CPM Wins in Whistleblower Award Decision in Virginia Supreme Court

In a decision of first impression in the state and federal appellate courts throughout the country, the Virginia Supreme Court issued an opinion in a case filed by CPM in 2007, Commonwealth v. Commonwealth ex rel. Hunter Laboratories, LLC (Va., Aug. 9, 2018, No. 170995) 2018 WL 3768538, holding that the whistleblower’s award under Virginia’s false claims act must be calculated based on the total amount of the settlement of a qui tam case, not just the portion retained by the state. Read More ›

Whistleblower Law for Whistleblowers: A Practical Guide

Part 6:  Are There Any Downsides to Becoming a Whistleblower? The Whistleblower Facts of Life Read More ›

Whistleblower Law for Whistleblowers: A Practical Guide

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Sixth Circuit Revives $35 Million Whistleblower Action Against Senior Living Centers

In a divided opinion, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal overturned a lower court order dismissing a $35 million whistleblower suit against Brookdale Senior Living Communities. The suit was filed by a former employee of Brookdale who was tasked with reviewing Medicare claims prior to their submission. The whistleblower alleged that it was Brookdale’s policy to enroll as many residents as possible in home health care services that were billed to Medicare, even when the treatments were not medically necessary. She also alleged that Brookdale submitted claims to Medicare without obtaining the required physician certification of need, or that Brookdale obtained the certifications after the fact. Read More ›

Whistleblower Law for Whistleblowers: A Practical Guide

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Whistleblower Law for Whistleblowers: A Practical Guide

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Whistleblower Law for Whistleblowers: A Practical Guide

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Whistleblower Law for Whistleblowers: A Practical Guide

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Fraud Trends In the Medical Laboratory Industry

The clinical laboratory industry continues to be a hotbed for Medicare and Medicaid fraud, as well as fraud and overbilling in connection with tests covered by private insurance. Read More ›

“Unclean Hands”? Whistleblowers Who Are Caught In the Thick of the Fraud

Potential whistleblowers are sometimes afraid that if they bring their employer’s fraudulent scheme to light, the government will come after them for being involved in the fraud. While certainly possible, it is exceptionally rare. After all, the vast majority of money recovered by the federal government in False Claims Act cases comes from cases initiated by whistleblowers; scaring off whistleblowers would not be good business for the Department of Justice. Read More ›