Whistleblower Law Collaborative Blog and News

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 and its founder Dr. Amanda Wilson in a False Claims Act case filed by our client. CleanSlate Centers operates a national chain of clinics in Massachusetts and nine other states. These clinics provide medication-assisted treatment for substance abuse, including opioid and alcohol addiction. As described in our Amended Complaint, CleanSlate Centers exploited the national opioid epidemic…
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…
Ethan P. Davis, the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for DOJ’s Civil Division recently described how the Civil Division will approach COVID-19 fraud enforcement. His remarks follow Senate testimony in early June by DOJ officials on the early battles against COVID-19 fraud. Mr. Davis’ extensive remarks focused on fraud in COVID-19 financial stimulus programs as well as fraud involving tests, treatments, and vaccines. Two General Principles Will Guide DOJ’s COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Efforts Mr. Davis…
Whistleblower Law Collaborative Co-Founder Bob Thomas was one of the co-hosts of July 30 event featuring highly informative and lively discussion of DOJ enforcement priorities during the COVID Pandemic. The other co-hosts were Kirsten Mayer of Ropes & Gray and Patricia Peláez of Charles River Associates. The online discussion, sponsored by the American Bar Association, was attended by well over 200 attendees from both the public and private sectors. The government participants discussing Covid enforcement…
Whistleblower Law Collaborative Co-Founder and Managing Partner Suzanne Durrell was featured in the latest issue of Corporate Crime Reporter.  Her interview covers her newly announced Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund national COVID-19 Anti-Fraud Task Force. In the race to find a cure, the government is engaging in a public/private partnership with industry. Our bar is concerned that we are going to need a vast public/private partnership as well with whistleblowers and attorneys to keep…
On July 30, 2020 at 1 pm ET, Whistleblower Law Collaborative will co-host a webinar in conjunction with the American Bar Association, Charles River Associates and Ropes & Gray focused on Covid Fraud and Risk.  The webinar is titled DOJ Enforcement in the COVID-19 Crisis: What to Expect and How to Mitigate Risk. The Department of Justice and the FBI are dealing with demanding new enforcement issues in addition to long-standing pre-COVID priorities.…
Today we bring you another story of the ever present “Florida Man.” Now profiting through Covid fraud by obtaining $4 million from the Payroll Protection Program to buy a Lamborghini Huracan EVO, among other goodies. But we begin by setting the mood with the immortal words of Janis Joplin: Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from…