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Whistleblowers Win Battle with IRS and Open Door for Future Cases

By McCabe Rabin, P.A. |

Two whistleblowers went up against the IRS recently for what felt was their share of an award for the information they provided that led to a massive $54.131 million judgment against a major Swiss bank. The argument from the IRS and the Department of Justice was that whistleblower laws don’t apply to criminal tax… Read More »

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Qui Tam Defective Bulletproof Vests Case Settles for $66 Million

By McCabe Rabin, P.A. |

A settlement was recently announced in a long-running qui tam case brought by whistleblower Aaron Westrick, Ph.D., who alleged Toyobo Co. Ltd. of Japan and its American subsidiary, Toyobo USA Inc., (collectively, Toyobo), sold Zylon fiber that was defective. This fiber was used for bulletproof vests purchased by the United States government for federal,… Read More »

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Frequently Asked Questions about SEC Whistleblower Actions

By McCabe Rabin, P.A. |

If you have information that you think may be of interest to the SEC, it’s important to understand the basics surrounding the whistleblower program, what the eligibility requirements are, and what potential limitations are in place. Whistleblower actions with the SEC are covered under Section 922 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer… Read More »

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SEC Issues First Whistleblower Award of $2.2 Million Under Safe Harbor Rule

By McCabe Rabin, P.A. |

The Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, announced in April that it issued an award of $2.2 million to a whistleblower for the first time under what’s known as the ‘safe harbor’ rule. The whistleblower’s tip to one federal agency resulted in an SEC enforcement action. The whistleblower reported information to a federal agency… Read More »

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Common Types of Whistleblower Fraud

By McCabe Rabin, P.A. |

Whistleblower cases, known as Qui Tam cases, are ones that are brought against companies who are committing fraud against the United States government for financial gain. These types of cases can come from many sources, but some of the most common whistleblower cases are: Health Care Fraud It probably comes as no surprise that… Read More »

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New IRS Task Force — Could This Mean More Whistleblower Awards?

By McCabe Rabin, P.A. |

The Wall Street Journal shared news that the IRS is forming a new task force within its criminal investigations unit. The team of 10 agents will be solely focused on international tax enforcement. They are assembling experts who will follow the funds of financial criminals and tax cheats, no matter where they are in… Read More »

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What is the Dodd-Frank Act?

By McCabe Rabin, P.A. |

The Dodd-Frank Act’s official name is the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which was passed in 2010 during the Obama administration to address concerns surrounding the 2008 financial crisis. It gets its name from U.S. Senator Christopher J. Dodd and U.S. Representative Barney Frank, who were the original sponsors. It enhances… Read More »

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What is a Reverse False Claim?

By McCabe Rabin, P.A. |

Most qui tam whistleblower lawsuits under the False Claims Act involve a Defendant who has made a fraudulent “claim” for money upon the government.  For example, when a hospital sends a bill to Medicare for a medical procedure that was never performed, the hospital has made a “claim” for money upon the government.  If… Read More »

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False Claims Act: Top Health Care Recoveries for Fiscal Year 2017

By McCabe Rabin, P.A. |

There’s no denying that health care fraud accounts for a large percentage of the claims that qualify under the Federal False Claims Act (FCA). According to the Justice Department, of the more than $3.7 billion in settlements and judgments recovered in fiscal year 2017, $2.4 billion of them involved the health care industry. Claims… Read More »

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Whistleblowers and Wildlife Crime

By McCabe Rabin, P.A. |

When we talk about qui tam litigation, whistleblowers, and the Federal False Claims Act, some people think it’s primarily related to the healthcare industry. While the healthcare industry certainly makes up a chunk of the active lawsuits, especially those under the Federal False Claims Act, there are other areas where whistleblowers could play an… Read More »

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