Practices


Whistleblowers recover $2.9 billion for United States in 2015

December 16, 2015 - The Department of Justice recently announced that in Fiscal Year 2015 it collected more than $3.5 billion in settlements involving fraud and false claims against the government. Cases... Read More


Factors used to determine the Whistleblower Award under the FCA

December 8, 2015 - Section 3730(d)(1) of the False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §§3729-33, provides that when the Government has intervened in a FCA lawsuit, the qui tam relator shall receive at least 15... Read More


FCA penalties to be increased; government’s negotiation tool becomes more powerful

December 1, 2015 - The Bipartisan Budget Act will increase the civil penalties imposed under the False Claims Act (FCA). The FCA permits the government to collect civil penalties from those who violate the... Read More


Office of the Whistleblower 2015 Annual Report shows progress in whistleblower rewards, protections

November 25, 2015 - This past week the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of the Whistleblower (OWB) released its 2015 annual report. This report listed the payouts for whistleblowers,... Read More


Whistleblower protection provided by the retaliation provision of the False Claims Act

November 17, 2015 - The False Claims Act (FCA) permits private individuals, called whistleblowers, to bring suit on behalf of the government when the government is being defrauded. The FCA provides monetary... Read More


Novartis kickback program potentially violated the False Claims Act

November 10, 2015 - In October 2015, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. announced a $390 million settlement to end alleged violations of the federal False Claims Act (FCA). The FCA lawsuit alleged that Novartis... Read More


Ninth Circuit joins the majority of sister Circuits in ‘Original Source’ interpretation for whistleblowers

November 3, 2015 - On July 7, 2015, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit agreed with the majority of its sister Circuit Courts in interpreting what constitutes an original source for the whistleblower... Read More


Boeing agrees to $18 million settlement to resolve False Claims Act allegations brought by whistleblower

October 27, 2015 - The Justice Department announced that Boeing has agreed to pay $18 million to settle alleged Federal False Claims Act (FCA) violations. This case was brought under a whistleblower provision... Read More


$4.7 million settlement resolves allegations of government fraud related to lobbying activities

October 20, 2015 - On Aug. 21, 2015, the U.S. Justice Department announced that Sandia Corporation, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, agreed to pay $4,790,042 to resolve allegations it used federal funds for... Read More


$85-million whistleblower settlement marks another victory for the government and taxpayers

October 13, 2015 - On Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Fifth Third Bank (FTB or the “Bank”) has agreed to pay $85 million to settle claims under the... Read More


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