Minnesota 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 Minnesota’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.
Minnesota Whistleblower and Qui Tam News
- Whistleblower Lawsuit Claims City Demoted Mpls. Police Sergeant Unjustly
March 10, 2015 – A longtime Minneapolis police officer has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis, alleging that he was demoted and placed under internal investigation after being removed from a politically sensitive case. Sgt. Jesse Garcia, a 25-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department, and a former spokesman for the department, is leveling accusations which stretch from MPD’s leadership to the mayor’s office.
- Teachers File Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Minnesota School
April 5, 2014 – ST. PAUL, MINN. — A Minnesota private school faces a whistleblower suit filed by two teachers who claim they were subjected to discrimination and retaliation when they raised concerns about an allegedly unsafe field trip to Thailand, wrongly claimed and misused federal funds for student lunches, and suspected cases of child abuse within the school. According to the Pioneer Press, Megan Deutschman and Ana Panone filed the whistleblower lawsuit in Ramsey County, Minn., District Court this week against the Community School of Excellence, seeking unspecified damages and attorneys’ fees as well as injunctions that would change the school’s leadership, better protect the students, and prevent retaliation against staff for calling out wrongdoing.
- Minnesota Expands Whistleblower Law To Protect Private-Sector Employees
September 19, 2013 – Minnesota governor Mark Dayton has signed a bill into law that expands the state’s whistleblower protection laws to ensure that witnesses who report fraud and other wrongdoing will receive adequate safeguards and legal recourse. Minnesota’s current Whistleblower Act, signed into law in 1987, applied only to state employees who reported misconduct. The expanded law now applies to all private-sector employees as well.
- Whistleblower Nurse Sues Minnesota Hospital For Deadly Care, Wrongful Termination
June 22, 2013 – A nurse with more than three decades of emergency room experience has filed a lawsuit against United Hospital in St. Paul, Minn,, alleging slow and improper care and irresponsible attitudes of some trauma physicians resulted in numerous patient deaths that could have been avoided with proper treatment. Sandra White, a registered nurse who helped manage United Hospital’s emergency room, told KSTP that the care she witnessed there for 17 months “was the worst she has ever seen.” Ms. White also said that 8-10 patient deaths could have been avoided in those few months had United Hospital followed a better protocol.