Prescription Drug Company Omnicare Settles Whistleblower Complaint for $8 Million

Our Los Angeles Whistleblower Attorneys reported that one of the largest prescription drug companies swiftly agreed to settle a False Claims Act (FCA) whistleblower claim for false billing of Medicare and Medicaid.  The crux of the complaint was that in 28 states, including California, Omnicare billed the government f...

$300,000 Whistleblower Settlement Added to U.S. Department of Justice’s $2.9 Billion in 2016

Another week brings with it a number of newly revealed Whistleblower Qui Tam lawsuit settlements.  This time, it is a dental company settling with the government for more than $300,000 over false Medicaid billing.   As the corporate practice of dentistry expands across California and the rest of the nation so too ar...

Northern California Race Discrimination Update: Fresno’s Farmers Insurance Settles for $225K and Napa Valley’s Sutter Home Winery Faces Discrimination and Retaliation Allegations

The first case reported is instrumental for our Fresno based clients.  Here, Farmers Insurance Exchange agreed to pay $225,000 to settle a race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit.  The lawsuit was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and alleged that Farmers Insurance discriminated ag...

California Employer Size Matters!

As California's leading employment law firm, we get hundreds of calls a month from potential clients who work for the largest employers down to "mom and pop" entities. As Los Angeles employment attorneys we advise potential clients that the size of their employer (usually "former employer" by the time we get the call) ...

Large Gas Station Operator Murphy Oil Faces Disability Discrimination Lawsuit under ADA by Former Employee

A disability discrimination lawsuit was filed last week against a large gas station operator by the name of Murphy Oil.  The main allegation by the former employee was that the company terminated him knowing he had severe back problems instead of accommodating him in compliance with the law.  The employee worked for ...

$66 Million Dollar Settlement in Novartis Patient Kickback Lawsuit and Additional Wrongful Termination Action against LA Times

This week, the courts disclosed yet another massive multi-million dollar settlement that will undoubtedly discourage future similar kickback schemes while encouraging other whistleblowers to come forward. A former Novartis Pharmaceuticals sales manager blew the whistle on his company’s patient referral kickback schem...

Protected Speech in Quicken Loans’ Workplace and the Creation of Hostile Work Environment Awards Choked Worker $7.4M

A recent case involved the termination of an employee after another employee overheard him swearing in the bathroom while discussing client matters.  Specifically, a Quicken Loans representative was speaking to another in the restroom when he was overheard by another employee who was in one of the stalls.  That emplo...

Does An Arbitration Agreement Affect Your Employee Rights?

You get hired for a job. Your new employer hands you a stack of papers to sign. Employment application, non-disclosure agreement, and all kinds of policies. You may or may not notice that one of the documents says something about giving up your rights to a jury trial and agreeing to resolve all disputes in binding arbi...

Wrongful Termination Damages

Calculating lost wages as a result of wrongful termination, many times a retaliatory act based on our whistle blower client having objected to an illegal activity, is a three step process. The first step is calculating your lost earnings, fringe benefits and retirement income that you would have received "but for" t...

This Week Pregnancy Discrimination Strikes Again and More

In a recently filed case, a California court saw an office assistant claiming that she was discriminated against due to her pregnancy and ultimately wrongfully terminated in retaliation.  The Plaintiff filed the lawsuit against both her staffing agency, Williams Lea, Inc., and the client law firm Arnold & Porter, ...