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Tarrant County Hospital To Pay Over $3M To Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit

Tarrant County’s John Peter Smith Hospital (JPS) agreed to pay more than $3.3 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by upcoding certain claims submitted to federal healthcare programs, Acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah announced last month. The settlement resolves a whistleblower suit filed in 2018 by JPS’s former Director of...

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What You Need to Know About Religious Vaccine Exemptions & Accommodations

In light of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine's recent approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), vaccination mandates are ramping up across the country. Employers and universities are requiring that people get the vaccine as a condition of continued employment or enrollment. For some, these mandates conflict with a sincerely held religious objection to the...

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How do I file a False Claims Act lawsuit?

Our whistleblower plaintiff attorneys explain how the legal process works Violations of the False Claims Act cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year. This is why private individuals, or whistleblowers, who report fraudulent spending of governing funding serve such a valuable role in our society. Each year, the federal Government recovers billions of dollars in...

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Appeals court upholds whistleblower qui tam lawsuit vs. IberiaBank

Whistleblower plaintiff attorney explains how the legal process works An appeals court recently upheld a lower court ruling against IberiaBank, which previously agreed to pay an $11.6 million fine to resolve allegations of violating the False Claims Act by falsely claiming they were complying with federal mortgage loan requirements, according to a recent court decision...

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Letters sent to Virginia colleges say mandatory COVID vaccine requirements should be revoked

If you're forced to get vaccinated without your consent, it can infringe on your personal, moral, and/or religious beliefs. It also violates your constitutional rights. Recently, colleges and universities in Virginia have implemented mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements for the thousands of students planning to return to campus this fall. In response, letters were sent from...

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Whistleblower program in peril after big payout

Fraud and corruption are too common in business and government. Rare is the person who will stand up against the powers-that-be when they engage in illegal activities, but one whistleblower program may be a victim of its own success. What happened? Whistleblower cashes in A big payout is causing big problems for the Commodity Futures...

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Company must pay $2.6M after allegations brought by whistleblower

Healthcare fraud costs an already overburdened medical system far too much. Whistleblowers, though, can play an important role in reducing wasteful spending and other consequences of illegal acts. A recent case demonstrates how. False claims Thanks to a whistleblower, Acting U.S. Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell’s office recently announced that the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary...

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DOJ takes action against pandemic scammers

Unfortunately, the worst of times can bring out the worst in people. For more than a year, COVID-19 has been front-and-center in the consciousness of the public – including scammers who would take advantage of government programs and people’s fears. Fortunately, the Department of Justice is cracking down on fraud. Unfortunately, they may mistakenly target...

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Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa announces opposition to limits on False Claims Act cases

The original False Claims Act was signed into law during the American Civil War, and it continued to identify military contractors guilty of mismanagement and fraud after the war. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is considered the "godfather" of the False Claim Act in its current form, as he was the architect behind amendments enacted to...

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