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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 […]

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Forced Arbitration Centrally Spotlighted in Google Developments

“Today, justice won.” That was the expressed view of one national legislator last week following flatly notable news concerning global technology giant Google relevant to employee relations. And people are paying attention to the details because Google is, well, Google. Here’s what happened: the company caved on its longstanding practice requiring workers with grievances to […]

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 […]

Risk Management Investor Class Action Against Credit Suisse Continues

On February 19, 2019, Judge Lorna G. Schofield, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, recently ruled that investors in Credit Suisse Group AG (“Credit Suisse”) sufficiently alleged that the bank concealed risk management issues in its fixed-income franchise before $1 billion in write-downs in 2016. The class, headed […]

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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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Sexual Harassment Training in the Workplace

Discussing nuanced situations, getting feedback, picking a good format and outlining the proper reactions can help educate workers on sexual harassment. According to National Public Radio, 81% of women and 43% of men have experienced sexual harassment. Additionally, a CNBC survey reported that 20% of American adults have experienced sexual harassment at the workplace. Employers […]

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Workplace Age Bias: Pernicious, Often Subtle and Circumstantial

It lives. And it reportedly thrives, despite state and federal prohibitions against it. Today’s blog post spotlights workplace age discrimination, a seemingly intractable on-the-job scourge that adversely affects a singular demographic in Connecticut and everywhere else across the country. That is the 40-and-over crowd, a population that first gained some statutory protection against age bias […]

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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. […]