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Published on March 20, 2014

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PowerPoint Presentation: T he fir m 's cas e s a n d r e s ul t s h a ve b een f ea t ur e d by 60 M i nu te s , 2 0/ 20, A BC Pri m eti m e, N BC N i g h t ly N e w s, Mac N eil L e h rer N e w s Ho ur, U .S. N e w s & W orld Re p ort, N e w s w e e k , Bu si ne s s W ee k , W all Stre e t J o u r n a l, W a s h i n g to n P os t, N ew Y ork T i m e s , L os An ge l es T i m e s , Ph i l a d e l p h ia I n qu irer, M ia m i H era l d, B o s to n G l o be, D a l las Mo r n i n g N e w s, San F ra n c i s c o Ch ro n i cle, a n d C hi ca g o T r i b u ne, a m ong o th e r ne w s m e d i a. In a d d i t io n, t h e na ti o n al m e d ia r e g u l a rly req u e st us to pr ov i d e e x pe r t e x p l a n at io ns on F a l se C lai m s A ct a nd q u i t am i s s ue s . - S e e more a t: http://ww w .w a rr e nb e nsonl a w. c o m / W A RREN | BENSON L AW G R OU P has u n m atc h e d su c ce s s i n setti n g q ui tam na ti o n al prec e d e n ts, a nd is a l so a n a t i o n al l ea d er i n s ucc e s s f u l q ui tam cases. A d d i t i o n a l l y , the firm has s ub s t a n ti a l re a l w or l d e xp e ri e nce in h ea l th c are a u di t i ng a n d de f e n se c o n tr a c ti ng i ss ue s , t h at is u n p a ra l le l ed by any o t her w h i s t l e b l o w er fir m . PowerPoint Presentation: H OW T H E F AL SE C L AIMS ACT W O R KS The F a l s e Claims A c t is a l a w th a t is des i g n e d to r e w a rd a n y p e rson who k nows that a n individu a l or c ompa n y h a s fin a n c ial l y d e f r a u d e d t he fe d e r a l g ov e rnm e nt, b y a llowi n g that whistleblow e r to f ile a “ q ui t a m” l a wsuit to r e c ov e r d a m a g e s on the g o v e r n ment ’ s be ha lf. What is a F a lse C la i ms Act l a w s uit? The F a l s e Claims A c t p r ovides a re w a rd f o r a n y p e rson w ho is a w a re o f a c ompa n y o r individu a l that h a s fin a n c ial l y d e f r a ud e d the f e d e r a l g o v e r n ment, a nd su cce s s ful l y f i l e s a “ qui t a m” l a wsuit to r e c ov e r d a m a g e s on the g o v e rnm e nt’s b e h a lf. Ma n y times hon e st peop l e a re m a de to wo r k in a n e nvironme n t of f r a ud b y their e mpl o y e r or s e e f r a ud b y a c ompetitor a n d d e sire to l e v e l the pl a y i ng f ield. T h e F a lse Cl a ims A c t’s pu r pose is to p r ovide a f ina n c ial inc e n t ive f or these p e ople to c o me f o r ward a nd dis c lose the in f o r mation to the g o v e rnm e nt and join in prose c uting t h e f r a ud. You do not n ee d to be a c o r por a t e insid e r/o f fi c e r to file a q u i t a m suit. The F a lse Cl a ims A c t provides th a t a n y one who is a ware of f r a ud on the g o v e rnm e nt ca n file a qui t a m ca s e . C a s e s ha v e b e e n su c ce ss f ul l y bro u g ht b y e mpl o y e e s, co m p e titors, sub c ont r ac tors, p h y sici a ns, d e ntists, c onsultants, a nd e v e n p a ti e nts. C a s e s h a v e ra n g e d f r om c o rpo r a te o f fi c e rs, to line wo r k e rs in the d e f e n s e c o ntr a c t indust r y ; a nd f r om hospital e x ec utiv e s and do c tors, to nurs e s and c le r ks in the m e di c a l indu s t r y . In The N e w s M o r tgage f r aud r e c ov e r y. F l a g st a r B a nk F S B h a s a g re e d to p a y $132.8 million to set t le F a lse Claims A c t alleg a tions th a t it improp e r l y a ppro ve d home mo r t g a ge loans f o r g o v e rnm e nt insur a n ce . T h e settl e me n t b y the c om p a n y b a s e d i n T r o y , M i c higan, is one of the f irst su c c e ssful mort g a ge f r a ud p r os e c utions und e r the F a lse Cl a i ms A c t. Und e r the t e rms of the s e ttlem e nt, F l a g star ac c e pted r e spo n sibili t y f or its co n d u c t a n d c ommitted to re fo r m its business p rac ti ce s to e nsure c omplia n c e with D e p a rtme n t of Housing a nd U r b a n D e v e lopm e nt r e q u ir e ments. D r ug p r icing se t tle me n t . G e n e r a l El ec tric Co. ’ s h ea lt h -c a re unit will p a y more than $30 million to settle c laims that a c o mpa n y it bo u g ht in 2004 p r ovided f a lse inf o rm a tion to M e dic a re to p a d billin g s for a dr u g u s e d to di a g no s e h e a rt dise a s e . T h e f r a ud s e ttlem e nt involves the d r u g M y oview sold b y Am e r s h a m H ea lth I n c . a nd r e solves c laims f il e d und e r t h e F a lse Cl a ims A c t. Und e r d r u g p ri c i n g la w s, ph a rm a c e uti ca l provid er s a r e r e quir e d to r e port b e st price a nd a v e ra g e s a les p r ice ca lcul a tions f or Medic a r e r e imburs e m e nt.

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