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Entries from May 2012

Air Force Pilots Blow the Whistle on F-22 Fighter Jet Design Flaws that May Cause Pilots to Black Out

May 29th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetThe Huffington Post reported earlier this month that two elite U.S. Air Force pilots, Major Jeremy Gordon and Captain Josh Wilson, are seeking protection under federal whistleblower law for revealing safety concerns with the F-22 Raptor and for refusing to fly the $400 million jets.  The two pilots risked their careers by appearing in uniform […]

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Tags: Federal Whistleblower Legislation

Federal Appeals Court Reverses Lower Court Decision Allowing Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Two Boston Hospitals and Two Alzheimer’s Disease Researchers to Proceed

May 25th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetJudge Kermit V. Lipez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit last week reversed a summary judgment decision granted by the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to two Boston hospitals, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital (“MGH”), and two Alzheimer’s disease researchers, Marilyn Albert, M.D. and Ron […]

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Tags: False Claims Act

Law360 Interviews R. Scott Oswald, Managing Principal of The Employment Law Group®, on the Significance of OSHA’s Recent Call to Establish a Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee

May 21st, 2012 · No Comments

TweetR. Scott Oswald, managing principal of The Employment Law Group® law firm was recently interviewed by Law360 regarding the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) announcement last week that it plans to establish an a Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee dedicated to improving OSHA’s whistleblower protection efforts. The proposed committee would fulfill and […]

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

Law360 Interviews R. Scott Oswald, Managing Principal of The Employment Law Group®, on the Potential Impact of the Senate-Approved Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA)

May 16th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetR. Scott Oswald, managing principal of The Employment Law Group® law firm, was recently interviewed by Law360 regarding the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA), which the U.S. Senate unanimously passed last week. If also passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, the WPEA would expand whistleblower protections against retaliation by making it easier for whistleblowers […]

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

OSHA Orders Tennessee Trucking Company to Reinstate Whistleblower and Pay Over $180,000 for Terminating Him for Refusing to Drive While Fatigued and Ill

May 10th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetOn May 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it ordered Mark Alvis, Inc., a Tennessee-based commercial motor carrier, to reinstate a former employee and pay him $180,000 in back pay, interest, and damages. OSHA found that the company violated the Surface Transportation Assistance Act by terminating […]

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Tags: OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program

The Employment Law Group® Principals, Adam Augustine Carter and Nicholas Woodfield, Selected as 2012 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers

May 9th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetThe Employment Law Group® law firm is proud to announce that two of its principal attorneys – Adam Augustine Carter and Nicholas Woodfield – have been selected as 2012 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers. Adam Augustine Carter has spent most of his 20 year career as a litigator representing employees and whistleblowers.  Mr. Carter has been […]

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Tags: The Employment Law Group, P.C.

Law360 Quotes R. Scott Oswald, Managing Principal of The Employment Law Group® on Recent Pro-Whistleblower Decision from the Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB)

May 8th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetR. Scott Oswald, managing principal of The Employment Law Group® law firm was recently interviewed by Law360 on a recent Department of Labor Administrative Review Board (ARB) decision establishing a lighter burden of proof for whistleblowers under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). The decision, Zinn v. American Commercial Lines Inc., ARB No. 10-029, ALJ No. 2009-SOX-25 […]

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

Law360 Interviews The Employment Law Group® Managing Principal, R. Scott Oswald, on Potential Effects of Report Claiming that the SEC Inadvertently Disclosed a Whistleblower’s Identity

May 8th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetR. Scott Oswald, managing principal of The Employment Law Group® law firm, was recently interviewed by Law360 and provided commentary on a report that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may have inadvertently exposed the identity of a corporate whistleblower.  Last week the Wall Street Journal reported that the SEC had unintentionally revealed the […]

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

Senate Testimony and IG Report Reveal that the VA Inflated Success Rate of Meeting Veterans’ Mental Health Care Needs

May 8th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetOn April 23, 2012, representatives from the Veterans Administration (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) and former employee from the VA hospital in Manchester testified before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee about a recent report that showed that the VA inflated its success rate in treating veterans with mental health needs. The report included testimony […]

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Tags: Department of Defense

Defense Contractor ATK Launch Systems Inc. Agrees to Pay Nearly $37 Million to Settle False Claims Act Lawsuit for Selling Dangerous and Defective Illumination Flares to the Army and Air Force

May 7th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetThe Department of Justice has announced that defense contractor ATK Launch Systems Inc., based in Arlington, VA, has agreed to pay $36,967,160 to settle a False Claims Act qui tam lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah by a whistleblower employee, ATK flare program manager Kendall Dye. According the lawsuit, […]

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Tags: False Claims Act

St. James Stevedoring Partners LLC Agrees to Pay River Barge Captain $245,000 to Settle Retaliation Lawsuit After Terminating Him for Reporting Engine Problems to the Coast Guard

May 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

TweetOn April 23, 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that St. James Stevedoring Partners LLC, a New Orleans-based riverboat company, has agreed to pay $245,000 to settle allegations that it violated the Seaman’s Protection Act when it terminated an employee for raising safety concerns.  The whistleblower provisions of the Seaman’s Protection Act protect employees […]

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Tags: OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Announces Clamp Down on Discriminatory Lending Practices

May 1st, 2012 · No Comments

TweetOn April 18, 2012 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a compliance bulletin announcing its intention to clamp down on discriminatory lending practices.  According to the bulletin, the CFPB plans to use a variety of available legal strategies – including disparate impact claims – to crack down on lenders and other financial institutions whose […]

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Tags: Dodd-Frank Act