- January 18, 2021 by Alexander Owens
- Construction, Defense Industry, Federal False Claims Act, Financial Industry, Government Contracts, Healthcare, Investigations, Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare Part D, Pharmaceuticals, Research, State False Claims Acts
- Over $300 million awarded to whistleblowers.
- Dip in recoveries reflects pandemic and economic challenges.
- Number of FCA filings hits a record.
- Healthcare continues to dominate FCA recoveries with kickbacks a major focus.
- Rebound in recoveries is likely as defendants regain financial footing.
On April 16, 2020, the Honorable William M. McSwain, United
States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, issued a sweeping
request for help in identifying companies and individuals who seek to “exploit
the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic for their own benefit.” The
Philadelphia United States Attorney’s Office has a long history fighting fraud.
While most compliance programs tout policies and procedures encouraging employees and contractors to internally report their concerns, the reality is that many businesses are unprepared to respond appropriately when they receive a complaint from a whistleblower. This lack of preparation often stems from a critical failure to understand the whistleblower’s concerns and to train frontline managers and compliance professionals on how to speak with internal whistleblowers.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses and individuals around the world are rising to the occasion and ordinary people are doing extraordinary things. We have seen first responders, emergency room physicians, nurses, grocery store workers, and mail carriers go above and beyond their call of duty. One Pennsylvania manufacturer of major league baseball uniforms
The perils of substituting relators in the midst of a qui tam were the highlight of this week’s decision by the Delaware Supreme Court on certification from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in United States v. Sanofi-Aventis United States Llc, No. 256, 2019, 2020 Del. LEXIS 97 (Mar.
strong appeal in the concept of remaining anonymous for many whistleblowers but
unless you can prove both a fear of severe harm,
and that the fear of severe harm is reasonable, two recent Circuit Court
decisions illustrate how unlikely it is that you can remain in the shadows and
demonstrates the risks inherent to that pursuit.
On January 1, 2020, Amendments to the Law of Ukraine On
Prevention of Corruption (“Amendments”) came into effect that introduced groundbreaking
protections for whistleblowers in Ukraine that rival the protections offered under
the United States False Claims Act (“FCA”).
Ukraine has suffered through a longstanding history of
- January 06, 2020 by Marc Raspanti
- Construction, Defense Industry, Federal False Claims Act, Financial Industry, Government Contracts, Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare Part D, Pharmaceuticals, State False Claims Acts
This is the second part of a two-part article.
In the first of this two-part series, we discussed the success of the United States’ federal False Claims Act (FCA), the rise of international whistleblowers through a study of the Michael Epp case,
On Sept. 27, the U.S. Department of Justice announced criminal charges against 35 individuals across various jurisdictions, allegedly involved in genetic testing fraud schemes that cost taxpayers over $2.1 billion.
The government asserted that the individuals had engaged in audacious schemes to target seniors and the disabled through the ordering of cancer genetic screening,
On October 28, 2019, the Third Circuit became the most
recent circuit court to determine that the False Claims Act’s (“FCA”) other
alternate-remedy provision, 31 U.S.C. § 3730(c)(5), does not give a relator the
right to intervene in a criminal proceeding. United States v. Wegeler, 2019 WL 5538568,