Archive for November, 2011

Big Apple Settles False Claims for $70 million

Monday, November 7th, 2011

New York City has agreed to pay the federal government $70 million to settle claims that it allegedly overbilled Medicaid by improperly approving home care for elderly clients.  As part of the settlement, NYC admitted that it reauthorized treatment of a number of patients without having first obtained required assessments from doctors, nurses and social workers.  The allegations came to light as the result of a whistleblower, Dr. Gabriel Feldman, who was an independent medical reviewer under contract with NYC.  Dr. Feldman filed a lawsuit under the False Claims Act and stands to recover $14.7 million of the settlement.

GlaxoSmithKline Pays $3 billion to Settle Unfair Practices regarding the Sale of Avandia

Monday, November 7th, 2011

GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world’s largest drug manufacturers, settled a number of claims resulting from government investigations including one tied to the sale of diabetes drug, Avandia, which has been associated with increased heart risks, and one related to off-label marketing of other drug products. GlaxoSmithKline contends that as a result of claims such as these, it has revamped its compliance and marketing practices to avoid risks of illegal and improper marketing.

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What’s Next for the Year-Old SEC Whistleblower Program?

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

An article authored by Marc S. Raspanti, Esquire and Bryan S. Neft, Esquire and published in The Legal Intelligencer, November 1, 2011.

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