Employment Trials Trending Downward

Salvador Long (not his real name) was expecting a jury trial right here in Los Angeles County when he consulted with an attorney. What Sal quickly came to realize was that employment law cases are among the least-likely to go to trial anywhere in California. In fact, the number of filed civil cases has gone down since ...

Solar City False Claims Violation

Solar City Resolves False Claims Violations for Nearly $30 Million The United States Department of Justice(DOJ) reported in September that SolarCity Corporation agreed to pay $29.5 million dollars to settle claims that they violated the False Claims Act. The U.S. DOJ asserted that the SolarCity committed fraud by infl...

Appeal of a Seven Million Dollar Sexual Harassment and Wrongful Termination Verdict against Yoga Master Bikram Choudhury Dismissed

Las year Minakshi Jafa-Bodden obtained a near $7 million verdict against Bikram Choudhury. Ms. Jafa-Boden was in the in-house counsel for the yoga guru. Ms. Jafa-Bodden brought the lawsuit in 2013 claiming that the guru repeatedly harassed women at work including herself. She claimed students massaged her and asked to ...

Pharmaceutical Company Mylan Settles False Claims Act Whistleblower Lawsuit for $465 Million

In one of the largest qui tam False Claims Act (“FCA”) settlements of 2017, pharmaceutical company Mylan Inc. entered into a $465 million dollar settlement.  Our Los Angeles based qui tam FCA whistleblower attorneys reported that the allegations stemmed from allegations that Mylan violated the FCA by misclassifyin...

Nation’s Leading Medical Eye Surgery Equipment Supplier Sightpath Settles with Government for $12 Million after Allegations of False Claims Act and Medicare Fraud

The largest monetary False Claims Act (“FCA”) case this week was by one of the nation’s leading provider of mobile equipment and services for eye surgery Sightpath.  The company admitted no wrongdoing yet settled with the government for $12 million dollars after allegations surfaced that it violated the FCA and ...

Mortgage Fraud Results in Several Cases Totaling Over $100 Million Dollars Against PHH, Prospect Mortgage and Quicken Loans

Our Los Angeles based False Claims Act (“FCA”) attorneys report several multi-million dollar settlements from mortgage companies over allegations that they abused the government programs (such as FHA). Amongst the companies entering into settlements with the government are Quicken Loans, Prospect Mortgage and PHH C...

Weekly Update: Celgene Settles for $280 Million – False Claims Act Whistleblower Entitled to $84 Million

This week, our Los Angeles based False Claims Act (“FCA”) whistleblower focused attorneys reported one of the largest qui tam whistleblower settlements in recent years.  This was the $280 million dollar settlement Celgene paid to make the case go away without admitting fault.  Most companies end up settling to av...

Large Academic Medical Center Paying $6.5 Million and Medical Supply Company Paying $2.7 Million to Settle Medicare Fraud Allegations

In another multi-million dollar settlement, a health care system is paying millions to the government to settle allegations that it defrauded the Medicare program.  In the Vandebilt Hospital settlement, three formerly employed physicians claimed that the surgery center implemented fraudulent scheduling practices that ...

Hospice and Rehab Company Settlements Totaling $20 Million Dollars in Whistleblower Cases

For our weekly recap of False Claims Act (“FCA”) whistleblower settlement, we have a $19.5 million dollar settlement between management, therapy and hospice companies and the government for alleged Medicare billing fraud.  This is an interesting web of collusion between companies that should care for the elderly a...