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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Corporate Illegal Kickback Whistleblower Recovery Lawsuit & Contract Bribe Whistelblower Award Lawsuit Information

Foreign Corporation Illegal Bribe Whistleblower Award Lawyer, Corporate Illegal Kickback Whistleblower Reward Lawyer, Violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Whistleblower Recovery Lawyer,  FCPA SEC  Whistleblower Lawyer, SEC Whistleblower Incentive Program Lawyer, & Illegal Bribe Bounty Action Lawyer by Texas Corporate Bribe Whistleblower Lawyer and Illegal Kickback Whistleblower Recovery Lawyer Jason Coomer
 
Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the new SEC Whistleblower Incentive Program, whistleblowers with original and specialized knowledge and evidence of corporate bribes and illegal kickbacks are eligible to recover large economic awards.  By gathering this evidence and going through a lawyer, these whistleblowers can protect their identity through the process.

Corporations that pay illegal kickbacks and bribes to government officials and former government officials in exchange for contracts including large building projects can be brought to justice and made to pay large penalties under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and whistleblowers that bring these corporations to justice may be able to collect large economic rewards under the  Securities Exchange Act (SEC Whistleblower Bounty Actions) and the Commodity Exchange Act (CFTC Whisteblower Bounty Actions).
The Illegal Bribe Whistleblower or Illegal Kickback Whistleblower may be entitled to not only the amount of the illegal bribe or kickback, but the benefit of the illegal bribe or kickback.  In cases where $100,000.00 bribe is made to obtain a $100 million building project, the Illegal Bribe Whistleblower or Illegal Kickback Whistleblower may be entitled to 10 to 30% of the $100,000,000.00 and the $100,000.00 translating into a $10 million to $30 million award.

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Violations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Prohibitions, Securities Exchange Act, Illegal Bribes, Illegal Kickbacks, and the SEC Whistleblower Incentive Program

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (FCPA) (15 U.S.C. §§ 78dd-1, et seq.) is a United States federal law known primarily for two of its main provisions, one that addresses accounting transparency requirements under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and another concerning prohibitions of the bribery of foreign officials.  Through the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the anti-kickback and anti-bribery provisions of the Act prohibit any person from making use of interstate commerce corruptly, in furtherance of an offer or payment of anything of value to a foreign official, foreign political party, or candidate for political office, for the purpose of influencing any act of that foreign official in violation of the duty of that official, or to secure any improper advantage in order to obtain or retain business.

The prohibition includes any U.S. or foreign corporation that has a class of securities registered, or that is required to file reports under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934.  This Act includes any individual who is a citizen, national, or resident of the United States and any corporation and other business entity organized under the laws of the United States or having its principal place of business in the United States.  The Act defines any person to include both enterprises and individuals. 

By violating the Securities and Exchange Act and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, large corporations including both some foreign corporations and domestic corporations can be subject to SEC penalties, disgorgement, restitution, and interest.  If a whistleblower provides the specialized knowledge and evidence to detect the violations, that whistleblower can receive from 10% to 30% of any recovery made be the SEC.
The whistleblower or whistleblowers can be any individual including an employee of the fraudulent corporation, competition of the corporation that missed out on the contract because of the illegal bribes or illegal kickbacks, or a group of individuals with specialized knowledge and original evidence of the violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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For more information on International Corporate Fraud Whistleblower Compensation Lawsuits, SEC Foreign Corporation Illegal Bribe Whistleblower Reward Lawsuits, Corporate Illegal Kickback Whistleblower Bounty Actions, Commodity Fraud Bounty Claims, and other Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Whistleblower Reward Lawsuits, please click on the following link, Corporate Illegal Kickback Whistleblower Recovery Lawsuit & Corporate Contract Bribe Whistelblower Award Lawsuit Information.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mass "For Profit" Medicine Creates Economic Incentives for Medicare Fraud and Medicaid Fraud

Medicare Fraud Lawsuit, Systematic Medicare Fraud Lawsuit, Medicare Recipient Whistleblower Lawsuit, Medicare Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuit, Systematic Medicaid Fraud Lawsuit, and Medicare Compliance Fraud Lawsuit Information
by Texas Medicare Fraud Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Medicare fraud and Medicaid fraud are becoming one of the fastest growing and most lucrative crimes in the United States.  It is estimated that Medicare fraud and Medicaid fraud costs tax payers between $70 Billion and $230 Billion each year.  One of the reasons for the rapid growth of Medicare Fraud and Medicaid Fraud is that many large "for profit" medical services including hospitals and medical systems have moved to assembly line mass production of medical services that value maximizing profits over the individual needs of the patients. This maximization of profits can easily turn into systematic Medicare fraud or systematic Medicaid fraud. 


