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Supreme Court Muddies Healthcare Liability Waters

The Supreme Court is supposed to take appellate cases to make the law clearer. Last week’s opinion on healthcare fraud had the opposite effect. Instead of spelling out exactly when a misrepresentation in healthcare billing counts as a legal violation, …

Supreme Court to Hear State Farm’s Appeal of Katrina False Claims Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear an appeal by State Farm contesting a jury finding that the insurance company defrauded the federal government when assessing damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 along the Gulf of Mexico …

Supreme Court Hears Claim Against Hospital for Allegedly Defrauding U.S.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday struggled with the question of when federal contractors can be sued for defrauding the government in a case involving a 19-year-old Massachusetts woman who suffered a fatal 2009 seizure at a mental health facility. …

Ex-Executive’s Lawsuit Alleges AIG Defrauded U.S. in Bailout

American International Group Inc. defrauded the U.S. by failing to disclose it was selling insurance without a license during negotiations with the government over a bailout in the financial crisis, a former executive claimed in a lawsuit. Alex Grabcheski, a …

Lance Armstrong Seeks Dismissal of False Claims Lawsuit

Lance Armstrong, the former champion cyclist, asked a judge to throw out a lawsuit claiming he defrauded the U.S. by using banned substances in violation of his team’s contract with the U.S. Postal Service. Armstrong, in papers submitted yesterday in …

State Farm Appeals Katrina Fraud Ruling in Mississippi

State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. is asking a judge to void a jury’s finding that the company defrauded the government involving a policyholder claim after Hurricane Katrina. Motions filed in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, Miss., also seek a …

Judge: U.S. Can Sue Bank of America Over Toxic Mortgages Under FIRREA

A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that the United States can pursue parts of a civil lawsuit against Bank of America Corp. over its sale of toxic mortgages to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, boosting a largely untested legal theory …

Jury Finds State Farm Defrauded Flood Insurance Program

A federal jury in Mississippi has found that State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. avoided covering a policyholder’s wind losses by blaming the damage on storm surge, which is covered by federal flood insurance. The verdict came in a whistleblower …

Mortgage Lender Charged with Defrauding Government Insurer

The United States last Thursday sued a New York mortgage company it said defrauded the federal government into insuring poor quality home loans, costing taxpayers millions of dollars. In a civil lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court, the U.S. Department …

Hanford Nuclear Contractor Settles Lawsuit For $1.1M

A contractor at the Hanford nuclear plant in Washington has agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the Justice Department claiming the company used federal money to lobby for new government customers for a first responder …