FALSE CLAIMS

Courts Create New Defense for False Claims Based on Reasonable Mistakes about Regulatory Requirements

The False Claims Act (FCA) bans labs and other providers from “knowingly” submitting false claims. “Knowingly” is a curious word. Medicare coverage and billing rules can be intricate, confusing and … [Read more...]

Enforcement Trends

Federal Courts Split on Government Dismissals of Qui Tam Claims

In 2018, the Justice Department (DOJ) ordered US Attorneys to aggressively seek dismissal of False Claims Act (FCA) whistleblower qui tam lawsuits that lack merit or don’t serve the government’s … [Read more...]

Whistleblowers

“Staying” Discovery Can Save Your Lab Tens of Thousands of Dollars in Baseless Qui Tam Cases

The False Claims Act (FCA) litigation process is so time-consuming and expensive that just about any whistleblower lawsuit against your lab is a losing proposition, even if you ultimately prevail in … [Read more...]

 Kickbacks

LabCorp Faces Trial for Providing In-Office Phlebotomist Services to Doctors Taking Processing and Handling Fees from HDL

The Health Diagnostic Laboratory (HDL) and Singulex, Inc. scam in which physicians were paid process and handling fees for referrals of medically unnecessary blood tests remains the biggest and most … [Read more...]

FALSE CLAIMS

University of Miami Settles Lab Testing False Claim Charges for $22 Million

The University of Miami’s sports teams proudly refer to their school as “The U.” But to the whistleblowers who brought the original lawsuit against the University at the center of this settlement, … [Read more...]

Whistleblowers:

Lab that Ignores Employee’s Billing Concerns Settles FCA Case for $43 Million

One of the costliest False Claims Act settlements involving lab tests in recent years is still one more cautionary tale of how dismissing the reports of lab employees who come forward to express … [Read more...]

False Claims Act

Federal Appeals Court Tosses Cold Water on DOJ’s Crackdown on Weak Whistleblower Suits

It’s fair to say that when it comes to False Claims Act (FCA) whistleblower qui tam lawsuits, the current U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is less enthusiastic than its predecessor. In fact, the DOJ … [Read more...]

Enforcement Trends

Granston Memo Whistleblower Dismissals May Be Tougher than DOJ Thought

In 2018, the Justice Department sent an internal memorandum ordering US Attorneys to aggressively seek to dismiss False Claims Act (FCA) whistleblower qui tam lawsuits that lack merit or don’t serve … [Read more...]

Whistleblowers

Lab to Pay Up to $43 Million After Disregarding Employee’s False Billing Concerns

One of the costliest False Claims Act settlements in recent years is still one more cautionary tale of how dismissing the reports of lab employees who come forward to express internal compliance … [Read more...]

Labs In Court

Texas Lab Loses $30.6 Million Whistleblower Suit over False Billing of Technician Travel Mileage

Case: A case that began as a whistleblower complaint by a competing lab ended with a $30.6 million judgment against a Texas lab for falsely billing Medicare for travel reimbursements. In addition to … [Read more...]


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