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.

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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…
A Maryland-based company has agreed to pay $550,000 to resolve claims that it deceived the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority about hand sanitizer purchased to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office announced the settlement yesterday. Hand Sanitizer Marketed Without Evidence of Its Effectiveness Federal Resources Supply Company marketed “Theraworx Protect” as effective in fighting the coronavirus. It claimed that the product would sanitize and fight off COVID-19 for six hours. However, the…
The Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund 20th Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony is October 28-30, 2020.  As in past years, WLC attorneys will be active participants in the Conference: as proud sponsors, as speakers on important topics, and as (virtual) attendees. As members of TAFEF, we couldn’t be more committed to combatting fraud and incentivizing integrity to protect our public funds and public health. This is especially important as whistleblowers and the False Claims Act and…
Today, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office announced that it has filed a Complaint in Intervention against CleanSlate Centers in a False Claims Act case filed by our client. CleanSlate Centers operates a chain of clinics in Massachusetts and nine other states. These clinics provide medication-assisted treatment for substance abuse, including opioid and alcohol addiction. As set forth in our Amended Complaint, CleanSlate Centers exploited the national opioid epidemic in a scheme to build and…
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts logged another victory in its battle against co-pay foundation kickback schemes.  This time pharma giant Gilead Sciences is paying up to the tune of $97 million.  The government alleged that Gilead illegally used a non-profit foundation as a conduit to pay the Medicare co-pays for its own drug. We have previously detailed why this is illegal.  We have also reported on two ongoing cases against…
The pharmaceutical company Indivior Solutions agreed to pay a total of $600 million to resolve opioid fraud charges involving the marketing its drug Suboxone.  Indivior’s parent company, Reckitt Benckiser Group, already agreed to pay $1.4 billion for the same fraud.   The $2 billion recovery is the largest-ever resolution in an opioid fraud case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice. Indivior’s Outrageous Conduct Even by the standards of big pharma fraud, this case stands out. …
After a decade of teaching the popular Health Care Fraud and Abuse seminar at Boston University Law School, Whistleblower Law Collaborative LLC (“WLC”) Co-Founder Bob Thomas has started an additional seminar this fall, called Whistleblower Law and Practice.  Due to the pandemic, the course is offered in hybrid format (some students live and some on ZOOM).    While there is some overlap with the Health Care Fraud and Abuse course (now taught by…