Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts’s FCA at least as strong as the federal FCA when it comes to Medicaid Fraud claims. If you have a whistleblower claim, 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.
Massachusetts Whistleblower and Qui Tam News
- Judge approves $200 million settlement over meningitis outbreak
May 20, 2015 – BOSTON — Victims of a 2012 meningitis outbreak caused by a now-closed Massachusetts compounding pharmacy will have access to a $200 million compensation fund, following approval Tuesday by a federal bankruptcy judge. The new fund will be available to compensate creditors and victims who became ill or died as the result of receiving tainted steroid injections from the New England Compounding Center. It is part of a plan to liquidate the assets of the Framingham-based center approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Henry Boroff.
- Whistleblowers Help U.S. Recover $850,000 From Massachusetts Sleep Apnea Company
December 9, 2014 – A Massachusetts-based oxygen and sleep therapy company has agreed to pay the U.S. more than $850,000 to settle allegations brought forward by a whistleblower that it billed Medicare and Medicaid for medical services that were provided by unlicensed personnel. According to the U.S. Justice Department, two employees of North Atlantic Medical Services Inc., doing business as Regional Home Care Inc., filed the whistleblower lawsuit under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, which allows private individuals to sue on behalf of the federal government and share up to 30 percent of any recovery.
- MassMutual whistle-blower finally identified
August 20, 2014 – For six years, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has declined to reveal the identity of a whistle-blower who reported problems within Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. In an opinion piece by Joe Nocera for The New York Times, the former MassMutual employee publicly shared his story.
- Internal Whistleblowers Protected By Dodd-Frank, Massachusetts Federal Court Rules
October 24, 2013 – A federal judge in Massachusetts has ruled that whistleblowers who report fraud and other wrongdoing within their company are protected under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, adding to a growing list of U.S. District Court judges who have made similar rulings. The pro-whistleblower rulings contradict the interpretation of a circuit court ruling earlier this year. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Massachusetts District Court judge issued an opinion Wednesday that “rejected the argument that Richard Ellington, a former employee of New England Investment and Retirement Group Inc., was ineligible for protection from retaliation under Dodd-Frank.
- Whistleblower Who Reported Product-Related Deaths Alleges Retaliation, Discrimination
August 29, 2013 – A former employee of Lifeline Systems has filed a whistleblower complaint against the Philips subsidiary, alleging the company retaliated against her for years and ultimately terminated her employment for voicing concerns that defective products were causing fires and killing customers. Denise Rock, who was employed as a Lifeline Systems salesperson for several years, filed her complaint in U.S. District Court in Boston on August 1, claiming she was fired in June 2012 after filing discrimination charges with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) and the U.S. Equal Employee Opportunity Commission (EEOC).