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FCA Defenses

The Perils of Pleading the Fifth in the Corporate Fraud Context

“Pleading the Fifth” is one of the most commonly known phrases in the U.S. legal system, and the right against self-incrimination is one of the Constitution’s most meaningful protections. That said, the costs and risks of exercising that right in the corporate fraud context may outweigh the benefits. To learn about some of the limits… Continue Reading
FCA Defenses

Request to File Amended Complaint for Fraud Rejected for Failure to Allege Facts with Particularity

After granting defendants’ motion to dismiss and dismissing plaintiff’s action with prejudice, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina recently denied relator’s motion to alter or amend the judgment and file an amended complaint alleging Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”) and False Claims Act (“FCA”) violations. Central to the court’s decision to deny… Continue Reading
FCA Defenses, FCA Litigation, Uncategorized

Michael Podberesky Discusses Circuit Split on FCA’s False Statement Standard

In an April 7, 2021, interview with Federal News Network, Washington, D.C., partner Michael Podberesky discussed how federal contractors are impacted by the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decisions denying two petitions for writs of certiorari, thereby declining to resolve a circuit court split regarding the False Claims Act’s standard for pleading and proving the falsity element. Because of… Continue Reading
FCA Defenses

Court Dismisses FCA Retaliation Complaint Involving Speaker Fees

In U.S. ex rel. Manieri v. Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 2021 WL 857102 (N.D. Oh. Mar. 8, 2021), the Northern District of Ohio dismissed a relator’s claim that he had been improperly retaliated because he had raised concerns about alleged fraudulent conduct involving speaker fees under the False Claims Act (FCA) and the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute… Continue Reading
DOJ, FCA Defenses, Individual Liability

Eleventh Circuit Affirms 11-year Prison Sentence for Substance Abuse Treatment Center Physician

Last month, the Eleventh Circuit upheld the conviction and 11-year prison sentence of a physician-Medical Director of two substance abuse treatment centers in Florida who was convicted by a jury of participating in a conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud.  On appeal, Arman Abovyan, a board-certified internal medicine physician, challenged his convictions based on insufficiency of… Continue Reading
Defense Arguments, FCA Defenses, FCA Litigation

Fifth Circuit Vacates Fraud Conviction after Denying Codefendants’ Appeal

The U.S. Fifth Circuit recently reversed a former home health agency employee’s conviction and vacated his sentence related to three counts of healthcare fraud and abuse. Jonathan Nora was convicted by the trial court of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, aiding and abetting healthcare fraud, and several violations of the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS)… Continue Reading

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