This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Whistleblower Law Collaborative Marks False Claims Act Milestones

BOSTON, March 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- This month marks ten years since Suzanne Durrell (principal of Durrell Law Office) and Bob Thomas (principal of Thomas & Associates) began collaborating on False Claims Act qui tam cases on behalf of whistleblowers. Since joining forces, Ms. Durrell, a former chief of the Civil Division of the Boston U.S. Attorney's Office, and Mr. Thomas, a former white-collar criminal Assistant U.S. Attorney, have achieved enormous success in assisting whistleblowers navigating this complex area of the law.  This month also marks the one-year anniversary of their affiliating their practices under the umbrella of the Whistleblower Law Collaborative, and the launch of the Collaborative's website ( and blog ( 



Over the years, several of their whistleblower cases have successfully concluded, helping the government recover more than $4 billion and whistleblowers receive rewards exceeding $50 million.  In 2012, two more major cases were successfully resolved:  Amgen and WellCare. The whistleblower case brought by Kassie Westmoreland against Amgen, Inc., the world's largest biotechnology company, was settled as part of a $780 million global settlement among the United States, several States, and Amgen in December 2012. The whistleblower case by SF United Partners was part of a $137.5 million civil settlement among the United States, several states and WellCare Health Plans, Inc., in April 2012. 

In addition to FCA qui tam casework, Ms. Durrell and Mr. Thomas have been active over the years in educating the public, the bar, the press, and law students on the False Claims Act and its reach. In the past year, major events included:

  • Mr. Thomas again taught his popular seminar on Healthcare Fraud and Abuse at Boston University School of Law.  Combining substantive information with practical insights from different areas of professional practice, the course again drew rave comments in student evaluations. 
  • Ms. Durrell and Mr. Thomas were panelists at and sponsors of the 2012 ABA National Institute on the Civil False Claims Act & Qui Tam Enforcement. Ms. Durrell authored an article entitled The Relator's Role in False Claims Act Investigations: Towards a New Paradigm, while Mr. Thomas spoke about the complexities of FCA settlements.
  • Ms. Durrell was on the planning committee for the Taxpayers Against Fraud ("TAF") Education Fund's twelfth annual conference, and both Mr. Thomas and Ms. Durrell spoke at the conference in September 2012. 
  • Ms. Durrell was honored to be invited to the 2012 Bench and Bar Conference for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts: Changing Landscapes in Law—Legal and Beyond. She was part of a panel addressing trends in health care fraud enforcement.    
  • Ms. Durrell was a contributor to the New England Legal Foundation's 2012 Fall Breakfast Program, Whistleblowing in 2012: What Every Business and Business Lawyer Should Know
  • Mr. Thomas participated in the False Claims Act Roundtable, hosted by Ropes & Gray in February 2013. This specialized roundtable provided a unique opportunity for Mr. Thomas to offer remarks from the perspective of a whistleblower lawyer and exchange perspectives with defense counsel and in-house counsel for pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device companies.

Finally, this month marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of federal False Claims Act.  The FCA has proven to be the government's strongest and most enduring weapon against fraud. Over half of the states have also passed FCAs. With federal and state FCAs  producing record numbers of cases and recoveries over the last ten years, the Whistleblower Law Collaborative is proud to have contributed to the government's war on fraud.

1 of 2

Select the service that is right for you!

Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 17,778.15 +421.28 2.43%
S&P 500 2,061.23 +48.34 2.40%
NASDAQ 4,748.3960 +104.0840 2.24%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs