California False Claims Act
California does have a state False Claims Act. Whistleblowers may file claims of fraud, waste or abuse affecting state government. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services rates California’s FCA at least as strong as the federal FCA when it comes to Medicaid Fraud claims. If you have a whistleblower claim in California, please contact us so that a lawyer may advise you about your whistleblower rights under the state FCA as well as qui tam provisions of the federal False Claims Act.
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California Whistleblower and Qui Tam News
$48.5 Million Fine: Two US Medical Labs To Settle Violations Of False Claims Act
April 12, 2015 – Health Diagnostics Laboratory Inc (HDL) will be set back $47 million while Singulex Inc (Alameda, CA) will shell out $1.5 million to resolve allegations that they paid doctors to send the medical labs blood samples and billed Medicare for unnecessary tests. As part of the agreement, however, neither HDL nor Singulex acknowledged liability.
- Judge Gives Green Light To Nurse’s Whistleblower Case Against California Hospital
A registered nurse who accuses Marshall Medical Center in Placerville, Calif., and two physicians of billing fraud and illegal retaliation will see her whistleblower case go to trial, a Sacramento district court judge has ruled. Colleen Herren, who worked as a clinical nursing director for specialty clinics at Marshall Medical Center from 2010 to 2011, alleges she warned hospital management about a lack of physician oversight in patient care, double billing for chemotherapy drugs, and billing for physician visits that never occurred.
- Whistleblowers’ Medicare-Fraud Lawsuit Recovers $48 Million From California Nursing Home Group
November 25, 2013 – A California-based nursing home company that operates in several western states has agreed to pay $48 million to resolve whistleblower allegations that it performed medically unnecessary rehabilitation services on its patients and billed Medicare for the procedures, the U.S. Justice Department said. The settlement is one of the largest Medicare fraud cases against a nursing home in U.S. history.
- Whistleblower Suing California City For Alleged Retaliation Seeks $5 Million
July 21, 2013 – MCFARLAND, Calif.—A long-time McFarland city employee who says city officials retaliated against and humiliated him for blowing the whistle on corruption and other wrongdoing among certain police and city officials has filed a lawsuit against the city seeking $5 million in damages.