30 September, 2016

U.S. Labor Department Looking Into Potential Wells Fargo Employee Whistleblower Retaliation

By | September 30th, 2016|Employment, Whistleblower/Qui Tam|

Many former Wells Fargo employees are stepping forward and claiming they were terminated or otherwise retaliated against because they blew the whistle on the company's alleged sales tactics. The U.S. Department of Labor has [...]

25 May, 2016

Harassment, Shocking Disregard for Student Safety Highlight San Francisco Whistleblower Case

By | May 25th, 2016|Whistleblower/Qui Tam|

Whether you have children or not, this story involving a whistleblower case in San Francisco should have your blood boiling. Thankfully, it has a good ending. Baron & Budd recently helped achieve an $11.5 [...]

19 September, 2012

A Whistle Blows the Lid Off a Massive Tax Evasion Case

By | September 19th, 2012|Whistleblower/Qui Tam|

Last week, what is thought to be the largest whistleblower settlement in history was granted to a former UBS banker and convicted felon who helped the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) uncover a colossal scheme in [...]

23 August, 2012

A Whistleblower’s Costly Stand Against Employment Discrimination

By | August 23rd, 2012|Whistleblower/Qui Tam|

In the current atmosphere of U.S business, whistleblowers are a necessity to police the financial practices in both private and public affairs. Today's news is a constant influx of stories detailing the corrupt negotiations of senior [...]

10 August, 2012

No Matter How Large the Gap Grows, the Whistle Still Blows

By | August 10th, 2012|Whistleblower/Qui Tam|

The power of the whistleblower is one of the few concessions still held among the working folk in our increasingly corporate society.  This, after all, is the decade that started off with Citizen's United v. [...]

17 February, 2011

Texas Increased Medicaid Fraud Collections to $500 Million

By | February 17th, 2011|Whistleblower/Qui Tam|

According to state officials, increased enforcement has helped the state of Texas recover more than $500 million in Medicaid fraud cases since 2007. David Morales, deputy first assistant attorney general, told Texas state senators earlier [...]

14 September, 2010

Ruling Allows Toyota Whistleblower to Submit Internal Docs in Lawsuit

By | September 14th, 2010|Whistleblower/Qui Tam|

An arbitrator has ruled that Dimitrios Biller, a former Toyota attorney turned whistleblower, can submit internal Toyota documents in court to prove his claim that the company instructed him to hide evidence of product defects [...]

31 August, 2010

U.S. joins whistleblower suit against Oracle

By | August 31st, 2010|Whistleblower/Qui Tam|

The United States has intervened in a False Claims Act suit filed against software manufacturer Oracle.  The government charges that the company bamboozled the government by charging it higher prices than the deeply discounted prices offered to Oracle’s commercial customers.  According to the Justice Department, the scheme violated federal regulations governing General Services Administration contractors hired under Multiple Award Schedule contracts, which cut through some of the usual red tape for federal agencies looking to purchase products from the GSA schedule.  To ensure that the government receives as good a deal as contractors’ commercial customers, contractors must provide the government with “the best price given to the most favored customer.” […]

20 July, 2010

U.S. government sues feed dealers in False Claims Act suit

By | July 20th, 2010|Whistleblower/Qui Tam|

It often seems that government contractor fraud against the United States is limited primarily to the fields of health care and the military.  But no.  Government contractor fraud can be found quite literally in the fields, specifically the fields of Kansas – in which state the U.S. has brought a False Claims Act lawsuit against R&J Feed Co. and Carter Livestock Inc., along with Jerry Goodwin and Richard Carter.  The suit alleges that the defendants violated the federal False Claims Act by improperly exporting nonfat dry milk owned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and promised to U.S. livestock producers in designated drought-ridden states. […]

24 June, 2010

AstraZeneca pays a king's ransom to settle allegations of off-label drug marketing

By | June 24th, 2010|Pharmaceuticals, Whistleblower/Qui Tam|

Drug makers AstraZeneca LP and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP have entered into a monumental settlement with the United States government to resolve charges that the companies illegally marketed the anti-psychotic medication Seroquel.  The government claimed that the Delaware-based companies  promoted Seroquel for “off-label” uses that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved as safe and effective.  The marketing of a drug for unapproved uses not listed on the medication’s label resulted in the submission of false claims for payment to Medicaid and Medicare, along with other federal insurance programs and entities including TRICARE, the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Bureau of Prisons. […]

24 June, 2010

Iowa Senator Grassley working to beef up state False Claims Acts

By | June 24th, 2010|Whistleblower/Qui Tam|

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa was the primary Senate sponsor of 1986 amendments to the federal False Claims Act that bolstered and updated the statute’s whistleblower provisions.  Now, the longtime False Claims Act proponent is working to ensure that recent changes to the federal law are made part of fourteen state False Claims Acts patterned after the federal model.  Several states have enacted legislation similar to the federal statute in response to a federal incentive that allows states with whistleblower statutes to increase their share of Medicaid recoveries by ten percent. […]

7 June, 2010

Senator Grassley working to beef up state False Claims Acts

By | June 7th, 2010|Whistleblower/Qui Tam|

Senator Chuck Grassley, longtime proponent of strengthening the federal False Claims Act in order to  fight fraud against the government, is now working to ensure that recent changes to that statute are made part of fourteen state False Claims Acts patterned after the federal model.  Many states have enacted legislation similar to the federal statute in response to a federal incentive that allows states with whistleblower statutes to increase their share of Medicaid recoveries by 10 percent. […]