Many Large "For Profit" Health Care Providers Become Medical Assembly Lines for Patients, Provide Mass One Size Fits All Medical Services for Patients Regardless of Individual Medical Need, and Commit Systematic Medicare Fraud and/or Medicaid Fraud
by Texas Medicare Fraud Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

In the modern age of medicine, large "for profit" health care providers have turned traditional medical practices where doctors knew their patients and were able to spend significant time with their patients into large "for profit" billing machines where many patients are run through an assembly line and the patient is lucky to spend 10 or 15 minutes with a doctor.  These "for profit" patient mills often tend to provide one size fits all services despite the individual needs of the patient.  In many of these large "for profit" medical systems, patients are nothing more than a number or a Medicare number that can be billed.  

The large "for profit" hospitals and health care systems, often view patients through their billing departments as ways to make a profit by billing for expensive and unnecessary services as long as the services can be billed to the person's Medicare number.  Regardless of the patient's actual needs, the ability to bill Medicare for services becomes a driving force as to how the person is treated in the medical system.  By maximizing the amount that can be billed to Medicare or other third party payers, the large health care provider is able to maximize their revenue and profits regardless of what the patient actually needs.  The patient's needs often become secondary to the need to maximize profits. 

The need to overcome economic incentives that could turn medical providers away from the best interests of patients was understood and the basis in passing the Stark Laws and Anti-kickback Laws.  Hopefully, new whistleblower protections and expanded False Claims Act laws may also help curb negative economic incentives and profit driven health care providers that are placing profits over the needs of patients.  

In situations where the health care provider is driven by profit instead of a patient's needs, the traditional doctor patient relationship is violated.  The patient's trust in the health care provider can then often be misplaced.  Where the traditional expert advice of a medical doctor was once in the patient's best interest, the "for profit" health care provider can now be working against a patient's best interest and to only be maximizing profits.

Further, many "for profit" health care providers have separate billing departments, accountants, and administrators whose jobs are to maximize the hospital or health care system's profits.  These billing departments, accountants, and administrators, can sometimes determine that by making systematic changes including upcoding, phantom billing, or other Medicare fraud, that the hospital's or health care system's monthly, quarterly, or annual profits can be increased.  By slowly and continually making these systematic Medicare fraud changes, the hospital can continue to increase profits and the incremental changes can be extremely hard to detect. 

Hospital Medicare Fraud Whistleblower Lawyer, Nursing Home Medicare Fraud Whistleblower Lawyer, Physician Medicare Fraud Whistleblower Lawyer, Hospice Fraud Whistleblower Lawyer, and Home Health Care Medicare Fraud Whistleblower Lawyer
(Medicare Fraud Whistleblower Law Suits)

If you are a hospital administrator, nursing home administrator, physician, nurse, respiratory therapist, coder, accountant, dentist, health care coordinator, coding specialist, or other health care professional that is aware of Medicare fraud, it is important that you report the Medicare fraud.  As a Medicare fraud whistleblower you not only can recover a portion of the recovery if the fraud is properly reported, but it can help avoid potential criminal liability.  Medicare fraud lawyer, Jason S. Coomer helps whistleblowers that are aware of systematic Medicare fraud including health care providers that are committing upcoding, illegal kickbacks, charging for unnecessary services and procedures, charging for services not provided, double billing, or bill padding.

Through Health Care System Medicare Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuits, Hospital Medicare Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuits, and other Health Care Fraud Lawsuits, billions of dollars have been recovered from individuals and organizations that have committed health care fraud and stolen large amounts of money from the government. It is extremely important that Hospital Administrator Whistleblowers, Health Care System Whistleblowers, and other Medicare Fraud Whistleblowers continue to expose fraud schemes including off-label marketing schemes, illegal kickbacks, fraudulent billing practices, hospice fraud, nursing home fraud, dentist Medicaid fraud, and other Medicare Fraud that cost hundreds of billions of dollars.   

Feel free to clicking on the following link for more information on Hospital Systematic Medicare Fraud Lawsuits and Health Care System Medicare Fraud Lawsuits: Hospital Systematic Medicare Fraud Lawsuit and Health Care System Medicare Fraud Lawsuit Information.

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by Texas Medicare Fraud Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Medicare fraud and Medicaid fraud scams are costing the United States hundreds of billions of dollars and are threatening the Medicare benefits and Medicaid benefits of millions of Americans.  The cost of systematic Medicare fraud and systematic Medicaid fraud includes nursing home Medicare fraud, home health care service Medicare fraud, hospital Medicare fraud, therapist Medicare fraud, dentist Medicare fraud , and other health care provider Medicare fraud that systematically and knowingly commits upcoding Medicare fraud schemes, double billing Medicare fraud schemes, unnecessary service Medicare Fraud schemes, and other fraudulent Medicare billing schemes.  By billing for services not provided or needed, many fraudulent health care providers have found it extremely profitable to exploit the current Medicare and Medicaid system.  

