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Entries from August 2009

Whistleblower Suit Against Student Loan Companies Unsealed in Federal District Court

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

TweetThe United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia today unsealed a lawsuit against a number of student loan companies, including Nelnet, Inc and Sallie Mae, filed on behalf of the United States by Dr. Jon H. Oberg. The action seeks the return of approximately $1 billion in “special allowance” payments wrongfully extracted […]

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Tags: False Claims Act

The Employment Law Group® Law Firm Publishes Column on Seminal SOX Decision

August 25th, 2009 · No Comments

TweetToday, Law360 published a column by principals R. Scott Oswald and Jason Zuckerman of The Employment Law Group® law firm on the Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in Van Asdale v. International Game Technology.  The column discusses how the Van Asdale decision is a substantial victory for SOX whistleblowers in that it resolves ambiguities in favor […]

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Tags: Sarbanes-Oxley

Compliance Week Quotes Scott Oswald on High Profile SOX Decision

August 25th, 2009 · No Comments

TweetIn an article titled, “Recent Court Decision Clarifies Whistleblower Law,” Compliance Week reports about the Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in Van Asdale v. International Game Technology about the scope of the whistleblower retaliation provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (“SOX”).  According to Scott Oswald, a principal with The Employment Law Group® law firm, the Ninth Circuit’s […]

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Tags: Sarbanes-Oxley

California Governor Signs into Law New Electronic Discovery Act

August 20th, 2009 · No Comments

TweetOn June 29, 2009, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law California’s Electronic Discovery Act.  The new law, which became effective on June 29, 2009, establishes new procedures for parties requesting production to obtain discovery of electronically stored information (ESI) and offers, for the first time, specific definitions of what constitutes electronically stored information.  Other […]

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Tags: Discovery

Contra Costa Times Publishes Article About Whistleblower Suit Against Pittsburg School District

August 19th, 2009 · No Comments

TweetIn an article titled, “Whistle-blower suit filed against Pittsburg school district,” Contra Costa Times reports about Tim Galli’s whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against the Pittsburg school district.  Tim Galli, a 35-year educator and former Pittsburg High principal, suffered retaliation when he raised concerns about the school district’s questionable budgetary practices, and undisclosed financial conflict of interest […]

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Tags: Whistleblower Protection Act

Boeing Company Settles False Claims Act Suit for $2 Million

August 17th, 2009 · No Comments

TweetThe Boeing Company has agreed to pay $2 million to resolve claims that the company overbilled the government from 2002 to 2005 for work done at a San Antonio Plant.  According to the suit, brought under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, Boeing inflated its estimates for the number of hours required […]

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Tags: False Claims Act

Ninth Circuit Confirms the Broad Scope of Protected Conduct Under SOX

August 14th, 2009 · No Comments

TweetOn August 13, 2009, the Ninth Circuit issued a key decision on the scope of protected conduct under the whistleblower provision of the Sarbanes Oxley Act, rejecting the district court’s holding that SOX whistleblowers must prove that they blew the whistle on actual shareholder fraud.  In Van Asdale v. Int’l Game Tech., the court held […]

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Tags: Sarbanes-Oxley