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 [...]

6 May, 2010

California PVC pipe maker JM Eagle target of False Claims Act suit

By | May 6th, 2010|Whistleblower/Qui Tam|

Four states and 43 cities, towns and water districts in California have joined in a False Claims Act lawsuit against JM Eagle, a California PVC pipe maker alleged to have sold defective PVC pipes to government-owned utilities across the country.  The states involved include Nevada, Virginia, Tennessee and Delaware. […]

23 April, 2010

Justice Department settles Medicare fraud suit in Melbourne, Florida

By | April 23rd, 2010|Whistleblower/Qui Tam|

The United States has settled a whistleblower lawsuit filed against Florida doctor Todd J. Scarbrough, MD and Melbourne Internal Medicine Associates P.A. (MIMA).  The doctor and MIMA have consented to pay an enormous sum to resolve the suit’s claims that they violated the federal False Claims Act by presenting false claims for payment to Medicare and TRICARE, the military’s federal health care program. […]

23 April, 2010

Federal court slaps Nashville-based Medicare supply company with enormous damages and penalties

By | April 23rd, 2010|Whistleblower/Qui Tam|

In a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the federal False Claims Act, a federal judge has imposed enormous damages and penalties on companies furnishing medical supplies to patients with advanced kidney disease.  The defendants in the suit were Renal Care Group (RCG) and Fresenius Medical Care (FMC), with which RCG had merged.  RCG’s home was Nashville, Tennessee, but the company had operations in many states, including St. Louis, where the whistleblower lawsuit was originally filed before it was transferred to Tennessee. […]

16 April, 2010

Rush University Medical Center enters into False Claims Act settlement

By | April 16th, 2010|Whistleblower/Qui Tam|

Rush University Medical Center in Illinois has settled allegations made in a whistleblower lawsuit that the provider made real estate deals with physicians and medical groups in violation of the Stark Law.  The Stark law forbids Medicare payments to hospitals for inpatient and outpatient services and other services such as lab work and radiology when patients are referred for the services by doctors who have a financial relationship with the hospital.  Leases between hospitals and referring physicians violate the statute unless certain safeguards of fairness and neutrality are met, such as a written lease signed by the parties, commercially reasonable terms and fair-market value payments.  The purpose of the Stark law is to make sure that a doctor’s medical judgment is influenced solely by the patient’s best interests and not by improper financial motivations.  Medicare claims to the government are considered false under the federal False Claims Act if they seek reimbursement for services performed by a hospital for a physician whose relationship is not Stark-compliant. […]

16 April, 2010

New Jersey hospital agrees to hefty settlement to resolve federal allegations of Medicare fraud

By | April 16th, 2010|Whistleblower/Qui Tam|

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton, New Jersey has reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department in lawsuits claiming that the hospital inflated its charges to Medicare patients in a fraudulent scheme to bill the federal health care program for larger reimbursements.  The lawsuits centered on “outlier payments” – Medicare’s supplemental reimbursement to health care providers for treatments that are unusually expensive.  The goal of the outlier payment system is to encourage hospitals to treat patients whose medical care requires exceptionally costly treatment. […]