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Whistle-blower files suit over alleged double-booked surgeries

By Jonathan Saltzman and Todd Wallack The Boston Globe JUNE 07, 2017 Orthopedic surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital repeatedly kept patients waiting under anesthesia longer — sometimes more than an hour longer — than was medically necessary or safe, as they juggled two or even three simultaneous operations, according to a federal lawsuit that alleges […]

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Democracy Misconceived

By William Nettles and Reuben Guttman There is a misconception among many that democracy and freedom are synonymous and that freedom, in turn, equates to the right to do and say anything. The White House recently issued an Executive Order and a Memorandum setting a course toward deregulation; this misconception may explain why initiation of […]

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Marijuana, Immigration And Private Prisons

On August 18, 2016, then Deputy Attorney General, Sally Yates, issued a memorandum directing the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to begin to reduce – with an eye toward eliminating – the use of private prisons. Yates directed “that, as each contract reaches the end of its term, the Bureau should either decline to renew the […]

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Corporate Compliance Programs: Pretext or Panacea?

Proponents of corporate compliance programs loudly sing their praises while detractors point to ceaseless prosecutions and a parade of civil suits—often resulting in multi-billion dollar verdicts or settlements—as evidence that they are ineffective. So, are corporate compliance programs a panacea or a pretext? The truth lies somewhere in between. As a threshold issue, corporations are […]

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Whistleblower Case Results In $28 Million Settlement; Case Is Reminder That Healthcare Fraud Is An Important Election Year Issue

Washington, D.C. — A whistleblower case alleging the payment of kickbacks by Abbott Laboratories to induce prescriptions for the drug Depakote, for elderly patients in nursing homes, has resulted in a $28 million dollar settlement with one of the nation’s largest long term care pharmacies, Omnicare. “This case is a reminder – especially in an […]

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Mastering Whistleblower Law – CLE Training for False Claims Attorneys

Distinguished Qui Tam Attorneys Bill Nettles and Reuben Guttman will present Mastering Whistleblower Law, Qui Tam Litigation, & the False Claims Act, a 90 minute Telephonic Seminar on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 from Noon-1:30 PM (Eastern Time). Learn the latest on Mastering Whistleblower Law, Qui Tam Litigation, & the False Claims Act with this convenient telephonic seminar. All registered […]

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GBB files amicus on behalf of law professors in FCA case before Supreme Court

Congress intended the False Claims Act to apply broadly and reach all fraudulent attempts to cause the United States Government to pay out money. In Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, a key case pending before the United States Supreme Court, the Petitioner has urged a counter-textual interpretation that would vitiate the […]

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Doctors promoting treatments on social media routinely fail to disclose ties to drug makers

by Sheila Kaplan (Statnews.com) Washington – Physicians across the United States routinely offer medical advice on social media — but often fail to mention that they have accepted tens and sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars from the companies that make the prescription drugs they tout. A STAT examination of hundreds of social media accounts […]

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A Failure of Remedies: The Case of Big Pharma (An Essay)

This Article examines the U.S. pharmaceutical industry and the harms imposed on individual patients and healthcare consumers—including private and government third party payers—from practices proscribed by Federal and State laws regulating marketing and pricing. 1

The Article pays particular attention to the False Claims Act (FCA), which has become the government’s primary civil weapon against fraudulent and/or wrongful conduct causing the expenditure of government dollars.
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