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SEC Proposes Amendments To Its Whistleblower Program

July 3, 2018

On June 28, 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed amendments to the rules governing its whistleblower program. Press Release, SEC Proposes Whistleblower Rule Amendments, No. 2018-120 (June 28, 2018). Among other things, the proposed amendments would affect the types of whistleblower awards authorized by the SEC’s rules, allow for adjustments of awards in […]

Takata Whistleblowers Awarded $1.7 Million

June 25, 2018

Three whistleblowers will split $1.7 million for warning the government about Takata’s dangerous violations of federal safety laws and for providing a substantial amount of information that helped the government make its case against the corporation, according to Insurance Journal. The three men used to work for Takata, the maker of tens of millions of defective […]

Record High Awards and Supreme Court Decision Further Incent Potential Whistleblowers to Report Conduct to the SEC

June 19, 2018

On March 19, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced its highest ever Dodd-Frank Act (“DFA”) bounty awards to three whistleblowers. These SEC awards represent a new milestone in the SEC’s ongoing efforts to incentivize would-be whistleblowers to report unlawful conduct directly to the Commission. Two whistleblowers will divide a nearly $50 million award […]

Columbia occupational therapists blow the whistle on Medicare fraud

June 18, 2018

Two former occupational therapists at a Columbia nursing home were whistleblowers in a Medicare fraud case that was settled this month for $30 million. Kristi Emerson and LeeAnn Holt collected evidence against Signature Healthcare, when they worked at its old Trotwood Avenue location in Columbia. The local facility was sold to a New Jersey company […]

Humana, Roche Diagnostics Face $45M Federal Kickback Lawsuit

June 14, 2018

June 14, 2018 – Humana and Roche Diagnostics will face a $45 million federal kickback lawsuit after a whistleblower filed a False Claims Act violation, which alleges Roche tried to entice Humana financially to secure access to the payer’s business operations. A federal judge in the Northern District of Illinois has dismissed two motions to appeal a 2014 whistleblower […]

How Two Nursing Home Staffers Uncovered A $230M Medicare Fraud In Columbia, Tennessee

June 11, 2018

A nursing home chain with more than two dozen facilities in Tennessee has settled a $230 million Medicare fraud case. The government’s investigation launched in 2014 when two whistleblowers started collecting evidence on their own. LeeAnn Holt and Kristi Emerson, both of whom are occupational therapists from Columbia, collected reams of anecdotes — in part, because […]

Hanford whistleblower case settles for $5.5 million in total fines

June 9, 2018

Eight years ago, Salina Savage took on government contractors who had used a shell company to prevent legitimate businesses from receiving lucrative jobs at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The Richland-based whistleblower’s case finally settled this week, generating more than $5.5 million in fines against the company and a total of $690,000 paid to Savage for […]

$1.7M Jury Award For Whistleblowing Morristown Cop

May 31, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ — A jury has awarded a Morristown police officer $1.7 million in damages after they found the department retaliated against him after he whistleblew on the police chief. Officer Keith Hudson filed a complaint in 2014 alleging that Chief Peter Demnitz worked for various local companies while clocked in for work at the […]

Inchcape whistleblowers to collect $4.4 million in False Claims Act case

May 29, 2018

MAY 29, 2018 — Inchcape Shipping Services Holdings Limited and certain of its subsidiaries have agreed to pay $20,000,000 to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by knowingly overbilling the U.S. Navy under contracts for ship husbanding services, the Department of Justice announced today. The lawsuit was brought under the qui tam, […]

$114M penalty issued in Medicare fraud case brought by whistleblowers

May 24, 2018

CHARLESTON, S.C., May 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — A federal judge in South Carolina issued an order of judgment on Wednesday that imposes civil damages and penalties totaling more than $114 million on the former CEO of a medical testing lab and to two owners of the lab’s marketing partner for violations of the False Claims Act. The defendants were found guilty of […]

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