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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| Patrick Burns

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. 

| Michael Sullivan, Finch McCranie, Mark Simpson, Skilled Nursing Facility, Life Care Centers of America
| Patrick Burns

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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”?

| vulture loans, vulture capitalism, litigation financing
| Anonymous (not verified)

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.

| David Griscom

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Hui Chen, U.S. Department of Justice Compliance Expert, gets it.

Check out what she had to say about compliance: 

| compliance, Hui Chen
| David Griscom

Sometimes you see amazing things.

For example, how about a case resolving in less than 6 month, with a 20% relator share?

Top Cases | Arizona, FCA, Yavapai Regional Medical Center
| David Griscom

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.

Top Cases | Sava, FCA, Billing
| David Griscom

Brian Kenney and the law firm of Kenney & McCafferty have an amazing track record of success in the False Claims Act, IRS, and SEC whistleblower arenas.
Top Cases | Law Firm of the Year, TAF Conference, Kenney & McCafferty
| David Griscom

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. 

SEC | RPM, SEC, Corporate Compliance
| David Griscom

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.

| TAFEF, Award Winner, whistleblower of the year
| Patrick Burns

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.

| Joyce Branda, Benjamin Mizer, Loretta Lynch, Neil Getnick, Shelley Slade, Patrick Burns, conference, awards, award, 30th Anniversary