A Texas Heart Hospital and Subsidiary Company Agree to Pay $48 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Based on Violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute

The US Department of Justice announced on December 18, 2020, that Texas Heart Hospital of the Southwest LLP, a partially physician-owned hospital in Plano, Texas, and its wholly owned subsidiary, THHBP Management Company, LLC (collectively, the “Heart Hospital”) made a $48 million settlement of claims they violated...

New Law Extends Time Limits and Authorizes Legal Fees in Some Employee Cases

On September 30, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill, making it the law of California, which changes several aspects of current employment law. The new law has two core changes: Time limits for filing a complaint The time for filing a complaint with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcem...

Workrite Companies Agrees to Settle False Claims Act Charges for $7.1 Million

Workrite Companies to Pay $7.1 Million to Settle Alleged Furniture Overcharges | OPA | Department of Justice On December 3, 2020, the US DOJ announced that a Delaware ergonomic furniture maker, Workrite Ergonomics LLC and its parent, Knape & Vogt Manufacturing Co. (collectively, Workrite), agreed to pay $7.1 mil...

Minimum Wage Increases for 2021. $14 For Employers With 26 or More Employees. Otherwise, $13

There are new state and local minimum wage laws in California for 2021. The statewide minimum wage will increase to $14 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees. The minimum will be $13 per hour for companies with 25 or fewer employees. Many local regions have higher minimum wage laws than the state laws. Some ...

New California Laws Updates COVID-19 Reporting Requirements

A new California Law, dated September 17, 2020, was enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the key parts of the new law are the following California OSHA authority to prohibit entry to a business due to employee risk of contracting COVID-19 The law updates the current California Occupational Safety and...

HHS Announces False Claims Act Working Group to Enhance Efforts to Combat Fraud and Focus Resources on Bad Actors

The US Department of Health and Human Services announced on December 4, 2020, that a working group was being created to help “enhance the relationship between the HHS Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) in combating fraud and abuse by identifying and focusing resources on those w...

Pharmaceutical Company Agrees To Pay $22 Million To Resolve Alleged False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute Charges

The US Department of Justice recently announced that pharmaceutical company Biogen, Inc. (Biogen), agreed to pay $22 million to settle charges filed through the federal False Claims Act. The company, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was charged with improperly using foundations as a means to pay the copays for Medi...

Several Recent False Claims Act (FCA) Settlements

California University agrees to Pay $225,000 for allegedly violating ban on Incentive compensation Lakeway Regional Medical Center LLC and Co-Defendants agree to pay mor than $15.3 million to settle allegations they fraudulently obtained government-insured loans and misused loan funds FCA – Illegal college ...