Have a Claim?

Click here for a confidential contact or call:

1-212-350-2764

Whistleblower Group

This archive page contains posts by the Whistleblower Practice Group.  For all Whistleblower pages, please see: 

Page 1 of 695

ITT Cannon Pays $11M to Settle Whistleblower Claims of Government Contracting Fraud

Posted  07/18/19
electrical connectors scattered around
On Tuesday, the Department of Justice announced that defense contractor ITT Cannon will pay $11 million to settle allegations it violated the False Claims Act by supplying electrical connectors to the military that had not been properly tested. The company sold the untested connectors to the government directly and through distributors and other government contractors. See DOJ Press Release. According to the...

Catch of the Week — Overstock.com Ordered to Pay $7.27M in Whistleblower’s Unused Gift Card Case

Posted  07/12/19
overstsock.com website logo
In a final order made public this week, a Delaware judge ordered internet retailer Overstock.com to pay $7.27 million in treble damages and civil penalties for failing to report and transfer to the state nearly $3 million in unredeemed gift card balances. In September 2018, a jury found that Overstock had violated Delaware’s unclaimed property law, which requires gift card issuers to remit unused card balances to...

Question of the Week — Is DOJ’s Blockbuster $1.4 Billion Opioid Settlement Just the Tip of the Iceberg?

Posted  07/12/19
Pill container spilled over with pills fallen out.
On July 11, DOJ announced a record-breaking $1.4 billion settlement with Reckitt Benckiser Group plc (RB Group) over allegations that its former subsidiary Indivior Inc. inflated prescriptions of its opioid-withdrawal drug Suboxone through numerous unestablished representations about the drug’s safety and addictiveness. The settlement resolves RB Group’s potential civil and criminal liability, but Indivior still...

July 11, 2019

Reckitt Benckiser Group plc, which marketed and sold the opioid addiction treatment drug Suboxone until 2014 through its then-subsidiary Indivior Inc., will pay a total of $1.4 billion in a global settlement resolving criminal, civil, and administrative claims.  In marketing Suboxone Film, Indivior allegedly made unsupported claims that the drug was less-divertable and less-abusable than other buprenorphine drugs, and steered patients to doctors known to have a history of over-prescribing Suboxone and other opioids.  In addition, Indivior was alleged to have discontinued its tablet Suboxone for pretextual reasons, claiming a concern for pediatric exposure when, in fact, the company was seeking to delay FDA approval of a generic form of tablet Suboxone.  In a non-prosecution agreement, RB Group will forfeit $647 million in proceeds it received from Indivior, will cooperate with ongoing investigations, and will not manufacture or market controlled substances in the U.S. for three years.  In resolution of civil claims with the U.S. and states, including six lawsuits filed by whistleblowers under the False Claims Act, RB Group will pay $700 million to resolve claims that the marketing of Suboxone caused false claims to be submitted to government healthcare programs.  Finally, RB Group has agreed to pay $50 million in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission to resolve claims that it engaged in unfair competition in seeking to impede generic equivalents of Suboxone.  DOJ; USAO W.D.Va.; FTC

July 10, 2019

Overstock.com has been ordered by a Delaware court to pay $7.3 million following a jury verdict against it on claims that the online retailer misrepresented its disposition of abandoned gift card balances to Delaware's revenue agency in order to avoid obligations under the Delaware escheat law, which requires that Delaware-chartered companies turn over unclaimed assets to the state.  The case was brought by whistleblower William Sean French, a former employee of a gift card company, under the Delaware False Claims and Reporting Act. DEL

July 10, 2019

Rural Metro of Southern Ohio, Inc. has agreed to pay $275,116 to resolve allegations of submitting, or causing the submission of, false claims to Medicare.  In a qui tam suit brought by Nicholas Ratterman, a former employee, Rural Metro was alleged to have billed Medicare for medically unnecessary overnight hospital discharge ambulance transports between 2013 to 2017.  As part of the settlement, Ratterman will receive about $44,000.  USAO EDKY

July 9, 2019

Two chiropractors who owned the Kansas City Health and Wellness Clinic have agreed to pay $350,000 to settle False Claims allegations.  Brothers Ryan Schell and Tyler Schell allegedly billed Medicare for medically unnecessary, unprovided, or uncovered treatments of peripheral neuropathy, which causes loss of sensation and/or burning sensations in the hands and feet.  USAO KS

July 8, 2019

Anthony Camillo, the owner of Illinois-based Allegiance Medical Laboratory and AMS Medical Laboratory, has been sentenced to 2.5 years in prison and ordered to pay $3.5 million in restitution for defrauding Medicare and Medicaid.  According to the DOJ, Camillo paid Missouri-based marketers between $150-$200 for urine and saliva samples sent to his labs.  His conduct incentivized other fraudulent conduct, including medically unnecessary testing of disabled and elderly patients living in residential care facilities, and the use of doctors’ names on test orders without the doctors’ knowledge.  USAO EDMO

July 5, 2019

A New York doctor is the latest defendant in a widespread OK Compounding pharmacy fraud scheme to settle with the government.  From 2014 to 2015, Dr. George Lehner allegedly prescribed compounded pain creams for his Medicare patients in exchange for an hourly “medical director fee” by OK Compounding LLC.  To settle the case against him, Lehner will pay about $130,000USAO NDOK

July 3, 2019

A Florida man convicted in February of causing the collapse of one of the largest banks in Puerto Rico has been sentenced to 30 years in prison and ordered to pay $103 million in restitution to the FDIC.  Jack Kachkar had fraudulently secured $142 million in loans from Westernbank of Puerto Rico by presenting fake invoices from his company, Inyx Inc.  When he failed to repay the loans, the bank suffered a catastrophic loss that forced it to close.  DOJ; USAO SDFL
1 2 3 695

Newsletter

Subscribe to receive email updates from the Constantine Cannon blogs

Sign up for: