Inayat Hemani

Inayat Ali Hemani
Inayat Hemani
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Inayat Ali Hemani is an Associate in the NY office who works primarily on whistleblower/qui tam cases. He received his law degree from NYU Law School in 2012.

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As a result, our team more accurately mirrors America. Women, minority, and/or openly gay lawyers make up the majority of our staff. A passion for social justice unites our team - we all work to use the power of law to help create and enforce a more just society.

Inayat Ali Hemani is an Associate in the New York office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in Washington, DC, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland. He received his bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University in 2008 and his law degree from New York University School of Law in 2012.

Mr. Hemani works on sealed and unsealed qui tam/whistleblower cases involving fraud against the federal and state governments. He has worked on several successful qui tam cases alleging violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Trade Agreements Act. In addition to qui tam cases, Mr. Hemani has worked on submissions to the SEC, CFTC, and IRS under their whistleblower programs

Mr. Hemani also represents employees in discrimination and retaliation matters, by representing them in litigation and confidentially negotiating severance agreements.

Mr. Hemani speaks Hindi and Urdu fluently and has a working knowledge of Arabic.

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Prior to joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Mr. Hemani worked with the Taxpayer Protection Bureau of the New York State Office of the Attorney General where he investigated and prosecuted New York State False Claims Act cases involving procurement fraud and tax fraud. He worked on an investigation of Office Depot for overcharging the state resulting in a $475,000 settlement, an investigation of Bristol-Myers Squibb for failure to pay state franchise taxes that resulted in a $6.2 million settlement, and on United States of America, et al. ex rel. Shaw v. CA, Inc. resulting in a $11 million settlement for fraudulent pricing practices.

While in law school, Mr. Hemani represented Iraqi refugees seeking to appeal adverse decisions in their asylum applications and helped conduct a fact-finding trip on the conditions of Iraqi refugees in Jordan and Syria as co-chair of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project. He also participated in NYU’s Civil Litigation Clinic with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Education

  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 2012
  • Articles Editor, Annual Survey of American Law
  • B.A., The George Washington University, 2008

Clinics

  • Government Civil Litigation Clinic

Bar Admissions

  • New York 2013
  • New Jersey 2013

Publications

  • R. Brooks and I. Hemani, “Proposed CMS Rule Increases OIG and FCA Focus on the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Benefit,” Pharmaceutical Compliance Monitor (2014).

United States of America ex rel. Derrick v. Hoffman-La Roche LTD et al.

The Relator’s Complaint alleges that in 2013, Roche paid Humana a kickback in exchange for Humana placing Roche’s diabetes testing products on its Medicare Advantage formularies.

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United States of America et al. v. Bon Secours New York Health System, Inc., et al.

Relator asserts that between December 2004 until 2015, Bon Secours Health System, Inc., Bon Secours New York Health System and Schervier Long Term Home Health Care Program defrauded Medicaid and Medicare by filing millions of dollars in false claims for home health services provided to elderly and homebound patients.

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United States ex rel. Gipson v. Pathway Genomics Corporation – $4.1 Million Settlement

Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, along with Aashish Y. Desai of the Desai Law Firm, P.C., represented Relator Monique Gipson, who sued San Diego-based Pathway Genomics in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California under the whistleblower provisions of the federal False Claims Act, the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, and the relevant provisions of the false claims acts of the states and the District of Columbia pertaining to healthcare fraud. Gipson was a former sales representative at Pathway Genomics with first-hand knowledge of the company’s wrongdoing.

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United States ex rel. Cox v. Smith & Nephew (W.D. Tenn.) – $11 Million Settlement

Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP won a $11.3 million qui tam settlement against Smith & Nephew one of the world’s largest medical device manufacturers. The whistleblower, represented by the firm and the U.S. Department of Justice, alleged that Smith & Nephew violated the Trade Agreements Act (“TAA”) and the False Claims Act by selling products to the Government that were manufactured in countries with which the United States is not a trading partner, under contracts governed by the TAA.

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U.S. ex rel. Simmons v. Meridian (M.D. Tenn.) – $5.1 Million Settlement

Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP won a $5.1 million qui tam settlement against Meridian Surgical Partners LLC, an investor in an Ambulatory Surgical Center (“ASC”). The whistleblower, represented by the firm and the U.S. Department of Justice, alleged that Meridian violated the federal Anti-Kickback statute and the False Claims Act by paying unlawful remuneration to ambulatory surgical center (“ASC”) owners to physicians to induce referrals of patients to ASCs.

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When Mortgage Lenders Act Recklessly, the Government and Whistleblower Lawyers Use the False Claims Act to Recover Funds

By now we all know the general story of the 2008 financial crisis. Large banks made reckless subprime mortgage loans to people buying homes. These loans were resold to different institutions in various forms until the market eventually crashed when borrowers were no longer able to make their payments. One reason many banks were willing […]

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Will the Supreme Court Hear Its Second False Claims Act Case in Three Years?

The False Claims Act establishes liability against persons who submit false claims for payment to the Government. It allows individuals who know about such fraud against the Government to file a lawsuit on behalf of the Government and to share in the proceeds of a recovery. So how does a person know if a claim […]

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What Happens When a Company Continues to Violate the Same Laws Even After it is Caught?

When a company is investigated and prosecuted for fraud, the Government typically requires the company to enter into a Corporate Integrity Agreement. This Agreement obligates the company to take steps to ensure that it complies with the law in the future and regularly reports the status of its compliance to the Government. If the company […]

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How Healthcare Companies Use Kickbacks to Influence Medical Decisions

We all have a general idea of what a kickback, or a bribe, looks like. We may imagine a bag of cash discretely changing hands. Or a corrupt politician freezing money in boxes of frozen pie crusts. But kickbacks may not always appear so seedy. Many healthcare and pharmaceutical companies have been found liable for […]

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Medicare Advantage Organizations Under Fire for Fraudulent Conduct

Medicare Advantage, or Medicare Part C, is a government-funded healthcare program that contracts with private health insurers in order to provide Medicare benefits to Americans over the age of 65. The program covers about 18 million seniors. The private insurance companies, or Medicare Advantage Organizations, submit bids to CMS offering to insure members at a […]

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An Unfair Workplace Takes Its Toll in Surprising Ways

It has been known for some time that women suffer from higher rates of depression and anxiety than men. Recently, many news outlets reported on a study that shows that these higher rates are correlated with the pay gap. While women who had similar income to male counterparts had a similar risk of depression and […]

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U.N. Group Finds that the United States Lags in Gender Equality

The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is an international treaty adopted by the United States and ratified by almost every country in the world. If you have not heard of it, that may be because the United States is only one of seven countries that has failed to […]

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Cities fail to provide parental leave

Last Mother’s Day, John Oliver noted the inconsistency between companies that market to customers based on the holiday but fail to offer their employees paid maternity leave. While continued efforts are needed to require companies to offer paid maternity leave, more attention needs to be paid to the leave policies of American cities. Many city […]

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Fight for $15 Brings Fast Food Workers Closer to a Living Wage

My colleague Jennifer Siegel wrote about the Fast Food Forward, or Fight for $15, campaign a few months ago. The campaign calls for fast food restaurants to raise their employees’ wages to $15 an hour. At the time, Jennifer noted some of the victories the movement had achieved in the form of state legislation raising […]

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Shrinking Workers’ Compensation Excludes Women

At Sanford Heisler Sharp we cover many of the hurdles that women face in the workplace. In addition to on-the-job issues, women can face discrimination in how they are treated following a workplace injury. According to recent news reports, Californian women who apply for workers’ compensation following an injury on the job receive lower compensation […]

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