California Department of Insurance Intervenes in Lieff Cabraser’s Lawsuit Against AbbVie Alleging Kickbacks and Improper Marketing of Top-Selling Drug Humira

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Joint Complaint Filed Under the California Insurance Frauds Prevention Act

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. Humira, used to treat arthritis, colitis, and other diseases, is a widely-prescribed drug that led the list of top-selling pharmaceutical products until its 2016 U.S. patent expiration, having global sales of $16 billion in 2016 alone. [Read more…]

Rachel Geman Presents “Anatomy of a False Claims Act Case” for Lawline

Rachel Geman Presents Anatomy of a False Claims Act Case for Lawline

Lieff Cabraser partner Rachel Geman will be presenting a Lawline course on “The Anatomy of a False Claims Act Case & How the FCA Works in a Whistleblower World” on October 11, 2017 at 10am EST. The program will cover cases in which the government declines to intervene, the expansion of whistleblower programs and claims, and additional recent developments. [Read more…]

Second Biggest Whistleblower Payout in History Reaches $22 Million

Second Biggest Whistleblower Payout in History Reaches $22 Million

In the second largest whistleblower payout ever, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is paying $22 million to a former Monsanto Co. executive, a corporate insider who provided a “detailed tip and extensive assistance” in stopping illicit, fraudulent activity relating to the company’s reported sales of Roundup, reported Bloomberg and other journals. [Read more…]

Alleged Bank Fraud Leads to Potential $100 Million Whistleblower Payout

Alleged bank fraud leads to potential $100 million whistleblower payout

According to a recent Wall Street Journal analysis, the U.S. government may soon award the largest whistleblower payout in history – up to $100 million total – after three former bank employees alerted authorities to alleged mistreatment of foreign-currency-trading clients by State Street Corp. and the Bank of New York Mellon Corp. [Read more…]

Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds “Implied Certification” Liability in False Claims Act Cases

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In an important and unanimous opinion in Universal Health Services, Inc. V. United States et al. Ex Rel. Escobar et al., the Supreme Court has upheld the “implied certification” theory of federal False Claims Act (FCA) liability. Thus, liability under the FCA does not require that a defendant certified compliance with a law or rule that is an express condition of payment from a government program. [Read more…]

U.S. Education Dept Proposes New Student Debt Forgiveness Rules

US Education Dept Proposes New Student Debt Forgiveness Rules

Defrauded students would have their loans forgiven; new rules would also bar mandatory arbitration clauses

In what could lead to a stunning victory for students defrauded by mercernary and predatory “for-profit” colleges, the U.S. Department of Education has released proposed rules that would forgive student loans in situations where colleges committed fraud and other misconduct. There has been a wave of lawsuits and judgments recently where so-called “fraudster colleges” are beginning to be held accountable for their improper and illegal conduct in forcing sudents into crippling student loan debt, often via deceptive manipulations, outrageous missed-class and missed-exam fees, and false promises of post-graduate employment success via wildly distorted alumni job rates. [Read more…]