Speaker Profile

Shauna B. Itri

Shareholder, Berger& Montague, PC

Shauna B. Itri Represents whistle blowers in False Claims Act law suits in state and federal courts throughout the United States, and tax and securities whistle blowers with claims under the IRS and SEC whistle blower programs. Ms. Itri has worked on a series of False Claims Act cases against large drug companies for fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid drug pricing. This litigation has returned well over $1 billion to state and federal governments pursuant to the Federal and State False Claims Acts.

Ms. Itri also has experience representing shareholders in securities class action cases that have recovered millions of dollars in settlements. Ms. Itri received a B.A. and an M.A. from Stanford University, where she captioned the University’s Women’s soccer team and received her J.D. from Villanova University. Shauna is presently an adjunct professor at Widener Law School and Villanova University, teaching corporate deviance courses. Ms. Itri was named a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star" in 2010-2013 by Philadelphia Magazine after an extensive nomination and polling process among Pennsylvania lawyers. She was placed on Philadelphia's First Judicial District's 2010 and 2011 Roll of Honor for Pro Bono Service for her service in the community.

Shauna currently serves as co-chair of Stanford University Alumni Undergraduate Admissions Volunteer Interview Program and as the Chief Operating Officer and Board Member of the Junior League of Philadelphia, Inc. an organization of approximately 800 women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

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The False Claims Act (or Whistleblower Act) and Hospital Fraud

A whistleblower or qui tam action can provide financial rewards to individuals who are retaliated against for providing information that a company, hospital or individual has defrauded the government. The primary statutes under which this relief may be sought are the federal and state False Claims Acts ("FCAs"). State and federal governments pay hundreds of billions of dollars each year for pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, hospital care, and nursing home care through Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs. Thus, the False Claims Act is often applied in the health care industry to fight fraud, and specifically fraud committed by hospitals. Whistleblowers who report this fraud receive 15-25% of the amount recovered.

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