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Nicole Somerville

Nicole Somerville

Associate

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Texas, U.S.A.

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Profile
Nicole Somerville serves as a trusted advisor to a variety of clients within the healthcare industry in complex litigation matters and internal investigations. Nicole has helped hospital systems, laboratories, nursing homes, insurance companies, and physicians navigate complex fraud and abuse laws, including the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Law, and the Civil Monetary Penalties Law.

Nicole’s practice is largely focused on False Claims Act qui tam litigation. She has defended clients in False Claims Act matters throughout the country involving alleged violations of the Stark and Anti-Kickback Statutes related to medical office building leasing, medical directorships, physician employment, and clinical research. She has also defended clients in False Claims Act matters involving allegations of improper billing and medical necessity. In addition, Nicole routinely assists her clients in responding to Civil Investigative Demands under the False Claims Act and other administrative subpoenas, as well as self-disclosures to enforcement agencies.

When not working on behalf of her clients, Nicole participates in the American Health Lawyers Association, the DFW Chapter of Women in White Collar Defense, and the Dallas Bar Association.

Education

J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2010, cum laude; Articles Editor, SMU Law Review Association; Dedman Ethics Scholarship Recipient
B.S., Political Science, Texas Christian University, 2007, summa cum laude
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Represented national healthcare provider in sealed False Claims Act qui tam in the Middle District of Tennessee alleging violations of the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute related to hospital medical directorship agreements. Obtained full declination and dismissal.

Represented national healthcare provider in sealed False Claims Act qui tam in the Northern District of Texas alleging unnecessary cardiac procedures at hospitals in ten states. Obtained full declination and dismissal.

Represented national healthcare provider in sealed False Claims Act qui tam in the Middle District of Tennessee alleging violations of the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute related to hospital medical directorship agreements. Obtained full declination and dismissal.

Represented national health insurance company in False Claims Act qui tam in the Middle District of Tennessee alleging violations of the False Claims Act in 26 states in connection with processing Medicaid third party liability claims. See United States ex rel. Kramer v. Humana Inc. (M.D. Tenn.). Obtained full declination and dismissal.

Represented national hospice provider in investigation and settlement of False Claims Act qui tam in the Northern District of Texas alleging violations of the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute. See United States ex rel. Capshaw v. White (N.D. Tex.).

Representing healthcare providers, laboratories, and pharmacies, in numerous ongoing investigations and sealed False Claims Act matters in Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, Tennessee, and Texas
Articles

False Claims Act Year in Review 2016
Haynes and Boone, LLP, January 2017

The False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729, et seq. (FCA) continued to be a significant focus of government and whistleblower activity in 2016. ThisYear in Review highlights several key developments, including:   The U.S. Department of Justice is continuing its strong enforcement of the FCA, including recovering more than $4.7 billion in settlements and judgments in FCA cases in 2016, as well as continuing its focus on individual culpability...

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