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August 3, 2018 – Prime Healthcare and CEO Resolve Allegations of Fraud in $65 Million Settlement

This lawsuit was filed in 2011 in California against Prime, its CEO and 14 hospitals controlled by Prime.  $45 million of the settlement was related to illegal hospital admissions and $20 million was tied to Fraudulent upcoding claims.  Relator Karin Berntsen received a maximum relator share award that exceeded $17 million based upon the strength of her allegations and the extraordinary effort that she and her attorneys exhibited over the last seven years.  Click here for the Wilbanks & Gouinlock, LLP press release.  Click here for more information about the case.

August 4, 2017 – Wells Fargo Pays $108M to Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit Filed by Wilbanks on Behalf of Victor Bibby and Brian Donnelly

This lawsuit alleged that Wells Fargo charged military veterans hidden fees to refinance their mortgages and concealed the fees to obtain a guarantee from the United States.  Wells Fargo became the 7th major bank in the United States to settle based upon this allegation.  Previously, this lawsuit resulted in over $161 million in settlements from other banks including Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Suntrust, PNC and First Tennessee Bank.  Click here for more information.

October 3, 2016 – Record $368M Settlement Announced

In 2009, W&G began prosecuting a massive False Claims Act case against one of the biggest hospital companies in the country, Tenet Healthcare Corporation.  Today the case officially settled for $368M.  Tenet also agreed to pay $145M in criminal restitution to the government for violating the federal Anti-Kickback Statute.  W&G’s client is whistleblower Bill Williams, an Army veteran and former hospital finance executive.  Mr. Williams will receive a portion of the civil settlement funds collected for his extraordinary support and assistance in this case.   Click here for more information.

Nationally Recognized for Representing Whistleblowers

The Law Firm of Wilbanks & Gouinlock has developed a nationally acclaimed qui tam practice. These “whistleblower suits” as they are commonly referred to, have been the primary focus of our practice since 1996, resulting in the successful return of almost billions dollars to the American taxpayer. Whistleblower cases routinely involve the firm’s representation of individuals who come forward with information concerning various frauds committed against the government, often involving Medicare or Medicaid fraud. The successful results we’ve obtained for our clients have been the subject of national TV coverage, newspaper articles and legal periodicals across the country over the last decade. »See Our Experience

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Wilbanks & Gouinlock: Whistleblower Lawyers of The Year

W&G understands the complexities and hardships of whistleblowing, and stands behind their clients to do what is right for the American Taxpayer.

W&G is at the forefront of winning big cases
without government intervention:

Marlan Wilbanks, Esq.

Marlan Wilbanks

Marlan is currently acting as lead counsel in important qui tam cases that are filed in over 16 federal and state courts across the nation. He has handled whistleblower litigation matters against numerous individuals and large companies that have committed fraudulent acts against the government in federal courts and many state courts, including cases from California to Florida.

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Susan Gouinlock, Esq.

Susan Gouinlock

Susan S. Gouinlock has represented whistleblowers for more than ten years. Susan joined Wilbanks & Bridges in 2011 and became a partner in 2013. Her legal career has been successful and diverse, including a unique mixture of working for the government as a lawyer as well as years of representing individuals and businesses in highly regulated environments, including for example spending six (6) years as in-house general counsel to a major corporation.
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