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Entries from November 2011

Marine Corps Whistleblower Has Top-Secret Security Clearance Reinstated

November 28th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetEarlier this month, the Navy Department in charge of security clearances reinstated the top secret security clearance of Franz Gayl, a civilian science and technology advisor for the Marine Corps. Gayl was placed on administrative leave for criticizing military leaders and allegedly stealing classified information. According to the Associated Press: Beginning in 2007, Gayl accused […]

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Tags: Department of Defense

DCAA Whistleblower Promoted After Enduring Years of Retaliation

November 28th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetThe U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) announced its conclusion last week that the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) violated the Whistleblower Protection Act when it retaliated against Diem-Thi Le for blowing the whistle on fraudulent DCAA practices. Ms. Le worked for the DCAA as a Senior Auditor for 17 years. In September 2005 Le […]

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Tags: Retaliation

Lawyer Monthly Names The Employment Law Group® its 2011 Labor & Employment Law Firm of the Year

November 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

TweetLawyer Monthly has selected The Employment Law Group® law firm as its 2011 Labor & Employment Law Firm of the Year. Lawyer Monthly is an international legal publication that tracks legal news across many different practice areas and jurisdictions around the world. This month’s edition of Lawyer Monthly lists the publication’s Law Firm of the […]

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Tags: The Employment Law Group, P.C.

SEC Uncovers Millions Lost in D.C. Area Ponzi Scheme

November 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

TweetThe Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged North Bethesda resident Garfield M. Taylor and his associates with running a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme in which he promised investors annual returns of about 20 percent with little or no risk.  Instead, Taylor lost investors money on highly risky options and used funds from new investors to […]

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Tags: SEC Whistleblower

US Seeks Damages from Allied Home Mortgage for Alleged Lending Fraud

November 21st, 2011 · No Comments

TweetOne of the nation’s largest privately held mortgage companies, Allied Home Mortgage Corporation (Allied), and two of its top executives, CEO Jim Hodge and Executive VP Jeanne Stell, are facing scrutiny for providing false loan certifications to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Peter Belli, a former regional manager at Allied, filed suit […]

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Tags: Federal Whistleblower Legislation · Whistleblower Protection Act

SEC Reports 334 Whistleblower Tips and 170 Enforcement Orders in First Seven Weeks of Whistleblower Award Program

November 21st, 2011 · No Comments

TweetThe Securities and Exchange Commission released its first annual report on the new SEC Whistleblower Award Program, covering the period from the program’s inception on August 12 to the end of fiscal year 2011 on September 30.  During those seven weeks, the Commission received an astounding 334 whistleblower tips from individuals in 37 states, as well […]

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Tags: Dodd-Frank Act

Lawmakers Push to Add Stricter Reporting Regulations in Sexual Abuse Cases in Wake of Penn State Scandal

November 16th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetIn wake of the child sexual assault allegations against former Penn State Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky that have shocked the nation, lawmakers across the U.S. are moving quickly to tighten up rules on who must report the sexual abuse of a child.  State legislatures are likely going to debate whether new laws are needed to […]

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

TELG Principal Quoted in Law360 Regarding New Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Regulations

November 10th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetThe Employment Law Group® law firm principal attorney Nick Woodfield was quoted in a Law360 article regarding the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) recently published interim final rules.  These rules implement the changes made to the whistleblower provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) as mandated in last year’s Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer […]

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Tags: Sarbanes-Oxley

OSHA Releases New Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Rules

November 10th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetOn November 3, 2011, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published interim final rules that modify regulations pertaining to whistleblower complaints filed under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX). The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 contained amendments that strengthen SOX whistleblower provisions.  The recently released interim rules aim to […]

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Tags: Sarbanes-Oxley

Supreme Court May Limit Federal Employees’ Access to Federal Court to Challenge Constitutionality of Terminations

November 9th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetOn October 17, 2011, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in Elgin v. United States Dept. of the Treasury and will decide whether federal district courts have jurisdiction to hear constitutional claims brought by federal employees seeking equitable relief. Early in 2012, the Supreme Court will review the decision of the U.S. Court of […]

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Tags: Federal Employees

Truck Driver Awarded Back Pay and Damages in Surface Transportation Assistance Act Whistleblower Claim

November 4th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetCynthia Ferguson, an independent truck driver with over 15 years of experience, recently prevailed in a retaliation claim against New Prime Inc., a Missouri-based trucking company, under the whistleblower provisions of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA). New Prime terminated Ferguson after she refused to follow its dispatcher’s order to continue driving on a hazardous […]

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Tags: Surface Transportation Assistance Act