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Court Revives Whistleblower Claim Against Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Co. faces a new legal worry after a federal appeals court last Thursday revived a whistleblower lawsuit by two former employees who said they were fired for trying to report misconduct by lenders that the bank later …

Whistleblower Loses Out on $864M Moody’s Ratings Settlement

A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a whistleblower lawsuit by a former Moody’s Investors Service managing director and said he deserves none of the $863.8 million that Moody’s agreed to pay to settle claims it inflated mortgage ratings prior to …

Lance Armstrong Loses Bid to Stop $100M Federal lawsuit

A federal judge has refused to block the government’s $100 million lawsuit against Lance Armstrong, putting the former cyclist on course for trial in a 2010 case stemming from his performance-enhancing drug use. The lawsuit was filed by Armstrong’s former …

Baxter to Pay $18M Over Mold at North Carolina Plant

Baxter International has agreed to pay $18 million to resolve its criminal and civil liability over claims its unit ignored mold in air filters at a plant where sterile intravenous solutions were made, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. …

False Claims Settlements in 2016 Top $4.7 Billion: Justice Department

The Department of Justice obtained more than $4.7 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in fiscal year 2016. This is the third highest annual recovery in False Claims Act history, …

Supreme Court Justices Question State Farm Appeal of Katrina Jury Verdict

The Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared unlikely to throw out a jury verdict against State Farm that found the insurance company defrauded the U.S. government when it assessed damage caused by Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf of Mexico coast in …

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 …