False Claims Summary for 2019 – Other Types of Fraud

In its January 9, 2020 press release, the US Justice Department announced approximately $3 billion in recoveries for the fiscal year 2020. In addition to healthcare and procurement fraud cases, some of the False Claims Act case recoveries and settlements included the following: Duke University paid $112.5 million ...

Arbitration Fairness Act of 2017

A new bill has been proposed to help employees, consumers, and others challenge the enforceability of contracts that mandate that disputes be heard by a board of arbitrators instead of by a jury or a judge. Forcing employees to submit to arbitration prevents employees from fully asserting their rights and holding emplo...

Genesis Healthcare Settles False Claims Act Lawsuits for $53.6 Million For Alleged Medically-Unnecessary Services

As we routinely report these settlements on a weekly basis, our False Claims Act (“FCA”) focused employment attorneys continue to represent whistleblowers in California.  Our attorneys submit many examples of these types of settlements to both California FCA violations and federal FCA violations of Medicare, Medi-...

As 2016 Draws to a Close, Retaliation Claims by Whistleblowers Rise Against Such Institutions as the Veterans Affairs and Wells Fargo

Our Los Angeles based employment attorneys report that there has been an uptick in the number of retaliation claims by whistleblowers.  One instance is an abuse claim made against the Veterans Affairs Hospital System by an employee at the hospital.  The employee blew the whistle exposing in part that the hospital kep...

Supreme Court Decision is a Major Victory for Whistleblowers

This week, the highest court in the land sided with whistleblowers and ruled that breaches to the confidentiality (or seal) of a case brought under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) would not result in a dismissal of the case.  Cases brought under the FCA are initially filed under seal for 60 days.  During this time, ...

Whistleblower Discovery Rights: Avoid the Pitfalls and Secure Adequate Evidence

After a lawsuit is filed (and in many cases, before), you and your legal team should be creating a "to do" list of critical documents to demand from the defendant employer. These types of documents are valuable regardless of whether you are suing for retaliation under the Federal False Claims Act or the California Labo...

Recent False Claims Act Lawsuits against Pharmaceutical and Wireless Companies Indicate Government’s Push to Reward Whistleblowers and Punish Corporations

The first False Claims Act (FCA) case from last week involved a large pharmaceutical company by the name of Warner Chilcott paying $23,000,000 dollars to settle claims that it defrauded the government.  A case that has been closely watched by our Los Angeles Employment Attorneys showed how three former employee whistl...