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Verizon settles False Claims case for $93.5M

Verizon, one of America’s largest mobile carriers, settled allegations stemming from a False Claims Act case that it overcharged the federal government. The settlement will cost Verizon a total of $93.5 million. The whistleblower, Stephen Shea, filed the case in 2007, but it has been under seal until early April 2011. Read more: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jLJoRmSGWApFTMP05zGvXeAKu8uw?docId=1e7de43d3b3847cbb4becc89dd5cdbcb

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Former GSK VP Indicted Again

A former VP and associate general counsel for GSK, is back in the courthouse. After being indicted for obstructing an official proceeding, concealing and falsifying records and making false statements to the FDA back in November 2010, she was able to get the charges dismissed because prosecutors “misinstructed” a grand juror as to a question […]

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New Money-Laundering Whistleblower Program in Mexico

With increasing drug violence, the Mexican Attorney General’s office is instituting a new program for whistleblowers on money-laundering. The whistleblowers stand to collect up to one fourth of the total recovery. Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/06/mexico-whistleblower-idUSN0620658120110406

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Whistleblower Suits Do Not Violate 1st Amendment

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments about whether the False Claims Act provision that seals lawsuits from public disclosure violates the First Amendment. The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s decision that extending the 60-day seal period does not violate the constitution. Click here to read more.

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Ninth Circuit decision makes it harder to bring a Federal False Claims Act case

In Cafasso v. General Dynamics, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that FCA complaints can not merely allege “unsavory conduct…[U]nsavory conduct is not, without more, actionable under the [False Claims Act].” The court goes on to say that FCA actions must “state with particularity the circumstances constitute fraud or mistake,” as well as, “plead plausible allegations.” […]

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IRS gives $1.1 million to Whistleblower at Enron

The whistleblower who revealed the tax fraud at Enron is in for a big pay day. The IRS Whistleblower Office will be giving him or her $1.1 million. Unfortunately for the whistleblower, this payout is under older rules that give less money. Today, if you blow the whistle and the IRS recovers over $2 million, […]

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Rapamune In the News

The Justice Department on Tuesday joined a whistleblower lawsuit against Pfizer and its subsidiary Wyeth Pharmaceuticals that accuses Wyeth of illegal off-label marketing of Rapamune, a drug used to prevent rejection of kidney transplants. Reuben A. Guttman, lawyer for two former Wyeth employees, predicted that the government action could result in recovery of hundreds of […]

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