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DOJ Catch of the Week -- 21st Century Oncology

Posted  03/11/16
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's Department of Justice "Catch of the Week" goes to 21st Century Oncology Inc., the nation’s largest physician led integrated cancer care provider.  On Tuesday, the Florida-based company and its wholly owned subsidiary South Florida Radiation Oncology agreed to pay $34.7 million to settle charges they violated the False Claims Act by performing and billing for...

Constantine Cannon Whistleblower Client Brian Emery Profiled By The Kennebec Journal (published at centralmaine.com)

Posted  03/9/16
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team A Madison, Maine roofer was the key whistleblower in a lawsuit settled last week that recovered more than $400,000 over allegations a Bangor company cut corners on federal building projects in Maine.  Brian Emery helped expose the fraud allegations after he was hired as a subcontractor by Belcon Enterprises, also known at the time as Roof Systems of Maine, based in Bangor. The...

Belcon Enterprises to Pay $439,500 to Settle Whistleblower Suit Over Faulty Work on Federal Building Projects

Posted  03/7/16
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Washington, DC (March 4, 2016) – Constantine Cannon LLP is pleased to announce that its client, whistleblower Brian Emery, helped the U.S. Government recover $439,500 over allegations of faulty workmanship and the use of non-compliant materials in three federal building projects in Maine. The settlement with Belcon Enterprises, formerly known as Roof Systems of Maine, resolves...

DOJ Catch Of The Week -- Ameri-Source

Posted  02/26/16
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's Department of Justice "Catch of the Week" goes to the Pennsylvania-based Ameri-Source importer companies -- Ameri-Source International Inc., Ameri-Source Specialty Products Inc., Ameri-Source Holdings Inc. -- their owners, Ajay Goel and Thomas Diener, and the related importer, SMC Machining LLC, incorporated at Goel’s direction and formerly owned by his wife.  On...

Fourth Circuit Dismisses Lawsuit Based on Lawyer’s Knowledge Under the Public Disclosure Bar of the False Claims Act

Posted  02/22/16
The Fourth Circuit ruled recently that a False Claims Act case must be dismissed because it was based on information that the attorney representing the qui tam plaintiff had learned during a prior litigation.  In doing so, the court applied what has become known as the “public disclosure bar” – a provision in the False Claims Act that strips a court of jurisdiction to hear cases based on information that has...

Sixth Circuit Adds Further Uncertainty to the Question of Limits on False Claims Act Damages

Posted  02/11/16
By Hamsa Mahendranathan Violators of the False Claims Act can be subject to significant damages: the Act provides treble damages and civil penalties of between $5,500 and $11,000 for each false claim.  But in some cases, the correct measure of damages can be a murky subject. This is especially true when considering whether the damages should account for any value the government received on the contract.  Last...

Third Circuit Opens Door Wider For Whistleblowers Under Original Source Exception To False Claims Act Public Disclosure Bar

Posted  02/10/16
Under the False Claims Act, the public disclosure bar prevents whistleblower suits challenging fraud already disclosed through certain public channels like the news media.  The rule is designed to discourage whistleblower actions based on information already in the public domain, unless it was the whistleblower that actually put it there.  It is supposed to neatly balance the twin-goals of discouraging so-called...

DOJ Catch Of The Week -- Centerra Services

Posted  02/5/16
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's Department of Justice "Catch of the Week" goes to Centerra Services International Inc. (formerly known as Wackenhut Services).  On Monday, the Florida-based military contractor agreed to pay $7.4 million to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by double billing and inflating labor costs on its firefighting and fire protection services contract with...

Sleep Disorder Fraud: With the uptick in sleep disorder services and government spending comes the discovery of schemes and scams.

Posted  01/26/16
By Jessica Moore, published in ADVANCE Healthcare Network  Increasing numbers of troubled sleepers are seeking diagnosis and treatment of chronic sleep disorders that affect more than fifty million Americans.  The significant growth in sleep medicine over recent years brings increasing opportunities for the unscrupulous to engage in fraudulent services and billing of federal and state heath care programs that...

DOJ Catch Of The Week -- Kindred Healthcare

Posted  01/15/16
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's Department of Justice "Catch of the Week" goes to Kentucky-based healthcare provider Kindred Healthcare, Inc.  On Tuesday, the company and its two RehabCare Group subsidiaries agreed to pay $125 million to resolve allegations of violating the False Claims Act by knowingly causing skilled nursing facilities to submit false claims to Medicare for rehabilitation...
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