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Major False Claims Act Settlement: Pharmaceutical Company Will Pay $900 Million

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

According to a report from Reuters, Biogen—the American multinational pharmaceutical giant with headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts—has reached an agreement in principle to pay approximately $900 million to resolve a False Claims Act lawsuit. The preliminary settlement was reached days before the trial was set to begin. The pharmaceutical company was accused of paying illegal… Read More »

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DOJ Says Supreme Court Should Not Review False Claims Act Dispute

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

According to a report from Reuters, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is saying that the Supreme Court of the United States should not review a False Claims Act dispute. The DOJ contends that there is no sufficiently large circuit split for the nation’s top court to get involved in the matter. Here, our whistleblower… Read More »

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What Constitutes A Protected Activity Under The Florida Whistleblower Act?

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

The Florida Whistleblower Act is a law that establishes and protects the rights of whistleblowers. A whistleblower who is engaged in “protected activity” cannot be terminated or otherwise punished by an employer because of that conduct. This raises an important question: What is a protected activity in a whistleblower case? The short answer is… Read More »

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Two Miami Police Officers Seek Whistleblower Protection Under Federal Law

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

According to a report from NBC 6 South Florida, two officers from the Miami Police Department are accusing the city’s lead cop—Police Chief Manuel A. Morales—of corruption. The officers are now seeking whistleblower protection. Chief Morales has thus far denied any allegations of wrongdoing by himself or the department. Indeed, he called the accusation… Read More »

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Three Florida Pharmacies Agree To Pay More Than $830,000 In False Claims Act Case

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

On June 29th, 2022, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida confirmed that three Miami-Dade County pharmacies—Habana Hospital Pharmacy, Inc., Longevity Drugs, LLC, and Forest Hill Pharmacy, LLC—have agreed to pay more than $830,000 as a part of a False Claims Act case. Regulators determined that the pharmacies had an… Read More »

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Home Health Agency In Florida Agrees To Pay $2.1 Million To Settle False Claims Act Case

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

On May 9th, 2022, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida announced that SHC Home Health Services of Florida, LLC—a home health agency offering services in Miami, FL—has agreed to pay $2.1 million to resolve a False Claims Act lawsuit. The company allegedly overbilled Medicare. Here, our Florida whistleblower lawyers… Read More »

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Former Fort Lauderdale Auditor Files Retaliation Complaint Under Florida Whistleblower’s Act

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

According to a report from WPLG Local 10 News, a former auditor for the City of Fort Lauderdale has filed a whistleblower retaliation complaint against the municipality. In the lawsuit, John Herbst alleges that his rights were violated under Florida Whistleblower’s Act. In this article, our Florida whistleblower attorneys discuss the allegations raised by… Read More »

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DOL Sues Florida Security Contractor For Whistleblower Retaliation

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

On February 14th, 2022, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced a lawsuit against VRP Group Inc. The Florida-based security services contractor does business under the name Regius Investigations and Protective Services. According to the allegations raised in the federal whistleblower complaint, the company unlawfully terminated an employee who blew the whistle on… Read More »

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SEC Issues Several Whistleblower Awards In January 2022

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

The SEC Whistleblower program was created by an act of Congress in 2012. As of the end of January of 2022, there has now been $1.2 billion in financial compensation awarded to whistleblowers as part of the SEC’s program. The SEC issued several new whistleblower awards—totaling nearly $60 million in additional compensation—last month alone…. Read More »

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Former Panama Beach City Manager Paid More Than $130,000 In Whistleblower Settlement

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According to a report from the Panama City News-Herald, Tony O’Rourke, the former city manager for Panama Beach, has agreed to settle a whistleblower lawsuit for in excess of $130,000 in financial relief. The lawsuit in question centered around Mr. O’Rourke’s termination in February of 2021, which reportedly occurred shortly after he filed a… Read More »

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