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How the False Claims Act May Be Used to Pursue Fraud in the Sale of Technology to Schools

Posted December 2nd, 2020 by in Whistleblower Law.

A recent False Claims Act settlement against a charter school demonstrates that schools and tech companies may violate the law if they engage in bid rigging and kickbacks during the procurement process. Concept Schools, NFP, a charter school company based in Illinois, agreed to pay $4.5 million to settle claims by the Government that Concept […]

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Compliance Officers May Receive Awards for Submitting Whistleblower Complaints to the SEC or CFTC

Posted April 20th, 2020 by in Retaliation Law, Whistleblower Law.

The SEC recently made a notable decision to provide an award to a whistleblower who had compliance-related responsibilities at the company where the whistleblower worked. The award of $450,000 was the SEC’s third whistleblower award to an individual who had compliance or internal audit responsibilities, according to the SEC’s press release. The SEC and CFTC […]

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When Mortgage Lenders Act Recklessly, the Government and Whistleblower Lawyers Use the False Claims Act to Recover Funds

Posted July 25th, 2018 by in Whistleblower Law.

By now we all know the general story of the 2008 financial crisis. Large banks made reckless subprime mortgage loans to people buying homes. These loans were resold to different institutions in various forms until the market eventually crashed when borrowers were no longer able to make their payments. One reason many banks were willing […]

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Will the Supreme Court Hear Its Second False Claims Act Case in Three Years?

Posted April 24th, 2018 by in Whistleblower Law.

The False Claims Act establishes liability against persons who submit false claims for payment to the Government. It allows individuals who know about such fraud against the Government to file a lawsuit on behalf of the Government and to share in the proceeds of a recovery. So how does a person know if a claim […]

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What Happens When a Company Continues to Violate the Same Laws Even After it is Caught?

Posted November 14th, 2017 by in Whistleblower Law.

When a company is investigated and prosecuted for fraud, the Government typically requires the company to enter into a Corporate Integrity Agreement. This Agreement obligates the company to take steps to ensure that it complies with the law in the future and regularly reports the status of its compliance to the Government. If the company […]

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How Healthcare Companies Use Kickbacks to Influence Medical Decisions

Posted August 29th, 2017 by in Whistleblower Law.

We all have a general idea of what a kickback, or a bribe, looks like. We may imagine a bag of cash discretely changing hands. Or a corrupt politician freezing money in boxes of frozen pie crusts. But kickbacks may not always appear so seedy. Many healthcare and pharmaceutical companies have been found liable for […]

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Medicare Advantage Organizations Under Fire for Fraudulent Conduct

Posted May 18th, 2017 by in Whistleblower Law.

Medicare Advantage, or Medicare Part C, is a government-funded healthcare program that contracts with private health insurers in order to provide Medicare benefits to Americans over the age of 65. The program covers about 18 million seniors. The private insurance companies, or Medicare Advantage Organizations, submit bids to CMS offering to insure members at a […]

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An Unfair Workplace Takes Its Toll in Surprising Ways

Posted March 21st, 2016 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

It has been known for some time that women suffer from higher rates of depression and anxiety than men. Recently, many news outlets reported on a study that shows that these higher rates are correlated with the pay gap. While women who had similar income to male counterparts had a similar risk of depression and […]

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U.N. Group Finds that the United States Lags in Gender Equality

Posted February 5th, 2016 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is an international treaty adopted by the United States and ratified by almost every country in the world. If you have not heard of it, that may be because the United States is only one of seven countries that has failed to […]

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Cities fail to provide parental leave

Posted September 11th, 2015 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

Last Mother’s Day, John Oliver noted the inconsistency between companies that market to customers based on the holiday but fail to offer their employees paid maternity leave. While continued efforts are needed to require companies to offer paid maternity leave, more attention needs to be paid to the leave policies of American cities. Many city […]

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Fight for $15 Brings Fast Food Workers Closer to a Living Wage

Posted April 2nd, 2015 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

My colleague Jennifer Siegel wrote about the Fast Food Forward, or Fight for $15, campaign a few months ago. The campaign calls for fast food restaurants to raise their employees’ wages to $15 an hour. At the time, Jennifer noted some of the victories the movement had achieved in the form of state legislation raising […]

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Shrinking Workers’ Compensation Excludes Women

At Sanford Heisler Sharp we cover many of the hurdles that women face in the workplace. In addition to on-the-job issues, women can face discrimination in how they are treated following a workplace injury. According to recent news reports, Californian women who apply for workers’ compensation following an injury on the job receive lower compensation […]

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After a Decade of Lobbying, Recognition

Posted February 10th, 2015 by in Employment Discrimination.

This week, the New York Times had a fascinating story on the University of Vermont, which has decided to recognize students who do not identify as males or females by a third gender: “Neutral.” The change is the result of a decade of lobbying and internal discussions about how best to include different members of […]

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