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Ivie v. AstraZeneca Update: July 2023

In mid-2021, a federal jury in Portland, Ore., awarded $2.4 million in damages to Suzanne Ivie, a former AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals sales manager who was fired after raising concerns about the drug giant’s marketing tactics and alleged discriminatory actions. This summer, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit confirmed Ivie’s courtroom victory, reversing an order by a trial judge who had rebuffed the jury’s verdict. After hearing arguments from… [Read more]

TELG Whistleblower Client Earns 7-Figure Award for Reporting Fraud to SEC

A Victim of the Scheme Helps to Shut It Down ———- WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 1, 2023) — A whistleblower who shared in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission awards totaling $18 million was represented in the matter by The Employment Law Group® law firm. The SEC’s recent award announcement didn’t disclose details of the enforcement action that prompted the payout, except to say that it had ended a fraudulent scheme. By… [Read more]

Carter Healthcare and Its Top Officers Pay $7 Million To Settle Whistleblowers’ Claims of Medicare Fraud

Oklahoma Provider’s Florida Affiliate Overbilled for Home Care, Performed Therapy Regardless of Medical Need, Say U.S. Prosecutors Government Rewards Two Therapists Who Blew the Whistle ———- WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 18, 2022) — Oklahoma City-based Carter Healthcare and two of its former top officers paid more than $7 million to settle two whistleblowers’ claims that an arm of the home-health provider defrauded Medicare by pushing therapy services for Florida seniors without… [Read more]

Former Library Official Wins $312,000 Verdict in Prince George’s Discrimination Case

County Library Fired Its H.R. Director After He Tried to Discipline a No-Show ———- UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (May 16, 2022) — A Maryland jury today found that the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System acted illegally when it fired its human resources director in 2019. It awarded Jeffrey Naftal more than $300,000 in damages. The six-person jury found that Mr. Naftal’s firing violated both the Maryland Fair Employment Practices Act… [Read more]

U.S. Government Rewards Whistleblower For Role in Security Clearance Fraud Case

Former Employee Alleged that Federal Contractor Lied About Completeness of Its High-Level Investigations ———- WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 11, 2022) — Whistleblower Julie Reed will receive a 29 percent share of a payment to the U.S. government that resolves her claims that a federal contractor, KeyPoint Government Solutions, defrauded taxpayers and endangered national security by failing to conduct proper high-level security clearance investigations. Ms. Reed’s share of the settlement amount —… [Read more]

Former AstraZeneca Sales Manager Wins $2.4 Million Verdict in Retaliation Case

Drug Giant Fired Top Performer After She Complained About Off-Label Marketing Efforts, Age Bias ———- Latest Update In May 2023, Ivie won again at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit » See details PORTLAND, Ore. (June 22, 2021) — A federal jury today awarded $2.4 million in damages to a former AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals sales manager who was fired after raising concerns about the drug giant’s marketing tactics… [Read more]

International Technological University Will Pay $1.17 Million To Settle Whistleblower’s Allegations of Visa Fraud

Tech-Oriented School Falsely Certified that Foreign Enrollees Would Follow Rules for Student Visas, Say U.S. Prosecutors Complaint: Students Worked Full-Time Jobs, ITU Gave Top Grades to No-Shows ———- SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (January 29, 2021) — A private university that caters largely to foreign workers seeking jobs in Silicon Valley will pay $1.17 million to settle claims that it misled U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for six years by falsely… [Read more]

Avanir Pharmaceuticals Will Pay $103 Million to Taxpayers to Settle Whistleblowers’ Allegations of Healthcare Fraud

Drug Maker Improperly Paid Doctors to Boost Prescriptions of Medication Intended for Rare Disorder, Say U.S. Prosecutors Feds Will Reward Executive Who Reported Avanir’s Scheme ———- WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 26, 2019) — The maker of the drug Nuedexta will pay $103 million to settle claims that it defrauded Medicare and other government insurance programs by encouraging doctors to prescribe Nuedexta to patients who didn’t need it, according to a press… [Read more]

Anne Arundel Medical Center Will Pay More Than $3 Million to Settle Pharmacist’s Whistleblower Lawsuit

For Eight Years, Maryland Clinic Sent Improper Bills to Medicare And Other Programs for Patient Consultations, Say U.S. Prosecutors ———- WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 27, 2019) — An anti-coagulation clinic owned by Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) billed Medicare and other government insurance programs for a large number of medically unnecessary services, according to federal prosecutors, and AAMC will pay $3.154 million to taxpayers to settle a lawsuit filed by the… [Read more]

Whistleblower’s Lawsuit Results in $5.9 Million Settlement in Medicare Fraud Case Against Hospice Operator

U.S. Taxpayers Will Benefit from Clinical Director’s Report of Wrongdoing at SouthernCare, Which Was Under Federal Oversight at the Time ———- WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 13, 2018) — Acting on information from a whistleblower represented by The Employment Law Group® law firm, the U.S. government agreed to accept almost $6 million from SouthernCare, Inc. (SCI), a hospice operator with locations across nine states, to settle charges that SCI defrauded taxpayers by… [Read more]

Superintendent of Gettysburg National Park Welcomes OIG’s Release of Report after U.S. Attorney Declines to Prosecute

