A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Missouri resident Alan Gaines with participating in a conspiracy to rig bids submitted to the General Services Administration’s online auctions for surplus government equipment. According to the indictment, Gaines conspired to rig bids at public online GSA auctions of surplus government equipment from about July 2012 until […]
In December 2019, DOJ’s National Security Division announced the adoption of its own corporate enforcement policy applicable to companies that violate export controls or sanctions, which tracks many of the same requirements governing criminal enforcement in the Criminal Division and the Antitrust Division announced earlier in 2019. Voluntary disclosures are encouraged, but disclosure to the […]
Patient Services Inc., a foundation based in Virginia, has agreed to pay $3 million to resolve allegations that it acted as a conduit for pharmaceutical companies to provide kickbacks to Medicare patients taking the companies’ drugs, by covering their copayments. The amount of the settlement was based on PSI’s ability to pay. Co-pays on Medicare-covered […]
During a recent keynote address, Deputy Associate Attorney General Stephen Cox said the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is looking into the use of third party litigation funding (TPLF) in False Claims Act cases, Law360 reports. Originally published at the US Chamber of Commerce
During a keynote speech at the 2020 Advanced Forum on False Claims and Qui Tam Enforcement Deputy Associate Attorney General Stephen Cox discussed the...
DOJ responded last month to a September letter from Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) seeking information about the department’s implementation of the January 2018 “Granston Memo.” The letter expressed concern that DOJ was abusing its discretion to dismiss whistleblower cases, and posed several specific questions about the process the department uses to make these determinations. “While […]
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has agreed to pay more than $15 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act “in its administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.” Beginning in 2009, THHSC contracted with Julie Osnes Consulting to provide advice and recommendations designed to lower its SNAP quality control […]
Companies that bill the federal government for services are eager to see what the courts say about Justice Department decisions to dismiss whistleblower cases it finds to be meritless or a burden on government resources. The Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is considering how much deference the federal courts should give to those […]
The Department of Justice reports that it recovered more than $3 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in the fiscal year ending September 2019. Recoveries since 1986, when Congress substantially strengthened the civil False Claims Act by increasing incentives for whistleblowers, now total more than […]
DOJ’s Revised Self-Disclosure Policy for US Trade Sanctions and Export Control Violations Offers “Concrete...
On December 13, 2019, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) released revisions to its Voluntary Self-Disclosure Policy for export control and sanctions violations. The...