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Blue and White-Collar California Employees Wrongfully Terminated, National Labor Relations Board Assists

Blue and White-Collar California Employees Wrongfully Terminated, National Labor Relations Board Assists April 3, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Cruz, CA: In October 2015, two Spanish-speaking employees of Goodwill Central Coast were fired for reporting to their manager that another manager harassed them and threatened to kill one of them. Finally their case has been settled: a National Labor Relations Board judge ordered they be reinstated, with back pay. Also in federal court, Walmart is accused of wrongful termination and retaliation, both California labor law violations.
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The Legal Landscape for Whistleblowers May Have Changed

The Legal Landscape for Whistleblowers May Have Changed March 2, 2018. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: The filing of an SEC whistleblower lawsuit may become that much more focused following a recent decision by the US Supreme Court that puts the emphasis on the reporting of apparent corporate wrongdoing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as required under guidelines entrenched in the Dodd-Frank Act.
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Medical Device Manufacturer Admits to Wrongdoing, Faces $14 Million Penalty

Medical Device Manufacturer Admits to Wrongdoing, Faces $14 Million Penalty February 2, 2018. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: It was a little over a year ago that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an official press release announcing that a Texas-based medical device company, Orthofix International (Orthofix), had agreed to pay $14 million to settle charges brought by the regulator with the help of two SEC fraud whistleblowers. Orthofix, which has faced a SEC whistleblower lawsuit in the past, also agreed to admit to wrongdoing.
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Kmart settles healthcare fraud lawsuit for $32.3 million

Kmart settles healthcare fraud lawsuit for $32.3 million January 20, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC The Department of Justice announced that Kmart Corporation has agreed to pay $32.3 million ($59 million including state law issues) to settle a lawsuit that claims in-store pharmacies overbilled Medicare Part D, Medicaid, and TRICARE. The healthcare fraud scheme, which a Kmart pharmacist stumbled upon only when he had his own prescription filled, allegedly affected drug reimbursements in 46 states. The pharmacist was awarded $9.3 million under the whistleblower qui-tam provisions of the False Claims Act (FCA).
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Plaintiff Wants Appeal of Years-Long Claims, Defendant Opines to ‘Get on with It’

Plaintiff Wants Appeal of Years-Long Claims, Defendant Opines to ‘Get on with It’ January 5, 2018. By Gordon Gibb.
San Francisco, CA: A years-long healthcare fraud whistleblower lawsuit remains an apt example of just how long in the tooth litigation can extend. And while the current version of a health care fraud lawsuit does not resemble the characterization of the original litigation, attempts at various appeals could extend the litigation well beyond 2018.
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Why the Bid to Dismiss SEC Whistleblower Lawsuit against Wells Fargo Failed

Why the Bid to Dismiss SEC Whistleblower Lawsuit against Wells Fargo Failed December 22, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
San Francisco, CA: An SEC whistleblower lawsuit against venerable banking giant Wells Fargo Co. is alleged to carry further allegations of SEC fraud according to legal analysis published by Law360 (12/11/17).
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Healthcare Whistle Blower Awarded $351,000

Healthcare Whistle Blower Awarded $351,000 December 8, 2017. By Brenda Craig.
Tampa, FL: It did not take long for Kathleen Siwicki to notice something was very wrong in the Florida cardiologist’s office where she was working. Siwicki, an experienced Certified Cardiovascular Technologist, immediately began to see the services the doctor was providing did not match the billing statements he was submitting for payment. In November 2014, after just six months working for Dr. Arthur Portnow she quit her job and shortly after filed an action under the False Claims Act.
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Whistleblower Healthcare Fraud Lawsuit Alleges Surgical Double-Booking

Whistleblower Healthcare Fraud Lawsuit Alleges Surgical Double-Booking October 31, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Boston, MA: Not one, but two healthcare fraud lawsuits against the renowned Massachusetts General Hospital and its operator allege double-booking of surgeries that possibly put patients at risk. There are also allegations that patients are misled into assuming their procedures will be performed by experienced surgeons, when in fact residents and fellows often perform various aspects of a procedure while the primary surgeon is out of the room.
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Ohio Firm Loses Petition to Have SEC Lawsuit Dismissed

Ohio Firm Loses Petition to Have SEC Lawsuit Dismissed October 21, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: An Ohio-based chemicals and roofing company accused of gouging the federal government following an investigation resulted in an SEC whistleblower lawsuit that defendant RPM International attempted to have dismissed. On September 29, however a federal judge in Washington declined to dismiss, and the whistleblower lawsuit will move forward.
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Whistleblower Nets $2.9 Million in Healthcare Fraud Lawsuit

Whistleblower Nets $2.9 Million in Healthcare Fraud Lawsuit October 4, 2017. By Anne Wallace.
Columbus, OH: The Department of Justice has announced that Olympia Therapy, Inc. (Olympia), an Ohio nursing home, and its management service provider, Provider Services, Inc. (Provider) have agreed to settle a healthcare fraud lawsuit  brought by Vladimir Trakhter, a former Olympia employee. The case puts a uniquely human face on the damage done by Medicare fraud.
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