As such, the United States Department of Justice and Texas Medicare Fraud Lawyer, Jason S. Coomer, are encouraging Medicare Fraud Whistleblowers with evidence of systematic Medicare fraud or systematic Medicaid fraud to step up and blow the whistle on Medicare fraud and Medicaid.  For more information on a being a Medicare Fraud Whistleblower or Medicaid Fraud Whistleblower that could be entitled to a large recovery for exposing systematic Medicare Fraud or Medicaid Fraud, feel free to click on the above links or the following link: Medicare Fraud Lawsuit, Systematic Medicare Fraud Lawsuit, Medicare Recipient Whistleblower Lawsuit, Medicare Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuit, Systematic Medicaid Fraud Lawsuit, and Medicare Compliance Fraud Lawsuit Informatio.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Medicare Recipient Whistleblower Lawsuits and Medicare Recipient Medicare Fraud Informant Lawsuits

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(Medicare Recipient Whistleblower Lawyer Jason S. Coomer)

Medicare recipients that properly report significant Medicare fraud can become eligible to collect large economic rewards for exposing large fraudulent systematic Medicare fraud schemes that cost taxpayers millions of dollars. By checking your Medicare Summary Notice (MSN), comparing it to medical records, and gathering evidence of the systematic Medicare fraud, a Medicare recipient may be able to prove systematic Medicare fraud that can result in a large Medicare fraud recovery for the government and a large whistleblower recovery for the Medicare recipient.

A sharp Medicare recipient that can recognize the systematic Medicare fraud and is able to gather sufficient evidence of the systematic Medicare fraud, can work with a Medicare Recipient Whistleblower Lawyer to prepare a claim under the Federal False Claims Act.  In working with a Medicare Recipient Whistleblower lawyer, the Medicare recipient can work to gather and organize evidence of the systematic Medicare fraud and as a whistleblower use the original and specialized information of significant fraud to be the first to file regarding the specific Medicare fraud.  If this is done correctly, the Medicare Recipient and their lawyer can save taxpayers millions of dollars and recover a large reward for reporting the fraud. 

For more information on how a Medicare recipient with original and specialized evidence of systematic Medicare fraud including double billing, phantom billing, illegal kickbacks, upcoding, and/or bill padding can become a Medicare Recipient Fraud Whistleblower, please feel free to click on the following link: Medicare Recipient Whistleblower Lawsuit Information.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Dentist Medicaid Fraud Lawsuit and Orthodontist Medicaid Fraud Lawsuit Information

Guardians, Grandparents, and Parents That Expose Dentist Medicaid Fraud Schemes including Unnecessary Procedures & False Billing Can Become Eligible for Large Economic Awards
by Texas Dentist Medicaid Fraud Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Some dentists, dental clinics, and orthodontists have discovered that falsely billing Medicaid for services can generate huge profits.  In these fraudulent dental Medicaid billing schemes, the dentist office or dental clinic will  commonly run several promotions offering free gifts and services to bring in Medicaid patients and CHIP patients.  Once they have the children signed up for Medicaid and CHIP, the dental office will then often push expensive and unnecessary dental treatments for the children and bill Medicaid for the unnecessary treatment, thinking that the parents, grandparents, or guardians of the children will never realize that the services were not needed, were dangerous, or were never actually provided. 

For many of these dental practices, systematic Medicaid fraud creates large profits and because the expenses are paid by Medicaid, many guardians and parents do not realize when fraud or false billing has occurred.  It is important that guardians and parents review the dental services and Medicaid billing to confirm that their children actually did receive the dental services that were billed for and that the dental services were actually necessary procedures for their children.

It is important to realize that systematic Dentist Medicaid fraud can include double billing; upcoding; phantom billing; billing for tests not performed; performing inappropriate or unnecessary procedures; triple billing; charging for equipment, services or supplies never delivered or prescribed; billing for new equipment or supplies, but providing the patient with used equipment; offering free services or supplies in exchange for use of a Medicaid number; unbundling; code jamming; submitting false cost reports to seek higher Medicaid reimbursements than permitted by actual facts; allowing unqualified health care providers to bill for services that they should not provide; falsely seeking payment patients not qualified, and allowing under qualified providers to bill for services that they should not provide. If in reviewing bills for dental services or medical services, there is evidence of systematic Medicaid fraud, it is important to verify the fraud and then properly report the fraud. 

If systematic Dentist Medicaid Fraud is discovered by a parent, grandparent, or guardian from original and specialized evidence provided and the parent or group of parents reporting the fraud are the first to file on this Dentist Medicaid Fraud Scheme, the parents can be eligible to receive a portion of the money that the government recovers from the exposed fraud.  In some cases, this could amount to hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars. 

Dentist Medicaid Fraud Lawsuit, Dentist Medicaid Fraud Scheme Lawsuit, Orthodontist Medicaid Fraud Lawsuit, Unnecessary Dental Work Medicaid Fraud Lawsuit, and Dental Upcoding Medicaid Fraud Lawsuit Information
by Texas Orthodontist and Dentist Medicaid Fraud Whistleblower Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Dentist Medicaid Fraud is on the rise and it is important that Dentist Medicaid Whistleblowers and Dentist Medicare Whistleblowers come forward and blow the whistle on Dentists that are committing Medicaid fraud and Medicare fraud.  These Dentist Medicaid Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuits and Dentist Medicare Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuits can result in large recoveries for not only the government, but also for the brave whistleblower that becomes a successful relator and is able to collect a portion of the recovered money.  

