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August 1, 2014

Hewlett-Packard Co. agreed to pay $32.5 million to resolve allegations under the False Claims Act that HP overcharged the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for products between October 2001 and December 2010. According to the government, HP overcharged USPS by failing to comply with pricing terms of its USPS contract, including a requirement that HP provide prices that were no greater than those offered to HP customers with comparable contracts. DOJ

July 8, 2014

Virginia-based move management company RE/MAX Allegiance Relocation Services agreed to pay roughly half a million dollars to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by overbilling the government for transportation services. The government alleged RE/MAX charged the government for federal employee relocation services it never provided and charged inflated rates for relocation services it did provide by charging inapplicable tariff rates. Former RE/MAX employee Michael Angel will receive a whistleblower reward in an undisclosed amount under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. 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 7, 2014

Sanborn Map Company agreed to pay $2.1M to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims in connection with U. S. Army Corps of Engineers contracts for photogrammetric mapping and geographic information system services. The allegations were first raised in a qui tamlawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ

January 23, 2014

GE Hitachi agreed to pay $2.7 million to resolve allegations under the False Claims Act that it made false statements and claims to the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission concerning an advanced nuclear reactor design. The allegations were first raised in a qui tam lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ

August 29, 2013

Conax Florida Corp. agreed to resolve allegations under the False Claims Act that the company submitted false claims to the government for improperly tested inertia reels and non-conforming voltage references. Inertia reels are part of a system designed to secure aircrew members in the event of a crash. Voltage references are electronic parts used in water-activated parachute releases. Both devices are used by the U.S. military and NASA. The allegations were first raised in a qui tam lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ

August 28, 2013

RPM International Inc. and its subsidiary, Tremco Inc. paid $61M to resolve allegations that Tremco filed false claims in connection with two multiple award schedule contracts with the General Services Administration for roofing supplies and services. The allegations were first raised in a qui tam lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ

December 8, 2015

Constantine Cannon whistleblower lawyers Anne Hartman and Wayne Lamprey were quoted in the Corporate Crime Reporter article, False Claims Act Lawsuit Filed Against Nation’s Largest Wireless Carriers.  Click here to read the article.

Forty-Two California Government Entities Join Whistleblower Suit Against Nation’s Largest Wireless Carriers

San Francisco, CA (December 8, 2015) – More than 40 California government entities have joined a lawsuit filed by a whistleblower against Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. The case, brought in Sacramento County Superior Court under the California False Claims Act, alleges that the wireless companies overcharged government customers by more than $100 million. The government intervenors and the whistleblower are represented by Constantine Cannon LLP. The action was unsealed by the Court on December 7, 2015. The wireless companies are alleged to have ignored two cost-saving requirements included in the master contracts under which California state and local government customers purchased wireless services.  Specifically, the master contracts required the carriers to determine and report to the government customers which rate plan selections would result in the lowest cost – referred to as “rate plan optimization” – and to provide wireless services at “the lowest available cost.” Rate plan optimization is a computerized service that analyzes individuals’ usage patterns quarterly and identifies the least expensive service or rate plan for each phone or user. Selecting the rate plan that best matches usage patterns reduces costs by 20-30% over the term of a contract.  Although the master contracts with the government required it, the wireless carriers did not prepare or provide rate plan optimization reports, the lawsuit alleges.  Further, as the carriers did not bill government customers utilizing the most cost effective rate plans, the defendants are also alleged to have failed to provide service at the “lowest available cost.”  The carriers’ failure to live up to their contractual promises, the lawsuit alleges, resulted in overcharges to the government of more than $100 million. “The carriers promised optimization in order to win these government contracts, which are worth billions of dollars,” said Anne Hayes Hartman, a partner at Constantine Cannon with extensive experience representing whistleblowers and government entities in False Claims Act cases. “But while they were happy to take the government’s money, the carriers simply ignored their commitments to bill using the lowest cost rate plans.  The carriers profited and taxpayers paid the price.” “We look forward to recovering the lost savings and securing ongoing contract compliance for the many government entities that were damaged,” said Wayne T. Lamprey, a partner at Constantine Cannon and former Assistant U.S. Attorney. The action was brought by OnTheGo Wireless, which has been one of the leading rate plan analysis firms in the country and a pioneer in the field of rate plan optimization. The case is State of California et al. ex rel. OntheGo Wireless, LLC v. Cellco Partnership et al., Case No. 34-2012-00127517 (Super. Ct. Cal., Sacramento County). Intervening Entities Regents of the University of California Los Angeles County Madera County Marin County Orange County Riverside County Sacramento County San Bernardino County Santa Cruz County Sonoma County Stanislaus County Yuba County City of Capitola City of Chino City of Corona City of Fortuna City of Long Beach City of Oxnard City of Rancho Cucamonga City of Ripon City of Riverside City of Sacramento City of San Bernardino City of San Mateo City of Santa Cruz City of Santa Rosa City of Vernon City of Victorville Grossmont Union High School District Irvine Unified School District Kaweah Delta Health Care District Kings Canyon Unified School District Olivenhain Municipal Water District Sonoma County Water Agency Rosemead School District Saddleback Valley Unified San Diego Unified School District Santa Cruz Public Libraries Torrance Unified School District Victor Valley Transit Authority Whittier Union High School District Woodbridge Fire District   About Constantine Cannon LLP Constantine Cannon, with offices in New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco and London, has deep expertise in practice areas that include antitrust and complex commercial litigation, whistleblower representation, government relations, securities and e-discovery. The firm’s antitrust practice is among the largest and most well recognized in the nation. Constantine Cannon’s experience spans across multiple industries including healthcare, banking, electronic payments, insurance, high tech, telecommunications, the Internet and government contracting. Constantine Cannon’s whistleblower lawyer practice represents whistleblowers under the False Claims Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, and the various federal and state laws that encourage industry insiders to report evidence of fraud or misconduct. The firm was one of the first in the country to bring a claim under the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act.
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