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Alere Agrees to Pay $38.75 Million to Settle False Claims Act Violations (Part II of V)

Alere, Inc. and its San Diego subsidiary, agreed to pay $38.75 million to resolve False Claims Act charges for billing the Medicare program for defective rapid point-of-care testing devices. Alere sold diagnostic devices knowing that the devices had a materially defective algorithm.  During the period 2008 to 2016, Alere sold defective INRatio-blood coagulation monitors used by Medicare patients taking anticoagulant drugs (e.g., warfarin).  Blood coagulation...

Justice Department, HHS-OIG and Defense Investigators Bring Flurry of False Claims Act Cases (Part I of V)

The False Claims Act is a powerful enforcement tool.  The Justice Department with its partner agencies are ramping up enforcement efforts.  The Biden DOJ is preparing to implement an aggressive FCA program across healthcare, defense industries and other government contractors.  Combined with this initiative, DOJ recently implemented an antitrust enforcement task force relating to government procurement.  In this environment, companies have to address these risks...

Episode 201 — DOJ Brings Flurry of False Claims Act Cases

The False Claims Act is a powerful enforcement tool.  The Justice Department with its partner agencies are ramping up enforcement efforts.  The Biden DOJ is preparing to implement an aggressive FCA program across healthcare, defense industries and other government contractors.     The False Claims Act stands as a major risk – businesses that depend on government business, including healthcare, defense and other contractors, have to address...

New Sponsor: Clausematch

I am excited to welcome Clausematch, as a new sponsor of Corruption Crime and Compliance. The Volkov Law Team has been impressed with Clausematch’s unique compliance policy management product offerings. Clausematch provides effective and efficient policy management, regulatory change management and contract management. Clausematch brings digital transformation to governance, risk and compliance. POLICY MANAGEMENTClausematch brings digitalized workflows to policies and procedures, which can be linked,...

EU Whistleblower Directive: A Primer (Part IV of IV) – Protections, Prohibitions and Penalties

The Directive’s robust prohibitions against retaliation for covered persons—including both attempts and threats— is meticulously outlined in Article 19. Among other things, Article 19 broadly prohibits retaliation in the following forms: Suspension, lay-off, dismissal or equivalent measures Demotion or withholding of promotion Transfer of duties, change of location of place of work, reduction in wages or change in working hours Withholding of training Negative performance...

EU Whistleblower Directive: A Primer (Part III of IV) – Data Privacy and Recordkeeping

Hope everyone had wonderful Fourth of July holiday. Alex Cotoia, Regulatory Manager, at the Volkov Law Group rejoins us for Parts III and IV of his series on the EU Whistleblower Directive. If you want to reach Alex, his email is acotoia@volkovlaw.com. Article 17 of the Directive explicitly incorporates the provisions of Regulation 2016/679 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing...

Episode 200 — The Foster Wheeler FCPA Enforcement Action

The Justice Department and the Securities Exchange Commission are back in business.  The first corporate FCPA enforcement action in 2021 came after a six-month hiatus in 2021. The first case against a corporate entity in 2021 is an interesting one because it reflects a coordinated settlement not only between DOJ and the SEC but the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office and Brazil’s Ministério Público Federal (MPF),...

Happy 4th of July

To all our clients, colleagues, friends and family, Happy 4th of July. Here’s to the great future ahead. Happy 4th!!

EU Whistleblower Directive: A Primer (Part II of IV) – Internal and External Reporting

Alex Cotoia rejoins us for part II of his IV-part series on the EU Whistleblower Directive. Alex can be reached at acotoia@volkovlaw.com. Article 7 of the Directive instructs member states to encourage reporting through internal organizational channels first, where the risk of retaliation is remote, and the reported breach can be effectively addressed on an internal basis.[1] Private sector organizations with 50 or more workers...

EU Whistleblower Directive: A Primer (Part I of IV) – An Overview

Alex Cotoia, Regulatory Compliance Manager at the Volkov Law Group, joins us for an informative four-part series on the EU Whistleblower Directive. Alex can be reached at acotoia@volkovlaw.com. Directive 2019/1937 of the European Parliament and Council dated 23 October 2019 on the “protection of persons who report breaches of Union law” (the “Directive”)[1] is set to enter into legal force on 17 December 2021—the deadline...