Several Dentists, Dental Management Companies, Dental Clinics, and Dentist Office Professionals, have already been the subject of Dentist Medicaid Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuits and Government crackdowns on Dental Medicaid Fraud and Dental Medicare Fraud.  These Dental Medicaid Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuits, Dentist Medicare Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuits, and government crackdowns have uncovered unnecessary dental treatments, dentist Medicaid fraud, Medicaid fraud kickbacks, dental Medicare fraud, and other dental Medicaid fraud that were endangering children and costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

Qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act are based on the theory that one of the least expensive and most effective means of preventing frauds on taxpayers and the government is to make the perpetrators of government fraud liable to actions by private persons acting under the strong stimulus of personal ill will or the hope of gain. 

The strong public policy behind creating an economic gain for whistleblowers is that  the government would be significantly less likely to learn of the allegations of fraud, but for persons in certain positions with specialized knowledge of fraud that has been committed. Congress has made it clear that creating this economic incentive is beneficial not only for the government, taxpayers, and the realtor, but is an efficient method of regulating government to prevent fraud and fraudulent schemes.

The central purpose of the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act is to set up incentives to supplement government regulation and enforcement by encouraging whistleblowers with specialized knowledge of fraud going on in the government to blow the whistle on the crime. 

The whistleblower's share of recovery is a maximum of 30 percent and the government's prior knowledge of fraud now does not necessarily bar a whistleblower from collecting lost revenue.

Dentist Medicaid Fraud Lawsuits, Orthodontist Medicaid Fraud Lawsuits, Medicaid Fraud Dentist Office Whistleblower Lawsuits, Unnecessary Dental Work Medicaid Fraud, Medicare Upcoding Fraud Lawsuits, Dental Upcoding Medicaid Fraud, and Orthodontic Medicaid Fraud Lawsuits

Through Federal False Claims Act Whistleblower Lawsuits, Qui Tam Lawsuits, and other Government Fraud Lawsuits, Billions of dollars have been recovered from wrongdoers committing fraudulent schemes against the government for their own profit. It is extremely important that Whistleblowers continue to expose fraudulent billing practices and unnecessary treatments that cost billions of dollars.    For more information on Medicare Fraud Lawsuits, feel free to go to the following website:  Medicare Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuits.
 For more information on Dentist Medicaid Fraud Lawsuits, feel free to go to the following websites: Dentist CHIP Fraud Lawsuits and Dental Medicaid Billing Fraud Lawsuits and Dentist Medicaid Fraud and Orthodontist Medicaid Fraud Lawsuits.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Retirement Fund Fraud Lawyer, Wall Street Investment Fraud Lawyer, Securities Fraud Lawyer, Retirement Account Fraud Whistleblower Lawyer, Investment Fraud Lawyer, False Financial Statement Whistleblower Lawyer, & Investment Fraud Bounty Lawyer


Retirement Fund Fraud Lawyer, Wall Street Investment Fraud Lawyer, Securities Fraud Lawyer, Retirement Account Fraud Whistleblower Lawyer, Investment Fraud Lawyer, False Financial Statement Whistleblower Lawyer, & Investment Fraud Bounty Lawyer
by Texas Retirement Fund Fraud & Investment Fraud Lawyer Jason Coomer


Some financial institutes and large companies have made billions of dollars by committing securities fraud, fraudulently stealing from retirement funds, producing false financial statements, and selling toxic investments.  Under new Federal laws designed to regulate Wall Street investment practices, investors that have been taken by fraudulent schemes and other people aware of fraudulent investment schemes can turn whistleblower and receive compensation for stepping up and blowing the whistle on fraudulent companies that provide false & misleading information on a company's financial statement, false information on Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, brokers that commit insider trading; financial institutes that commit stock manipulation schemes; stockbrokers that commit embezzlement; and financial institutes that commit securities fraud.

It is important that people that have invested their life savings in fraudulent investments are able to stand up and blow the whistle on large financial institutes and brokers that have violated securities laws.  Through these Whistleblower Bounty Actions, these investors can potentially receive large amounts of money for catching these bankers, brokers, insurance companies, retirement fund managers, futures traders, securities traders, and hedge fund managers in fraudulent investment schemes.   


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By creating whistleblower bounties for investors and people with specific information of financial fraud, it is expected that hard to detect financial fraud including retirement fund fraud, toxic investment fraud, derivative market fraud, and other forms of investment fraud will be exposed to help regulate the financial market and prevent large investment corporations, banks, hedge funds, and other large corporations from committing financial fraud of billions of dollars.

