In their latest update, Morrison & Foerster summarizes some of the most important international anti-corruption law and case developments from the past month. This...
The Department of Justice recently overturned the prior administration’s limitations on the use of regulatory guidance in False Claims Act litigation. Now, DOJ attorneys may rely on guidance documents “in any appropriate and lawful circumstances.” How should compliance programs respond to the resurgence of the regulators in the ongoing FCA wars? Source: Miles & Stockbridge: […]
As a generally held principle, mere investment or ownership interest in a company does not expose the investor to liability for acts undertaken by the company. However, that principle is being called into question in the context of private equity firms investing in healthcare companies. In two recent cases, healthcare companies along with their sole […]
The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division has targeted collusion in labor markets for criminal prosecution. This was not unexpected. Indeed, the Antitrust Division gave plenty of warning to the high-tech industry and other companies that criminal prosecutions were on the horizon. DOJ handled initial prosecutions of labor market collusion in the high-tech sector by civil prosecutions […]
Private equity firm H.I.G. Capital has settled a False Claims Act lawsuit; it will pay $19.95 million, with two former executives of its portfolio company paying an additional $5.05 million. This case will no doubt embolden the Department of Justice and whistleblowers going forward. Now DOJ and relators have a strong summary judgment opinion to […]
Private equity firm HIG Capital has agreed to pay nearly $20 million to resolve claims a mental health company it owned billed Massachusetts’ Medicaid program for services provided by unlicensed and unqualified staff. Two former executives will pay an additional $5 million. The settlement is the largest of its kind with a private equity firm, […]
Jae Lee, CEO of the defunct Northwest Physicians Laboratory, has agreed to pay $1.1 million in installments to settle civil allegations in a healthcare kickback case. Lee pleaded guilty to criminal charges in the case last year, and two businesses have previously settled related allegations. Those businesses – Sterling Healthcare/Cordant Health Solutions and testing lab […]
A “warranty” pilot program from Pfizer offers both patients and health plans (including Medicare Part D plans) the opportunity to receive a refund for...
In a keynote address at the Global Investigations Review Connect conference, Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General John Carlin provided insights into future DOJ corporate enforcement. Of particular note, and which has been largely unnoticed, Carlin highlighted the Department’s heightened focus on sanctions and export control-related actions. In discussing corporate enforcement trends, the first topic Carlin […]
Case Tossed After Relator Cribs Multiple Allegations from Previous Qui Tam; United States District...
The district court granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss a qui tam case alleging healthcare fraud. In addition to finding that the case failed on the merits, the court found the claims were precluded by the public disclosure bar. The court found that a previous FCA complaint against many of the same defendants alleged conduct […]