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Entries from April 2012

Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Journal Publishes Article by The Employment Law Group® Managing Principal, R. Scott Oswald

April 30th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetAccording to The Employment Law Group® law firm’s managing principal, R. Scott Oswald, “2011 marked a sea change for whistleblowers at the Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB).”  The Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Journal recently published an article by Mr. Oswald which discusses the impact of recent ARB decisions on whistleblower protection and describes why “2011 was […]

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Tags: Department of Labor ARB · Dodd-Frank Act · Sarbanes-Oxley · The Employment Law Group, P.C.

U.S. Department of Labor Files OSH Act Lawsuit Against Florida Canvas Manufacturer for Terminating Whistleblower Who Complained About Rodent Infestation

April 30th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetThe U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) filed a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against Aquatech Canvas & Consignment, a division of LOTO Services, LLC, and its owner, Allan R. Lochhead, for terminating an employee who raised health concerns about Aquatech’s facility in Stuart, Florida.  According to OSHA, Aquatech Canvas & Consignment “specializes […]

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Tags: OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program

Whistleblower Awarded $462,500 for Alerting U.S. Coast Guard of Major Pollution Violation

April 30th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetBaltimore, Maryland U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis has awarded Salvador Lopes, the ship’s third engineer, $462,500 for blowing the whistle on Greek ship manager Efploia Shipping Co. and Denmark-based Aquarosa Shipping. In January, both shipping companies pled guilty to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) by intentionally releasing oil and plastic waste […]

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Tags: Whistleblower Protection Act · Wrongful Discharge

Networking Equipment Company Pays $2 Million to Partially Settle a Qui Tam Whistleblower Lawsuit

April 27th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetOn April 16 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Cablexpress Corp, which operates under the name CXtec, agreed to pay $2 million to settle allegations that it violated the Trade Agreements Act (TAA). The lawsuit claims that CXtec unlawfully sold to the federal government counterfeit gigabit interface converters (GBICs) as well as […]

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Tags: False Claims Act

Former Infosys Principal Consultant Blows the Whistle on Company’s Illegal Visa Practice, Prompting Federal Investigation

April 20th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetLast week CBS News reported that Jay Palmer, a former principal consultant for Infosys Limited, filed a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against the information technology firm, sparking a federal investigation by the Department of State and Homeland Security and Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa). Palmer alleges that Infosys used the H-1B and B-1 visa programs to commit […]

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Tags: Retaliation

R. Scott Oswald, Managing Principal of The Employment Law Group®, Serves as Panelist in D.C. Bar Sponsored Whistleblower Law Seminar

April 18th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetR. Scott Oswald, managing principal of The Employment Law Group® law firm will serve as a panelist in an upcoming presentation to the District of Columbia Bar on April 18, 2012. In the seminar – “Recent Developments in Whistleblower Rules: Opportunities and Risks” – Mr. Oswald will speak as part of a panel comprised of […]

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Tags: The Employment Law Group, P.C.

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. Pays $137.5 Million to Resolve Allegations that it Committed Medicare and Medicaid Fraud

April 16th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetOn April 3, 2012, U.S. Attorney Robert O’Neill announced that WellCare Health Plans, Inc. agreed to settle four lawsuits alleging violations of the federal False Claims Act (FCA).  WellCare is a Tampa, Florida-based company that provides managed health care services for 2.6 million Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries nationwide.  In all four law suits, whistleblowers filed suit […]

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Tags: False Claims Act

Managing Principal of The Employment Law Group®, R. Scott Oswald, Discusses the Importance of “Robust and Responsive Internal Compliance Programs” with Workforce Management Magazine

April 11th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetR. Scott Oswald, managing principal of The Employment Law Group®, was recently interviewed and quoted by Workforce Management Magazine on the subject of expanded whistleblower protection under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In 2010, Dodd-Frank amended the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) and expanded whistleblower protections to include “nationally recognized statistical rating organizations” […]

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Tags: Dodd-Frank Act · Sarbanes-Oxley · The Employment Law Group, P.C.

R. Scott Oswald, Managing Principal of The Employment Law Group®, Publishes Article in The Washington Post on Recent Expansions of Employee Rights

April 11th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetR. Scott Oswald, managing principal of The Employment Law Group® recently published an article in The Washington Post discussing new expansions of employee rights in the areas of whistleblower protection and wage and hour law. In the piece, Mr. Oswald discussed recent developments in employee protection law that, if ignored, could result in penalties and […]

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Tags: Dodd-Frank Act · False Claims Act · Sarbanes-Oxley · SEC Whistleblower

Hawthorn Pharmaceuticals Agrees to Settle False Claims Act Lawsuit for Marketing Prescription Drugs That Were Not Approved by the FDA

April 4th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetHawthorn Pharmaceuticals Inc., a subsidiary of Cypress Pharmaceutical Inc., has agreed to pay the federal government and eleven states $2.8 million to settle a qui tam lawsuit filed in 2007 under seal in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Robert Heiden, who worked for Hawthorn in Florida from October 2005 to […]

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Tags: False Claims Act