Through Retirement Fund Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuits, False Financial Statement Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuits, Securities Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuits, Commodity Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuits, Stimulus Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuits, and SEC Violation Whistleblower Lawsuits, industry insiders and investors are expected to step forward and blow the whistle on several different forms of Wall Street Fraud that are costing investors and retirees hundreds of millions of dollars.  These retirement fund lawsuits and investor fraud lawsuits are becoming more common with the enactment of laws like the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that created bounties that can be collected by whistleblowers that properly report SEC violations, retirement fund fraud, financial fraud, securities fraud, commodities fraud, and stimulus fraud that result in monetary sanctions over one million dollars ($1,000,000.00).  The SEC can award the whistleblower up to 30% of the money collected. 

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For Retirement Fund Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuit Information, Retirement Account Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuit Information, and Investment Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuit Information, please click on the following   Retirement Fund Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuit, Investment Fraud Bounty Action Lawsuit, and Retirement Account Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuit Information.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Infant Birth Defect Lawyer, Topamax Birth Defect Lawyer, Depakote Birth Defect Lawyer, and Paxil Birth Defect Lawyer

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Avoidable birth defects are one of the most devastating problems that can occur to a family and a new baby.  Parents who should be celebrating the birth of a new child, are often caught off guard when their child is born with severe disabilities and often do not realize that someone may be responsible for the birth defect including drug manufacturers that hid information about medications that can cause birth defects.  The family is typically busy taking care of the child with the serious health problems and often does not know that the birth defect was preventable.  When they discover the probable cause of the preventable birth defect they are often filled with anger and rage.  To find out that their child will have permanent health problems or that they lost their baby because a drug company hid research and did not provide an adequate warning of a product's safety can be extremely difficult.

Several medications, products, and drugs have been linked to birth defects.  Some of these medications were intentionally marketed by drug manufacturers that have hidden the real dangers of their product in order to sell more of their product and that value profits over healthy babies.  For these manufacturers, they may have short term profits, but over the long term they should suffer for the long term birth defects that they have caused.

Topamax Birth Defect Lawyer, Topiramate Birth Defect Lawyer, Topamax Heart Defect Lawyer, Topamax Cleft Palate Lawyer, Topamax Cleft Lip Lawyer, and Antiepileptic Drug (APD) Birth Defect Lawyer 
(Topamax and Topiramate Birth Defect Lawsuits)
   
The FDA has recently announced that Topiramate (brand name Topamax) causes an increased risk of development of cleft lip and/or cleft palate (oral clefts) in infants born to women treated with Topamax (topiramate) during pregnancy. If you or a loved one have been taking Topamax during pregnancy and had a child with a birth defect, it is important to seek medical assistance.

Topiramate (brand name Topamax) is a anticonvulsant drug. It has been approved for the treatment of epilepsy and migraines, but has been aggressively marketed for many off-label uses including bipolar disorder, cluster headaches, eating disorders, obesity, fibromyalgia, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), alcoholism, sleep disorders, sleep-eating disorders, infantile spasms, autism, periventricular leukomalacia in preterm infants after an hypoxic-ischemic injury, essential tremor, bulimia nervosa, obsessive-compulsive disorder, smoking cessation, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, neuropathic pain, and cocaine dependence.  If you or a loved one have been taking Topamax during pregnancy and had a child with a birth defect, it is important to seek medical assistance.

The FDA recommends that "before starting topiramate, pregnant women and women of childbearing potential should discuss other treatment options with their health care professional. Women taking topiramate should tell their health care professional immediately if they are planning to or become pregnant. Patients taking topiramate should not stop taking it unless told to do so by their health care professional. Women who become pregnant while taking topiramate should talk to their health care professional about registering with the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry, a group that collects information about outcomes in infants born to women treated with antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy." 

For more information on Topamax birth defect lawsuit information, Topamax cleft palate lawsuit information, Topamax cleft lip lawsuit information, Topamax malformation lawsuit information, and Topamax infant heart  problem information, please feel free to visit the following webpage: Topamax Birth Defect Lawsuit.

Topamax Birth Defect Malformation Lawsuits and Cleft Lips or Palate Lawsuits (Topiramate Birth Defect Lawsuits)

The epilepsy and migraine drug Topamax has been associated with an increased risk of birth defects for children of mothers that were taking the drug during pregnancy. Research studies have found that there are higher than expected rates of babies born with cleft lips, cleft palates, genital defects and other birth malformations when Topamax is used by women during pregnancy.  Thus there is a growing amount of research that indicates that the use of the epilepsy and migraine drug, Topamax, either on its own or in combination with other epilepsy drugs, may increase the risk of birth defects when it is used during pregnancy.
In February 2011, U.S. Health Officials announced that Topamax increases the risk for birth defects in babies born to pregnant mothers taking the medication.  The Food and Drug Administration said new data shows the drug, sold generically and as Johnson & Johnson's Topamax, can cause cleft lips and cleft palate deformities. 

