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“Shotgun Pleadings” Ineffective for FCA Claims

On April 21, 2022, the Northern District of Georgia granted a motion to dismiss a False Claims Act (“FCA”) suit brought against ERMI LLC (“ERMI”), a medical device manufacturer, describing the complaint as a “shotgun pleading.” This action was brought by Relator Elizabeth Cooley, ERMI’s former chief compliance officer. Cooley alleged that ERMI, its CEO Dr. Thomas P. Branch, and other defendants defrauded federal insurance...

DOJ Announces First Settlement Under New Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative

In October 2021, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced its new Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative, led by the Civil Division’s Fraud Section, to enhance its ongoing efforts to address cybersecurity threats.  The initiative utilizes the False Claims Act (“FCA”) to prosecute cybersecurity fraud by federal contractors and grant recipients who put government information or systems at risk through deficient cybersecurity standards.  Cybersecurity risks that the initiative...

Home-Health Services Company Settles After Allegations of Double-Billing Scheme

The Department of Justice recently announced that a home-health services company has agreed to pay over $45,000 to resolve alleged False Claims Act (“FCA”) violations.  Professional Family Care Services, Inc. (“PFCS”), a North Carolina corporation, faced allegations of fraudulent billing for work by an employee that was convicted of wire fraud and sentenced to prison for her role in the alleged scheme. For two years...