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Employee’s Refusal to Discuss Fee Waivers in Email Raised Reasonable Inference Company Knew Conduct...

The district court denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss a complaint alleging violations of the Anti-Kickback Statue and FCA. While the relator did not...

Government’s Expert Witness Out After Testimony Draws Too Many Legal Conclusions about Contract Interpretation;...

The district court granted Symantec’s motion to strike the expert designation and testimony of a government witness in a case alleging the company failed...

Co-Owner of Closely-Held Concern Likely Benefited from Fraud Scheme; United States District Court for...

The district court denied one defendant’s motion to dismiss claims alleging he participated in a scheme to defraud Medicare. The court found the government...

Alan Chvotkin Joins Pub K as President!

Pub K is pleased to announce that Alan Chvotkin has joined our organization as its new President. Alan is a leading expert on federal...

State Farm Can’t Sink Katrina-Related Fraud Claims; United States District Court for the Southern...

The district court granted in part and denied in part State Farm’s motions to dismiss a complaint alleging fraud on FEMA flood insurance programs....

Court Blocks Plaintiff’s Request for Investigative Notes, Counsel Email; United States District Court for...

The defendants’ motion for a protective order over documents requested by the plaintiff is granted, where the documents were protected either by the work...

FEMA Official Accused of Bribery, Fraud Following Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

Ahsha Tribble, a former top FEMA official tasked with restoring power to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, was arrested for allegedly taking bribes from Donald Ellison, then president of Cobra Acquisitions, which received more than $1.8 billion in contracts to conduct infrastructure repairs on the island. Ellison and former FEMA staffer Jovanda Patterson were also […]
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Court Won’t Enforce Release of Claims Signed Before Relator Learned of Alleged Fraud; United...

The district court denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss a qui tam complaint alleging they obtained small business set-aside contracts via the creation of...

Defendants’ Alleged Conduct Suggests They Knew Noncompliance was Material; United States District Court for...

The district court denied in part and granted in part the defendants’ motion to dismiss a qui tam case alleging fraud on Medicare. The court denied the motion to dismiss the FCA claims, finding they were pleaded with the required materiality, particularity, and scienter. The allegation that the defendants took actions to mislead the government […]
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Claims Tainted by Kickbacks Automatically False; United States District Court for the Northern District...

The district court mostly denied the defendant’s motion to dismiss a qui tam case alleging fraud on Medicare and Medicaid. The court found the relator had adequately described the details of the scheme, by which the defendant induced physicians to refer patients to the defendants for lab work. The relators sufficiently showed that the defendant […]
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