Qui Tam Lawyers What Are They And What Should You Look For When Hiring One?
Qui Tam lawyers are those who specialize in cases brought under the federal False Claims Act by private individuals to recover money from those who are cheating the government.
What Does Qui Tam Mean? Are There Some Common Types of Qui Tam Cases?
A private citizen can file a qui tam lawsuit on behalf of the United States Government for fraud when he has direct knowledge that someone is filing false or fraudulent claims.
Should I Contact A Qui Tam Attorney Before Blowing The Whistle
The quick answer is YES, as the scope of protection is an issue that arises as a result of your filing.
Types of Cases Qui Tam Lawyers Accept
Qui Tam lawyers typically only accept cases with a high likelihood of success that will yield a sizable dollar amount.
Whistleblower Lawsuits and the Case Against HCA, Inc.
The number of qui tam cases has grown by leaps and bounds in the last decade, with an ever-increasing number against the health care industry. Medicare (government insurance for the elderly) and Medicaid (government insurance for the poor) fraud seems to
Could A Qui Tam Case Really Make You Wealthy?
A successful Qui Tam case actually could make you rich. However, the process is arduous and is best handled by a qualified attorney.
Qui Tam Lawsuit How Do They Work?
An individual filing a Qui Tam lawsuit is known as a 'relator' and must comply with the requirements of the False Claims Act.
Whistle-Blowing: One Womans Quest for Justice
We all know the difference between right and wrong, but in corporate America, there are sometimes degrees of how right or how wrong something might be. A Texas woman who didn't see those degrees did something about corporate wrongdoing and her case is no
Tugboat Captain Awarded $12M in Whistleblower Suit
A California-based tugboat captain was recently awarded approximately 27 percent of a $42.2 million whistleblower settlement for exposing years of fraud and theft by his employer against the state of California. His $12 million share of the settlement wa
Merck & Co Will Pay $671M for Fraudulent Price Reporting and Kickbacks
In the largest ever healthcare fraud settlement by the U.S. Department of Justice, pharmaceutical manufacturing giant Merck & Company will pay approximately $671 million to resolve allegations of fraudulent activity in connection with Medicaid and other g
California Whistle Blower Collects $4.25M for Exposing Government Fraud
A former California Department of Education employee recently collected $4.25 million after exposing the Department for alleged fraudulent activity which resulted in workplace retaliation. Whistle blower lawsuits - often referred to as qui-tam lawsuits -
Former Orkin Pest Control Employee Collects $5M in Whistle-Blower Lawsuit
A former Orkin Pest Control employee was recently awarded over $5 million for exposing the company to illegal insecticide spraying operations in New Jersey. It is thought to be one of the largest whistle-blower awards in the state.
Walgreens Pharmacy Settles Qui Tam Lawsuit for $35M
One of America's largest pharmacies, Walgreens, has reportedly settled a Qui Tam, or whistleblower, lawsuit for $35 million for allegedly increasing the price of certain drugs paid for by Medicaid - a U.S. health program for individuals and families with low incomes.
Qui Tam Lawsuits Increasing; Whistleblowers Collecting Millions
Qui Tam, or whistleblower, lawsuits seem to be on the rise. Companies who committed fraud against the government are announcing settlements all the time - and the individuals who reported that fraud are collecting millions.
President Obama Expands False Claims Act
President Barrack Obama recently signed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act (FERA) of 2009, a law to reduce abuse in federal programs, into law. In doing so, he has also expanded the False Claims Act (FCA), a civil statute which allows private citizens to expose fraud against the government and share in the amounts collected.
Medical Device Manufacturers Accused Of Medicare Fraud In Whistleblower Lawsuits
Medical device manufacturers Medtronic, St. Jude Medical, Boston Scientific and four others have been accused of violating the False Claims Act for Medicare fraud over products used in heart procedures called surgical ablation. The whistleblower, or Qui Tam, lawsuits allege that the companies offered doctors illegal kickbacks to use their products for off-label purposes.
Boeing Settles Whistleblower Lawsuit For $25M
The Boeing Company has settled a whistleblower, or Qui Tam, lawsuit with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) which alleged that Boeing improperly installed insulation blankets on KC-10 airplanes and overcharged the U.S. Air Force for services it provided. The $25 million False Claims Act settlement will be paid in cash and future in-kind work.
Pfizer Slapped With $2.3 Billion Fine For Illegally Promoting Drugs & Defrauding Gov't
Pharmaceutical Giant, Pfizer and its subsidiaries Pharmacia & Upjohn Company were slapped with a record $2.3 billion in fines for illegal drug promotion which included bribing doctors with free golf, massages and trips. It is the largest health care fraud settlement in the history of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and originated as a whistleblower lawsuit brought by six Pfizer employees who will now share in more than $102 million.
South Carolina Lawyers Accuse Eli Lilly Of Outrageous Marketing Practices Over Zyprexa
South Carolina lawyers say that Eli Lilly sales representatives engaged in outrageous marketing practices in order to get doctors to prescribe Zyprexa to patients such as wagering golf bets, paying doctors outright and convincing them to prescribe the antipsychotic drug for numerous non-FDA approved, off-label uses. Lilly recently settled a similar investigation with the U.S. Justice Department for $1.4 billion in the largest whistleblower settlement in US history. Thirty states shared in that settlement, but South Carolina opted to file its own lawsuit against the pharmaceutical giant.
University of Phoenix Settles Qui Tam Lawsuit For $78M; Whistleblowers Collect $19M
The University of Phoenix has settled a Qui Tam, or whistleblower, lawsuit for $78.5 million which alleged that it defrauded the federal government by providing it with false information regarding student loan applications. The two women who discovered the fraud will now share $19 million for their efforts – and they did it without the government's participation.