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SEC Awards Whistleblower with $1.2 Million Payout

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently awarded a whistleblower with $1.2 million after they provided the agency with valuable information and ongoing assistance that led to a successful enforcement action. The award was just the latest in a record fiscal year for the SEC’s Whistleblower Program. Since October 1, 2020, through this Read More

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Edward Jones & Co. Must Pay $34 Million to Settle Discrimination Case

A federal court approved a $34 million settlement between Edward Jones & Co. and black financial advisors at the company, ending years of litigation. In addition to the financial settlement, the company agreed to promote greater inclusivity in its corporate culture. Case background A group of black financial advisors (FAs) at the company originally filed Read More

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Judge Allows Whole Foods “Black Lives Matter” Mask Lawsuit to Continue

A federal judge ruled a lawsuit regarding “Black Lives Matter” masks worn by Whole Foods workers will be allowed to proceed, overruling the initial dismissal in the district court. According to the legal team on behalf of those workers, Whole Foods and Amazon violated anti-bias laws when they invoked a rule that ordered employees to Read More

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French Medical Device Company Pays $2 Million to Settle Kickback Case

Medicrea International, a medical device manufacturer based in France, and its American affiliate Medicrea USA agreed to pay a total of $2 million to resolve allegations in a claim brought forth by a whistleblower. The settlement includes: $1 million to resolve whistleblower allegations that the companies violated the Anti-Kickback statute by entertaining American physicians at Read More

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Navistar Defense Settles False Claims Act Allegations for $50 Million

Navistar Defense LLC, a company based in Illinois that manufactures military vehicles, recently agreed to pay $50 million to settle a False Claims Act case alleging it inflated prices in an agreement with the U.S. Marine Corps for suspension systems for armored vehicles. Case background The inflated prices came in the midst of a contract Read More

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SEC Rewards Two Whistleblowers with $23 Million Total

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced a pair of new whistleblower awards, totaling $23 million. The Commission made the announcement on June 2, stating the whistleblowers in question provided valuable information that led to a successful enforcement action by the SEC and another partnering agency. The awards were for $13 million and Read More

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Kaiser Settles “Racial Glass Ceiling” Case for $11.5 Million

A class action lawsuit against Kaiser claimed the company had a “racial glass ceiling,” in which black employees were prevented unfairly from getting equal pay and promotions at the company. Kaiser recently agreed to settle the case for $11.5 million, pending court approval. Case background Employees in the complaint claimed the company had a policy Read More

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6th Circuit Court Rules FCA Whistleblower Protections Include Post-Employment Retaliation

The Sixth Circuit Court ruled on March 31 that the whistleblower protection provisions of the False Claims Act (FCA) include protections for former employees who are subject to retaliation from employers after their employment ceases. The case, United States ex rel. Felten v. William Beaumont Hospital, centered on a plaintiff who worked as a doctor Read More

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CFTC Issues $3 Million Whistleblower Award, Passes Major Milestone

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently announced an award of approximately $4 million to a whistleblower who provided the commission with credible, specific information that led to a successful enforcement action. It was a milestone case for the CFTC, which surpassed $1 billion in total sanctions associated with whistleblower awards because of the case. Read More

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OSHA Files Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Against Hotel Operator in Texas

The federal government brought a lawsuit against a hotel operator in Waller, Texas, claiming it terminated an employee who sought medical attention after exposure to carbon monoxide in the workplace. The suit was filed on March 25, 2021 and seeks the court to order the defendant to comply with the anti-retaliation provisions of the Occupational Read More

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