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Entries from September 2012

Recent Kramer Decision in Favor of a Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Likely to Strengthen Anti-Retaliation Lawsuits Brought by Financial Whistleblowers, Law360 Reports

September 28th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetLaw360 recently indicated in its lead story the broad implications of the recent ruling in Kramer v. Trans-Lux for financial whistleblowers.  The Kramer decision marked the first time a Dodd-Frank whistleblower’s retaliation claim has survived a motion to dismiss when, earlier this week, a federal judge embraced an expansive definition of whistleblower under Dodd-Frank. The […]

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

Law360 Quotes Nicholas Woodfield on First-of-Its-Kind Ruling in Whistleblower Protection Case under Dodd-Frank

September 28th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetLaw360 recently reported in its lead article on Kramer v. Trans-Lux Corp. , the first court decision allowing a Dodd-Frank Act retaliation suit to survive a motion to dismiss.  In the article, Law360 quoted Nicholas Woodfield, principal at The Employment Law Group® law firm and attorney for Richard Kramer, the whistleblower who brought the lawsuit. […]

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

Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) Passes House, Bill Set to Strengthen Protections for Federal Employees

September 28th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetToday the U.S. House of Representative enacted the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA). The U.S. Senate will likely enact it through unanimous consent in the near future.  Below is a summary of the legislation. The Employment Law Group® (TELG) supports the passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA), S. 743 / H.R. 3289. This […]

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Tags: Federal Whistleblower Legislation

Kramer v. Trans-Lux Corp., First Dodd-Frank Claim to Survive Motion to Dismiss in Federal Court

September 26th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetOn Tuesday, September 25, the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut ruled that the definition of “whistleblower” under the Dodd-Frank Act encompasses individuals who make disclosures required or protected under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Plaintiff’s Richard Kramer’s case against former employer Trans-Lux is the first Dodd-Frank claim […]

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

Department of Labor Orders Ohio Company to Reinstate and Pay Whistleblower $270,000

September 21st, 2012 · No Comments

TweetDana Holdings Corp., an Ohio based company that supplies driveline, sealing and thermal management technologies for passenger, commercial and off-highway vehicles, has been ordered by the U.S. Department of Labor to reinstate a financial analyst and pay him $274,922.47 in compensatory damages in order to settle a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of […]

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Tags: Sarbanes-Oxley

Justice Department Joins False Claims Act Medicare Fraud Lawsuit

September 14th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetThe Justice Department announced last week that it will join the False Claims Act qui tam lawsuit filed against Hospice of the Comforter Inc. (HOTCI) by Douglas Stone, HOTCI’s former vice-president of finance. Stone’s suit alleges that HOTCI engaged in fraudulent Medicare billing. According to the lawsuit, HOTCI’s chief executive officer verbally instructed HOTCI employees […]

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Tags: False Claims Act

GE-Hitachi Nuclear Plant Employee Files Whistleblower Lawsuit in Federal Court after Being Threatened and Demoted for Raising Safety Concerns

September 14th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetHarry Knight, an employee of Global Nuclear Fuel-Americas, LLC (GNF-A) a subsidiary of GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas, LLC, last month filed a federal whistleblower lawsuit under the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 (ERA) against GE-Hitachi in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Knight, who has worked for GE for twelve […]

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Tags: Retaliation

Arizona Trucking Company Ordered to Reinstate Former Employee and Pay $315,000 Settlement for Violating the Whistleblower Provision of STAA

September 11th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetM3 Transport LLC/SLT Expressway Inc. and its successors-in-interest, Lyons Capital LLC and the Roadmaster Group in Glendale, Arizona, were ordered last week by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to reinstate a former truck driver and pay him $315,000 in damages after being found to have violated the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA). On […]

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Tags: Retaliation · Surface Transportation Assistance Act