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...

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 ...

Lab Company Quest Diagnostics Settles False Claims Act Lawsuits for $6 Million Dollars

In what has been a pattern in recent years, another diagnostics lab company settled for millions of dollars in a False Claims Act (“FCA”) allegation.  The main allegations here involved labs paying doctors kickbacks so that the doctors refer to the labs for certain services that were not necessary.  This was not ...

Justice Department Catches Hospice Creekside/Skilled Healthcare Group in $70 Million Dollar False Claims Act Scheme

Negotiations continue between the Justice Department and Creekside Hospice/Skilled Healthcare Group concerning allegations that the hospice health care provider breached the False Claims Act (“FCA”) when it sought Medicare reimbursement for ineligible services.  The whistleblowers claimed in a lawsuit that Creeksi...

Justice Department Reaches $60 Million Dollar Settlement with TeamHealth/IPC

Our Los Angeles attorneys report that TeamHealth, the parent of a local physician management and staffing company by the name of IPC Healthcare (located in North Hollywood, CA), agreed to settle with the Department of Justice after allegations arose that it violated the False Claims Act (“FCA”).  The Complaint all...

UnitedHealth Wellmed Overlooks Provider Overcoding and Overpayments Leading to False Claims Act Allegations

Our Los Angeles and Orange County based False Claims Act (“FCA”) attorneys report that the Department of Justice recently joined a whistleblower lawsuit against the UnitedHealth Group and Wellmed.  The main allegations claim that UnitedHealth Group, the country’s largest healthy insurer and Wellmed Medical Manag...

Bilking Money from Medicare Does Not Pay – Walgreens and Bay Sleep Clinic Settle FCA Whistleblower Lawsuits for Over $50 Million Dollars

Our Los Angeles based False Claims Act (“FCA”) focused attorneys report that after a qui tam whistleblower lawsuit was filed against Walgreens, Walgreens recently paid $50 million to settle allegations of kickback and violations of the FCA.  In the settlement agreement, Walgreens settled allegations that it violat...

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...

$300,000 Whistleblower Settlement Added to U.S. Department of Justice’s $2.9 Billion in 2016

Another week brings with it a number of newly revealed Whistleblower Qui Tam lawsuit settlements.  This time, it is a dental company settling with the government for more than $300,000 over false Medicaid billing.   As the corporate practice of dentistry expands across California and the rest of the nation so too ar...

Just in time for the holidays, the U.S. Justice Department Reports that it Paid-Out $519 Million to Whistleblowers in 2016

As many of our clients know, reporting your company’s fraudulent activity or even seemingly fraudulent actions such as over-billing for lower level services, avoiding payments owed to the government, or billing for unnecessary procedures to extract money from government programs like Medicare and Medicaid can be very...