Bikram Yoga Founder Ordered to Pay $7 Million For Sexually Harassing Employee

Bikram Choudhury’s reputation is taking quite the hit, but that is nothing compared to the blow his bank account is about to suffer.  Ms. Minakshi Jafa-Bodden, is one of seven women to level accusations against Mr. Choudhury related to his sexual misconduct.  She is the former Head of Legal and International Affair...

Healthcare Fraud Update and Retaliation Protection In California

Not surprisingly, the headline-grabbing multi-million dollar settlements have certainly paved the way for health care practitioners, contractors, and employees to report unlawful activities, excessive medical care, improper submissions of claims for reimbursement, and even the withholding of funds after acknowledgment ...

2016 Surges On With More Million-Dollar Whistleblower Recoveries

On January 12, 2016, the Justice Department announced a settlement that exemplifies what has become classic health care fraud.  Indeed, the nation’s largest Skilled Nursing Facility (“SNF”) therapy provider Kindred/Rehabcare agreed to resolve its False Claims Act (“FCA”) case with the government for $125 Mil...

How the Chamber of Commerce is Eroding Whistleblower Rights and What You Need to Know

In recent years, whistleblowers have achieved increased success against corporate fraud waste and abuse.  Government agencies continually pass regulations and direct their enforcement activities protecting whistleblowers and prohibiting retaliation.  News agency headlines routinely showcase million dollar verdicts fo...

Trade Secret Misappropriation: What Employees Should and Should Not Do When Leaving a California Employer

A crucial lesson can be learned from a case this week where an electrical engineer of a California company was convicted of stealing trade secrets and distributing them to competitors.  Trade Secret litigation takes on many forms.  In California, the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, the Business and Professions Code (contr...