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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.

Constantine Cannon Settles Whistleblower Case with Sharp Healthcare Center for Research

Posted  11/6/19
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A whistleblower represented by Constantine Cannon, who exposed an alleged cycle of deceit at Sharp HealthCare, a regional hospital system in San Diego, has settled a False Claims Act lawsuit against the Sharp Healthcare Center for Research, Sharp’s clinical-trial research arm. The whistleblower suit alleged that Sharp fraudulently billed government payers, like Medicare and Medicaid (known as Medi-Cal in...

Appellate Decision Raises Questions for Relators Seeking a Share from Alternate Remedies

Posted  11/4/19
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The Third Circuit caught industry headlines when it was reported to have ruled on October 28, 2019, that a whistleblower had no right to an award based on a portion of criminal fines or forfeitures. That would upend longstanding rights of relators to share in the proceeds of “related proceedings.” Thankfully, the real scope of the opinion is less far-reaching, though it would be wise for relators to consider...

CATCH OF THE WEEK — Sanford Health to pay over $20M for kickback, unnecessary spinal surgery claims brought by two Sanford doctors

Posted  10/30/19
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Our Catch of the Week features a $20.25 million settlement with South Dakota-based Sanford Health, Sanford Medical Center, and Sanford Clinic announced by the Justice Department in an October 28, 2019 press release.  The settlement resolves allegations the massive health system knowingly submitted claims for medically unnecessary spinal surgeries and tainted by kickbacks to a top Sanford neurosurgeon.  Two Sanford...

CATCH OF THE WEEK – Osteo Relief Institutes, Pedaling Dubious Treatment for Arthritis, Tagged for Charging Medicare for Medically Unnecessary Services

Posted  10/25/19
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On October 18, 2019, the Department of Justice announced a settlement with arthritis treatment provider Osteo Relief Institutes and seven of its locations in Phoenix, Arizona; San Diego, California; Lexington, Kentucky; Wall Township, New Jersey; Dallas, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; and, Colorado Springs, Colorado.  According to the DOJ press release, the ORI entities, together with their principals, will collectively...

Media Round-Up: Our Whistleblower Lawyers in the Press

Posted  10/24/19
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With whistleblowers continuing to dominate the headlines, lawyers from the Constantine Cannon whistleblower team have been published in and featured in a number of outlets.  This week saw the following stories:

Legislation Watch: Proposed Amendments to Bank Secrecy Act Include Whistleblower Rewards

Posted  10/23/19
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Currently in the 116th Congress, both the House and Senate are considering bills that would amend existing law to provide a whistleblower reporting system and meaningful financial rewards to whistleblowers who come forward to the federal government to report unlawful money laundering and other violations of specified banking laws. We have previously written on the important benefits that would be available with...

“We are on the verge of a cultural paradigm shift” on Whistleblowers – Constantine Cannon Partner, Mary Inman

Posted  10/18/19
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In the Time column "How to Rethink Whistleblowing for Today's Post-Truth World," partner Mary Inman shares her thoughts with Martin Bright, the London Observer journalist who broke the whistleblower story behind the movie “Official Secrets.”  Bright’s column grapples with the contributions of whistleblowers in a time of unprecedented disregard of the truth.  Says Mary Inman: "We are rapidly moving towards a...

Amazon Feels the Force

Posted  10/17/19
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It’s a reoccurring joke that our government services are a little behind on technological times.  President Obama’s staff famously panicked in 2008 when confronted with the outdated state of White House technology.  Although some things have improved in the last decade, the federal government still remains slow to adapt to technological change. The Pentagon is now trying to get on board with the...

New York Poised to Become One of Most Whistleblower-Friendly Places

Posted  10/17/19
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As anonymous whistleblowers make national headlines daily, so do the attacks on their integrity and calls to reveal their identity. In order to combat the chilling effect on the courageous individuals who report fraud or misconduct, New Yorkers—both at the state and city level—are doubling down on whistleblower protections and encouraging observers of corruption to come forward. Lat week, New York Attorney...

Catch Our Rising Star!

Posted  10/17/19
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Law360 has tapped Michael Ronickher, partner in the whistleblower practice at Constantine Cannon, for its 2019 Rising Star series.  Law360 selected Mike for his work representing whistleblowers in all manner of reward programs, including his role in the groundbreaking cybersecurity whistleblower case against Cisco. What motivates Mike?  His clients: “Our clients are a real reason that we all get out of bed in...
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