Paroxetine Birth Defect Lawyer, Seroxat Birth Defect Lawyer, Paxil Birth Defect Lawyer, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Antidepressant (SSRIs) PPHN Birth Defect Lawyer, and Infant Heart Defect Lawyer

Paroxetine (trade names Seroxat, Paxil) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant that has been linked to birth defects including Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN), heart, lung, abdominal and cranial defects.  Women that have taken Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Antidepressants (SSRIs) after the 20th week of pregnancy have a 6-fold increased risk of having their child develop persistent pulmonary hypertension, a life-threatening lung disorderInfants with persistent pulmonary hypertension have abnormal blood flow through the heart and lungs and do not get enough oxygen to their bodies and may become very sick or die.  

The SSRIs antidepressants that have been linked to persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) include Paxil by GlaxoSmithKline, Zoloft marketed by Pfizer; Prozac sold by Eli Lilly; Celexa and Lexapro by Forest Laboratories, Effexor marketed by Wyeth, Luvox by Solvay, and the generic makers of these drugs include Barr Pharmaceuticals, Ranbaxy Labs and Genpharm.

Infants born with PPHN often require mechanical assistance to breath and even worse about 10% to 20% of the infants do not survive even when they receive treatment. The PPHN babies that do survive often experience developmental delays, brain abnormalities and hearing loss, experts say.

Other birth defects that have been associated with SSRIs include Anencephaly, a neural tube defect where much of the brain does not develop; Craniosynostosis, an abnormality in which connections of the skull bones close prematurely; and Heart birth defects including septal defects and ventricular defects.

SSRIs have not only been associated to birth defects, but have been associated with increased risk of suicide.  For more information on SSRI birth defect lawsuit information and Paxil birth defect lawsuit information, please see the following webpage: Paxil Birth Defect Lawsuit Lawyer Information

Depakote Birth Defect Lawsuit Information, Valproate Birth Defect Lawsuit Information, Spina Bifida Lawsuit Information & Defective Drug Birth Defect Lawsuit Information by Depakote Birth Defect Lawyer, Texas Birth Defect Lawyer, & Depakote Spina Bifida Lawyer Jason Coomer


Depakote also known as Valproate semisodium (INN), Depakote ER, Depakene, Depacon, Epival, D├ępakine Chrono,Valance, and divalproex sodium (USAN) is a drug prescribed to treat seizures, migraine headaches, and some psychiatric disorders.  In the UK, Canada, and U.S., the drugs are used for the treatment of the manic episodes of bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, prevention of both manic and depressive phases of bipolar disorder, epilepsy, chronic pain associated with neuropathy, and migraine headaches. Off-label use of the drug include treatment of mild depression, the depressive stage of bi-polar disorder, and chronic pain such as migraine headaches.

Depakote has been linked to major birth defects in children of women that were taking this drug.  According to a recent medical scientific study, women taking Depakote had four times the risk of delivering a child with major birth defects, compared to women taking other, similar drugs.  The range of birth defects associated with Depakote is broad, however the report specifically cited neural tube defects such as spina bifida. Neural tube defects are birth defects that affect the brain and spinal cord; spinal bifida is a defect affecting the spinal cord that causes paralysis of the legs.There is no known cure.

In addition to spina bifida, other birth defects caused by Depakote include cleft palate, cleft lip, heart defects, limb and digital deformities, facial dysmorphism, mental developmental delays, and (difficult) genitourinary maloformations.

For more information on Depakote birth defect lawsuit information, Depakote cleft palate lawsuit information, Depakote cleft lip lawsuit information, Depakote Spina Bifida lawsuit information, Depakote malformation lawsuit information, and Depakote infant heart  problem information, please see the following webpage:  Depakote Birth Defect Lawsuit Information and Depakote Spina Bifida Lawsuit Information

Federal and Texas Birth Defect Lawyers, Drug Birth Defect Lawyer, Infant Heart Birth Defect Lawyer, Spina Bifida Lawyer, and Infant Malformation & Deformity Lawyer

Federal and Texas Birth Defect Lawsuits are some of the most complicated types of cases in the practice of law. As a Texas birth defect and birth injury lawyer that handles birth defect, infant death and stillborn baby claims, Jason S. Coomer works with other Birth Defect Lawyers throughout the United States including Boston Birth Defect Lawyers, Illinois Birth Defect Lawyers, Atlanta Birth Defect Lawyers, Virginia Birth Defect Lawyers, Dallas Birth Defect Lawyers, Houston Birth Defect Lawyers, and other Birth Defect Lawyers.  In working with other birth defect lawyers, we seek compensation from negligent drug companies, medical providers, and other companies that have severely injured or killed infants or mothers through selling and using dangerous products, medications, and drugs that they should have know were dangerous, but hid significant research in order to sell more product to make a profit.

