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October 31, 2016

A whistleblower is an individual that has information regarding fraudulent activity committed by either an employer or company. Generally, this fraudulent activity is against the government. If you are a whistleblower, it's important to know how vital your role is in putting an end to fraud. To learn more about these types of cases and your role as a whistleblower, check out our new Slideshare.

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October 31, 2016

A whistleblower is an individual that has information regarding fraudulent activity committed by either an employer or company. Generally, this fraudulent activity is against the government. If you are a whistleblower, it's important to know how vital your role is in putting an end to fraud. To learn more about these types of cases and your role as a whistleblower, check out our new Slideshare.

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September 19, 2016

If you have suffered damages following illegal or fraudulent behavior from a banking institution, call the AntiFraud Law Group at <a href=Wells Fargo is under fire over allegations that the banking giant opened millions of accounts without first securing customer permission. According to the complaint, Wells Fargo employees used fraudulent and abusive tactics...

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September 06, 2016

A whistleblower suit under the federal False Claims Act that, if won, may force Duke to return up to three-times the amount of ill-gotten funds to the government.

False Claims Act lawsuits have not typically been used to target academic institutions, but this trend is shifting as charges of scientific misconduct continue to rise. Duke is now among a handful of Universities that have faced False Claims Act lawsuits. It is also one of 11 research universities that account for a majority of federal funding for academic science over the past decade.

Included in the allegations are 49 grants worth $82.8 million from the National...

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August 15, 2014

On July 25th, the details of a massive whistleblower lawsuit against mutual fund corporation Vanguard Group were revealed when the suit was unsealed in the New York Supreme Court. The lawsuit (New York ex rel. David Danon v. Vanguard Group Inc. et al.) alleges that Vanguard operated a tax shelter for nearly 40 years and in doing so, avoided paying hundreds of millions of dollars in state and federal income taxes every year.

David Danon, a former employee in Vanguard’s Office of General Counsel, originally brought the lawsuit in May. The complaint alleges that although Vanguard collected substantial payments from...

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August 14, 2014

On August 4th, one of the nation’s largest health system operators, Community Health Systems (CHS), agreed to pay more than $98 million to settle a series of False Claims Act lawsuits. The lawsuits allege that CHS knowingly billed the government for pricey inpatient hospital stays that should have instead been listed as outpatient services. The settlement resolved seven separate whistleblower lawsuits alleging improper billing at 119 CHS hospitals.

Four different CHS employees from various CHS hospital locations originally brought the lawsuits. The employees’ complaints allege that from 2005 to 2010, CHS engaged in a...

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August 08, 2014

Last week, Virginia-based medical research company American International Biotechnology (AIB) agreed to pay $343,000 to settle a lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. The suit (U.S. ex rel. Greentree Medical Center, PC v. American International Biotechnology, LLC et al., Civil Action No. 13-597 (W.D. Pa.) )alleges that AIB employees obtained improper referrals for genetic testing and billed the costs of these tests to Medicare. The lawsuit also alleges that AIB offered illegal kickbacks to doctors for obtaining the cheek swabs needed for the unnecessary genetic testing.

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July 25, 2014

Whistleblowers are sometimes hesitant to report fraudulent activity in their workplace for fear of employer retaliation, such as demotion or termination. However, in the past few years, a number of legislative changes have provided increased protections for whistleblowers to encourage their bravery and honesty. A recent decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit points to even greater protection for whistleblowers, allowing more claims to surface without the fear of employer retaliation.

A federal judge recently ruled that an employee whistleblower could bring an employer retaliation lawsuit against...

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June 30, 2014

A Florida federal judge ordered sanctions against Halifax Hospital Medical Center for destroying evidence requested as part of a False Claims Act suit. The suit (United States ex rel v. Halifax Hospital Medical Center, et al., No. 09-cv-1002 (M.D. Fla) led to an $85 million settlement agreement in March, with a second phase of the same suit set for trial in July. The hospital must now pay the price its non-compliance in the suit.

U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell ordered that the hospital pay for the amount of whistleblower Elin Baklid-Kunz’s attorney’s fees and expenses incurred while attempting to obtain medical records...

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June 15, 2014

Medtronic, a Minnesota-based medical device manufacturer, agreed last week to pay a $9.9 million to settle a False Claims Act suit filed by a former employee of the company. The suit (United States ex rel. Schroeder v. Medtronic, Inc., No. 2:09-cv-0279 WBS EJB (E.D. Cal.)) alleged that Medtronic was providing kickbacks and monetary bonuses to physicians who used the company’s pacemakers and defibrillators.

Relator Adolfo Schroeder, a former manager for the company, will receive $1.73 million from the settlement. Schroeder came forward in 2009 with allegations that the company was offering illegal incentives such as direct...

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