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DOJ Enforcement Actions

The Department of Justice is the principal federal agency authorized to enforce the laws and defend the interests of the United States. As such, it oversees the enforcement of the False Claims Act, the foundation of the American whistleblower system, as well as numerous other laws.

The agency traces its origins to the Judiciary Act of 1789 which created the Office of the Attorney General, and the 1870 Act to Establish the Department of Justice, which established the agency as “an executive department of the government of the United States” with the Attorney General as its head.

The agency is comprised of numerous divisions with the Civil Division and in some instances, the Criminal Division, overseeing investigations and prosecutions under the False Claims Act. The U.S. Attorneys Office of the federal district where the False Claims Act case is filed also plays a key role in False Claims Act enforcement.

Below are summaries of recent DOJ settlements or successful resolutions under the False Claims Act as well as other successful prosecutions for fraud and misconduct. If you believe you have information about fraud which could give  rise to a claim for a whistleblower reward, please contact us to speak with one of our experienced whistleblower attorneys.

March 11, 2014

Generic pharmaceutical giant Teva Pharmaceuticals and its IVAX subsidiary have agreed to pay $27.6M for allegedly violating the False Claims Act by making payments to induce prescriptions of an anti-psychotic drug for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. DOJ

March 7, 2014

Ocean shipping companies Sea Star Line and Horizon Lines agreed to pay $1.9M and $1.5M, respectively, to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by fixing the price of government cargo transportation contracts between the continental US and Puerto Rico, the Department of Justice announced today. The allegations were first raised in a qui tam lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ

February 27, 2014

Omnicare Inc., an Ohio-based long-term care pharmacy, agreed to pay $4.2M to settle allegations that it engaged in a kickback scheme in violation of the False Claims Act. The allegations were first raised in a qui tam lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act.DOJ

February 27, 2014

CSAV, a Chilean corporation, agreed to plead guilty pay an $8.9M criminal fine for its involvement in a conspiracy to fix prices, allocate customers and rig bids of international ocean shipping services for roll-on, roll-off cargo, such as cars and trucks, to and from the United States and elsewhere. DOJ

February 25, 2014

Diagnostic Imaging Group agreed to pay $15.5M to resolve allegations that its diagnostic testing facility falsely billed federal and state health care programs for tests that were not performed or not medically necessary and by paying kickbacks to physicians. The allegations were first raised in three qui tam lawsuits filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ

February 21, 2014

Endo Pharmaceuticals and its parent Endo Health Solutions agreed to pay $192.7M to resolve criminal and civil liability arising from Endo’s marketing of the prescription drug Lidoderm for uses not approved as safe and effective by the FDA. The allegations were first raised in three qui tam lawsuits filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ

February 19, 2014

Medical device manufacturer EndoGastric Solutions agreed to pay up to $5.25M to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by misleading health care providers about how to bill federal health care programs for a procedure using a device manufactured by the company and by paying kickbacks. The allegations were first raised in a qui tam lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ

February 18, 2014

Vector Planning and Services, an IT and systems engineering consulting firm agreed to pay $6.5M to settle False Claims Act allegations that it inflated claims for payment under several Navy service contracts. The allegations were first raised in a qui tam lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ

February 13, 2014

Japanese based Bridgestone Corp. agreed to plead guilty and pay a $425M criminal fine for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices of automotive anti-vibration rubber parts installed in cars sold in the US and elsewhere. DOJ

February 12, 2014

Government contractor MPRI Inc. agreed to pay $3.2M to resolve allegations that it submitted false labor charges on a contract to support the Army in Afghanistan. The allegations were first raised in a qui tam lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ
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