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Entries from July 2010

U.S. Dept. of Justice Urges Federal Court to Allow $1 Billion False Claims Act Case to Move Forward Against Nelnet

July 30th, 2010 · No Comments

TweetThe U.S. Department of Justice filed a brief in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia rejecting Nelnet, Inc.’s contention that its settlements with the Department of Education (ED) bar Oberg’s qui tam action.  Dr. Jon H. Oberg, a former employee of the Department of Education, brought a qui tam seeking the return […]

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Tags: False Claims Act

U.S. Court Denies Caterpillar Summary Judgment in SOX Whistleblower Case

July 30th, 2010 · No Comments

TweetOn July 13, 2010, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois denied a motion for summary judgment in Schlicksup v. Caterpillar, Inc., allowing a Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) whistleblower, Daniel Schlicksup, to proceed to trial. Schlicksup, a tax manager with twenty years of experience, alleges that he was involuntarily reassigned by his employer Caterpillar […]

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Tags: Retaliation · Sarbanes-Oxley

SEC Grants $1 Million Reward to Whistleblower in Insider Trading Case

July 27th, 2010 · No Comments

TweetAs reported by the Blog of Legal Times, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has awarded $1 million to Glen Kaiser and Karen Kaiser who blew the whistle on insider trading committed by Pequot Capital Management, Inc.  The Kaisers provided the SEC with emails between a Microsoft employee and a Pequot employee, David Zilkh.  Pequot […]

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MSPB Rules that the Existence of an Investigation into Allegations Cannot be the Sole Cause for a Federal Employee’s Indefinite Suspension

July 26th, 2010 · No Comments

TweetOn July 12, 2010, the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) held in the case of Gonzalez v. DHS that the mere existence of a federal agency’s open investigation into allegations regarding a federal employee’s conduct cannot be the sole cause for that employee’s indefinite suspension.  The employee, Manuel Gonzalez, was suspended without pay indefinitely by […]

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Warwick Beacon Reports on Rhode Island Schoolteacher Whistleblower Case

July 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

TweetOn July 22, 2010, the Warwick Beacon reported on the O’Neill v. Warwick Public School District case in which The Employment Law Group® client, Mary Katherine O’Neill, testified that she was ordered by school administrators to change a top student’s grade.  O’Neill, a music teacher at Toll Gate High School for over 30 years, testified […]

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Tags: The Employment Law Group, P.C.

Providence Journal Provides Update on Rhode Island Schoolteacher’s Testimony in Whistleblower Case

July 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

TweetThe Providence Journal provided another update on the O’Neill v. Warwick Public School District case which we previously blogged about here.  The Employment Law Group® client, Mary Katherine O’Neill, was cross-examined on Thursday where she continually maintained that she was wrongfully terminated for refusing to lower a top student’s grade. The plaintiff is represented by […]

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Tags: The Employment Law Group, P.C.

The Employment Law Group® Law Firm is Quoted in BNA Article on New Dodd-Frank Act

July 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

TweetPrincipal Jason Zuckerman of The Employment Law Group® law firm is quoted in an article in BNA’s Daily Labor Report titled “Attorneys Agree Financial Overhaul Bill Has Vigorous Whistleblower Protections” about the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.  The Dodd-Frank Act which we blogged about here, contains […]

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Tags: False Claims Act · Retaliation · Sarbanes-Oxley · The Employment Law Group, P.C.

Providence Journal Provides Update on Rhode Island Schoolteacher Whistleblower Case

July 21st, 2010 · No Comments

TweetThe Providence Journal provided an update on the O’Neill v. Warwick Public School District case which we previously blogged about here.  The Employment Law Group® client, Mary Katherine O’Neill, testified on Monday that she was ordered to lower a student’s grade, but refused to do so and was subsequently fired. The plaintiff is represented by […]

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Tags: The Employment Law Group, P.C.

The Employment Law Group® Law Firm Publishes Article on the Whistleblower Provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act

July 21st, 2010 · No Comments

TweetThe Employment Law Group® Law Firm principals Scott Oswald and Jason Zuckerman published an article in Law360 titled “Whistleblower Provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act.”  The article discusses the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.  The article is available here. For more information about The Employment Law Group® […]

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Tags: False Claims Act · Financial Institutions Reform · Sarbanes-Oxley · The Employment Law Group, P.C.

National Law Journal Quotes The Employment Law Group® Law Firm About Whistleblower Provisions in Financial Services Reform Legislation

July 20th, 2010 · No Comments

TweetThe Employment Law Group® law firm is quoted in the lead story in The National Law Journal titled “Financial Reform Includes New Whistleblower Program.”  The article reports on the whistleblower protection provisions in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, which we blogged about here.  The article states in part: However, employment and whistleblower […]

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Tags: False Claims Act · Retaliation · Sarbanes-Oxley · The Employment Law Group, P.C.

Providence Journal Reports on a Rhode Island Schoolteacher Whistleblower Case

July 16th, 2010 · No Comments

TweetOn July 15, 2010, the Providence Journal reported on the latest news from O’Neill v. Warwick Public School District which we previously blogged about here.  The plaintiff, Mary Katherine O’Neill, taught music at Toll Gate High School in Warwick, Rhode Island for nearly 30 years.  According to the complaint, a school counselor ordered O’Neill to […]

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Tags: The Employment Law Group, P.C.

Dodd-Frank Bill Provides Robust Whistleblower Protections

July 15th, 2010 · No Comments

TweetRecognizing that robust whistleblower protection is critical to preventing another financial crisis, Congress included in the Dodd-Frank financial services reform bill (H.R. 4173) numerous provisions designed to encourage whistleblowing and to provide robust protection from retaliation.  These provisions create monetary awards for whistleblowers who provide original information to the SEC or CFTC, strengthen the whistleblower […]

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Tags: False Claims Act · Federal Whistleblower Legislation · OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program · Retaliation · Sarbanes-Oxley

New Legislation Drafted to Increase Mine Safety Following Death of 29 Miners at Upper Big Branch Mine

July 12th, 2010 · No Comments

TweetOn June 29, 2010, a discussion draft of new federal legislation to increase mine safety was released.  The legislation, introduced by Senators Harkin, Murray, and Rockefeller is intended to “improve compliance with mine and occupational safety and health laws, empower workers to raise safety concerns, prevent future mine and other workplace tragedies, [and] establish rights […]

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Tags: Federal Whistleblower Legislation · OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program

Northrop Grumman Agrees to Settle FCA Allegations for $12.5 Million

July 6th, 2010 · No Comments

TweetOn June 23, 2010, the FBI’s Los Angeles office announced that Northrop Grumman paid $12.5 million to settle allegations that it knowingly submitted false claims to several government agencies.  Northrop Grumman allegedly supplied the government with untested commercial-grade electrical components which were used in military and space applications.  The components should have been tested to […]

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Tags: False Claims Act

Delta Subsidiary Ordered to Pay Ramp Agent $67,000 for AIR21 Violations

July 1st, 2010 · No Comments

TweetOn June 25, 2010, the Department of Labor ordered DAL Global Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, to pay ramp agent Steven Gray over $67,000 after he was fired in retaliation for reporting numerous safety complaints.  The damages include three years of front pay.  The Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform […]

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Tags: AIR21