Emily Stabile, a partner with Phillips & Cohen, has worked on whistleblower cases involving government frauds and tax and financial frauds.
Ms. Stabile played an important role in the complex whistleblower case against Office Depot, which alleged that the office supply giant overcharged more than 1,000 California cities, counties, school districts and other government entities. Office Depot paid $68.5 million to settle the qui tam case. She also represented the whistleblowers in a significant case against Lincare Holdings that settled for $29 million that is believed to be the first successful False Claims Act case against a healthcare supplier for overcharging the Medicare Advantage program for its services.
She also represented whistleblowers in separate qui tam cases against two chains of pain management clinics. One alleged the pain management clinics billed Medicare for unnecessary urine drug tests and settled for $24.5 million. The other whistleblower case, which settled for $7.4 million, alleged pain management clinics billed Medicare for “P-Stims” and other electro-acupuncture devices that aren’t covered.
Ms. Stabile was instrumental in a qui tam case against Medicare Advantage provider Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington (formerly known as Group Health Cooperative) that settled for $6.3 million. The whistleblower lawsuit, which the government joined, alleged Group Health submitted invalid diagnoses codes to Medicare to get inflated reimbursements.
As part of her SEC whistleblower practice, Ms. Stabile represented a whistleblower who was awarded $1.6 million by the SEC for alerting the agency to an ongoing fraudulent scheme and providing extensive assistance in the SEC investigation. She has experience representing whistleblower clients in matters concerning frauds in SPAC transactions, failures to provide best execution, and disclosure misrepresentations.
Ms. Stable was an advocate for protecting Alaska’s False Claims Act and published an op-ed advocating for lawmakers to revoke the repeal of the whistleblower provisions of that law.
Ms. Stabile is the author of several articles on whistleblower matters and is a co-author of Tax Whistleblower Laws and Programs, which is part of Bloomberg’s Tax Management Portfolios.
She joined Phillips & Cohen after graduating from Berkeley Law at the University of California.
While in law school, she was editor of the California Law Review and worked as a law clerk for the Human Rights Commission for San Francisco. She also volunteered at the East Bay Community Law Center Tenants’ Rights Workshop in Berkeley, California.
Currently, Ms. Stabile serves on the board of Taxpayers Against Fraud’s Young Lawyers Division. She is admitted to the bar in California.
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- “FCA Whistleblower Retaliation Ruling Raises Stakes for Employers,” Bloomberg Law.
- “Illinois Supreme Court ruling in whistleblower case is victory for insurance fraud fight,” Journal of Insurance Fraud in America, February 2, 2021.
- “Opinion: Stop the repeal of important tool to fight Medicaid fraud,” Juneau Empire, May 16, 2019.
- “Rethinking Compliance: The Role of Whistleblowers,” University of Cincinnati Law Review, April 2018.
- “Tax Whistleblower Laws and Programs,” Bloomberg BNA, March 1, 2018.
- “False Claims Act Cases Take Forever – What Are the Implications,” – The Anti-Fraud Coalition 23rd Annual Conference, October 20, 2023
- “Qui Tam Practice in the Time of COVID” – Future of Fraud is Now Conference, May 2022.
- “Demystifying Other Whistleblower Programs” – Taxpayers Against Fraud webinar, August 2022.
- “The False Claims Act in the Appellate Courts” – Taxpayers Against Fraud webinar, August 2021.
- “Developments at the IRS” – Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund Virtual Conference, October 2020.