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College admissions scandal brings federal class action lawsuit

Erica Olsen was seemingly a highly qualified candidate when she applied for admission to Yale University a couple years. Ditto that for Kalea Woods and her application materials submitted to the University of Southern California. Neither Olsen nor Woods got into their first-choice schools, although they were subsequently admitted to prestigious Stanford University, where they […]

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Government Fraud-Linked Legislation has Serious Staying Power

Many happy returns. Kudos to the federal False Claims Act, which just celebrated its 156th birthday. The FCA was enacted as law during the Civil War in 1863 to address fraud committed by military contractors and other parties doing business with the federal government. It has obviously endured, with proven effectiveness that has progressively increased […]

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A Few Noteworthy Points Renew DOJ Chief and Whistleblowing Law

It’s not just an open book. It’s more like a broken record marked by constant echoes. Those would be utterances from William Barr’s past, which are now getting a big revisit in the whistleblowing universe commensurate with Barr’s recent rise to the helm as the U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General. Barr’s arrival – he […]

Florida and New York Classes Recommended for Certification in Gerber False Advertising Action

On February 20, 2019, Magistrate Judge Ramon E. Reyes, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, found that the proposed classes of New York and Florida consumers of Gerber Products Co.’s (“Gerber”) Good Start Gentle baby-formula satisfied their state law requirements, while proposed North Carolina and multistate classes […]

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Whistleblower Cases Yield Huge Fraud Recovery Against Pharmacy Chain

Federal regulators and law enforcers understandably don’t like being defrauded by companies that take taxpayers’ money and do business with government agencies. When possible, they strike back hard with financial clawbacks and penalties assessed under a plethora of laws that spotlight fraud and attack it aggressively. One such law is the federal statutory False Claims […]

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GoPro To Settle Stock Drop Class Action for $6.75 Million

A proposed class of investors in GoPro, Inc. (“GoPro”) have requested that the United States District Court for the Northern District of California approve a $6.75 million settlement of claims that the action camera company hid mistakes that caused its stock prices to fall. The suit accuses GoPro of announcing a new camera, HERO5, and […]

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Fieldale Poultry Company To Settle Price-Fix Suit for $1.4 Million

On February 13, 2019, Judge Thomas Durkin, of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, granted early approval to Georgia-based Fieldale Farms Corp. (“Fieldale”) for a $1.4 million settlement of claims from buyers of broiler chickens that allege the poultry company artificially drove up the price of its chickens for decades. […]

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How Key is Whistleblower Participation in Government Fraud Matters?

Commentators on the U.S. False Claims Act (FCA) often spotlight the year 1986 as being clearly relevant for money recoveries against wrongdoers seeking to defraud the federal government. A recent article on FCA clawbacks against government fraud duly notes that year, as do we on a website page at Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah (SFMS) […]

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From Alleged Software Glitch to Litigation: Bank’s Continuing Woes

An individual interested in learning more about class action litigation in the realm of consumer protection would be quickly and well served by simply googling this phrase: Wells Fargo and home foreclosure. Try as it might, the bank just can’t seem to shake off adverse news and publicity for long. Its foreclosure activities in recent […]

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Cheez-It “Whole Grain” Mislabeling Suit Revived

On December 11, 2018, a three-judge panel consisting of Second Circuit Court of Appeals Judges Pierre N. Leval, Robert D. Sack, and Christopher F. Droney vacated a 2017 decision dismissing a complaint alleging that the “whole grain” label on Cheez-It crackers was misleading. The suit was originally filed in 2016 as a class of all […]