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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.

Question of the Week — Should Whistleblowers Receive Rewards for Exposing Data Breaches?

Posted  10/17/18
Hardly a week goes by without more news of an actual or attempted data breach threatening consumer privacy or government security. In just this past month, Uber, Anthem and Facebook all made headlines for massive data breaches affecting millions of users and customers. In late September, Facebook notified its users of a data breach that exposed over 50 million people to hackers who could have taken over the users’ Facebook...

Healthcare Fraud: it’s not just Medicare and Medicaid

Posted  10/17/18
Last year, the U.S. Department of Justice recovered $2.4 billion in settlements and judgments involving fraud in the healthcare industry perpetrated against government payors. But government programs like Medicare and Medicaid aren’t the only targets of massive healthcare fraud schemes. A recent Department of Justice press release announced the unsealing of a 32-count indictment containing charges against four individuals and seven companies in a $1 billion healthcare fraud that impacted...

Catch of the Week – AmerisourceBergen Corporation

Posted  10/12/18
Last Monday, one of the largest drug wholesalers in the country agreed to pay $625 million to settle allegations that it put cancer patients at risk by illegally repackaging and distributing millions of vials of oncology drugs. The federal government and forty-four states claimed that AmerisourceBergen Corp. (“ABC”) and one of its subsidiaries, Medical Initiatives, Inc. (“MII”) engaged in a thirteen-year-long scheme to open sterile vials of oncology drugs, pool...

Constantine Cannon Partner Gordon Schnell Quoted in Law360 on the Rise of "Outside" Whistleblowers

Posted  10/12/18
Following the blockbuster False Claims Act settlement by AmerisourceBergen Corp., Law360 reported that 3 of the 4 whistleblowers who brought the case forward were not employees of the company. Rather, two were pharmacy workers at a Michigan hospital and one was a Florida physician group, and all of them were exposed to the alleged misconduct in the regular course of their work. As Law360 explains, these "outsiders" represent a new...

Havian opens trial in damages phase of FCA case against top PVC water-pipe maker, J-M Eagle

Posted  10/11/18
Constantine Cannon partner Eric Havian launched the damages-phase of a trial against J-M Eagle with opening statements on October 10, 2018. As reported by Daniel Siegal in Law360, a Los Angeles federal jury will hear evidence in a long-running case by public entities in several states who bought large transmission water-pipe from the nation’s number one PVC pipe company. A November 2013 jury unanimously found in Phase I of the...

Question of the Week — Is it Time for an Anti-Money Laundering Whistleblower Program?

Posted  10/11/18
Current US law includes a variety of whistleblower programs that reward private persons for bringing information to the government. The programs range widely, and include everything from the False Claims Act (which rewards whistleblowers for revealing fraud against the government) to the SEC whistleblower program (rewards for reporting violations of US securities laws) to the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (rewards for reporting unlawful dumping of waste into the...

Federal Judge — CFTC Can Regulate “Cryptocurrency” Fraud

Posted  10/10/18
In good news for investors, a Massachusetts federal judge recently ruled that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has the authority to fight fraud in the booming virtual currency market. The decision follows on the heels of a ruling in New York where a different federal judge reached the same conclusion. Through the Commodity Exchange Act, Congress authorized the CFTC to fight fraud involving “commodities.” As the virtual currency sector...

Catch of the Week — Health Management Associates

Posted  09/27/18
Health Management Associates, LLC (“HMA”), a former hospital chain now part of Community Health Systems, agreed on September 25th to a $260 million settlement to resolve allegations of false billing and kickbacks alleged in eight qui tam cases under the False Claims Act (“FCA”). HMA was a hospital chain headquartered in Tampa, Florida that was acquired by Community Health Systems Inc., a major U.S. hospital chain, in 2014. One whistleblower...

Question of the Week — Do Animals Need Whistleblowers?

Posted  09/26/18
A variety of whistleblower reward programs assist the U.S. government in identifying wrongdoing, holding bad actors accountable, and, often, compensating whistleblowers for the great risks they take to expose fraud and other misconduct. The False Claims Act (FCA) is by far the most widely used vehicle through which whistleblowers report fraud against the government. In fiscal year 2017, the government paid out $392 million to whistleblowers who, by filing an...

SEC Announces $4 Million Award to Overseas Whistleblower

Posted  09/24/18
We have said it before, and we will say it again:  the SEC Whistleblower Program offers monetary rewards to non-U.S. citizens.  Today's announcement from the SEC of a $4 million award to an unidentified "overseas whistleblower" demonstrates this.  According to the SEC, the anonymous whistleblower's tip caused the SEC to open an investigation.  The $4 million award "recognizes the continued, important assistance provided by the whistleblower throughout the course of...
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