This Week’s FCA Update Includes Rhine Drug Company Fraud and Florida MCO Risk Adjustment Fraud

Last week, a pharmacy and drug company settled False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuits for millions of dollars.  The allegations focused on violations of the FCA and Controlled Substances Act.  Specifically, the pharmacists billed government agencies such as Medicare for more than they actually dispensed and did not ke...

City Attorney False Claims Act Case Results in $2 million Verdict For San Francisco City Attorney

Our San Francisco and Sacramento employment attorneys report another multi-million dollar whistleblower verdict. This time the jury sided with a former San Francisco city attorney who was the whistleblower and received $2 million dollars for damages which included emotional damages and lost earnings. The Whistleblower,...

Court Hits Nursing Home Chain Consulate Health Care with $347 Million False Claims Act Fraud Judgment

A recently announced judgment by a district court held a nursing home chain named Consulate Health Care liable for $347 million dollars in total judgment for 446 cited false claims of unlawfully upcoding Medicare claims for patient therapy services. The judgment was entered by Judge Merryday following a jury verdict ...

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, ...

$450 Million Whistleblower Case Settles

DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc, the nation's largest provider of dialysis clinics, has agreed to pay $450 million to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit to resolve claims that it violated the False Claims Act. The lawsuit alleged that DaVita intentionally billed the federal government for drugs that were discarded and tha...