For more information on a birth defect lawsuits, please feel free to visit the following web pages, Depakote Birth Defect Lawsuit Information and Depakote Spina Bifida Lawsuit Information, Paxil Birth Defect Lawsuit Lawyer Information, and Topamax Birth Defect Lawsuit.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Medicare Whistleblower Lawsuit Information & Medicaid Whistleblower Lawsuit Information

Medicaid Whistleblower Lawsuit Information, Children's Health Insurance Program CHIP Fraud Lawsuit Information, Medicaid Upcoding Fraud Lawsuit Information, Medicare Fraud Lawsuit Information, and Medicare Whistleblower Lawsuit Information
by Texas  Medicare Whistleblower Lawyer & Medicaid Whistleblower Lawyer Jason S. Coomer 

The annual cost of health care for the United States is over $2,500,000,000,000.00 (2.5 Trillion Dollars) and rising.  Health care costs are over $8,000 per person and about 18% of the GDP.  It is estimated about 10% of these costs are the result of health care fraud.  The "for profit" medical system has created economic incentives for large drug companies, hospitals, health systems, hospice providers, pharmacies, medical device providers, and other health care providers to commit health care fraud to expand their profits at the expense of the medical system and taxpayers.  Locating these fraudulent health care providers and blowing the whistle on health care fraud is needed now more than ever as Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, the VA, Tricare, and other government health benefit programs are being stretched more than ever.

It is vitally important that health care professions with specialized knowledge of Medicaid Fraud, CHIP Fraud, Medicare Fraud, and other health care fraud continue to file Medicare Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuits, Medicare Fraud Upcoding Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuits, Medicare Medicaid Fraud Hospital Whistleblower Lawsuits, Hospice Medicare Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuits, and Medicare Medicaid Fraud Nursing Home Whistleblower Lawsuits .

Medicaid Billing Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuit Information, Medicare Billing Fraud Whistleblower Lawyers, and the Increase in Medicare and Medicaid Spending

Medicaid is a public health care problem in the United States that provides health care, dental care, and orthodontic care for eligible individuals and families with low incomes and resources. Medicaid is the largest source of funding for medical and health-related services for people with limited income in the United States. The cost of the Medicaid program has been increasing and is expected to continue to increase because the fastest growing aspect of Medicaid is nursing home coverage.  As such, with this increase in Medicaid spending on nursing home care, hospice, and home health care, there will be a large increase in for profit nursing homes, hospice services, senior services, and elder care services that prey on the elderly and commit Medicaid and Medicare fraud.  For more information on Medicare Nursing Home Fraud, Medicaid Nursing Home Fraud, and Hospice Fraud, please go to the following web pages,  Nursing Home, Elder Care, & Skilled Nursing Facilities Medicare Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuits and  Hospital Medicare Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuits.

Dentist Medicaid Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuit Information, Dental Clinic Medicaid Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuit Information, Double Billing Medicaid Fraud and Unnecessary Dental Work Medicaid Fraud Lawsuit Information, and Dental Upcoding Medicaid Fraud Lawsuit Information

As CHIP, Medicaid, and Medicare spending increases on dental services and orthodontic work, some health care providers including dentists and orthodontists are making false claims for services including billing  Medicaid for services not provided, upcoding services, double billing, and providing unnecessary services.  As such, it is important for Dentists, Orthodontists,  Dentist Office Managers, Orthodontics Office Managers, Medicaid Billing Clerks, Medicaid Coders, and other Dental Professionals to become Medicaid whistleblowers to seek compensation on the government's behalf from companies and people that have defrauded taxpayers out of government money.  For more information on Qui Tam Dental Medicaid Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuits, please feel free to go to the following webpage, Dentist Medicare Fraud Lawsuit,  Dentist Medicaid Fraud Lawsuit, CHIP Fraud Lawsuit, and Orthodontic Medicaid Fraud lawsuit Information.

Average Wholesale Price Drug Fraud Lawsuit Information, Drug Price Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuit Information, Drug Company False Drug Pricing Whistleblower Lawsuit Information, Pharmaceutical Executive Whistleblower Lawsuit Information, Medicaid False Drug Price Lawsuit Information, and Medicare False Drug Pricing Lawsuit Information

Pharmaceutical Companies and Drug Companies that engage in schemes to report false and inflated prices for pharmaceutical products, knowing that federal healthcare programs rely on those reported prices to set payment rates are committing Drug Price Fraud and can be held liable for these illegal actions.  The difference between the resulting inflated government payments and the actual price paid by healthcare providers for a drug is referred to as the “spread.” The larger the spread on a drug, the larger the profit for the health care provider or pharmacist who is reimbursed by the government. 

