US Supreme Court Wont’ Hear Post-Escobar FCA Materiality Case

The US Supreme Court allowed a False Claims Act case to continue when it declined, according to a Law 360 article, to consider an appeal of the Sixth Circuit decision. That decision allowed the claim of a relator against the Brookwood Senior Living Communities Inc. to continue. The relator claimed that the company “...

New Law Explains Employers Rights to Ask about Prior Criminal Convictions

New Laws for California Employees on Background Checks Forbes reported that effective January 2, 1029, California employers will have to comply with a new law called the California Fair Chance Act. The law requires that employers in both the private and public sector delay any background checks until the employer make...

New Bill Seeks to End Mandatory Arbitration Contracts

Vox reported in Mid-November 2018, that the federal House of Representatives is considering a new law which will ban businesses from forcing workers to sign mandatory arbitration clauses before they could be hired. New York Representative Jerrold Nadler and other House Democrats introduced a bill called the Restoring J...

Former Employee Wins $11.1 million judgment against Hologram Production Executive

Former Employee Wins $11.1 million judgment against Hologram Production Executive The Los Angeles Times reported on April 27, 2019, that a 42-year old woman was awarded $3.1 million in compensatory and non-economic damages and $8 million in punitive damages – for her sexual harassment lawsuit. Ms. Chastity Jones b...

3M Agrees to Settle False Claims Complaint for Defective Earplugs for $9.1 Million

The Department of Justice announced on July 26, 2018, that 3M Company had agreed to pay $9.1 million pursuant to a False Claims Act initiated through the Acts' qui tam, whistleblower, provisions. The False Claims Act was enacted during the administration of Abraham Lincoln. It authorizes claims against any person or co...