The U.S. Department of Justice says False Claims Act lawsuits recovered $4.7 billion in fiscal 2016, more than the $3.6 billion recovered in fiscal 2015, and the third-largest annual tally in the FCA’s history.
A federal judge has ordered Dallas-based Trinity Industries to pay $683 million in a whistleblower case that accused the company of defrauding the U.S. government. Single damages were pegged at $175 million and tripled to $525 million by a jury. The judge also hit the company with over 16,000 violations at $8,250 each, for an additional total of $138.4 million. In addition, the judge ordered the company to pay nearly $20 million to cover whistleblower Joshua Harman’s legal expenses.
For the second time in less than a year, DaVita will pay a massive sum to settle a False Claims Act case; this time $495 million to settle a case filed seven years ago, and declined more than
In fiscal year 2012, federal and state False Claims Act cases returned over $9 billion back to the government. This sum consists of criminal fines as well as several large state False Claims Act settlements, including over $300 million recovered by the State of California in a single Medicaid HMO case.