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Qui Tam Lawsuits

What Is A Qui Tam Lawsuit?

The term qui tam originates from a Latin phrase that means "[he] who sues in this matter for the king as well as for himself." As such, a qui tam lawsuit is a type of civil lawsuit whereby a private individual, or a relator, with knowledge of fraudulent activity, assists in filing a case on behalf of the government. Qui tam lawsuits are filed under the False Claim Act and, in the event of a successful case, a relator receives as a reward a part of the funds recovered by the government. More

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Duke University Pays U.S. Government $112.5 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

Duke University, a private research university in Durham, North Carolina, recently paid the U.S. government $112.5 million to settle allegations that it submitted falsified data in order to win federal research grants.  The settlement was announced on Monday, March 25, 2019, by the Department of Justice.  More

Why Do So Many False Claims Cases Settle Before Trial?

It is widely recognized that many more False Claims Act (FCA) cases settle than go to trial.[1] While it is difficult to determine the exact proportion of cases that settle vs. cases that are tried, comprehensive reports on FCA developments published semi-annually indicate about a 16:1 ratio of notable settlements to verdicts/ judgments.[2] More

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Walgreens Agrees to Settle Three Civil Fraud Lawsuits Totaling Over $270 Million

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. ("Walgreens") has agreed to pay $269.2 million to settle two whistleblower lawsuits accusing it of overbilling federal healthcare programs for over a decade.  In both settlements, Walgreens "admitted and accepted responsibility for conduct the Government alleged in its complaints under the False Claims Act".  The U.S. Department of Justice made the announcement on January 22, 2019. In addition, Walgreens recently settled another False Claims Act claim, although the monetary value is modest in comparison with the first two.   In the third settlement, Walgreens agreed to pay $3.5 million to the U.S. and the State of Wisconsin to settle allegations that, from 2011 to 2014, Walgreens violated Wisconsin Medicaid rules by dispensing routinely stimulant medications to Wisconsin Medicaid beneficiaries without first verifying that the prescribing physician ordered the medication for a medically appropriate treatment.   More

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Attorney General Nominee Historically Opposed to False Claims Act Whistleblower Provision

William Barr, currently an attorney at Kirkland & Ellis who is nominated for the position of Attorney General, has historically been opposed to the False Claims Act qui tam whistleblower provision which allows private citizens to sue in the name of the United States government. More

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Four Houston-Area Hospitals Pay $8.6 Million to Settle Ambulance Swapping Allegations

Four Houston-area hospitals have paid $8.6 million collectively to settle allegations of "ambulance swapping"—that ambulance companies paid kickbacks to the hospitals in exchange for the hospitals' lucrative Medicare and Medicaid transport referrals. The hospitals—Bayshore Medical Center, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, West Houston Medical Center, and East Houston Regional Medical Center—are all affiliates of the Nashville-based Hospital Corporation of America. More

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The Original Source Rule Under the FCA: What You Need to Know

The public disclosure bar of the False Claims Act generally prohibits suits based on facts that are publicly available. The original source rule, however, provides an exception to the public disclosure bar, so that whistleblowers who add valuable information to the publicly disclosed material can still pursue claims on behalf of the government.    More

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How the False Claims Act Protects Whistleblowers

In addition to imposing penalties on companies or individuals who deliberately defraud government-supported programs, the False Claims Act also includes provisions that protect whistleblowers from being retaliated against by the individuals or corporations they report for engaging in fraudulent activity. More

Johnson & Johnson to Pay $2.2 Billion to Settle Fraud Claims and Other Whistleblower News (November 8, 2013)

The whistleblower attorneys at Goldberg Kohn are committed to fighting fraud against the government and protecting the rights of whistleblowers. Below are summaries of recent developments pertaining to whistleblower, qui tam, and False Claims Act actions throughout the United States. 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

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