False Claim Act Cases Result in Lucrative Awards for Whistleblowers

False Claims Act cases filed by whistleblowers are an important way to keep companies accountable when they defraud the government and consumers, and also compensate the whistleblower for their efforts in bringing the company to justice.  Below are some recent whistleblower cases of note, and the awards paid by the co...

UCLA Oncologist Wins $13 Million Sex Discrimination case

UCLA Oncologist Wins $13 Million Sex Discrimination case A Los Angeles Superior Court jury found that a female cancer researcher, Dr. Lauren Pinter-Brown, was treated unequally by her male colleagues. From 2005 to 2015, Doctor Pinter-Brown’s research focused on lymphoma. According to a CBS Los Angeles story. Doctor ...

Whistleblowers Help the Government Collect $3.7 Billion in False Claims Act Cases in 2017

Whistleblowers Help the Government Collect $3.7 Billion in False Claims Act Cases in 2017 The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that they were able to collect $3.7 billion in judgments and settlements for fraud and false claims last year thanks to disclosures made by whistleblowers. Since 1986, the DOJ has no...

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: The Problem with Reporting it to HR As all of us at Stephen Danz & Associates look forward to 2018, with new employment laws, rules and priorities. A few yellow flags and warnings follow. This is important reading for anyone facing sexual harassment by a boss, co worker or eve...

FCA Settlement Issues for Relators

Article for Immediate Release- Stephen Danz & Associates | FCA Settlement Issues for Relators Settlement of a Federal False Claims Act case (“FCA”) presents a number of interesting issues when it comes time to “signing off” on the deal.  Here are some points from Los Angeles Employment Attorneys at Step...

Employment Trials Trending Downward

Stephen Danz & Associates Blog Topic: California Employment Trials Trending Downward Salvador Long (not his real name) was expecting a jury trial right here in Los Angeles County when he consulted with an attorney. What Sal quickly came to realize was that employment law cases are among the least-likely to go to t...

Solar City False Claims Violation

Solar City Resolves False Claims Violations for Nearly $30 Million The United States Department of Justice(DOJ) reported in September that SolarCity Corporation agreed to pay $29.5 million dollars to settle claims that they violated the False Claims Act. The U.S. DOJ asserted that the SolarCity committed fraud by infl...

Appeal of a Seven Million Dollar Sexual Harassment and Wrongful Termination Verdict against Yoga Master Bikram Choudhury Dismissed

Las year Minakshi Jafa-Bodden obtained a near $7 million verdict against Bikram Choudhury. Ms. Jafa-Boden was in the in-house counsel for the yoga guru. Ms. Jafa-Bodden brought the lawsuit in 2013 claiming that the guru repeatedly harassed women at work including herself. She claimed students massaged her and asked to ...