Category: Federal False Claims Act
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).
a relator is not automatically guaranteed a hearing when the government moves to dismiss a whistleblower action
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,
On May 13, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States, in
a unanimous decision, delivered an important victory for qui tam whistleblowers. United States ex rel. Hunt v. Cochise Consultancy,
Inc., No. 18-315 (decided May 13, 2019) (referred to as “Hunt”).
On April 16, 2019, the European
Parliament made history with the approval of the European Union (EU) Whistleblower
Directive (“Directive”) that provides universal whistleblower protections for
all potential “reporting persons” located within member states of the EU. These
protections apply whether or not the reporting person is a citizen of an EU
April 3, 2019, in U.S. v. EMD Serono, Inc., CV 16-5594, 2019 WL 1468934 (E.D. Pa. Apr. 3,
2019), District Judge Timothy J. Savage of the
Eastern District of Pennsylvania addressed a matter of first impression within
the Third Circuit: what standard (if any) governs the government’s ability to
dismiss a qui tam case over the objection of relators.