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The “Duty Speech” Doctrine and Whistleblowers

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Workers who blow the whistle on illegal actions generally are—and should be—protected from retaliation by their employer and others. Protection from retaliatory measures is a fair system because it encourages whistleblowers to step forward. However, one group of employees deserves special mention. Those whose job it is to identify and investigate unlawful actions, such as … Continue reading “The “Duty Speech” Doctrine and Whistleblowers”

Bert Louthian Representing Client in Lawsuit Against SCANA

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South Carolina residents have likely seen several headlines recently regarding energy-based holding company SCANA and several lawsuits that have been filed against the company. Charges against SCANA include misleading regulators, overcharging customers and paying millions of dollars in bonuses to executives amidst a failed nuclear project. One of the many parties filing lawsuits against SCANA … Continue reading “Bert Louthian Representing Client in Lawsuit Against SCANA”

Midland’s Family Practice Medical Centers Will Pay $2 Million in Whistleblower Case

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On September 11, 2017, the Justice Department announced a $2 million settlement with Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina for allegedly violating the False Claims Act. Bert Louthian, who worked with Dick Harpootlian in handling this case, is proud of the efforts by whistleblower Dr. Catherine A. Schaefer and the work done by the authorities … Continue reading “Midland’s Family Practice Medical Centers Will Pay $2 Million in Whistleblower Case”

A Multimillion-Dollar Whistleblower Settlement—with Two Unusual Aspects

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Over the past several years, dozens of whistleblower cases involving pharmaceutical companies have been settled, with the largest fine to date levied on GlaxoSmithKline: $3 billion in 2012. While the latest settlement isn’t in the billions, the case includes two attention-grabbing aspects. The U.S. Department of Justice announced on July 24, 2017, that Celgene Corporation … Continue reading “A Multimillion-Dollar Whistleblower Settlement—with Two Unusual Aspects”

The Taxpayers Against Fraud Educational Fund

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A number of groups exist that are related to whistleblowing and anti-fraud measures. A few of them are the Government Accountability Project, the National Whistleblower Center, and the Project on Government Oversight. However, you might not have heard of the Taxpayers Against Fraud Educational Fund (TAFEF). I recently joined them because I believe in their … Continue reading “The Taxpayers Against Fraud Educational Fund”

What is a Whistleblower? The Supreme Court Will Decide

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One thorny issue in whistleblower law involves deciding exactly how existing laws might protect a whistleblower from retaliation in certain cases. While it could appear as if it would be easy to define whistleblowing, in reality the many complex laws and situations can quickly muddy the waters when it comes to a clear definition. One … Continue reading “What is a Whistleblower? The Supreme Court Will Decide”

Boom in False Claims: FHA-Insured Reverse Mortgages

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In general, false claims against the mortgage industry have been profitable for the federal government. Since 2009, over $7 billion in settlements and judgments have been collected from Federal Housing Administration (FHA) lenders who have been accused of loan origination defects in forward (regular) mortgages. Recently, though, False Claims Act (FCA) cases brought against mortgage … Continue reading “Boom in False Claims: FHA-Insured Reverse Mortgages”

Enhanced Protections for Whistleblowers against Retaliation

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During May, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) changed its whistleblower rules in several ways. The most notable alteration was additional protections for whistleblowers against retaliation. These modifications to the CFTC’s Whistleblower Rules also improved the process associated with reviewing claims of retaliation. Changes were first proposed by the CFTC in 2016. The CFTC … Continue reading “Enhanced Protections for Whistleblowers against Retaliation”

A Major Whistleblower Settlement Against One of the Largest EHR Companies

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Electronic health records, or EHRs, have been promoted a great deal over the past decade. Considered a solution to the problems that result when doctors don’t talk to each other about their patients, EHRs have been gaining ground. The use of electronic medical records was also included in the Affordable Care Act; “meaningful use” of … Continue reading “A Major Whistleblower Settlement Against One of the Largest EHR Companies”

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