Fraud Against the Government

AbbVie Humira

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On September 18, 2018, Lieff Cabraser and California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones sued AbbVie, Inc. for violations of the Insurance Frauds Prevention Act (“IFPA”) by providing kickbacks to healthcare providers throughout California relating to sale of the immunosuppressive drug Humira.

The lawsuit, filed in California Superior Court in Alameda, California, alleges that AbbVie engaged in a far-reaching scheme to maximize profits and the number of prescriptions of Humira via “classic” kickbacks—including cash, meals, drinks, gifts, trips, and patient referrals—as well as more sophisticated kickbacks, including professional services to physicians to induce and reward Humira prescriptions. These kickbacks saved time and money for doctors and their staff.

The Complaint further alleges that AbbVie deployed so-called “Ambassadors” directly into patients’ homes, ostensibly to provide a helping hand, but in fact—and cynically—to provide valuable services to benefit health care providers, ensure prescriptions were filled, and deflect patient concerns. Unfortunately, AbbVie directed its Ambassadors to avoid patient questions about risks for the dangerous drug.

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Education Fraud

Fraud Against the Government

Fraud Against the Government: Cases in Higher Education

Fraud against the government in higher education is rampant. Successful lawsuits under the False Claims Act have led to significant recoveries for students and for the government. Lieff Cabraser obtained a record False Claim settlement against the University of Phoenix in a case that charged that Phoenix had violated the Higher Education Act by providing improper incentive pay to its recruiters. High student loan default rates not only result in wasted federal funds, but the students who receive these loans and then default are burdened for years with tremendous debt without the benefit of a college degree.

In addition to cases against schools that pay recruiters for enrolling students, other government fraud lawsuits in higher education have included actions against schools that encourage students to falsify academic credentials to get federal funding. Schools have been sued for practices geared to arbitrarily increasing student fees, including penalty fees for missed classes and schedules designed to make course completion so difficult that many students are forced to retake and re-pay for credits. Still other schools have faced lawsuits for inflating course costs and for wildly exaggerating graduate placement rates and thus degree value.

False Claims Act Attorneys

Lieff Cabraser represents individuals exposing fraud against the government in a wide range of federal False Claims Act and other government fraud cases. We have the resources, experience, and skill to appropriately investigate even the largest and most complex matters and take them all the way through trial. Learn more about our work in helping individuals stop fraud that cheats the government and obtain significant recoveries.

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Seattle False Claims Act Lawyers

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From our office in Seattle, Lieff Cabraser’s False Claims Act attorneys represent clients throughout Washington and the nation. We have successfully represented clients in cases exposing fraud committed against the government by major corporations across multiple industries.

Whistleblower Attorneys

We represent individuals uncovering fraud on the government in a wide range of federal and state False Claims Act cases. We have the resources, experience, and skill to appropriately investigate even the largest and most complex matters and take them all the way through trial. Learn more about our work in helping individuals expose and stop fraud and obtain recoveries.

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California False Claims Act Lawyers

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From our office in San Francisco, Lieff Cabraser’s fraud-on-the-government attorneys represent clients throughout California and the nation. We have successfully represented clients or are representing clients from the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, and Los Angeles and Southern California in cases exposing fraud committed against the government by major corporations across multiple industries.

False Claims Act Lawyers

We represent individuals who have uncovered fraud committed against the government in a wide range of federal and state False Claims Act cases. We have the resources, experience, and skill to appropriately investigate even the largest and most complex matters and take them all the way through trial. Learn more about our work in helping individuals expose fraud and obtain meaningful recoveries.

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Nashville Tennessee False Claims Act Lawyers

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From our office in Nashville, Lieff Cabraser represents clients from Tennessee, the South, and Midwest in fraud-on-the-government cases brought under the federal False Claims Act and similar state laws. We have successfully represented clients or are representing clients reporting fraud committed against the government by major corporations across multiple industries.

In June 2014, Mark Chalos, a partner at Lieff Cabraser based in our Nashville office, gave a presentation to a group of Tennessee lawyers summarizing the False Claims Act and discussing the latest developments in fraud-on-the-government law. Read a copy of Mark’s presentation on False Claims Act law.

Focus on Healthcare Fraud

Kickbacks paid to physicians to prescribe certain drugs or treatments, false statements made to obtain payment for unnecessary tests and procedures, double billing for medical charges, “upcoding” charges to be paid for more than the services provided, and fraud by hospice providers and nursing homes are some the ways Medicare fraud occurs. These types of fraud trigger violations of the False Claims Act as it prohibits persons and companies from submitting false claims for payment from the government.

Numerous lawsuits charging Medicare fraud have been filed in federal court in Nashville due to the significant number of companies in the health care field located in Nashville and elsewhere in Tennessee. More than 250 health care companies have operations in Nashville and work on a multi-state, national or international basis, with more than 300 local professional service firms (e.g., accounting, architecture, banking, legal) providing expertise in the health care industry. Nashville’s health care industry generates more than $70 billion in revenue.

False Claims Act Lawyers

We represent individuals in a wide range of federal and state False Claims Act cases. We have the resources, experience, and skill to appropriately investigate even the largest and most complex matters and take them all the way through trial. Learn more about our work in helping individuals expose fraud against the government and obtain meaningful recoveries.

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Please call Mark Chalos at 1 866 313-1973 to discuss your fraud-on-the-government case. Or use the form below to contact Mark for a prompt, free, and confidential review of your inquiry without any charge or obligation.

