Category: State False Claims Acts

Calling Insiders With Information on Pandemic Fraud, Waste & Abuse

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 […]

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,[2] and what global companies need to do to prepare. In this follow-up, we review exemplary […]

Sanofi Aventis Can’t Invoke the First Amendment to Escape FCA Liability

United States ex rel. Gohil v. Aventis, Inc. is a long-running False Claims Act suit filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by an ex-sales specialist against his former employer, behemoth pharmaceutical company, Sanofi Aventis.  Relator Yoash Gohil filed this qui tam suit in 2002 alleging that his former employer engaged in a fraudulent marketing […]

Confidentiality Agreement Does Not Curb Former Employee’s Whistleblower Suit

A whistleblower’s retention and disclosure of confidential documents did not amount to breach of his employment contract, according to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. In United States ex rel. Cieszyski v. LifeWatch Services, Case No. 13-cv-4052 (N.D. Ill.), relator and one-time LifeWatch salesperson Matthew Cieszyski alleges that his former employer […]

Vermont Governor Signs State False Claims Act into Law

On May 19, 2015, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law a state false claims act that largely mirrors the federal False Claims Act, including the ability of a qui tam relator to bring an action on behalf of the state. Whistleblowers will be enticed to report fraud in companies doing work for state and […]

West Virginia Rejects False Claims Legislation

The West Virginia House of Delegates has refused to adopt false claims legislation for the state. The Government Fraud Prevention Act, previously known as the False Claims and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2014, was intended to uncover fraud against the state, would have given the West Virginia Attorney General the power to investigate such activity […]

PA Lawmakers Say Massive J&J Risperdal Settlement Proves Need For State False Claims Law

In early June, two Pennsylvania State legislators introduced House Bill 1493, a state version of the federal False Claims Act. The bill would reportedly provide the state with a crucial tool in fighting healthcare waste, fraud, and abuse. “Pennsylvanians lose as much as $200 million a year through Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse,” said […]

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