Determining the Amount of Exemplary/Punitive Damages

In California, a claim for punitive damages is broken down into two phases. The first phase is generally the trial to determine the liability of the defendant and the amount of compensatory damages that should be paid. The second phase is the determination of what exemplary/economic damages should be paid. The amoun...

Billionaire Alki David Liable for $50 Million In Punitive Damages in Sexual Battery Lawsuit

The Los Angeles Times reported on December 2, 2019, that Hollywood executive Alki David, a hologram businessman, is required to pay $50 million in punitive damages – after a jury deliberation found he was liable for “battery, sexual battery and sexual harassment against a former employee.” According to legal e...

Automatic Liability for Businesses When Supervisors Commit Harass or Take Discriminatory Conduct against Employees

Liability for harassment by supervisors The EEOC states that, harassment is a pervasive employment problem. There are different types of harassment such as sexual harassment and racial harassment. Employers who commit harassment or who are responsible for the acts of the supervisors or workers can be found liable fo...

Federal False Claims Act Video 

We’ve helped whistleblowers earn multiple millions of dollars over the past 30 years. Our whistleblower complaint was the first selected by John Boese for his treatise on Civil False Claims and Qui Tam Actions (now in its fourth edition). That complaint, based on healthcare fraud, resulted in a multi-million ...

Three Whistleblowers Awarded Payments Through the False Claim Act for Disclosing Medicare Fraud

WBOC reported on November 8, 2109, that one of the New York’s largest healthcare providers, Northwell Health, Inc. (which includes Lenox Hill Hospital) agreed to pay $12.3 million to settle claims it submitted false bills to Medicare. The settlement was based on a lawsuit brought by three whistleblowers. The claim...

P6 California Employment Laws Schedule to Take Effect in 2020 – Leaves of Absence and Workplace Accommodation

California Employment Laws Schedule to Take Effect in 2020 – Part 5. Leaves of Absence and Workplace Accommodation Several new laws on workplace leaves of absence and accommodations in the workplace were passed in 2019 that help employees. These laws include: SB 83, has many new provisions. Of key concern to em...

US District Judge Certifies USNWT Case as a Class Action Lawsuit

US District Judge Certifies USNWT Case as a Class Action Lawsuit In a strong ruling for the women players on the US national soccer team, Sports Illustrated reported on November 8, 2019 that the players’ lawsuit for pay equity would be certified as a class action. The judge also approved class representative statu...

P4 California Employment Laws Schedule to Take Effect in 2020 – Wage and Hour Laws

There are several new wage and hour laws that were passed in 2019. They include the following: AB 673. Prior law provided for a civil penalty (on top of any other penalties) on every person who failed to pay each employee the wages that were due to the employee. The prior law also included a requirement that prohibi...

P3 California Employment Laws Schedule to Take Effect in 2020 – Discrimination, Retaliation, and Harassment Laws

The following two laws affect how workers are judged and treated in the workplace. The aim of SB 188 is to recognize how race has been unfairly used to discriminate in employment based on historical traits such as hair texture and style. The law amends how race is defined (and thus amends the California Fair Employm...