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February 2018 Archives

SCOTUS: Dodd-Frank whistleblowers must alert SEC for protection

When the average worker blows the whistle on unethical or illegal behavior by their employer, retaliation is a real concern. There are a number of laws that make retaliation against a whistleblower illegal. When someone makes a good faith complaint about discrimination, for example, their employer is prohibited from retaliating in any way. This is the case whether the person raised their concerns directly with the employer or filed a complaint with the government.

$1 billion+ False Claims Act case vs. UnitedHealth moves forward

Last year, the Justice Department launched two lawsuits against UnitedHealth, which it accuses of defrauding Medicare through its Medicare Advantage plans. One of those suits was dismissed in October. Now, a federal judge has ruled that the other case can move forward with certain claims dismissed.

U.S. Attorney settles False Claims Act case with hospice provider

A private, for-profit hospice provider and its CEO have agreed to settle False Claims Act allegations brought by the federal government. The company and its head have agreed to pay $1,240,000 to resolve claims that they fraudulently billed Medicare and Medicaid.

Whistleblower suit costs Lockheed Martin $4.4 million

A former engineer for Lockheed Martin sued the corporation on behalf of the U.S. government under the False Claims Act. The whistleblower suit alleged that Lockheed knowingly sold defective surveillance and communications systems to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Imaging group to pay $16.2 million in False Claims Act judgment

Orthopaedic and Neuro Imaging LLC (ONI) and its owner were accused of submitting some $6,125,947.13 in false claims to Medicare. A default judgment has been issued against them. Generally, a default judgment is entered when defendants fail to defend themselves in court.

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