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  • Whistleblower says Insurers Bilking Medicare Advantage
    A high level whistleblower who worked for UnitedHealth Group says his company and other insurers have been bilking taxpayers by gaming the system to get higher payments.  Benjamin Poehling, a former finance director with United Health, told the New York Times the insurers falsely make it appear that some seniors are sicker than they truly are <a href="http://www.jameshoyer.com/whistleblower-says-i...
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  • $18 Million Settlement: IU Health/HealthNet Whistleblower Case
    A whistleblower suit filed by Dr. Judith Robinson under the False Claims Act has led to an $18 million settlement with two of Indiana’s largest health care providers.  Indiana University Health and HealthNet have agreed to pay $18 million to the federal government and State of Indiana to resolve illegal kickback and false billing claims.  <a href="http://www.jameshoyer.com/18-million-settlement-iu...
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  • SEC Investigating Atlanta-Based Hedge Fund for Federal Securities Violations
    The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether an Atlanta-based hedge fund is violating federal securities laws by guaranteeing to its investors that they won’t lose money. Statim Holdings Inc., headed by Joseph Meyer, Jr., is the parent company for Arjun LP, a hedge fund that previously ranked eighth among hedge funds with between $250 million and $1 billion in assets. According ...
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  • Payday Lender Class Action Suit Moving Forward
    The ABC station in Orlando profiles our payday lending class action case which is finally moving forward after nearly 20 years. Click on the video above to watch the story. Justice could be nearing after almost two decades. The James Hoyer law firm is part of a team of lawyers on this important payday lending <a href="http://www.jameshoyer.com/payday-lender-class-action-suit-moving-forward/#more-'...
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  • The Senate proposes bill to improve the IRS Whistleblower Program
    The fight against fraud received some significant help last week when Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Wyden introduced legislation geared to strengthen the IRS Whistleblower program.   If passed into law, the IRS Whistleblower Improvements Act of 2017 will provide greater protections to whistleblowers from employer retaliation and will also foster greater communications between the IRS and whistle...
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  • Proposed Improvements to IRS Whistleblower Program
    Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Ron Wyden today introduced bipartisan legislation to improve IRS communication with tax fraud whistleblowers and protect those whistleblowers from workplace retaliation, they announced in a news release. “Whistleblowers have helped the IRS recover more than $3 billion for the taxpayers that otherwise would have been lost to fraud,” Grassley said. <a href="http://www.ja...
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  • Can you be a whistleblower against a state agency?
    Is a state or state agency a “person” for False Claim Act (FCA) whistleblower purposes?  This question is important because the language attaches liability to “any person who knowingly presents….false or fraudulent claims.” Since its inception in 1863, the FCA has been used by whistleblowers to recover money from individuals, corporations, and government contractors. Over the years, Congress has m...
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  • James Hoyer Investigator Speaks at Investigative Reporters & Editors Conference
    James Hoyer law firm investigator Jim Ross was featured on a panel at the Investigative Reporters and Editors regional conference in Jacksonville, this weekend.  Jim shared his expertise on negotiating for public records with journalists from around the world. Journalists play a unique and valuable role in helping to expose fraud against the government. False <a href="http://www.jameshoyer.com/jam...
  • Military Contractor PTP Settles Whistleblower Case
    People Technology & Processes, LLC (“PTP”), a defense contractor based in Lakeland, Florida, agreed to settle a whistleblower case in which the company was accused of billing for work never performed for the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, the James Hoyer law firm announced today.  The company was also accused of falsifying records to cover up <a href="http://www.jameshoyer.com/military-contractor-ptp-s...
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  • Prime Healthcare Loses Motion to Dismiss: Whistleblower Case Moves Forward
    A blow was dealt to Prime Healthcare as a California federal court issued three rulings denying motions filed on behalf of the hospital corporation. As a result, an important whistleblower case, alleging Prime inappropriately admitted patients to increase profits, will move forward. “This is a very important ruling,” said James Hoyer Law Firm Partner Elaine <a href="http://www.jameshoyer.com/prime...
