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Entries from October 2011

Attorney R. Scott Oswald Quoted in Law360 Regarding Sarbanes-Oxley Decison

October 24th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetR. Scott Oswald, Managing Principal of The Employment Law Group® law firm, discusses in the Law360 article titled Revival of SOX Case Stokes Confidentiality Concerns, which outlines the U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Review Board’s blockbuster holding in Vannoy v. Celanese Corp.  Whistleblower Matthew Vannoy noticed potential weaknesses in his employer’s credit card reimbursement program and reported those weaknesses internally and to the IRS.  Some of […]

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Tags: IRS Whistleblower Reward Program · Sarbanes-Oxley

Dentist Pays $212K Settlement for Fraudulently Billing Medicaid

October 24th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetKristi Rossomando and her dental practice, The Children’s Dental Group P.C. agreed to pay $212,000 to settle claims that her practice fraudulently billed Medicaid for comprehensive oral evaluations that were never performed and for allowing staff to routinely provide care that should only be performed by a licensed dentist. Rossomando allegedly directed a hygienist to […]

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Tags: False Claims Act · Report Fraud

OSHA Awards $99K to Environmental Whistleblower

October 21st, 2011 · No Comments

TweetThe U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) awarded $99,000 to Gy Bennar, a former Head Greens Keeper at an Oklahoma golf course, for blowing the whistle on illegal wastewater treatment practices. Southwestern Oklahoma Development Authority (“SWODA”) managed the public golf course. Over the course of four years, Bennar allegedly witnessed SWODA using water from […]

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Tags: OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program · Retaliation · Wrongful Discharge

TELG Attorney Scott Oswald Discusses Landmark SOX Whistleblower Decision for LawyersUSA

October 20th, 2011 · No Comments

Tweet The Employment Law Group® attorney R. Scott Oswald discusses the landmark Menendez decision with LawyersUSA in an article titled SOX whistleblower decision creates employer problems.  The Department of Labor Administrative Review Board (ARB) ruled that a failure of management to maintain the confidentiality of a whistleblower is a violation of the anti-retaliation provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX).  Mr. Oswald outlines the positive consequences […]

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Tags: Sarbanes-Oxley

TELG Attorney Quoted in Crain’s Detroit Business Article Predicting Rapid Expansion of Whistleblower Claims

October 14th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetOn October 14, 2011, Crain’s Detroit Business published an article titled “Are there enough private crimes in Michigan to warrant beefing up the state’s false claims act?” in which The Employment Law Group® law firm attorney R. Scott Oswald states: Having whistleblowers in government and the health care sector will ensure that individuals and corporations […]

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Tags: The Employment Law Group, P.C.

TELG Principals Publish Article in California Lawyer

October 14th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetThe Employment Law Group® principal attorneys David Scher and R. Scott Oswald wrote an article entitled “Blowing the Whistle,”  which appeared in the October 2011 edition of California Lawyer.  In the article, Scher and Oswald discuss the California Whistleblower Protection Act (CWPA), referring to it as a “robust law that…has limitations and administrative hurdles.” They […]

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Tags: California Whistle Blower Protection Act

Oracle Agrees to Pay U.S. $199.5 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Lawsuit

October 14th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetAccording to a Department of Justice Press Release, Oracle Corp. and Oracle America Inc. have agreed to pay $199.5 million plus interest for failing to meet their contractual obligations to the General Services Administration (GSA). This settlement relates to a contract Oracle entered into in 1998 to sell software licenses and technical support to government […]

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Tags: D.C. False Claims Act · D.C. Whistleblower Protection Act · False Claims Act · The Employment Law Group, P.C.

TELG Principals Publish Authoritative Article on D.C.’s Amended Whistleblower Protection Act in Bureau of National Affairs

October 14th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetThe Employment Law Group’s © Managing Principal R. Scott Oswald and former Principal Jason Zuckerman have published a whistleblower article in the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. Daily Labor Report titled “D.C.’s Amended Whistleblower Protection Act: The Gold Standard for Public Sector Whistleblower Protection.” The article highlights changes to Washington D.C.’s recently amended Whistleblower Protection […]

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Tags: D.C. Whistleblower Protection Act · The Employment Law Group, P.C.

DC Federal Court Holds Employee Reporting Wrongdoing Can Proceed with Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

October 11th, 2011 · No Comments

Tweet On September 12, 2011, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that Jonathon Myers can proceed with his wrongful termination lawsuit against his former employer, Alutiiq International Solutions, LLC, and his former supervisors.  Myers reported to several supervisors an inappropriate romantic relationship between another supervisor, George Bailey, and an employee, […]

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Tags: Wrongful Discharge

DOL ARB Rules that Whistleblowers May Disclose Confidential Employer Information Evidencing Wrongdoing

October 10th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetIn Vannoy v. Celanese Corp., the Department of Labor Administrative Review Board (ARB) reversed the Administrative Law Judge’s decision, affirming that whistleblowers are protected when disclosing to the government confidential employer information evidencing wrongdoing. Whistleblower Matthew Vannoy filed a complaint with the Department of Labor on January 25, 2008, alleging his employer, Celanese Corporation, violated […]

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Tags: IRS Whistleblower Reward Program · Sarbanes-Oxley