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SEC Announces Pair of New Whistleblower Awards

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a pair of new whistleblower awards at the start of November, both going to individuals who assisted the commission with their investigations into ongoing fraudulent schemes. The first whistleblower received $3.6 million for their assistance. The SEC said this whistleblower alerted the agency to overseas misconduct and Read More

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Hospital in West Virginia Reaches $50 Million Settlement in Whistleblower Case

Wheeling Hospital in West Virginia recently agreed to pay $50 million to the federal government to settle a whistleblower case alleging improper kickbacks and payments to doctors that were directed by hospital management. The settlement concluded a case that dates back to 2017, filed by former hospital executive vice president Louis Longo. Longo will receive Read More

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Former AIG Attorney Alleges Wrongful Termination After Reporting Fraudulent Activity

An ex-attorney for American International Group (AIG) filed a federal lawsuit claiming AIG fired him after he formally complained about fraudulent activity surrounding an effort to create a separate legal services company. Case background That whistleblower is Aaron Katzel, who worked at AIG for a decade and headed the Legal Operations Center (LOC) for the Read More

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What Whistleblowers Should Know About HIPAA

Potential whistleblowers in a medical setting should be familiar with HIPAA and its implications if they are to establish a viable case that does not violate the rights of other people. It’s generally suggested that whistleblowers have documentary proof to boost their credibility in a case and to demonstrate you have information that can lead Read More

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Presbyterian Healthcare Settles EEOC Race Discrimination, Retaliation Claim for $150,000

Presbyterian Healthcare Services, a healthcare organization that operates Lincoln County Medical Center and its emergency services unit in New Mexico, paid $150,000 and provided other relief to settle a race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Case background The Lincoln County Medical Center allegedly discriminated against a black Read More

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Worker Alleges Wrongful Termination after Warning Superiors Over COVID-19 Safety Precautions

Katrina Bryant, a former worker at a construction site for a new Amazon warehouse in Boardman, Oregon, alleges she was the victim of wrongful termination after she raised concerns to superiors over safety measures to prevent COVID-19 spread. Allegations in the case Bryant was tasked with safety compliance at the construction site, with duties including Read More

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SEC Issues $3.8 Million Whistleblower Award in Fraud Case

In July, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a $3.8 million award to a whistleblower who assisted the commission by providing crucial information during an ongoing investigation into a fraudulent scheme. According to the press release the SEC put out to announce the award, the whistleblower provided the agency with information that “helped Read More

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Steps Businesses Should Take to Reduce Whistleblower Risk in the Era of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a wide range of potential risks to employers beyond just exposure to the virus. There has been a significant increase in whistleblowing activity surrounding issues such as wrongful termination, remote work issues and furloughs. As such, it is crucial that companies in all fields carefully consider potential whistleblower-related risks Read More

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VNSNY Reaches $57 Million Settlement in Whistleblower Case

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) announced over the summer it would agree to pay $57 million to settle a whistleblower claim filed by a former executive in 2014. The agreement brought to an end a years-long legal battle and put a spotlight on some home health industry practices that may be dangerous Read More

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Former CFO of Tenet Healthcare Subsidiary Files Lawsuit Alleging Whistleblower Retaliation

Jason Cagle, the former CFO of United Surgical Partners International (a subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare in Dallas), filed a lawsuit against his former employer alleging whistleblower retaliation. Cagle had worked for USPI since 2001 and took his position as CFO in January 2013. Tenet bought out USPI in 2015 and owned 95 percent of its Read More

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