A ground-breaking False Claims Act case filed against Life Care Centers of America, Inc. and its owner, Forrest Preston, has been settled for $145 million.
The settlement ends eight years of litigation in two consolidated False Claims Act cases filed separately by a nurse and a therapist, and later joined by the U.S. Department of Justice.
If someone knocks on a whistleblower’s door offering money to “invest” in a case, one of the first questions to ask is whether that individual is a “venture capitalist” or a “vulture capitalist”?
Medtronic Inc. continues to fight a False Claims Act (FCA) suit alleging it engaged in a kickback scheme to induce physicians to prescribe insulin pumps and integrated diabetes management systems.
Hui Chen, U.S. Department of Justice Compliance Expert, gets it.
Check out what she had to say about compliance:
Sometimes you see amazing things.
For example, how about a case resolving in less than 6 month, with a 20% relator share?
In the attached opinion, U.S. District Judge Kevin H. Sharp denies a motion to dismiss three FCA cases filed against SavaSeniorCare, the nation's fifth-largest skilled nursing facility, which has more than 24,000 beds in 200 skilled-nursing facilities in 23 states. The case alleges SAVA routinely billed for therapy services that were either medically unnecessary or which were unreasonable in scope.
Corporate culture that gives rise to one fraud is likely to give rise to another. Such is the case with RPM International, and its Tremco subsidiary, which settled a best-price False Claims Act case in 2013 for $61 million dollars.
This year’s Whistleblower of the Year Award went to a man of great empathy and integrity. David Kester blew the whistle on Novartis and two specialty pharmacies because he wanted doctors and pharmacy clinicians to put the needs of patients ahead of their own desire for profit and personal advance. The sick and the infirm deserved better, and David Kester aimed to make sure they got it.
Joyce Branda was given the TAF Education Fund's Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of her 30-years of leadership in helping recover more than $50 billion back to the federal government through the use of the federal False Claims Act. Ms. Branda has been a model public servant working to reconcile diverse, competing, and sometimes conflicting, voices and interests. Through it all, she has been a steward of America’s tax dollars and of the False Claims Act itself. The TAF Education Fund's Lifetime Achievement Award has only been given out six times in the past, and Ms. Branda is the first government recipient.