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District of Columbia Voters Approved Eliminating the Tipped Minimum Wage in an Effort to Combat Wage Theft, but the Popular Measure May be Annulled

Posted July 16th, 2018 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

Hourly workers’ paychecks can be unpredictable, varying drastically depending on their hours. Unscrupulous employers exploit this variance to short hourly employees of their full wages for their labor, often undetected. Tipped workers in most states are uniquely vulnerable to wage theft.  Most tipped workers earn a reduced hourly rate – in Washington, D.C., the tipped […]

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Customs Fraud: What Whistleblowers Need to Know

Posted July 11th, 2018 by in Whistleblower Law.

The False Claims Act is one of the government’s most powerful tools to fight fraud. Under the Act a whistleblower, called a “relator,” can provide the government with information about the ways in which it is being defrauded. If the government subsequently recovers money as a result of the relator’s tip, the relator receives a […]

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Common Schemes by Medical Device Manufacturers that Lead to False Claims Act Liability

Posted July 9th, 2018 by in Whistleblower Law.

Medical devices are a crucial component to health care treatment and advancements. With an increasingly competitive market, medical device manufacturers and sales personnel are under pressure to maximize their sales and outpace competitors. To accomplish these objectives, device manufacturers may engage in sales practices that violate the False Claims Act (FCA)—a federal statute that allows […]

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Uncle Sam Needs You to Be a Whistleblower: A Simple Primer on the Federal and State False Claims Acts

Posted July 2nd, 2018 by in Whistleblower Law.

What is a Whistleblower? A Whistleblower is a person who informs the federal and/or state government about illegal and fraudulent behavior that causes the government to pay money to an individual or business that is not entitled to receive those government funds. For assisting the government in uncovering fraud, the Whistleblower receives between 15% to […]

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U.S. Tennis Scores A Win for Pregnant Players, But Too Many Pregnant Women Face Discrimination At Work

It’s been a big month for reducing the stigma of pregnant women at work: First, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, 37, became the first world leader in three decades to give birth while in office (and only the second world leader overall ever!). Second, in a move aptly billed as “an ace […]

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11th Circuit Applies FCA’s Statute of Limitations Tolling Provision to Non-Intervened Cases

Posted June 22nd, 2018 by in Whistleblower Law.

If you are aware of a False Claims Act violation that occurred more than six years ago and are concerned that it may be too late to file a claim, you should give us a call. Whistleblowers generally have no more than six years to preserve their right to pursue a False Claims Act case […]

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Strong Whistleblower Protections for CA State Employees Encourage Reporting of Government Waste, Incompetency, and Inefficiency

Posted June 19th, 2018 by in Whistleblower Law.

If you are one of the nearly quarter-million people employed by the State of California, you should feel safe reporting any improper or illegal activity that you see around you. These protections are found in a law called the California Whistleblower Protection Act (CWPA), and they apply to anyone working for the state government or […]

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Customs Fraud, Anti-Dumping Laws, and False Claims Act Liability

Posted June 12th, 2018 by in Whistleblower Law.

The Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) administers customs laws and collects antidumping duties to prevent foreign companies from saturating U.S. markets with below-cost products. These laws require importers to carefully classify and disclose the goods imported to the United States. Because most disclosures are only subject to the “honor-system” importers may mislabel or misrepresent the […]

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What Legal Protections Do Employees Have Against Retaliation?

Posted June 12th, 2018 by in Whistleblower Law.

Retaliation is generally understood as punishment for taking an action or making a statement. Employees often are aware that they have some protections against retaliation by their employers, but are not clear on what protections the law provides. The short answer is that the law generally protects employees from retaliation only for conduct or activities […]

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Submitting False Claims to Medicare: Anesthesia Services

Posted June 11th, 2018 by in Whistleblower Law.

It’s no secret that Medicare fraud wastes tons of taxpayer money and inflates everyone’s healthcare bills. However, many may not realize that providers may comply with the expected medical standard of care yet still commit Medicare fraud by overbilling for those services. One of a myriad of examples where providers overbill Medicare for services—even those […]

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