Category: Federal False Claims Act

What’s It Like Blowing the Whistle in Ukraine?

What Happened

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”).

The Motivation

Ukraine has suffered through a longstanding history of

International Whistleblowing Legislation and America’s False Claims Act

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),[1] the rise of international whistleblowers through a study of the Michael Epp case,

Genetic Testing Gold Rush Gives Rise To Fraud Allegations

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,

The Third Circuit Rules that the FCA’s “Alternate-Remedy Provision” Does Not Provide a Relator the Right to Intervene in a Criminal Proceeding for a Piece of the Criminal Restitution

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,

First of Its Kind? Private Equity Firm Riordan, Lewis & Hayden Inc. and its Portfolio Company Patient Care America Settle False Claims Act Lawsuit

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). 

Whistleblowing Down Under

What Happened

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.

The Background

Prior to Bill 19,

Whistleblowing: Dutch Style

What Happened

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. 

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