Category: Federal False Claims Act
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
- 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,
On September 18, 2019, the Department of Justice announced a $21.35 million settlement with compounding pharmacy Patient Care America, PCA executives Patrick Smith and Matthew Smith, and, most notably, the pharmacy’s private equity backer, Riordan, Lewis & Haden Inc. The private equity firm and the pharmacy will fund substantially all of the settlement ($21.036 million).
The Third Circuit ruled on September 12, 2019 that a relator
is not automatically guaranteed a hearing when the government moves to dismiss
a whistleblower action – they need to ask for one. In United States ex rel., Chang v.
Children’s Advocacy Center of Delaware,
On July 1, 2019, The Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing
Whistleblower Protections) Bill 2019 (“Bill 19”) came into effect that amended
the Corporations Act 2001 and Taxation Administration Act 1953 to provide more
protections for whistleblowers in Australia.
Prior to Bill 19,
On July 16, 2019, a
district court in California found that not all information that is posted on
the internet is considered a public disclosure by the “news media.” United States ex rel. Integra Med Analytics Llc
v. Providence Health & Servs.,
No. CV 17-1694 PSG (SSx),
On July 1, 2016, the Dutch Whistleblowers Act (Wet Huis voor klokkenluiders, “Whistleblowers
Act”) came into effect, requiring all employers
in the Netherlands with 50 employees or more to implement internal reporting
procedures and ban retaliatory acts against employees who report wrongdoing.
Member States of the European Union, over the last several years, have passed a series of so-called “Whistleblower Laws.” These laws are being implemented allegedly to bolster anti-corruption efforts throughout Europe. While corruption is no stranger to either side of the Atlantic,