Lieff Cabraser agrees to protect your name and all confidential information you submit against disclosure, publication or unauthorized use to the full extent under the law.


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New York False Claims Act Lawyers

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From our office in New York City, Lieff Cabraser’s fraud-against-the-government attorneys represent clients throughout New York and the nation. We have successfully represented or are representing clients from the New York metropolitan area, New York state, and the larger tri-state area and the East in cases where fraud has been committed against the government by major corporations across multiple industries.

False Claims Act Lawyers

We represent individuals reporting fraud on the government in a wide range of federal False Claims Act and other similar cases. We have the resources, experience, and skill to appropriately investigate even the largest and most complex matters and take them all the way through trial. Learn more about our work in helping individuals expose and stop fraud and obtain recoveries.

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Please use the form below to contact a False Claims Act lawyer at Lieff Cabraser regarding fraud you have discovered being committed against the government. Our False Claims lawyers will review your claim without fee or obligation, and Lieff Cabraser agrees to protect your name and all confidential information you submit against disclosure, publication or unauthorized use to the full extent under the law.


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Whistleblower Law Resources

Fraud Against the Government

The United States government provides information and resources relating to the protection of individuals exposing fraud committed against the government. These resources include:

Department of Justice

US Internal Revenue Service Fraud Reporter Resources

US Securities & Exchange Commission

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Please use the form below to contact a False Claims lawyer at Lieff Cabraser regarding your fraud-on-the-government lawsuit, or call us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358. Our False Claims attorneys will promptly and confidentially review your inquiry without charge or obligation, and Lieff Cabraser agrees to protect your name and all confidential information you submit against disclosure, publication or unauthorized use to the full extent under the law.


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Protecting Employees Who Expose Fraud Committed Against the Government

Fraud Against the Government

Lieff Cabraser’s nationally-recognized employment lawyers have secured justice for employees, and helped our clients change the workplace, in a wide variety of employment cases against some of the nation’s largest employers, including Walmart, Home Depot, IBM, Federal Express, Smith Barney, and Best Buy. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in damages, back pay, and/or retirement benefits for workers.

Our employment lawyers are currently litigating precedent-setting class action lawsuits of national importance, including large gender discrimination cases against top Wall Street firms, claims that many of the nation’s largest technology companies have fixed and suppressed high-tech workers’ wages, and claims involving improper wage deductions, as well as ERISA claims on behalf of employees and retirees for pension plan abuses.

Our goal is not only to recover compensation for employees and job applicants who have suffered legal violations but also to require employers to comply with the law. We safeguard employees against retaliation, and understand the risks, and benefits, of exposing fraud or misconduct in the workplace.

Fraud Against the Government Case Lawyers

We represent individuals in a wide range of federal False Claims Act cases. We have the resources, experience, and skill to appropriately investigate even the largest and most complex matters and take them all the way through trial. Learn more about our work in helping individuals expose fraud committed against the government and obtain meaningful recoveries.

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Please use the form below to contact a False Claims Act lawyer at Lieff Cabraser regarding your fraud-on-the-government lawsuit, or call us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358. Our False Claims attorneys will promptly and confidentially review your inquiry without charge or obligation, and Lieff Cabraser agrees to protect your name and all confidential information you submit against disclosure, publication or unauthorized use to the full extent under the law.


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Securities Fraud and Financial Fraud Committed Against the Government

Fraud Against the Government

Lieff Cabraser has a long and successful track record of winning tough, complex cases on behalf of investors against powerful corporations and corporate executives who have committed securities and financial fraud. We have tried two federal securities class actions to jury verdicts, prevailing in both, including a $170 million verdict. Working with co-counsel, we have achieved verdicts, judgments, and settlements in excess of $2.5 billion for our clients in securities and investor fraud cases.

Certain kinds of financial fraud cases where the victim is the government can also be brought by individuals under the False Claims Act and other statutes. In particular, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act provides significant incentives and protections for individuals who provide information on violations of federal securities and commodities exchange laws that result in fraud on the government. These violations can include insider trading, accounting fraud, money laundering, bribing a foreign official, manipulating commodities prices, or manipulating currency exchange rates. Reporting individuals (relators) are also entitled to recover a share of monies owing to the government by virtue of tax fraud.

Today, we serve as co-counsel for the relators in an action against State Street Corporation which serves as the contractual custodian for over 40% of public pension funds in the United States. As the contractual custodian, State Street is responsible for undertaking the foreign currency exchange (FX) transactions necessary to facilitate a customer’s purchases or sales of foreign securities.

The complaint charges that State Street violated the California False Claims Act by systematically manipulating the timing of its execution and reporting of FX trades in order to enrich itself, at the expense of California custodial public pension fund clients, including the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System. The case is in the discovery stage after the trial court denied State Street’s demurrer.

We are investigating multiple financial fraud cases where the government was defrauded and several cases have been filed that remain under seal.

Fraud-on-the-Government Lawyers

We represent individuals exposing fraud committed against the government (relators) in a wide range of federal False Claims Act and other similar cases. We have the resources, experience, and skill to appropriately investigate even the largest and most complex matters and take them all the way through trial. Learn more about our work in helping individuals expose and stop fraud and obtain meaningful recoveries.

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Please use the form below to contact a false claims lawyer at Lieff Cabraser regarding your fraud-on-the-government lawsuit, or call us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358. Our False Claims Act lawyers will promptly and confidentially review your inquiry without charge or obligation, and Lieff Cabraser agrees to protect your name and all confidential information you submit against disclosure, publication or unauthorized use to the full extent under the law.


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