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Fighting Environmental Fraud with the False Claims Act

The False Claims Act lawsuits can involve any area in which the federal government spends money, and the environment is no exception. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s $9 billion budget for FY 2020 and the Department of Energy (DoE)’s proposed $6.1 billion FY 2021 environmental management budget comprise a small percentage of the government’s fiscal budget, which makes preserving the integrity of each dollar especially important. Below are examples of how the FCA can hold contractors on federal environmental projects accountable for false claims. False claims concerning the environment can involve fraudulently obtaining environmental tax credits, providing faulty materials for environmental projects, or inflating prices of environmental services. Behind many of these cases are whistleblowers who filed FCA cases under seal through experienced attorneys like those at Goldberg Kohn, and shared in the settlements or judgments achieved by and for the government. More

A Brief History of the False Claims Act

A Brief History of the False Claims Act

The False Claims Act originated out of the Civil War as a result of the Union Army’s transactions with unscrupulous companies that provided supplies for battle. These companies, recognizing that their products were in high demand during wartime, and seeing little possibility for accountability, intentionally sold substandard goods at high prices, and often sent less than what was ordered and paid for. Reports of moth-eaten blankets, shoddily constructed shoes, old and diseased horses, and guns missing from their crates began to pop up all over the battlefields of the United States, and the federal government quickly intervened. More

An Overview of HUBZone Fraud and the False Claims Act

What is a HUBZone? 

"HUBZones," or "historically underutilized business zones," are the result of a program administered by the Small Business Administration ("SBA") that seeks to provide employment opportunities and economic development in areas that need it most. In order to qualify as a HUBZone business, companies must meet the following criteria: More

Press Coverage of Lawsuits against Health Management Associates: Goldberg Kohn Represents One of the Courageous Relators

The New York Times recently provided significant coverage regarding the lawsuits pending against Health Management Associates (HMA). As we reported, the federal government has intervened in eight lawsuits against HMA, one of which was filed by Goldberg Kohn on behalf of their client, a well-respected emergency room physician. More

Goldberg Kohn Files Lawsuit on behalf of Prominent Ophthalmologists against Allergan

Goldberg Kohn Ltd. and the Philadelphia law firm of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti have filed a complaint, on behalf of two well-respected Philadelphia-area ophthalmologists, against Allergan Inc., claiming that the company paid kickbacks to induce doctors to write prescriptions for its eye care drugs. More

Whistleblower News Update- April 2, 2013

The U.S. Department of Justice announced this week that Alabama-based Caddell Construction agreed to pay to the United States $1,150,000 to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by falsely reporting to the Army Corps of Engineers that it hired and mentored Mountain Chief Management Services, a Native American-owned company, to work on construction projects at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Fort Campbell, Kentucky from April 2003 to March 2005. Rather, Mountain Chief was merely a pass-through entity used by Caddell to claim payments under the Department of Defense’s Mentor-Protégé and Indian Incentive Programs and didn’t actually perform the work for which Caddell received payment, according to the government. More

Fourth Circuit Limits First-to-File Rule and Holds that FCA Statute of Limitations Tolls When “At War”

In a noteworthy decision affecting the first-to-file rule and the statute of limitation of the False Claims Act (FCA), the Fourth Circuit reversed a district court’s dismissal and remanded the whistleblower’s case back for additional review. More

Goldberg Kohn's David Chizewer Comments on Lance Armstrong Whistle-blower Case

One of Lance Armstrong's former teammates, Floyd Landis, alleges that Armstrong committed fraud of more than $30 million dollars against the U.S. Postal Service, a sponsor of Armstrong's team. Landis brought the case as a whistle-blower under the federal False Claims Act (FCA), which seeks to recover money defrauded from the government. Landis stands to receive up to 30 percent of the money recovered by the lawsuit but, according to Goldberg Kohn Principal David Chizewer, his role in the doping scheme could affect his chances at recovering money. More

Lawsuit against Education Management Corp. Alleges Illegal Recruiter Compensation

Education Management Corporation ("EDMC") operates colleges for profit. More than 130,000 students attend its schools, either online or in office building‑style classrooms. Over the past 11 years, these students have paid EDMC more than $11 billion in tuition payments, funded almost exclusively from loans and grants from the United States government. Goldberg Kohn, along with several other law firms, represent two former employees of EDMC who have accused EDMC of obtaining that money by lying to the government. Goldberg Kohn and the whistleblowers are now assisting the United States Department of Justice, and the Attorney General Offices in five states, to recover the money fraudulently obtained. More

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