In addition, to the profits made by drug companies that are committing Average Wholesale Price Fraud, many hospitals, health care networks, and pharmacies are making large profits by committing drug price fraud, accepting illegal kickbacks, committing medicare fraud, and committing medicaid fraud.  For more information on Average Wholesale Price Fraud Whistleblower Actions, please feel free to go to the following webpage, Inflated Average Wholesale Price Whistleblower & Drug Price Fraud Lawsuit

Medicaid Billing Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuit Information, Children's Health Insurance Program CHIP Fraud Lawsuit Information, CHIP Upcoding Fraud Lawyer, Medicaid Billing Fraud Whistleblower Lawyer, Medicaid Double Billing Fraud Lawyer, and Medicaid Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuit Information  

CHIP Fraud Whistleblowers, Medicare Fraud Whistleblowers, and Medicaid Fraud Whistleblowers are stepping up now as they are needed more than ever to blow the whistle on fraudulent health care providers  that are increasing their profits by committing fraud against government benefits programs including the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicaid, and Medicare.  Through the CHIP program, Medicaid program, Medicare program, and other government health care programs.  It is vitally important that health care providers including hospital whistleblowers, nursing home whistleblowers, home health care company whistleblowers, therapist whistleblowers, medical doctor whistleblowers, dentist whistleblowers, and executive whistleblowers from large health care companies blow the whistle on health care fraud that threatens the medical system in the United States and costs taxpayers hundreds of Billions of Dollars.

For more information on becoming a Medicare Whistleblower, Medicaid Whistleblower, CHIP Fraud Whistleblower, or other health care whistleblower, please go to the following webpages, Medicaid Fraud Lawsuit Information and Medicare Compliance, Coding, and Reimbursement Whistleblower Lawsuit Information.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Going to see a Trial Lawyer

Austin Condominium Owner Lawsuit Information, Austin Condominium Association Lawsuit Information, Austin Homeowner Association Lawsuit Information, and Austin Texas Real Estate Lawsuit Information

Austin Condominium Owner Lawsuit Information, Austin Condominium Association Lawsuit Information, Austin Homeowner Association Lawsuit Information, Austin Homeowner Lawsuit Information, and Austin Texas Real Estate Lawsuit Information by Austin Condominium Owner Lawyer & Austin Condominium Association Lawyer

Understanding the rights of condominium association owners under Condominium Association Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and Rules as well as Texas Uniform Condominium Association (TUCA) can be a difficult task that requires an experienced Texas real estate lawyer.  Often condominium owners, groups of condominium owners, and condominium associations require legal assistance to help them make sure that their real estate investment retains its value, remain livable, and are in compliance with condominium association rules, bylaws, and laws. 

When dealing with condominium associate rules, bylaws, declarations, and other governing documents, it can often be extremely helpful to consult an Austin Condominium Lawyer that can help interpret how Texas law and the condominium association's governing documents work together and what rights an condominium owner has and what fiduciary duties condominium associate boards, directors, and officers may have.

Austin Condominium Owner Lawyer, Austin Condominium Association Lawyer, Austin Homeowner Association Lawyer, Austin Homeowner Lawyer, and Austin Texas Real Estate Lawyer 

Austin Condominium Lawyer, Jason S. Coomer, works with Austin condominium owners to help them understand Texas law and protect their investment.  For more information on Austin Condominium Owner  Lawsuit Information and Austin Condominium Association Lawsuit Information, please go to the following web page on Austin Condominium Lawsuits & Condominium Association Lawsuits.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Austin Texas Will, Probate, & Estate Lawsuit Information by Austin Inheritance, Estate, & Will Probate Lawyer

Austin Will Lawsuit Information, Austin Intestate Lawsuit Information, Travis County Probate Lawsuit Information, Austin Will Probate Lawsuit Information, Austin Uncontested Will Lawsuit Information, Austin Estate Probate Information, and Central Texas Estate Lawsuit Information
by Austin Texas Will, Probate, Estate & Inheritance Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Following the death of a loved one, it can often be difficult to grieve the loss of your loved one and determine what probate matters need to be handled and how they should be handled.  The first step is to determine if your loved one had a valid Will.  If so, the Will should probably be taken to a probate lawyer to determine if there is a need for the Will to be filed for probate.  If there is no Will, it is important to determine if there are assets including real property, life insurance, stocks, bank accounts, or retirement funds that need to be transferred and how best to transfer the property. 

The Travis County Probate Court has information on a variety of probate issuesThe Travis County Probate Court is a statutory probate court headed by an elected judge, the Honorable Guy Herman. The probate court is also served by Associate Judge Dan Prashner.   Though it is not required that individuals hire a probate lawyer to represent them when filing a will probate, heirship proceeding, or other probate matter, it is strongly recommended that anyone filing suit in the Travis County Probate Court, Williamson County Court, Hays County Court, Blanco County Court, Bastrop County Court, Llano County Court, or Bexar County Court be represented by an experienced probate attorney.

Austin Texas Will Probate Lawyer and Estate Lawyer Jason Coomer represents heirs, family members, and beneficiaries that need assistance handling probate matters caused by the death of a loved one in Central Texas.  He represents families that need probate legal services in Travis County Probate Court, Williamson County Court, Hays County Court, Blanco County Court, Bastrop County Court, Comal County Court, Llano County Court, and Bexar County Probate Courts.    For more information on probate matters and estate matters, feel free to go to the following web page Austin Probate Lawyer and feel free to follow the links on the web page to other estate, inheritance, and probate topics.