Casey M. Preston is a member of Cohen Milstein’s Whistleblower/False Claims Act Practice Group. Mr. Preston represents whistleblowers nationwide in qui tam litigation, involving numerous industries, such as health care, defense, financial services, and government procurement. He also represents individuals who report tax fraud, securities fraud, and customs fraud through federal whistleblower programs. In addition, Mr. Preston has significant experience handling complex commercial cases and securities litigation in courts across the U.S.
Some of Mr. Preston’s current representations include:
- A sealed qui tam action related to a drug manufacturer’s alleged use of illegal marketing practices to increase usage of its drug by Medicare beneficiaries.
- A sealed qui tam action against importers alleged to have engaged in tariff fraud.
- A sealed qui tam action involving claims that hospitals overcharged the government health care programs by misclassifying outpatient services as inpatient services.
- A sealed qui tam action against a chain of medical practices that allegedly performed unnecessary tests on patients covered by the government health care programs and billed the government for services that were not performed.
- A sealed qui tam action alleging that a medical equipment supplier is selling unnecessary equipment and supplies to Medicare beneficiaries.
- A sealed qui tam action involving claims that a provider of mental health rehabilitative services up-coded services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries.
Mr. Preston has played a key role in a number of successful cases, including:
- A qui tam action alleging that drug manufacturer Wyeth overcharged the state Medicaid programs by not providing them the statutorily required “best price” for a widely prescribed drug. This action resulted in a recovery of more than $780 million by the government.
- A qui tam action against a chain of urgent care centers that allegedly billed the government for unnecessary testing performed on beneficiaries of the government health care programs. There was a $10 million recovery by the government.
- A qui tam action against Kool Smiles dental clinics for performing unnecessary procedures on children insured by Medicaid. There was a $23.9 million recovery for the government.
- Represented the limited partner of several commercial real estate partnerships in a fraud and breach of fiduciary duty action against the partnerships’ general partner.
- Represented stock and bondholders in a class action against a food distributor and its outside accounting firm that resulted in a $90+ million recovery for the investors.
- Represented stockholders in a securities class action against a software company that resulted in a $5+ million recovery for the investors.
- Represented a hedge fund in a securities fraud action against a marketing company through which the hedge fund secured a $4 million recovery.
- Represented a state pension fund in a securities class action against an insurance company that resulted in a $90+ million recovery for stockholders.
In addition, Mr. Preston has provided pro bono services to the Legal Clinic for the Disabled and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
Mr. Preston served as law clerk for the Hon. William J. Nealon, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the Hon. Terrence R. Nealon, Court of Common Pleas, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Preston received his B.S. from The Citadel and his J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law.