Molly Beth Knobler has significant experience representing US and international whistleblowers in whistleblower protection and reward programs.
She has handled “qui tam” cases involving Medicare and Medicaid fraud, Stark violations, kickbacks in the healthcare industry, overcharging by government contractors, cybersecurity vulnerabilities in tech products, customs fraud and other types of fraud against the government.
She also represents clients in whistleblower claims with the IRS and the US Securities and Exchange Commission whistleblower programs, including cases involving violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a US anti-bribery law.
Super Lawyers recognized her as a “Rising Star” in several lists for her work representing whistleblowers, most recently in 2021.
Ms. Knobler’s whistleblower cases include ones against:
- Adventist Health Systems for alleged Stark violations and billing fraud. ($118.7 million settlement.)
- Prime Healthcare, its CEO and a cardiologist, which settled for $37.5 million. This is apparently the largest settlement by a hospital in a case involving alleged kickbacks paid to one physician. Stark violations and false Medicare billing by Prime Healthcare also were alleged.
- Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) for allegedly inflating the costs of a government-funded program, which cheated the government out of millions. ($11.75 million settlement.)
- Zwanger-Pesiri Inc., a New York radiology company, for allegedly billing Medicare and Medicaid for radiology procedures that weren’t ordered by doctors and were medically unnecessary. ($10.5 million settlement.)
- Agnesian Healthcare and its affiliated physician group for allegedly paying doctors kickbacks and other financial incentives to get patient referrals. ($10 million settlement.)
- Rotech Healthcare for alleged billing fraud involving oxygen equipment and oxygen supplies provided for homecare use by Medicare and Medicaid patients. ($9.95 million settlement.)
- Cisco Systems. It was the first case settled under the False Claims Act that involved cybersecurity issues. ($8.6 million settlement.)
- A British online clothing retailer, Pure Collection Ltd. and its CEO. It was the first whistleblower case where a British citizen collected a reward under the False Claims Act for alleging customs evasion by a British company.
Most recently, Ms. Knobler obtained a whistleblower reward for a client under the IRS whistleblower program in a case involving biofuel tax credit fraud.
Ms. Knobler received her law degree from Stanford University Law School, where she was Submissions Editor and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Journal of Animal Law and Policy. During that time, she worked for the Stanford Environmental Law Clinic on cases that concerned the Endangered Species Act, state and federal land use laws and other environmental statutes.
As a law student, Ms. Knobler interned with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, working on cases involving state consumer protection and freedom of information laws. She also was a law clerk for a Legal Services clinic that represented low-income, chronically ill clients in California.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Knobler worked as a paralegal for a law firm in Washington, DC. She is admitted to the bar in Washington, DC, and California.
- “Emerging details in Prime whistleblower case; company responds,” High Desert Daily News, July 21, 2021.
- “Prime Health Care and Dr. Reddy part of $37.5 million settlement over alleged kickbacks and false claims,” Victor Valley News Group, July 20, 2021.
- “Fond Du Lac Hospital Settles $10M Federal Lawsuit,” Wisconsin Public Radio, January 7, 2020.
- “Agnesian HealthCare in Fond du Lac to pay $10 million to settle whistleblower case,” FDL Reporter, January 6, 2020.
- “Oxygen equipment supplierRotech settles billing case for $9.68 million,” Westlaw Pracitioner Insights, April 12, 2018.
- “Pure Collection fined nearly $1m for customs evasion,” RetailSector (UK), February 14, 2018.
- “Pure Collection pays out over £600,000 in US customs evasion lawsuit,” Retail Gazette (UK), February 14, 2018.
- “How effective are DOJ task forces at combatting fraud?” Fraud in America, September 2021.
- “Why Combatting Healthcare Fraud Is Getting More Important,” Fraud in America, September 2021.
- “Highlighting Whistleblowers on Patient Safety Day,” Fraud in America, September 2021.
- “Diving into Defense Fraud,” Fraud in America, September 2021.
- “The Billions Lost To Healthcare Fraud,” Fraud in America, September 2021.
- “Let’s Dive Into Government-Funded Healthcare Programs,” Fraud in America, September 2021.
- “Looking at the Cost of Air Pollution on Clean Air Day,” Fraud in America, September 2021.