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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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SavaSeniorcare LLC Pays $11.2 Million in False Claims Act Case Settlement

SavaSeniorCare LLC recently agreed to pay $11.2 million and possible additional amounts to resolve allegations the company (referred to as Sava) violated the False Claims Act by causing skilled nursing facilities to bill Medicare for unreasonable rehab services, as well as allegations that the company billed Medicare and Medicaid for “grossly substandard” nursing care. Case Read More

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Lawsuit Claims Four Seasons Miami Kept Workers Guessing About Their Employment Status After COVID Furloughs

A recent lawsuit against Four Seasons Miami alleges the hotel failed to keep workers updated about their employment status after widespread COVID-related furloughs in early 2020. The claim was brought by six employees of Four Seasons Miami, who seek a class action for more than 50 staff members who continue to be affected. Case background Read More

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Ecolab Settles FLSA Violation Claims for $7.5 Million

Ecolab Inc. recently agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by exterminators in California for $7.5 million. The company was accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage and hour laws by withholding overtime pay. Case background The plaintiffs in the case claim Ecolab misclassified exterminators as exempt employees, meaning they would Read More

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Whistleblower Information Leads to Recovery of $14.1 Million via False Claims Act Cases

In April and May, the U.S. Department of Justice recovered approximately $14.1 million in three False Claims Act case settlements. Each case was initiated by whistleblowers via the legislation’s qui tam provisions, meaning those whistleblowers were eligible to receive between 15 and 30 percent of the recoveries. Case background There were three notable settlements included Read More

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  • "Steve Kardell was terrific in representing me in some very adversarial discussions with Citigroup and also later represented me in my testimony before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission."  -Richard Bowen, Citigroup Whistleblower

  • "Incredible knowledge of employee related concerns and equally brilliant knowledge of health care regulations, standards of practice. I would recommend this firm to anyone."  -V.B.

  • "Reaching out to Steve Kardell was the best decision I made. His ability to provide immediate insight and direction was very powerful, and a huge relief during a very stressful time period. For anyone struggling with a whistleblower situation, I would highly recommend at least speaking with Steve. After a 10 minute call with him, I had a better understanding of what I was dealing with. Even better, he gave me some immediate hope. In the end Steve did a better job than I thought was possible. Steve was able to get in contact with people in my organization, that I didn’t have access to. Because of his years of experience, he already has contacts in many organizations in Dallas. The entire situation was handled peacefully. I was impressed by his ability to “keep the peace”–rather than creating a battle with the organization. The reason I didn’t reach out to a lawyer initially, was because I thought it would mean an immediate end to any hope of a positive relationship with the company. Steve was able to address my concerns, and in the end I was able to continue to work for them."  -KS

  • "Never thought my career would end like it did after 30 years of service. I was part of the first round of the so called reduction of force. I asked myself how can I be part of this with 30 years of seniority. How did they pick these 90 plus employees? Now, the culture of this organization made you question every decision they made. It wasn’t what you knew it’s was a culture of who you know. Nonetheless, I did not accept their severance package. I immediately starting looking for an attorney who would take on my case. After the initial call to Steve I had hope again. He was open and honest about everything and reassured me he would do his best for me, and he did. I had an awesome outcome. Thanks Steve you’re the best."  -S.S.