a federal prosecutor ignored his evidence and cost the government $28 million in fines. According to Courthouse News Service, Evan Howington filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court May 4, disputing assistant U.S. attorney Jon Maestri’s conclusion that the Uncle John oil rig, anchored by an oil well about 60 miles off the Louisiana coast, did not fit the definition of a ship under the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. Mr. Howington, an Eagle ... Read More

Whistleblower Will Ask Louisiana Supreme Court to Reinstate $750K Jury Verdict

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A whistleblower who was awarded $750,000 in a retaliation complaint against the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) intends to take his case to the Louisiana Supreme Court after an appeals court reversed the original ruling. According to The Advocate, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals said whistleblower Dan Collins and his firm were not covered by the state’s environmental protection whistleblower law because they were independent contractors, not LDNR employees. The DNR contracted Mr. Collins to provide land research services, which the state requires for environmental and industrial purposes. In the course of his work, Mr. Collins discovered that ... Read More

Novo Nordisk Settles Whistleblowers’ Kickback Complaint With U.S., 30 States

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Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk says it has reached a “settlement in principle” resolving claims originally brought by a pair of whistleblowers that it violated the federal False Claims Act, the anti-fraud laws of more than two dozen states, and the Anti-Kickback statute. The whistleblower lawsuit was unsealed April 27 as the parties agreed to a settlement. According to the suit, Novo Nordisk partnered with Practice Therapeutics and Healthstar Communications to hire and train certified diabetes educators (CDEs) who gained access to physician practices by offering thousands of dollars worth of educational programs and materials. The program, called Changing Life with ... Read More