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Category Archives: FCA Litigation

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Defense Arguments, Retaliation

Seventh Circuit Suggests High Standard Under the FCA Whistleblower Retaliation Provision

Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed summary judgement against an employee-whistleblower who had claimed that her former employer retaliated against her in violation of the False Claims Act’s (FCA) whistleblower protection provision. Lam v. Springs Window Fashions, LLC, 37 F.4th 431 (7th Cir. 2022). The court held that her… Continue Reading
Anti-Kickback Statute, Defense Arguments, FCA Litigation

Potential Anti-Kickback Prosecution Does Not Give Blanket Fifth Amendment Protection in a Medical Malpractice Suit

An Ohio Court of Appeals recently weighed in on the proper protocols one must take in order to successfully assert one’s Fifth Amendment Constitutional Right against self-incrimination in relation to a discovery request in a civil case that may have incriminating affects in an ongoing anti-kickback statute (AKS) investigation. The Fifth Amendment of the United… Continue Reading
DOJ, FCA Litigation

Supreme Court Signals Interest in Clarifying Pleading Requirements in False Claims Act Suits

The Supreme Court (Court) will soon decide whether to take up a critical (and long-running) issue concerning applicability of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 9(b) pleading standards in False Claim Act (FCA) suits. To satisfy Rule 9(b)’s particularity requirement for fraud allegations, FCA plaintiffs generally have needed to detail specific false claims submitted by defendants.… Continue Reading
FCA Litigation

Largest-Ever Small-Business Contracting Fraud Settlement Related to Pass-Through Subcontracting

Federal contractors should take note of a $48.5 million False Claims Act settlement between the Department of Justice and TriMark USA LLC — the largest-ever FCA settlement based on allegations of small-business set-aside contracting fraud. DOJ alleged that TriMark had a plan to circumvent specific small-business contracting requirements by providing significant assistance to three small… Continue Reading
Defense Arguments, FCA Defenses, FCA Litigation

Seventh Circuit Clarifies Pleading Standard for Anesthesiologist’s False Claims Action

The Seventh Circuit recently reversed a lower court’s ruling that an amended complaint in a qui tam lawsuit filed under the False Claims Act (FCA) alleging fraudulent anesthesiology billing practices failed to meet the pleading standard under Rule 9(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. In U.S. ex. rel. Mamalakis vs. Anesthetix Management LLC,… Continue Reading
FCA Litigation

Federal Court Permits Government Intervention in FCA Case After Seven Years After Finding “Good Cause”

The Western District of New York recently allowed the government to intervene in an FCA action brought months after the government’s initial notice of declination and more than seven years after the government initiated its investigation. U.S. ex rel. Teresa Ross v. Indep. Health Corp., et al., 12-cv-299, 2021 WL 3492917 (W.D.N.Y. Aug. 9, 2021).… Continue Reading
CMS Guidance, DOJ, FCA Defenses, FCA Litigation, Investigations, OIG, Regulatory, Settlements, Stark Law

2021’s First-Half Notable Themes on The FCA Insider

As vaccination rates rise, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reverberate through 2021. These reverberations also impacted the healthcare fraud and abuse landscape that is the basis of The FCA Insider’s coverage. To-date, 2021 has seen more than three dozen posts on topics ranging from False Claims Act (FCA) court opinions, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)… Continue Reading
Damages, FCA Litigation

Sixth Circuit Creates Circuit Split, Allows Former Employee’s FCA Retaliation Claim

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held, in connection with an interlocutory appeal, that the False Claims Act (FCA) anti-retaliation provisions protect relators from post-employment retaliatory conduct.  In United States ex rel. Felten v. William Beaumont Hosp., 993 F.3d 428 (6th Cir. 2021), the Sixth Circuit reversed the district court’s dismissal of… Continue Reading
Defense Arguments, FCA Litigation

Alleged Emergency Room Advanced Professional Practitioner Billing Scheme FCA Case Proceeds

In U.S. ex rel. Sonyika v. ApolloMD, Inc. et al., 2021 WL 1222379 (N.D. Ga. Mar. 31, 2021), a Georgia federal court allowed a relator’s Amended Complaint alleging a fraudulent scheme involving improper billing for services rendered by Advanced Professional Practitioners (APP) in violation of the False Claims Act (FCA) and the Georgia-equivalent to proceed. The… Continue Reading
FCA Litigation

U.S. Attorney’s Office Settles with Urgent Care Providers to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations Related to Credentialing Issues

On April 8, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina announced a $22.5 million settlement with a network of urgent care providers and its management company for alleged False Claims Act violations related to credentialing issues. For more details about this settlement, which reminds healthcare providers that even where patient care is… Continue Reading
FCA Defenses, FCA Litigation

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
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
FCA Litigation

Reimbursement Consultant Could be Liable Under the FCA

The Northern District of Illinois recently denied a hospital reimbursement consultant’s motion for summary judgment, finding that the consultant could be held liable under the FCA based on the theory that the consultant’s solicitations of fees-for-recommendations could be found to violate the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”). In United States ex rel. Graziosi v. R1 RCM,… Continue Reading
DOJ, FCA Litigation, OIG

Eleventh Circuit Holds “Knowingly and Willfully” Does Not Require Motive for Kickback Recipient

A recent Eleventh Circuit opinion clarified the mens rea burden the Government must prove to establish criminal intent to violate the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”) for a recipient or payee of a kickback or bribe under 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7b(b)(1), and affirmed a conviction against a healthcare provider.  The opinion in United States v. Alap Shah… Continue Reading
Defense Arguments, FCA Litigation

Sixth Circuit Holds Qui Tam Plaintiff a Government “Agent” for Public-Disclosure Bar

A recent Sixth Circuit opinion continues to “snuff [ ] out parasitic suits” brought under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) through the public-disclosure bar.  In U.S. ex rel. Holloway v. Heartland Hospice, Inc. (June 3, 2020 opinion), the court affirmed the lower court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of a hospice provider on grounds… Continue Reading

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