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

Posted  08/13/19
Judge's bench with empty chair and gavel
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...

United States Intervenes in Home Health Care Fraud Case

Posted  05/30/19
Doctor Hand Taking Money from Patient's Hand
Last week, the United States intervened in a lawsuit brought against Florida-based Doctor’s Choice Home Care and its two owners.  The Department of Justice alleged that the company bribed doctors to refer patients in violation of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law. Both laws prohibit medical providers from paying or receiving kickbacks in connection with government-funded health care...

Whistleblowers Win One in Supreme Court with Clarification on Statute of Limitations for False Claims Act Actions

Posted  05/15/19
U.S. Supreme Court building and plaza
In a unanimous opinion written by Justice Clarence Thomas, the Supreme Court affirmed that the False Claims Act’s statute of limitations applies in the same manner to all whistleblower-initiated actions, regardless of whether the United States has intervened in the action or not.  The decision resolves a three-way split among the federal circuit courts. In the underlying litigation, U.S. ex rel. Hunt v. Cochise...

DOJ Intervenes in Whistleblower’s Suit Alleging Health Care Company Defrauded Medicare

Posted  10/18/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team The Justice Department announced a lawsuit Tuesday against the husband-and-wife owners of a health care company outside Chicago, alleging they violated the False Claims Act by falsely billing Medicare for millions of dollars in unnecessary or nonexistent home healthcare services. According to the lawsuit, the couple netted millions of dollars through the scheme. The...

Allergan to Pay $13M to Resolve Whistleblower-Initiated Suit

Posted  07/5/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Pharmaceutical maker Allergan, Inc. has agreed to pay $13 million to settle claims it illegally promoted eye drugs through a kickback scheme to induce doctors to prescribe its products. According to the complaint, Allergan improperly provided services such as business consulting and continuing medical education to boost its sales by encouraging doctors to recommend...

May 16, 2017

Whistleblower Partner Mary Inman quoted in the Law360 article discussing the federal government’s intervention in the False Claims Act suit, Feds Take Over Whistleblower's UnitedHealth Overbilling Suit.  Click here to read more.

DOJ intervenes in $50 Million Healthcare Fraud Case

Posted  03/2/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Preet Bharara, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced a civil suit and criminal actions against several doctors and health care entities alleging over $50M in fraud through schemes that lasted over 12 years. Five of the six doctors charged in their personal capacity were arrested in the New York area on Wednesday. The allegations center around Asim...

February Roundup – February 17-20, 2017

Constantine Cannon attorneys quoted in articles about the DOJ joining its whistleblower lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group:
  • UnitedHealth Filing Reflects DOJ’s Heightened Fraud Focus, Bloomberg BNA;
  • Whistleblower suit alleges UnitedHealth defrauded Medicare, StarTribune;
  • Justice Department joins Medicare Advantage fraud lawsuit against UnitedHealth, Modern Healthcare;
  • Feds Join FCA Suit Targeting UnitedHealth Billing, Law360;
  • United Healthcare Whistleblower Suit Provides ‘Interesting’ Investment Opportunity, The Street;
  • Lawsuit says UnitedHealth tied to scheme to overbill Medicare, MINNPOST;
  • DOJ joins whistle-blower suit accusing UnitedHealth of overbilling Medicare , Becker's Hospital Review;
  • Justice Department joins lawsuit against UnitedHealth over Medicare billing, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal;
  • UnitedHealth Lower Off NYT Article Claiming Suit For Overbilling Medicare, Benzinga;
  • UnitedHealth, Health Insurers Fall As DOJ Joins Whistleblower Suit, Investor's Business Daily;
  • Feds join whistleblower suit that accuses UnitedHealth of inflating Medicare Advantage risk scores, Fierce Healthcare;
  • United Health sinks after being sued by the US government (UNH), Business Insider;
  • Feds join whistleblower lawsuit claiming UnitedHealth overcharged Medicare, TwinCities (Pioneer Press);
  • UnitedHealth leads Dow losses after US joins whistleblower case, Financial Times;
  • UnitedHealth shares fall after Justice Department joins Medicare whistleblower lawsuit, CNBC ;
  •  UnitedHealth's Medicare business draws federal scrutiny, Minnesota Public Radio;
  • DOJ joins whistleblower lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group, WellMed, Healthcare Finance News;
  • Suit Says, Scheme Tied to UnitedHealth Overbilled Medicare for Years, Morning Outlook; and
  • UnitedHealth Group Targeted by Whistleblower Lawsuit, Hamodia.

United States Intervenes in Constantine Cannon Whistleblower’s suit against UnitedHealth Group, WellMed Medical Management

Posted  02/16/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team The U.S. Department of Justice has joined Constantine Cannon in bringing a whistleblower’s False Claims Act lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest health insurer and largest operator of Medicare managed healthcare insurance plans. The suit alleges UnitedHealth and its various subsidiaries and affiliates defrauded Medicare by improperly inflating its risk...
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