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The latest news on what’s happening in the world of the False Claims Act and the IRS, SEC and CFTC whistleblower programs.  

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| Nicholas Feeney

Full applause to the joint effort of Behn Wyetzner and Morgan Verkamp as District Judge Manish Shah rejected a bid by Northrop Grumman to dismiss a whistleblower-initiated lawsuit on Thursday.

FCA | Northrop, Behn Wyetzner, Morgan Verkamp
| Anonymous (not verified)

CBO likes the False Claims Act!  Why?  Because it's a law that actually works.

FCA | CBO, Congressional Budget Office
| Anonymous (not verified)

A whistleblower-initiated False Claims Act lawsuit which triggered a federal investigation into the financial transactions of renal care company DaVita Healthcare Partners, has resulted in DaVita paying $400 million to settle civil charges involving massive kickbacks paid to doctors in the form of real estate transactions.

FCA | DaVita, renal care, kickbacks
| Nicholas Feeney

The TAF Education Fund has filed an amicus curiae brief in the case of  Kellogg Brown & Root Servs., Inc. v. U.S. ex rel. Carter. The brief supports the Respondent, relator Benjamin Carter, and argues for affirmance of the Fourth Circuit’s ruling that qui tam actions are only barred under the first-to-file rule while a prior, related qui tam suit is still pending.

FCA | supreme court, Cleveland Lawrence, first to file
| Anonymous (not verified)

The fraud-related stories we're reading today.

Investigation |
| Nicholas Feeney

SEC whistleblower awards for Fiscal Year 2014 top $35 million, continuing a trend in increased antifraud law enforcement since the program’s inception in 2011.  Nine whistleblowers received awards, an increase from four awards in FY2013, which totaled approximately $15 million. The office awarded more than $30 million to one whistleblower, its largest-ever whistleblower award, and for the first time, the office used its authority under the Dodd-Frank Act to bring enforcement action against a company for retaliation against a whistleblower.

SEC | SEC, Incentive Integrity, FY 2014, Sean Mckessy, Mary Jo White
| Anonymous (not verified)

What can we learn about human fraud from observing animal fakery?

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| Anonymous (not verified)

Trinity Industries guardrail case is set to be the largest recovery in an unjoined False Claims Act case to date.

FCA | litigated, Trinity, guardrail, trial, highway safety
| Nicholas Feeney

Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund (TAFEF) says False Claims Act recoveries for Fiscal Year 2014 top $5 billion, continuing a trend in increased antifraud law enforcement going back for more than six years.

“More people know about the False Claims Act than ever before,” noted Patrick Burns, Co-Executive Director of TAFEF. “And as a consequence we are continually finding new fraud arenas.”

FCA | Patrick Burns, false claims act, Fiscal Year 2014
| Anonymous (not verified)

Patrick Burns, Co-Executive Director of Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund, joined TAFEF members Steve Sheller (Sheller P.C.) and Joseph Trautwein (Trautwein & Associates) on The American Law Journal to discuss "An American Hustle: Big Corporations Behaving Badly".  Video is embedded.

FCA | Patrick Burns, Steve Sheller, Joe Trautwein, American Law Journal, Chris Naughton, Gina Paserella, Ed Silverman