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Entries from July 2012

Former Avaya Government Solutions Employee Claims He Suffered Retaliation and Termination for Blowing the Whistle on Unauthorized Security Practices

July 24th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetAccording to Law360, a former employee of Avaya Government Solutions, William Holowecki, recently filed a whistleblower lawsuit against Avaya in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Mr. Holowecki alleges that Avaya terminated his employment in retaliation for revealing what he claims were fraudulent reports that Avaya sent to federal agencies, in […]

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

Department of Justice Settles Suit with Wells Fargo for $175 Million for Homeowners to Resolve Lending Claims

July 24th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetOn July 12, 2012 the Department of Justice filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Wells Fargo Bank, subject to court approval, the second largest fair lending settlement in the department’s history. The Department of Justice alleges that between 2004 and 2009, Wells Fargo engaged in fair lending discrimination against […]

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Tags: Commodities Trading Fraud · Securities Fraud · Uncategorized

Cincinnati Christ Hospital Pays $1.8 Million to Settle Medicare Whistleblower Lawsuit Alleging that a Doctor Signed Off on Vascular Tests without Reading the Tests

July 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

TweetCincinnati, Ohio’s Christ Hospital has agreed to pay $1.8 million to settle a False Claims Act Qui Tam suit filed by former Medical Director of Vascular Lab Services Peter Podore. Podore alleged that one of the Hospital’s doctors, John Paul Ruyon, was not only signing off on vascular tests for as many as 8,000 patients […]

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Tags: False Claims Act

Real Estate Management Company Agrees to Pay $45,000 to Settle OSHA Allegations of Illegally Terminating Maintenance Employee for Raising Safety Concerns Regarding Asbestos

July 18th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetEarlier this month, CMM Realty Inc., a real estate management company headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, entered a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Air Act’s whistleblower provision when it terminated a maintenance worker who raised safety and environmental […]

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Tags: OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program · Wrongful Discharge

Tennessee Mail Carrier Settles STAA Whistleblower Lawsuit after Terminating Driver for Complaining About Defective Vehicles

July 18th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetHeartland Transportation Inc., a U.S. Postal Service contract mail carrier based in Knoxville, Tennessee, has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) alleging that the company violated the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) when it terminated an employee for complaining about defective vehicles. In August 2009, the driver […]

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Tags: Retaliation · Surface Transportation Assistance Act · Wrongful Discharge

Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board Reverses Administrative Law Judge’s Ruling in Favor of Nuclear Whistleblower and Client of The Employment Law Group®

July 9th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB) recently issued a decision in favor of William Smith, a client of The Employment Law Group® law firm and whistleblower at a nuclear power facility in South Carolina.  In the case, Smith v. Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC & Atlantic Group, d/b/a DZ Atlantic, Mr. Smith claimed […]

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Tags: Department of Labor ARB · Nuclear Regulatory Commission · The Employment Law Group, P.C. · United States Department of Labor

R. Scott Oswald and David Scher, Principals of The Employment Law Group®, Publish Article on Expanded False Claims Act Liability for Improper Healthcare Kickbacks under The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

July 6th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetR. Scott Oswald and David Scher, principal attorneys of The Employment Law Group® law firm, recently published an article in Westlaw’s Health Care Fraud Journal entitled “Health care law expands False Claims Act liability under Anti-Kickback Statute”. In the article Oswald and Scher provide an outline of the various provisions of the Anti-Kickback Statute and […]

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

OSHA Orders Norfolk Southern Railway to Pay Whistleblowers Over $800,000 after Finding that the Company Terminated Them for Reporting Work Injuries

July 5th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetNorfolk Southern Railway, a railroad operator based in Norfolk, Virginia, has been ordered by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to pay $802,168.70 to settle allegations that it violated the whistleblower provision of the Federal Railroad Safety Act when it terminated three employees who reported work injuries. According to OSHA, this […]

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Tags: Federal Rail Safety Act · OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program

Accenture Whistleblowers Set to Receive a $14 Million Reward for Blowing the Whistle on False Claims Submitted to the Federal Government

July 5th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetNorman Rille and Neal Roberts, whistleblowers who in 2004 filed a qui tam False Claims Act lawsuit against Accenture LLP in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, are set to receive $14 million of the nearly $64 million Accenture agreed to pay in order to settle allegations that the company submitted […]

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Tags: False Claims Act