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- Beasley Allen secures $30 million whistleblower settlement in USIS national security case – beasleyallen.com
Lawyers from Montgomery based law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. helped to secure an agreement in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to settle allegations that private contractor U.S. Investigations Services, Inc. (USIS), formerly the Federal Government’s largest provider of security background checks, violated the False Claims Act (FCA).
- $48.5 Million Fine: Two US Medical Labs To Settle Violations Of False Claims Act – techtimes.com
Health Diagnostics Laboratory Inc (HDL) will be set back $47 million while Singulex Inc 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.
- For one whistleblower, getting fired was too much – usatoday.com
Retaliation against whistleblowers has become a major problem at VA facilities across the country. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel is investigating 110 retaliation claims from whistleblowers in 38 states and the District of Columbia.
- OSHA Orders NYC Transit Authority To Compensate Whistleblower – rightinginjustice.com
A routine safety inspection at a New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) maintenance facility in Brooklyn resulted in $52,500 in federal fines and damages after an NYCTA supervisor misled state health inspectors and retaliated against an employee during the inspection.
- Whistleblower Lawsuit Leads To $4.41-Million Recovery From Medtronic – rightinginjustice.com
Medical device manufacturer Medtronic and three affiliated companies have agreed to pay the U.S. $4.41 million to resolve allegations stemming from a whistleblower complaint that they made false statements to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Defense about the country of origin of certain products they sold to the U.S.
- KBR Settles With SEC For Violating Whistleblower Protection Rules – rightinginjustice.com
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a settlement Wednesday with global technology and engineering firm KBR Inc. over findings that the company’s employment agreements could have muzzled whistleblowers.
- Former Paramount Employee Files Whistleblower Retaliation Complaint With OSHA – rightinginjustice.com
A former Paramount Pictures employee who says the company’s Executive Vice President of Industrial Relations embezzled union funds and then staged a cover-up has filed a whistleblower retaliation complaint with federal authorities, accusing the studio of retaliating against her and driving her into a suicidal depression.
- Postal service to pay damages to whistleblower – seattletimes.com
February 26, 2015 – The U.S. Postal Service must pay a worker almost $230,000 in damages for retaliating against him when he helped a co-worker with her workplace health concerns
- Senate panel approve auto industry whistleblower bill – detroitnews.com
The Senate Commerce Committee approved the first piece of auto safety legislation in the wake of two massive auto safety crises — a bill to give automotive sector employees incentives to sound the alarm on vehicle defects
- Whistleblower Sues Morgan Stanley Over Retaliation In Pilot Flying J Fraud Investigation – rightinginjustice.com
A Morgan Stanley financial planner who claims he was fired for collaborating with the FBI during an investigation of an alleged Pilot Flying J travel center fraud scheme filed a whistleblower lawsuit against his employer last week. According to The Tennessean, Morgan Stanley employee John Verble filed the whistleblower lawsuit last week in federal court in Knoxville, Tenn. Mr. Verble alleges that Morgan Stanley retaliated against him when it found out he was cooperating with FBI authorities probing a complex Pilot Flying J scheme that allegedly defrauded trucking companies by not paying rebates it owed
- Whistleblower Claims Novartis Is Withholding Documents – rightinginjustice.com
A whistleblower suing his former employer, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, over an alleged kickback scheme has asked a New York federal court to order the drug maker to turn over documents he claims were improperly altered and withheld during the discovery process. Former Novartis employee David Kester filed his lawsuit under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act in 2011, asserting that Novartis had engaged in kickback schemes to push its drugs with CVS Caremark and other pharmacy companies
- NY Attorney General Floats Whistleblower Incentive Bill – thinkadvisor.com
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday that he would propose legislation in Albany to protect and reward employees who report information about illegal activity in the banking, insurance and financial services industries. As it stands now, New York does not have a law to protect or incentivize whistleblowers who report securities and other financial frauds
- Daiichi Sankyo Agrees to Pay $39 Million to Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit – JereBeasleyReport.com
February 9, 2015 – Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. (Daiichi) violated federal and state laws, including the Anti-Kickback Statute, by paying kickbacks to induce physicians to prescribe its drugs, including Azor, Benicar, Tribenzor, and Welchol. Daiichi has agreed to pay the United States and state Medicaid programs $39 million to resolve the allegations.
- Whistleblower Receives $250,000 In Pollution Case Exposing Illegal Wastewater Dumping – RightingInjustice.com
February 9, 2015 – A whistleblower whose tips exposed illegal wastewater dumping from a Japanese car carrier ship near Chesapeake Bay will receive $250,000 as his share of a $1.8 million fine.
- Whistleblower: AG Nominee in $1 Billion Obama / HSBC Cover-up – wnd.com
February 8, 2015 – The federal government’s unwillingness to prosecute HSBC was exposed by a former HSBC vice president and relationship manager in New York, John Cruz, who called the bank a “criminal enterprise.” Cruz was ignored by law enforcement authorities until he brought to WND 1,000 pages of customer account records that document his claims.
- HSBC bank ‘helped clients dodge millions in tax’ – NationalColumn.com
Britain’s biggest bank helped wealthy clients cheat the UK out of millions of pounds in tax, the BBC has learned. Panorama has seen thousands of accounts from HSBC’s private bank in Switzerland leaked by a whistleblower in 2007.
- Medtronic, DOJ Reach $3M FCA Deal Over Pain Treatment – Law360.com
February 06, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Justice reached a $2.8 million settlement on Friday with Minnesota-based Medtronic over False Claims Act allegations that the company had received false Medicare payments for spinal cord stimulation treatments for chronic pain that were not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
- Southwest Airlines Settles Mechanic’s Whistleblower Allegations For $35,000 – RightingInjustice.com
Southwest Airlines has agreed to pay $35,000 to settle whistleblower allegations filed by a mechanic who claimed the airline threatened him with disciplinary action for finding and reporting cracks in the fuselage of a Boeing 737-700 he inspected.
- Whistleblower Lawsuit Leads To $75 Million Settlement With Three New Mexico Hospitals And Parent Company – RightingInjustice.com
Tennessee-based Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation and three affiliated New Mexico hospitals have agreed to settle a whistleblower lawsuit for $75 million, resolving allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by making illegal donations to county governments to boost federal payments received under a matching Medicaid funds program.