False Claims Act in the News, Led to $3 billion in Healthcare Fraud Judgments and Settlements in 2012
Over the last several months, US Courts have seen significant activity involving the False Claims Act (FCA), a federal law amended in 1986 to allow individual citizens to sue companies for money damages if they have evidence that the companies have defrauded the taxpayers. If an FCA case is successful, the person who brings it receives a portion of the amount of money that is recovered. The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) report “staggering numbers of newly filed and pending FCA cases” as well as a record-setting number of recoveries...Read More
The Charlotte Observer has published an in-depth look at the case of Jason Peck v. William Airey, which Seth Langson, Konrad Kircher, Marc Pearlman and Leto Copeley filed in Ohio on behalf of the plaintiff Dr. Peck. The case is now in discovery. In the lawsuit, Peck alleges that he was abused by William Airey, until recently the CEO of Moose International, when Peck was 12 years old and Airey was his neighbor in Ohio. As Dr. Peck explained to reporter Elizabeth Leland, he had lived in silence with the horrible memories of his abuse for years, but was motivated to speak out after the...Read More
Leto Copeley, along with the attorney Seth Langson, represents Jane Doe 2, a victim of sex abuse by Michael Alexander, who taught Jane Doe 2 while she attended the third grade at Glen Alpine Elementary School. In the complaint, we contend that Alexander, who has since been convicted of a statutory sex offense and taking indecent liberties with a child, engaged in improper activities with children and that school officials should have been able to see what was going on. and prevent it According to our information, Alexander publicly singled out Jane Doe 2 as “special”, and...Read More
Charlotte Diocese asks judge to dismiss sex abuse claims of three clients of CJG. Decision expected next week.
The Charlotte Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church has filed motions to dismiss the claims of three alleged victims of sex abuse at the hands of former priests. The Diocese has asked the Superior Court to toss the claims of two alleged victims of Father Josheph Kelleher, who currently awaits criminal charges in Albemarle, NC, and the claim of the estate of a now-deceased alleged victim of Father Richard Farwell. Father Farwell pled no contest in 2004 to a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The Diocese says the claims, for abuse that allegedly occurred in the 1970s and...Read More
A lawsuit was recently been filed in Coconut Grove, FL alleging a first-grade student was a victim of regular sexual abuse at the hands of a fellow student. According to the lawsuit, a first grade boy was abused by his “bathroom buddy” for three months last year. The Archdiocese of Miami and St. Hugh Catholic School are both named in the lawsuit, which contends that both parties failed to provide proper adult supervision and failed to separate the boys, even after the alleged victim’s parents notified the school of the situation. For more information on the case,...Read More