Whistleblower Rewarded for Reporting Possibly Tainted Drug Products

Medical fraud, False claims

Drug manufacturer Baxter Healthcare Corporation (Baxter) agreed to pay $18.158 million to the United State to resolve its criminal and civil liability arising from its failure to follow current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) when manufacturing sterile drug products in North Carolina. Continue Reading

SEC Whistleblower Awards List – February 2017

SECURITIES AND COMMODITIES FRAUD , SEC WHISTLEBLOWER AWARDS LIST

The SEC Office of the Whistleblower posts Notices of Covered Action where a final judgment or order, by itself or together with other prior judgments or orders in the same action issued after July 21, 2010, results in monetary sanctions exceeding $1 million. Subject to the Final Rules, individuals who voluntarily provided the Commission with original information after July 21, 2010 that led to the successful enforcement of a covered action listed below are eligible to apply for a whistleblower award. Once a Notice of Covered Action is posted by the SEC, individuals have 90 calendar days to apply for an award.  Click “Continue Reading” to view the list. Continue Reading

Grassley Reminds Supreme Court Nominee of the Importance of False Claims Act

Sen. Grassley said he wanted to bring up the False Claims Act so Judge Gorsuch would understand how important it is to him.

Washington, D.C. March 24, 2017. The Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing for President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court began on Monday.  Sen. Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Committee and long-time advocate of whistleblower rights, brought the issue of the False Claims Act (FCA) to Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch’s attention.

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GAO Finds That Pilot Government Contractor Whistleblower Program A “Complete Failure”

GAO Finds That Pilot Government Contractor Whistleblower Program A “Complete Failure” Agency Inspector Generals Failed to Rule In Favor of Whistleblowers In Any Cases

Agency Inspector Generals Failed to Rule In Favor of Whistleblowers In Any Cases

Washington, D.C.  March 3, 2017. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report to Congressional Committees yesterday on the Government Contractor Whistleblower Protections Pilot Program (pilot program). The pilot program was established under the National Defense Authorization Act 2013 (the Act). Its purpose is to expand whistleblower rights against reprisal for executive agencies’ contractors, subcontractors and grantee employees.

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Physician Awarded $11.4 Million for Reporting Illegal Billing Scheme

False Claims Act Settlements

TeamHealth Holdings, a U.S. hospital service agreed to resolve allegations that its violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare, Medicaid, the Defense Health Agency and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program for more expensive levels of medical service than were performed (a practice known as “up-coding”).  TeamHealth agreed to pay $60 million, plus interest to settle the case, according to a February 6, 2017 announcement by the Department of Justice. Continue Reading

Decisions of the DOL Administrative Review Board – January & February 2017

Decisions of the DOL Administrative Review Board

The Administrative Review Board issues final agency decisions for the Secretary of Labor in cases arising under a wide range of worker protection laws, primarily involving environmental, transportation, and securities whistleblower protection.  Click “Continue Reading” below  for  decisions of the Administrative Review Board from January to February 2017 as reported in the USDOL/OALJ Reporter: Continue Reading

SEC Whistleblower Awards List – January 2017

Sec Protects Access to Whistleblower Rewards

The SEC Office of the Whistleblower posts Notices of Covered Action where a final judgment or order, by itself or together with other prior judgments or orders in the same action issued after July 21, 2010, results in monetary sanctions exceeding $1 million. Subject to the Final Rules, individuals who voluntarily provided the Commission with original information after July 21, 2010 that led to the successful enforcement of a covered action listed below are eligible to apply for a whistleblower award. Once a Notice of Covered Action is posted by the SEC, individuals have 90 calendar days to apply for an award.  Click “Continue Reading” to view the list.

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Whistleblower Disclosure Leads to Largest-ever Criminal Penalty for Vessel Pollution

Princess Cruise Lines fined $40 million criminal penalty

A whistleblower disclosure triggered a federal investigation into Princess Cruise Lines resulting in a $40 million criminal penalty, which is the largest-ever fine for deliberate vessel pollution. Continue Reading

OSC Issues Reminder of Anti-Gag Provisions in Whistleblower Law

OSC Issues Reminder of Anti-Gag Provisions in Whistleblower Law

Washington, D.C. January 26, 2017. The Office of Special Counsel (OSC), issued a press release yesterday reminding federal agencies and the federal work force of the rights afforded to whistleblowers under the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA). OSC is an independent watchdog agency that protects federal employees from unauthorized personnel practices in government. Continue Reading

SEC Pays Whistleblowers $7 Million for Assisting in Prosecution of Investment Scheme

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reported yesterday that it awarded three whistleblowers a total of $7 million for their assistance in bringing down an investment scheme that was targeting investors. Continue Reading

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