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State Enforcement Actions

Each state enforces its laws and defends its interests, and states often work with the federal government in investigating and prosecuting corporate frauds.  Whistleblowers with knowledge of fraud or wrongful conduct that involves state or local funds or programs may be able to bring a claim under a state or local False Claims Act, and may be eligible to receive a monetary reward and protection against retaliation.

Below are summaries of recent settlements, successful prosecutions, and enforcement actions by states. If you believe you have information about fraud which could give rise to a claim under a State or Local False Claims Act or other whistleblower reward provision, please contact us to speak with one of our experienced whistleblower attorneys.

June 4, 2014

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced he, along with 43 other State Attorneys General and the District of Columbia, reached a $105M settlement with GlaxoSmithKline, LLC (GSK) arising from alleged improper marketing and promotion of the asthma drug Advair and the anti-depressant drugs Paxil and Wellbutrin. New York’s share of the settlement is over $4.1M. NYAG

January 8, 2014

Acting New Jersey Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced HIKO Energy, LLC agreed to pay $2.1 million and to significantly revise its business practices to resolve allegations it aggressively solicited consumers with written guarantees and verbal representations about its monthly prices for electric and/or natural gas service which it failed to fulfill, resulting in significant financial losses for New Jersey consumers. NJ

January 5, 2014

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that Apple Transportation of New York, Inc. will pay $300,000 to settle claims it overbilled Medicaid for transportation services. As part of a settlement agreement, Apple Transportation admitted that between January 1, 2004 and October 30, 2008, it frequently billed Medicaid for ambulette services even though no personal assistance was provided to Medicaid recipients. As a result, Apple was paid by Medicaid for ambulette services at rates that were higher than the applicable livery rates. NY
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