U.S. Joins False Claims Act Lawsuit Against Georgia Medical Center And Physician

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States has intervened in a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that Satilla Health Services Inc., dba Satilla Regional Medical Center, and Dr. Najam Azmat submitted claims for medically substandard and unnecessary services to Medicare and Medicaid, the Justice Department...

HP Reaches Settlement With DOJ In Kickbacks Case

PALO ALTO, Calif. - (AP) Hewlett-Packard Co. said Monday that it has agreed in principle to settle a lawsuit by the Department of Justice, which alleged that HP and other technology companies paid kickbacks to Accenture PLC in exchange for recommendations for government work. HP denied "engaging...

Whistleblower Lawsuit Cites Rolls Plane Engine Flaws

INDIANAPOLIS - (AP) Rolls-Royce Corp. concealed repeated defects at an aircraft engine plant in Indianapolis and fired a safety official for reporting the problems, according to a whistleblower lawsuit filed in federal court. Lawyers for Thomas McArtor said a federal court in Indianapolis unsealed his...

Employer Compliance Guidance for Whistleblower Provisions Under New Food Safety Modernization Act

As previously reported by Keller and Heckman LLP, President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) into law on January 4, 2011. While most of the provisions regarding stricter food safety standards will not be effective until 2012, FSMA Section 402, which provides sweeping protections...

Virginia Joins In Probe Of Bank Of New York Mellon

RICHMOND, Va. - (AP) The Virginia state attorney general's office Friday said it is looking into a whistleblower lawsuit that accuses Bank or New York Mellon of overcharging the state's pension funds by using "false exchange rates." The lawsuit, which seeks damages of more than $150...

R. Scott Oswald Elected President Of MWELA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - R. Scott Oswald , managing principal of The Employment Law Group law firm, has been elected to serve as the 2011-2012 president of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA). MWELA is the 300-lawyer Washington, D.C., metropolitan area affiliate of the National...

Toxic Nevada Mine Lawsuit Seeks $5 Million From BP, ARCO

RENO, Nev. - (AP) Neighbors of a toxic mine in northern Nevada have filed a class-action lawsuit against BP America and Atlantic Richfield Co. accusing them of intentionally and negligently concealing the extent of the contamination leaking off the abandoned site for decades. The suit filed in U.S. District...

California Claims Drug Giant Bribed Doctors To Prescribe

LOS ANGELES - (AP) California has joined a whistleblower lawsuit that claims Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. bribed doctors to prescribe its drugs, costing insurers perhaps millions of dollars in the largest alleged health care fraud case ever handled by the state, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced...

Verizon Pays $93.5 Million To Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Verizon Communications Inc. has paid $93.5 million to settle allegations that it overcharged the federal government, the Justice Department said Tuesday. The lawsuit was filed by Stephen Shea, a "whistleblower" in 2007, and alleged overbilling as far back as 1999, first...

DynCorp To Pay $7.7 Million In Whistleblower Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Leading U.S. contractor DynCorp International has agreed to pay $7.7 million to settle a lawsuit alleging it submitted false claims for a State Department civilian police training program in Iraq. The Justice Department announced Friday that DynCorp subcontractor The Saudi Group...

Word Of The Year For Securities Litigation: 'Whistleblower'

A number of different organizations generate annual publicity for themselves by designating a word (or words) of the year . We are not yet half way through 2011 but I am already prepared to propose my own candidate for this year's word of the year - the word is "whistleblower." From the...

Gibson Dunn Forms Team To Counsel Clients On New Whistleblower Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has formed a multidisciplinary Whistleblower Team to offer experienced, comprehensive counsel on the full range of issues that arise under the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) final whistleblower rules under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform...

Firm Once Known As Blackwater Faces Another Lawsuit

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - (AP) A current worker and a former employee of the security contractor previously known as Blackwater have filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the company, the second such suit filed against the firm, according to documents unsealed Thursday. The lawsuit i n U.S. District Court alleges...

Senior SEC Attorney Joins Labaton Sucharow To Launch Whistleblower Practice

NEW YORK - Jordan A. Thomas, a 16-year veteran of the federal government, has announced that he has left the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to join Labaton Sucharow LLP and launch its Whistleblower Representation Practice. Labaton Sucharow is the first and only law firm to recruit a senior...

Littler Mendelson Reports Uptick In Whistleblower Matters And Formalizes Practice Group

BOSTON - Littler Mendelson P.C. , the nation's largest employment and labor law firm representing management, reports a 25 percent increase in the number of whistleblower and retaliation claims the firm has handled between 2009 and 2011 as a result of changing regulations stemming from the Dodd-Frank...

ARB Holds Sarbanes-Oxley Act's Whistleblower Protections Apply to Employees of Contractors to Publicly Traded Companies, Rejects First Circuit Decision to the Contrary

BY: IGOR M. BABICHENKO In yet another decision expanding whistleblower protection, the Administrative Review Board ("ARB") recently held that Section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act ("SOX") affords whistleblower protection to an employee of a contractor of a publicly traded company...

Williams Mullen Alert: For Whom the Whistle Blows: Analysis Of The American Apparel Shareholder Derivative Litigation From A Whistleblower Perspective

By Mary Pivec and Igor M. Babichenko I. INTRODUCTION On July 31, 2012, the United States District Court for the Central District of California dismissed without prejudice a shareholder derivative suit against American Apparel and its individual directors. The complaint alleged that the individual directors...

Whistleblower Update 2013 — What You Need To Know — Complimentary CLE Webinar

Recent amendments to a number of whistleblower laws and the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act have made maintaining a whistleblower claim easier for employees in many cases. On February 13, 2013, at 2 P.M. ET , LexisNexis® presents Whistleblower Update 2013: Complying With an Evolving, Growing &...

Foley & Lardner LLP: 7th Circuit Rejects Public-Disclosure Bar in Qui Tam Case

By Eric G. Pearson A cardinal rule of a qui tam action brought under the False Claims Act is that the relator must be the information’s original source. In United States ex rel. Heath v. Wisconsin Bell, Inc. , No. 12-3383 (7th Cir. July 28, 2014) , the Seventh Circuit grappled with this bar...

Foley & Lardner LLP: 8th Circuit Dismisses Whistleblower's Suit Finding Facts Were Already Publicly Disclosed

By Jacqueline N. Acosta In an August 7, 2014 opinion, the Eighth Circuit upheld the dismissal of a whistleblower’s suit alleging that a number of pain pump device makers had violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by marketing their pain pumps for harmful off-label uses. United States ex rel. Paulos...