Whistleblower Law Collaborative, LLC

The Whistleblower Law Collaborative is one of the nation’s leading whistleblower law firms representing persons or companies who learn of fraud and step forward to expose wrongdoing. Our attorneys all have prior government experience and a passion for fighting fraud. We achieve outstanding results in this very complex area of the law, while supporting our courageous clients every step of the way.

Effective, March 16, 2021, Washington D.C. expanded its False Claims Act to repeal the tax bar and cover tax fraud.  This expanded law will enlist whistleblowers in the fight to uncover major tax cheats, recover unpaid taxes, and close the tax gap. What is the Tax Bar The tax bar is part of the False Claims Act which says it does not cover fraud under the tax code. The tax bar is found at…
The Whistleblower Law Collaborative’s Erica Blachman Hitchings was a proud ​presenter at this week’s False Claims Act Today – District of Massachusetts ​seminar hosted by the Federal Bar Association’s Qui Tam Section on Monday, April 12, 2021 in cooperation with the local FBA chapter. “The False Claims Act Today” is part of an ongoing discussion series that examines the details of real-life FCA practice in specific jurisdictions.  Erica spoke about how her career as a…
One of the more astute things I learned from an experienced lawyer as I was coming out of law school three and a half decades ago was this:  It’s much more interesting and revealing to look at what people are doing five to ten years after graduation than what they do right out of the gate.  What he meant was that people’s first choices often reflect how much debt they’re trying to pay off, or a first poorly-informed guess…
One of the more astute things I learned from an experienced lawyer as I was coming out of law school three and a half decades ago was this:  It’s much more interesting and revealing to look at what people are doing five to ten years after graduation that what they do right out of the gate.  What he meant was that people’s first choices often reflect how much debt they’re trying to pay off, or a first poorly-informed guess at…
Erica Blachman Hitchings discussed the recently disclosed breach of the federal court system’s electronic filing system with AP News Legal Affairs Reporter, Maryclaire Dale.  The article, Russian hack brings changes, uncertainty to US court system, takes stock of the intrusion’s impact on existing and future cases.  Dale reports that the hackers likely gained access to a wide range of confidential information in sealed documents, “including trade secrets, espionage targets, whistleblower reports and arrest warrants.”…
On February 4, Whistleblower Law Collaborative co-founder Bob Thomas joined an esteemed panel of practitioners to discuss current developments in the prosecution of health care fraud cases at this year’s Boston Bar White Collar Crime Conference.  The event was sponsored by the Boston Bar Association and was available by ZOOM.  The conference website and agenda can be found here. The Health Care Fraud panel was a half-day event, which included later panels on financial…
Today, the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts announced that athenahealth Inc. (Athena) has settled two False Claims Act qui tam cases for $18.25 million. The settlement resolves allegations that Athena paid illegal kickbacks to generate sales of its electronic health record (EHR) product, athenaClinicals. In announcing the settlement, United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling said: “Across the country, physicians rely on electronic health records software to provide…
Last week, DOJ announced the first civil settlement to resolve allegations of fraud against the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The settling defendants are SlideBelts Inc. (a California-based online retailer) and its president/CEO, Brigham Taylor. The defendants have agreed to pay $100,000 in damages and penalties. In addition, SlideBelts has repaid the $350,000 in PPP funds that it fraudulently received. The Paycheck Protection Program The Paycheck Protection Program is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and
It’s no secret that blowing the whistle comes with risks.  Sadly, our clients have faced retaliation simply because they tried to correct their company’s fraud.  They have been fired, demoted, pushed out, and “blackballed.”  But they fight back.  And thanks to the anti-retaliation provisions of the federal and state False Claims Acts, they often win. Ms. Lestage Files a Qui Tam Alleging Kickbacks Fighting back is exactly what Amy Lestage did.  Ms. Lestage was a…
Vitol, a Swiss-based energy trading firm agreed to pay $163 million to settle criminal and civil charges.  The charges related to Vitol’s paying bribes and manipulating the domestic energy market. Vitol is the world’s largest privately held oil and gas trading company.  It will pay over $135 million in criminal fines.  Of this amount, Vitol will pay $90 million directly to DOJ and another $45 million to the government of Brazil.  The Commodities Futures Trading Commission…