New Jersey does have a state False Claims Act. Whistleblowers may file claims of fraud, waste or abuse affecting state government. 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.
New Jersey Whistleblower and Qui Tam News
- New Jersey Cardiology Group Pays $3.6 Million To Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit
June 5, 2015 – A cardiology group that owns and operates several health clinics throughout New Jersey has agreed to pay the U.S. government more than $3.6 million to resolve allegations that it performed medically unnecessary tests and procedures on patients and then billed Medicare for them. After reviewing a whistleblower complaint filed by Cheryl Mazurek against Garden State Cardiovascular Specialists P.C. under the False Claims Act, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services investigated the claims. Their findings prompted the Justice Department to intervene in the lawsuit and prosecute the case.
- New Jersey Transit Pays Employee $700,000 in Whistleblower Lawsuit
April 24, 2015 – New Jersey Transit has paid nearly $700,000 to an employee who said in a whistleblower lawsuit he was suspended without pay for reporting the electrocution of a fellow worker and seeking counseling for himself, his attorney said Thursday. Attorney Charlie Goetsch, who represents Anthony Araujo, said the settlement was paid Thursday. NJ Transit’s board previously approved the settlement amount, but a spokeswoman said the agency wouldn’t comment on the settlement Thursday. Araujo was a flagman conductor working in Newark in 2008 when a member of a work crew was fatally burned by a live wire. According to court papers, his lawsuit said he was suspended after he sought out NJ Transit’s employee assistance program because he’d been traumatized by witnessing the accident.
- Mortgage firm in line for $8.5M whistleblower payout in Bank of America settlement
December 19, 2014 – A New Jersey-based mortgage company will receive an $8.5 million whistleblower payout as part of an investigation into Bank of America’s practices by the U.S. attorney’s office in Charlotte, a lawyer in the case told the Observer Friday. Mortgage Now filed one of four whistleblower lawsuits that were rolled into the $16.65 billion settlement that the Charlotte bank reached with the U.S. Justice Department in August over the bank’s packaging of mortgage loans into securities, according to court and settlement documents.
- Medical Device Manufacturer Biomet Settles Whistleblower Case For $6 Million
November 5, 2014 – EBI LLC, a medical device manufacturer doing business as Biomet Inc. and Biomet Spine and Bone Healing Technologies, has agreed to pay the U.S. more than $6 million to resolve whistleblower allegations that it paid illegal kickbacks to boost sales of its devices and billed government health care programs for refurbished devices in violation of the U.S. False Claims Act. EBI, based in Parsippany, New Jersey, makes and sells bone growth stimulators, which are used to repair bone fractures that are slow to heal. The company is a subsidiary of Warsaw, Ind.-based Biomet. The $6.07-million settlement resolves in part allegations made in part in a lawsuit filed by Yu Yue, a former EBI product manager, in federal court in New Jersey. The lawsuit was filed under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provisions of the False Claims Act, which authorize private individuals to sue on behalf of the government for false claims and to share in any recovery.