Supreme Court Decision is a Major Victory for Whistleblowers

This week, the highest court in the land sided with whistleblowers and ruled that breaches to the confidentiality (or seal) of a case brought under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) would not result in a dismissal of the case.  Cases brought under the FCA are initially filed under seal for 60 days.  During this time, ...

Staples Appeals a Jury’s $13 Million Dollar Award in Age Discrimination Claim AND a $219 Million Dollar False Claims Act Trial Goes to Jury

This week, attorneys for Staples asked an appeals court to reduce a $13 million dollar punitive damages award to a former Staples manager who was terminated at age 64.  The former manager alleged that his age-based termination constituted age discrimination as it was part of a company-wide effort to get rid of older h...

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...

Recent False Claims Act Lawsuits against Pharmaceutical and Wireless Companies Indicate Government’s Push to Reward Whistleblowers and Punish Corporations

The first False Claims Act (FCA) case from last week involved a large pharmaceutical company by the name of Warner Chilcott paying $23,000,000 dollars to settle claims that it defrauded the government.  A case that has been closely watched by our Los Angeles Employment Attorneys showed how three former employee whistl...

FAA Whistleblower Protection Program

Whistleblowers are an important part of our society. Today we will discuss a whistleblower protection program jointly operated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This whistleblower protection program protects employees of a U.S. air carrier, th...

Former Bank Internal Auditor Brings Interesting Whistleblower Case

This week a former Bank of Internet USA internal auditor brought forth a whistleblower law suit alleging that the bank hid information from the government and then threatened, harassed, and fired him for speaking up about the wrongdoing.    The bank, located in San Diego, boasts that it is “America’s Oldest and ...

Whistleblower Protection for California Employees

As a Los Angeles employment law firm with offices throughout California, a large percentage of our cases involve whistleblower protection for employees, due to their reporting of illegal activities. In fact, California Labor Code 1102.5 prohibits not only reporting (internally or to a governmental agency) but als...

What is whistleblower protection in California?

When an employer is engaging in unlawful acts, not only do employees not have to go along with it, but these same employees can also take action by reporting the violations. Depending on the specifics of the unlawful acts, those who "blew the whistle" by reporting the illegal activities, may be able to receive a ...