  • U.S. Intervenes In False Claims Act Case Alleging Kickbacks For Ambulance Services
    The United States filed a complaint on January 23, 2017, officially intervening in an alleged kickback scheme against East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System, Inc., East Texas Medical Center Regional Health Services, Inc. (together “ETMC”), Paramedics Plus, LLC, Emergency Medical Services Authority (“EMSA”), and EMSA’s President, Herbert Stephen Williamson, alleging, among other thing...
  • Attorney General Nominee Pledges Support to Fight Fraud using False Claims Act
    Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions is being questioned this week at confirmation hearings on his nomination for U.S. Attorney General by President-elect Donald Trump.  On Tuesday, Senator Sessions pledged his support to fighting fraud against the government and his support of the False Claims Act as a means to do so. During his opening statement, Senator Sessions said: “…this government must improve it...
  • DOJ: $4.7 Billion In Recoveries From 2016 Whistleblower Cases
    The United States released data last week showing that the Department of Justice (DOJ) recovered more than $4.7 billion in 2016 from settlements and judgments in whistleblower cases involving fraud or false claims against the government. This is the third largest annual recovery in the history of the modern False Claims Act (FCA), which dates back thirty years to 1986. As in past years, the majori...
  • New Study Proclaims the Value of Whistleblowers
    Whistleblowers are getting a pat on the back from a new study by a University of Iowa assistant professor of accounting.  The research by Jaron Wilde shows that these insiders, often former or current employees of a target company, have an impact in getting the companies to change their bad behavior. New York Times reporter <a href="http://www.jameshoyer.com/new-study-proclaims-value-whistleblower...
  • Whistleblowers Earn Unanimous Supreme Court Win On Seal Violation Issue
    Last week, the Supreme Court issued an 8-0 decision in State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. v. United States ex rel. Rigsby, finding in favor of the whistleblowers a little more than a month after holding oral arguments. As we wrote in November, this decade-old case originates from a property insurance claim made in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The whistleblowers alleged that although their home was...
  • SEC Whistleblower Program reports that 2016 was a record-breaking year
    On the eve of Thanksgiving, one thing we can be thankful for is the great year that the SEC Whistleblower Program had protecting the United States markets from fraud. In its annual report to Congress, the SEC detailed several encouraging trends that it experienced in the fiscal year ending on September 30, 2016. Probably the most important trend for whistleblowers is that the amount of money being...
  • James Hoyer Partner Interviewed about Miami Whistleblower Ruling
    James Hoyer Partner Sean Keefe, an expert on SEC whistleblower cases, lauded a recent Miami appeals court ruling that helps to protect whistleblowers. Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals rejected a lower court ruling that whistlebower protections do not apply to employees who are supposed to report fraud as part of their job description. Keefe <a href="http://www.jameshoyer.com/james-hoyer-p...
  • Another “Managed Repair” Homeowners Insurance Nightmare
    ABC Action News in Tampa told the story of another “managed repair” nightmare for homeowners in Florida. Katie and Chris Morales of Tampa have been battling their home insurance company, Florida Peninsula, ever since problems developed following repairs made to their home due to a water leak. Click here to see the ABC News story. <a href="http://www.jameshoyer.com/another-managed-repair-homeowners...
  • Supreme Court Arguments on Seal Seem to Favor Relators
    Oral arguments were held before the Supreme Court this week in the case of State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. v. U.S. ex rel. Rigsby.  The decade-old case originates from claims made by Cori and Kerrie Rigsby, sisters from Alabama, who filed a False Claims Act case alleging that State Farm defrauded the government in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. As background, State Farm was responsible for covering...
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  • James Hoyer Partner Interviewed about Mandatory Arbitration Pitfalls for Consumers
    James Hoyer Partner Jesse Hoyer is a strong advocate for consumers and taxpayers. She’s seen how mandatory arbitration agreements can hurt consumers and shared her concerns with ABC Action News I-team reporter Adam Walser. Walser recently took an eye-opening look into the arbitration clauses that many home builders put into their agreements with homeowners. He <a href="http://www.jameshoyer.com/ja...
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