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DOJ Catch of the Week -- PNC Bank

Posted  08/19/16
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's Department of Justice "Catch of the Week" goes to PNC Bank N.A.  On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh-based national banking association agreed to pay $9.5 million to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act in connection with the issuance of loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA).  See DOJ Press Release. The SBA Act allows banks to...

Record Period for Whistleblower Recoveries

Posted  08/8/16
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team We are supposed to be in the lazy days of summer.  But it has been anything but in the world of whistleblower recoveries under the False Claims Act.  This is the statute that allows whistleblowers to (i) bring a lawsuit on the government’s behalf for any fraud or misconduct that caused the government to suffer a financial loss, and (ii) obtain between 15 and 30 percent of...

DOJ Catch of the Week - St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center

Posted  08/5/16
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's Department of Justice "Catch of the Week" goes to St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center.  On Monday, the Central New York hospital agreed to pay $3.2 million to resolve allegations it violated the federal False Claims Act and New York False Claims Act by billing the state Medicaid program for mental health services provided by unqualified staff.  See DOJ Press...

DOJ Catch of the Week -- Lexington Medical Center

Posted  07/29/16
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's Department of Justice "Catch of the Week" goes to the Lexington County Health Services District Inc. (d/b/a Lexington Medical Center).  Yesterday, the South Carolina hospital agreed to pay $17 million to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act and the Physician Self-Referral Law (known as the Stark Law) by maintaining improper financial arrangements...

DOJ Catch of the Week -- Evercare

Posted  07/15/16
This week's Department of Justice "Catch of the Week" goes to Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care.  On Wednesday, the Minnesota-based provider of hospice care agreed to pay $18 million to resolve charges it violated the False Claims Act by claiming Medicare reimbursement for hospice care for patients not eligible for such care because they were not terminally ill.  The government trumpeted the settlement as...

DOJ Catch of the Week -- Genentech

Posted  06/10/16
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's Department of Justice "Catch of the Week" goes to Genentech Inc. and OSI Pharmaceuticals LLC.  On Monday, the San Francisco and New York-based pharmaceutical companies agreed to pay $67 million to resolve charges they violated the False Claims Act by making misleading statements about the effectiveness of the drug Tarceva, which is approved to treat certain patients...

Tarceva Whistleblower Settlement Shows Government Willingness to Scrutinize Efficacy Data Even for On-Label Uses

Posted  06/8/16
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team On June 6, 2016, the Department of Justice announced that Genentech Inc. and OSI Pharmaceuticals would pay $67 million to resolve whistleblower allegations that the companies misled physicians and patients about the effectiveness of Tarceva to treat certain types of lung cancer.  The whistleblower’s complaint alleged that the companies deployed sales forces and physician...

DOJ Catch of the Week -- Prime Healthcare

Posted  05/27/16
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's Department of Justice "Catch of the Week" goes to Prime Healthcare Services.  On Wednesday, the Justice Department announced its decision to intervene in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the False Claims Act against Prime, its founder and CEO Dr. Prem Reddy, and 14 Prime hospitals in California.  The government alleges that at Dr. Reddy's direction, these...

DOJ Catch Of The Week -- M&T Bank

Posted  05/13/16
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's Department of Justice "Catch of the Week" goes to Buffalo, New York-based M&T Bank Corp.   Today, the bank agreed to pay $64 million to settle charges it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly originating and underwriting mortgage loans insured by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA) that did not meet...

DOJ Catch Of The Week -- Menlo Worldwide Services

Posted  05/6/16
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's Department of Justice "Catch of the Week" goes to Menlo Worldwide Services and Estes Forwarding Worldwide.  On Tuesday, the freight forwarding companies agreed to collectively pay $13 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by overcharging the government in various ways under the Defense Transportation Coordination Initiative...
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