News Year: 2020

Federal lawsuit shows SEC investigating FirstEnergy Corp.

September 17th, 2020

Jim Mackinnon Akron Beacon Journal The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating FirstEnergy Corp. after receiving documents from a purported whistleblower who was working with a contractor hired by the Akron utility, a federal lawsuit shows. Separately, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio said it will review political and charitable spending by FirstEnergy and its […]

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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission launches investigation into FirstEnergy Corp.

September 15th, 2020

By John Caniglia, cleveland.com CLEVELAND, Ohio – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an investigation into FirstEnergy Corp. in a separate probe of the company tied to the $60 million bribery scandal involving House Bill 6, records show. The examination became public in a lawsuit the company and a consulting firm filed in […]

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Scripps Research Pays $10M To Settle Federal Grant FCA Suit

September 14th, 2020

By Daniel Wilson Law360 (September 14, 2020, 9:07 PM EDT) — Scripps Research will pay $10 million to settle a whistleblower suit alleging it used grants from the National Institutes of Health to pay for unrelated work by its researchers, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. The settlement ends a False Claims Act lawsuit filed […]

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More firms may be exposed to D&O suits over diversity

September 14th, 2020

Judy Greenwald Following a flurry of recent suits against companies over a lack of diversity at the board level, more companies that do not have Black directors or top officials should expect to face litigation that could trigger directors and officers liability claims, experts say. While it’s unclear whether the suits are primarily being used […]

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Caste Prejudice: A New Kind Of Employment Discrimination Emerges As South Asians Conquer Silicon Valley

September 10th, 2020

By Palash Ghosh KEY POINTS Most Indian immigrants in the U.S. are from upper castes Cisco employs a significant number of South Asians Reports of caste-related workplace discrimination have periodically arisen in the U.K. An employment discrimination lawsuit in California presents an entirely new type of plaintiff and defendant. While most workplace discrimination cases involve […]

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Another woman joins sexual harassment lawsuit against Schlumberger

September 2nd, 2020

by Bojan Lepic Another former female employee of oilfield services giant Schlumberger has been added as a second plaintiff in a $100 million sexual harassment class-action lawsuit against the company. On Monday, the Sanford Heisler Sharp law firm filed an amended class action complaint against Schlumberger on behalf of women who work on oil rigs […]

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Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP Adds Additional Plaintiff and Class Representative to $100 Million Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Class Action Against Schlumberger Technology Corporation

September 1st, 2020

HOUSTON, Sept. 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today Sanford Heisler Sharp filed an Amended Class Action Complaint against oil and gas behemoth Schlumberger Technology Corporation, the largest oilfield services company in the world, on behalf of women who work on oil rigs in the United States. The Amended Complaint adds Jessica Cheatham, a former Schlumberger […]

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DOJ Targets Funders as Eleventh Cir. Upholds Whistleblower Win

August 27th, 2020

Daniel Seiden Reporter/Editor $255 million award stands after court denies rehearing request Justice attorneys beginning to gather info on third party funders A $255 million Medicare fraud award will stand after the Eleventh Circuit refused Thursday to reconsider a panel’s decision greenlighting a successful whistleblower’s outside funding agreement. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the […]

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CDM Smith, Inc. and CDM Federal Programs Corporation Settle False Claims Act Suit with Federal Government

August 27th, 2020

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP announced that CDM Smith, Inc., a construction and engineering company, and its wholly owned subsidiary CDM Federal Programs Corporation, which serves government agencies, have agreed to pay $5.65 million to the United States to settle False Claims Act and contractual claims. Sanford Heisler Sharp […]

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Prosecuted and Paid: Government doles out billions in coronavirus relief money to companies that paid out millions in fraud-related cases

August 20th, 2020

By Jamie Grey, Lee Zurik, and Peter Buffo (InvestigateTV) – In mid-April, subsidiaries of a Tennessee-based health care company finalized an agreement to pay the federal government $41 million to resolve accusations it had made false claims – billing Medicare and Medicaid for medically unnecessary drug testing. Less than a month later, that same company, Surgery Partners, Inc., reported […]

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