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 7, 2018) — The Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Interior (“OIG”) reached out proactively on November 1, 2018, to a Gettysburg newspaper to publicize uncorroborated negative information about Ed Clark, Superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park — but only after the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania had rejected OIG’s overtures to prosecute Mr. Clark. The negative information was contained… [Read more]

The Employment Law Group Caps a Year of Recognition With Multiple Honors from U.S. News & World Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 1, 2018) — For the sixth year running, The Employment Law Group® law firm has been honored by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers as one of the nation’s “Best Law Firms.” The prestigious list includes two “Tier 1” rankings for TELG for employment law in the Washington, D.C. area, highlighting what the rankers called “a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of… [Read more]

Deepening Its Commitment to Whistleblower Rewards, The Employment Law Group Names Oswald to Lead Practice

Firm’s Managing Principal Takes Responsibility for Driving Results for Clients under False Claims Act, Dodd-Frank, Other Laws ———- WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 1, 2018) — The Employment Law Group® law firm today redoubled its commitment to obtain rewards for whistleblowers who uncover fraud, naming its managing principal, R. Scott Oswald, to lead the firm’s growing rewards practice. “Scott already is deeply involved in all of our individual cases — and his… [Read more]

U.S. and 5 States Add Firepower to Whistleblower’s Claims Against Insys Therapeutics, Marketer of Opioid Spray

Former Salesperson Sparked Prosecution of Kickback Scheme That Included Bogus Speaker Fees, Visits to Strip Clubs, Lavish Meals ‘SUBSYS’ Spray Implicated in More Than 900 Patient Deaths ———- WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 14, 2018) — The U.S. Department of Justice and five U.S. states have stepped into a previously secret lawsuit against Insys Therapeutics, Inc., revealing for the first time the central role played by whistleblower Maria Guzman in the government’s… [Read more]

Whistleblower Helps U.S. Taxpayers Recover $850,000 From Minnesota Dermatologist Accused of Medicare Fraud

The Employment Law Group® Law Firm Represents Doctor Who Alleged Illegal Scheme by Former Boss at Skin Care Doctors, P.A. ———- Jeff Samuelson, WhistleblowerSAINT PAUL, Minn. (December 1, 2017) — A dermatologist’s whistleblower lawsuit recovered $850,000 for his fellow taxpayers, as the U.S. government settled fraud claims against a Minnesota skin-care practice and its owner, whom it had accused of false billing and unnecessary surgical procedures. The Employment Law Group®… [Read more]

Three Attorneys from The Employment Law Group® Law Firm Are Honored in Best Lawyers in America

Carter Named in Two Categories; Sixth Year in a Row for Oswald and Woodfield ———- WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 24, 2017) — Based on high praise from their peers, three attorneys from The Employment Law Group® law firm have been honored with listings in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in America. It is the first such recognition for Adam Augustine Carter, a principal of the firm, who also became… [Read more]

Consumer Advocate Helps Government to Secure $89 Million Settlement in Reverse-Mortgage Foreclosure Scheme

U.S. Treasury Will Receive Money to Resolve Shady Practices of Company Formerly Run by Steven Mnuchin — Now, Ironically, Treasury Secretary The Employment Law Group® Law Firm Guides Whistleblower Sandra Jolley To $1.6 Million Award, Maximum under ‘FIRREA’ Law ———- Sandra Jolley, WhistleblowerWASHINGTON, D.C. (May 16, 2017) — The U.S. government awarded $1.6 million to consumer advocate Sandra Jolley, a prominent critic of predatory reverse-mortgage lenders, in recognition of the… [Read more]

Florida Eye Doctor with Pop-Star Aspirations Settles Million-Dollar Medicare Fraud Case

WASHINGTON (Aug. 30, 2016) — Whistleblower Lori Moore will receive $200,000 for helping U.S. taxpayers to recover a $1 million settlement from Monique Barbour, a Florida ophthalmologist accused of defrauding Medicare to support a lavish lifestyle that included an attempt to become a pop star under the pseudonym “Anayya Von Kitten.” The Employment Law Group® law firm represented Ms. Moore in the civil case, which alleged that Dr. Barbour, the… [Read more]

Medicare Fraud Whistleblower Represented by The Employment Law Group® Law Firm Wins $34.7 Million Settlement in Case Against 21st Century Oncology

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Mar. 8, 2016) — Fort Myers-based 21st Century Oncology must pay a $34.7 million settlement in a Medicare fraud case related to allegations of routine billing of the U.S. government for services that were not medically necessary or valuable to its patients, according to documents released today by the U.S. Department of Justice. The settlement was based largely on information provided by whistleblower Joseph Y. Ting, Ph.D., an… [Read more]

The Employment Law Group® Law Firm Helps Whistleblower Win $2.2 Million Settlement In Medicare Fraud Case Against Arizona Hospice Operator

WASHINGTON (Oct. 7, 2015) — Whistleblower Cheryl Sifford will receive 20 percent of $2.2 million repaid to taxpayers in the U.S. government’s settlement of fraud claims against an Arizona hospice operator that was accused of admitting Medicare patients who weren’t properly certified for end-of-life care — including some patients who weren’t even terminally ill. The Employment Law Group® law firm represented Ms. Sifford in the civil case, which alleged that… [Read more]