Whistleblower Litigation

Nursing Home Whistleblowers and Qui Tam Cases

The False Claims Act is the government’s primary tool in addressing the misuse of taxpayer funds. Since 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice recovered approximately $11.4 billion under the False Claims Act.[1] Of the $11.4 billion recovered over the past four years, approximately 90 percent or $9 billion was recovered in health care fraud matters.[2]

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Healthcare Fraud at Universities

Earlier this month, the University of Miami agreed to pay $22 million to resolve a lawsuit brought under the False Claims Act for fraudulent healthcare billing.[1] Four former healthcare executives at the University of Miami filed the suit. The Department of Justice will award the whistleblowing executives a share of 15% to 25% of the

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Investment Fraud

Earlier this month, a federal jury in Virginia convicted a Florida banker and Virginia attorney of running a fraud scheme that swindled more than 300 victims, most of them seniors, out of more than $25 million.[1] Following a month-long trial, the jury found Daryl Bank of Florida and Billy Seabolt of Lynchburg, Virginia guilty of

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Medical Malpractice and Whistleblower Claims

Our law firm has a fairly unique practice…we represent patients in medical malpractice cases against health care providers and whistleblower cases on behalf of honest folks who report cases of financial and billing fraud.  I recently learned of a case which deals with both issues: a whistleblower on illegal kickbacks for unnecessary back surgeries. South

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Healthcare Fraud: Inflated Medicaid Billing

Healthcare providers violate the False Claims Act by knowingly submitting false claims for payment to government insurers. One of the most frequent sources for whistleblower lawsuits is inflated Medicaid billing. In September of 2020, a Virginia mental health agency agreed to pay over $250,000 to settle a false claims act lawsuit.[1] Victoria Transcultural Clinical Center

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Allergists and Fraud: A Dangerous Combination

An allergist is a physician specially trained to diagnose, treat and manage allergies and asthma.  In this area of Virginia, with untold numbers of trees, flowers, and grasses, their services are in high demand. Just getting an appointment with an allergist is almost impossible and the first available appointment is often months away.  So why

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Financial Fraud

A recent article in the Roanoke Times details the explosive growth in whistle-blowing lawsuits during the pandemic, especially for financial fraud. In the fiscal year that ended September 30, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission received 6,900 tips alleging while collar crime, 31% jump from the previous 12-month record. Whistleblowing can be quite lucrative. Since

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Whistleblowers for Nursing Home Fraud

  Fraud occurs with surprising frequency in facilities with especially vulnerable patients. For this reason, nursing homes can be easy targets for Medicare and Medicaid fraud. These facilities are not under as much official scrutiny as hospitals. Nursing home residents are often unable to advocate for themselves. It is up to whistleblowers who have insight

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Defense Contractor Whistleblowers

The United States spends more on national defense than China, India, Russia, Saudi Arabia, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, and Brazil – combined.[1] For Fiscal Year 2020, the Department of Defense has a discretionary spending budget of $712.6 billion.[2] The federal government spends a significant portion of that amount on goods and

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Whistleblower Protection for Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Due to recent developments nationally and at the state level, Virginia workers now enjoy protection from retaliation when bringing forward allegations of sexual orientation discrimination. As we have written about previously, Virginia enacted a sweeping statute effective as of July 1, 2020 providing broad protections for Virginia workers from retaliation for protected whistleblowing activities. Specific

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