Law360 Covers Customs Fraud Whistleblower Settlement in Case Brought by Newman & Shapiro

On November 10, 2022, Law360 published an article, “Calif. Importer Pays $3.25M To End Customs Fraud Case,” on a recent settlement in a customs fraud False Claims Act qui tam case brought by Newman & Shapiro. In the case, whistleblower Chris Chan, a Hong Kong resident, alleged that a California-based importer was evading tariffs on Chinese merchandise by understating the prices it paid for the goods. According to the article, Newman & Shapiro attorney Gregg Shapiro said that “a very small percentage of whistleblower cases are brought by people living overseas,” and that “[o]verseas whistleblowers have the potential to expose customs fraud in the United States.”

Taxpayers Against Fraud Bestows Gregg Shapiro with 2022 Public-Private Partnership Award

At its annual conference on October 27, 2022, Taxpayers Against Fraud (TAF), the national association of whistleblower attorneys, bestowed its 2022 Public-Private Partnership Award on Gregg Shapiro and other members of the government team that obtained a $233.7 million settlement with Mallinckrodt, a large pharmaceutical firm. When he was an Assistant United States Attorney and Chief of the Affirmative Civil Enforcement Unit in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, Shapiro led the office’s False Claims Act investigation of Mallinckrodt, which had raised the price of the drug Acthar Gel from $50 to $28,000 per vial, but had failed to pay state Medicaid programs the substantial rebates it owed as a result of that price increase. TAF’s press release announcing the award is here.

Gregg Shapiro Quoted in Law360: Biogen Whistleblower’s $250M Award ‘Extraordinary’ For FCA

In an article on September 28, 2022, Law360 quoted Newman & Shapiro attorney Gregg Shapiro on the recent $900 million False Claims Act qui tam settlement with Biogen and DOJ’s decision to award the whistleblower $250 million from the federal settlement amount. Shapiro noted that the award “obviously provides an extraordinary incentive to other potential whistleblowers, and whistleblower attorneys, to bring meritorious cases and, if necessary, to litigate them through trial, or in this case, to the brink of trial.”

Akorn to Pay $7.9 Million to Resolve Medicare Fraud Claims

On September 15, 2022, the Department of Justice announced a $7.9 million settlement with pharmaceutical company Akorn to resolve False Claims Act allegations in a qui tam case that Newman & Shapiro filed on behalf of its client, Albermarle, LLC.

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Newman & Shapiro Law Firm Lauds The Decision Of The U.S. Treasury To Create New Whistleblower Rewards Program To Recover Stolen Assets By Russian Elites Seeking To Evade U.S. Sanctions

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Modern Healthcare features article on major whistleblower case against Equity Finance Company and Counsel for the whistleblower, Jeffrey A. Newman of Newman & Shapiro of Boston and Marblehead.

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Wall Street Journal features case of whistleblower represented by Jeffrey A. Newman of Newman & Shapiro.

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Jeffrey Newman featured in compliance newsletter for record settlement

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Jeffrey Newman quoted in the Boston Globe about his recent HIG settlement, the largest publicly disclosed government health care fraud settlement in the nation involving private equity oversight of health care providers.

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Gregg Shapiro to Speak at ACI Conference on the Future of False Claims Act Enforcement under the Biden Administration

ACI Conference

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Gregg Shapiro Quoted in MarketWatch Article on Pfizer Medicare Co-Pay Case

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Gregg Shapiro Participates in American Bar Association Webinar on “False Claims Act Enforcement in 2021: Hot Topics and How to Mitigate Risks”

Tuesday, May 19th 2021 – 12:30 to 2 pm Eastern

2020 saw a record number of new health care and life sciences FCA cases and important legal developments that will affect the enforcement landscape for years to come. Join leading DOJ lawyers and whistleblower counsel for a panel discussion that will address key enforcement issues.

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Reuters: Ex-prosecutor behind mega pharma cases co-founds whistleblower firm

Gregg Shapiro, who was heading an industry-wide probe of drugmakers’ financial support of patient assistance charities before leaving the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts, is joining with Jeffrey Newman to form Newman & Shapiro.

Newman, a former prosecutor and journalist, is the principal of Boston-based law firm Jeffrey Newman Law and since 2009 has represented whistleblowers pursuing fraud cases that have resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in recoveries.

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Marblehead attorney lands largest settlement against a national therapy company servicing patients in skilled nursing facilities

It took more than a few nights and weekends pouring over documents and constructing detailed spreadsheets with her lawyer, Jeffrey A. Newman of Marblehead, but Janet Halpin can now say it was all worth it… Read More.

Attorney recalls how whistleblower clients took on national Medicare fraud