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Medicaid Fraud Control Units Recovered $1.8 Billion in 2016

March 24th, 2017

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released national and state-by-state data of investigations, convictions, settlements, and recoveries of Medicaid fraud by Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs) in 2016.  Medicaid Fraud Control Units operate in 49 states (all but North Dakota) and the District of Columbia, and are typically part of the state attorney general's office. In 2016, MFCUs...

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Palm Beach Dermatologist to Pay $18 Million to Settle False Claims Act Lawsuit

February 24th, 2017

According to a Department of Justice announcement, Gary L. Marder, D.O., a physician residing in Palm Beach County and owner and operator of the Allergy, Dermatology & Skin Cancer Centers in Port St. Lucie and Okeechobee, and the United States of America have stipulated to a consent final judgment of over $18 million to settle False Claims Act allegations against Dr. Marder.  Co-defendant,...

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Faruqi & Faruqi obtains Collective Certification on behalf of Aldi Store Managers

February 24th, 2017

The U.S. District Court, for the Northern District of New York, conditionally certified a collective action brought by Aldi Store Managers alleging the grocery chain misclassified them as exempt employees under the FLSA, in Griffin et al. v. Aldi Inc., No. 5:16-cv-00354.  Faruqi & Faruqi, as co-lead counsel, represents the Plaintiffs and a class of similarly-situated current and former Store...

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Direct Purchasers of Lidoderm Certified As a Class In Pay-for-Delay Case

February 23rd, 2017

On February 21, 2017, Judge William H. Orrick of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California certified a class of direct purchasers of the billion-dollar-a-year pain medication patch Lidoderm, and appointed Faruqi & Faruqi LLP as Co-Lead Counsel for the class, stating that it and its co-counsel have “ably and vigorously” litigated the case.  See Order Granting...

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Justice Department Recovered Over $4.7 Billion From False Claims Act Cases in Fiscal Year 2016

February 14th, 2017

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it has obtained more than $4.7 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in fiscal year 2016 (ending September 30). This is the third highest annual recovery in False Claims Act (FCA) history.  Since 2009, the total recovery amounted to $31.3 billion.  Of the $4.7 billion...

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