What is a Healthcare Fraud Whistleblower?

While most healthcare employers follow the law, some do not and instead engage in fraudulent campaigns against the state or federal government to wrongfully obtain funds they are not entitled to receive. Employees who come forward to report their employers for engaging in healthcare fraud help to save taxpayer money by assisting with the government’s

How Does The False Claims Act Work For Whistleblowers?

How Does The False Claims Act Work For Whistleblowers?

The False Claims Act (FCA) is a federal law that encourages whistleblowers with inside information about fraud schemes perpetrated against the government to come forward. This law allows whistleblowers to step into the shoes of the government and file lawsuits against their employers or others that have engaged in massive fraud schemes. As an incentive

How to Choose a Whistleblower Lawyer

One of the first questions you should ask after discovering wrongdoing by your employer and deciding to come forward is how to choose a whistleblower lawyer. Whistleblowers face many risks when they come forward to report corruption, fraud, or greed, and these types of cases are time-consuming and complex. In many cases, whistleblower cases involve

What Is the Legal Definition of a Whistleblower?

What Is the Legal Definition of a Whistleblower?

Many people contact Swartz Swidler about the information that they have learned about their companies because they are unsure whether they have actionable claims for whistleblower lawsuits. Others also want to know if their provision of information to governmental authorities triggered the prohibition on retaliation against whistleblowers. By understanding the legal definition of a whistleblower

Types of Health Care Fraud

Healthcare fraud is a widespread problem and is one of the most common types of fraud featured in claims under the False Claims Act. Through the FCA, whistleblowers have helped the government recover billions of dollars from pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, doctors, and pharmacies. Medicaid faces major risks of fraud. Medicaid fraud occurs when health care

What Happens if a Whistleblower Is Wrong?

What Is a Whistleblower?

Famous whistleblowers have been depicted in movies and are sometimes reported in the news. Because of these types of media, you likely have a general familiarity with what whistleblowers are. Whistleblowers are people who learn about illegal or unethical conduct within their companies or within the government and report what they know. Many whistleblowers are

What Is Whistleblower Retaliation?

Whistleblowers serve an important role in bringing the illegal actions of managers, executives, and companies to light. Without whistleblowers, many of the types of fraud and other wrongdoing by companies may go undiscovered. Unfortunately, blowing the whistle can result in serious consequences. Whistleblowers are frequently targeted for retaliation by their employers. The retaliatory actions may

What is the Statute of Limitations for Bringing a Wrongful Termination Lawsuit?

The statute of limitations refers to the time period someone has to file a claim from the triggering event that gives rise to that claim. Filing a lawsuit during the statute of limitation time period, which can range anywhere from two to fifteen years depending upon the claim and the applicable law, is a very

Dodd-Frank Act Whistleblower Incentives and Protections

Historically, whistleblowers and the government have relied on the False claims Act as a tool to combat fraud against the government. However, there are limitations to this law, including the fact that the False Claims Act only applies to situations in which the federal government has been defrauded. Fraud that is committed against others such

How to Become a Whistleblower

How to Become a Whistleblower

If you have inside information that fraud is occurring at your workplace against the government or securities investors, you might want to learn about the whistleblower process. Many people who decide to come forward are regular workers who are simply doing their jobs. According to the National Business Ethics Survey of 2007, 56% of workers