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Actor Suing Netflix in COVID-19 Working Conditions Case

On January 15, Timothy Hearl officially became the first actor to sue an entertainment employer over working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Netflix is one of the of the defendants in the lawsuit, as the suit revolves around working conditions at a live entertainment site for Stranger Things: The Drive Into experience. The drive-in production Read More

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Olive Garden Server Alleges Wrongful Termination After Reporting Sewer Leak in Kitchen

A former server at an Olive Garden restaurant in Glendale, California filed a lawsuit against the restaurant chain, claiming he was forced to resign as retaliation for complaining about being forced to continue working through a 2019 sewer leak in the restaurant’s kitchen. The lawsuit filed by that server, Kyle Wise, includes allegations of whistleblower Read More

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Worker Claims Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower Retaliation While Working for U.S. Army Contractor

Kylee Lee, a former military intelligence officer, recently filed a lawsuit against her former employer, a U.S. Army contractor, accusing it of whistleblower retaliation in violation of Title VII. Her case is one of many being funded by the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, an initiative that began in the wake of the #MeToo movement, Read More

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CEO of GPB Capital Holdings LLC Implicated in $1.7 Billion Fraud Case

David Gentile, the CEO of GPB Capital Holdings LLC, was recently charged with engaging in a fraudulent scheme by misrepresenting the source of funds used to make distribution payments to investors, and the amount of revenue generated by investment funds at the company. The documents from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Read More

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Washington, D.C. Passes Tax Fraud Qui Tam Statute

On January 13, Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C. signed into law the False Claims Amendment Act of 2020. It will become effective as soon as the 30-day congressional review period passes, as it is expected to do. The amendment passed 12-1, and featured four major changes to the district’s existing false claims statute: The new law Read More

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Whistleblower Alleges ExxonMobil Overvalued its Financial Position

Franklin Bennett, a former employee of ExxonMobil, recently claimed the oil company has spent years overvaluing its assets, in what he calls a “fraudulent and defiant behavior.” He filed a whistleblower complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the company’s alleged wrongdoing, a complaint that is currently in process. This comes days after Read More

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Akumin Corporation Must Pay $700,000 to Resolve Healthcare Fraud Claims

Akumin Corporation and Delaware Open MRI Radiology Associates, LLC agreed to a $749,600 settlement with the U.S. government to resolve healthcare fraud allegations that arose under a False Claims Act case. A whistleblower familiar with the case prompted the legal action by filing a claim under the quit tam provisions of the False Claims Act. Read More

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Florida Woman Faces Significant Consequences for Role in Healthcare Fraud Scheme

A woman from Indian Rocks Beach in Florida owes more than $20.3 million in restitution and could face up to 13 years in federal prison for her role in perpetrating a healthcare fraud scheme. Kelly Wolfe pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and filing false tax returns. She will be sentenced later this Read More

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The Department of Justice Recovered $1.8 Billion in Healthcare Fraud Settlements and Judgments Last Year

A recent report from the Department of Justice (DOJ) indicates the department recovered $1.8 billion from healthcare fraud and false claims cases in the 2020 fiscal year. The cases that led to these recoveries involved many sectors of the healthcare industry, including medical devices, drug manufacturers, hospitals, pharmacies, managed care providers, physicians, hospice organizations and Read More

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Early January SEC Whistleblower Awards Total More than $1.1 Million

On Thursday, January 7, The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced three whistleblower awards to five recipients that totaled more than $1.1 million. According to a statement released by the agency, each of the whistleblowers provided high-quality, unique information that led to multiple enforcement actions. The first award totaled approximately $500,000 and went to Read More

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