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Whistleblower Insider is written by the Constantine Cannon law firm team of experienced qui tam and whistleblower lawyers. It is updated regularly to provide the latest whistleblower and fraud news and developments.

Fraud in Government Telehealth Programs: How to Report it Under the False Claims Act for a Whistleblower Reward

Posted  09/4/19
When patients are unable to see a doctor in person, technology can offer solutions. Telehealth or telemedicine is the provision of health services – including assessment, diagnosis, intervention, consultation, or supervision – across distance through the use of information technology. It can be especially valuable in rural areas, where specialty providers may not be available. And its use has grown...

Deutsche Bank Pays More than $16M to Settle SEC Charges of FCPA Violations

Posted  08/30/19
Last week, the SEC announced that German-based banking giant Deutsche Bank agreed to pay more than $16 million to settle charges it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by hiring relatives of foreign officials in China and Russia to get investment banking business.  See SEC Press Release.  According to the SEC’s order, these so-called "referral hires" bypassed the bank's merit-based hiring process and...

Question of the Week — Is the use of public nuisance law against J&J for its role in the opioid crisis appropriate?

Posted  08/29/19
The landmark $572M opioid verdict in Oklahoma against Johnson & Johnson stemmed from a single claim: “public nuisance” under state law.  Other cases against opioid manufacturers, including whistleblower cases, involve claims for fraud, unlawful marketing, improper prescriptions, kickbacks, violating the Controlled Substances Act by failing to report suspicious purchases, and even flooding the black market.  But...

Is Data the Future of Whistleblowing?

Posted  08/28/19
Two recent decisions, one in California and the other in Texas, might be signaling a new frontier in False Claims Act (FCA) litigation: the data-driven whistleblower. Both cases are brought by the same whistleblower, Integra. Integra is not a typical whistleblower, which are generally corporate insiders or other employees of a company that is accused of defrauding the government. Instead, Integra is a corporation that...

Catch of the Week — American Airlines Required to Pay Over $22 Million for Falsely Reporting Delivery Times

Posted  08/23/19
Ever wondered why a package you were desperately waiting for showed up late?  Ever wished you could hold those responsible accountable for it? If so, the U.S. government agrees with you.  Its recent settlement against American Airlines required the airline to pay over $22 million for allegedly falsely reporting its delivery times.  The resolution shows that timeliness matters and is yet another reminder that...

Promising Changes to IRS Whistleblower Program – Tax Whistleblowers Now Protected Against Retaliation and Improved Communication when Reporting Tax Violations

Posted  08/21/19
By Michael Ronickher, Carolina Gonzalez
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Recent legislation marks a potential huge step forward for the IRS Whistleblower Program, which offers rewards of 15 to 30% of government recoveries to whistleblowers who report tax avoidance.  The Taxpayer First Act (TFA), which came into force on July 1, 2019 introduced key reforms that should benefit whistleblowers reporting tax evasion and underreporting. A few months ago, the IRS Whistleblower Office released...

Question of the Week — Should Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) be allowed to deny patients access to essential life-saving drugs prescribed by their doctor?

Posted  08/19/19
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As described in a recent article in The Fresno Bee, thousands of patients nation-wide have been denied access to essential life-saving medications by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) under the guise of ensuring that patients receive the most appropriate and cost-effective treatment. PBMs are the quintessential “middlemen” in the healthcare system, standing between patients and their physicians on one side, and...

Catch of the Week — Yukom Communications and Others Face CFTC Claims of Binary Options Fraud

Posted  08/16/19
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The Commodity Futures Trading Commission filed suit against five entities and four individuals on August 12, 2019, in the Northern District of Illinois for running a $103 million fraudulent binary options scheme. The defendants, led by Israeli company Yukom Communications Ltd.,which marketed binary options using two websites known as BinaryBook and BigOption. In recent years, the CFTC has targeted fraudulent binary...

Tech Whistleblowers Needed: Inquire Within

Posted  08/16/19
Facebook, Google, Samsung, Microsoft – we rely on large tech companies to safeguard our privacy and time and again they let us down. Yet tech companies are known to be highly selective employers, hiring the best and brightest and often paying better than companies in other industries. So how is it that they remain vulnerable to data breaches with such talent at their disposal? Cisco whistleblower James Glenn has...

Whistleblower Suit Revived by Third Circuit Despite Settlement in Related State Court Action

Posted  08/13/19
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In United States ex rel. Jean Charte v. American Tutor, Inc., the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed dismissal of a whistleblower’s qui tam action under the False Claims Act, giving the whistleblower the right to pursue her claims. The district court had dismissed the action under state law res judicata principals, because the relator had settled a defamation action brought in state court against her by...
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