For a report on the legal impact of #MeToo and the related Time's Up initiative, Law360 interviewed TELG's Nicholas Woodfield and other attorneys and concluded that — despite a surge in high-profile allegations of sexual harassment — women in "regular" workplaces still face retaliation and other unfair obstacles that limit their willingness to sue their employers.
Law360 interviewed TELG principal Nicholas Woodfield about a report predicting that the Trump administration will pursue fewer class action lawsuits to enforce workplace laws, and that plaintiff-side law firms will pick up the slack. Nick said that may be true in part — but that government neglect may allow some worthy cases to fall through the cracks.
The Politics Guys podcast interviewed TELG's Scott Oswald on a number of whisteblower-related topics — including the difference between whistleblowing and leaking. Host Mike Baranowski also talked with Scott what companies must do, legally speaking, to act against discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace.
The David Pakman Show, a current-affairs video podcast, interviewed TELG's Scott Oswald about the law behind a recent string of sexual misconduct allegations against public figures. Scott also discussed employers' broad legal responsibilities toward their employees in situations involving harassment — their obligation to protect workers, and their obligation to respond to complaints.
Fox 9 News in Minnesota, along with other local and national media, reported on an $850,000 settlement between the U.S. government and a dermatologist based in Burnsville, Minn. who was accused of defrauding the federal Medicare program. The whistleblower in the case was TELG client Jeff Samuelson, whose story was explained to Fox 9 by his attorney, TELG principal David L. Scher.
Law360 reported on TELG client Linda Barrick's filing of a proposed class action lawsuit against Penn National Gaming, owner of the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia. Ms. Barrick claims that the casino illegally diverts money from an employee tip pool to cover other costs.
Reuters reported on a victory for TELG whistleblower client Mary Kaye Welch: A federal appeals panel ruled that her former employer can't force her fraud lawsuit—which she had filed on behalf of U.S. taxpayers—into private arbitration based on the boilerplate text of her hiring agreement. In a 3-0 decision the judges said the language of Ms. Welch's hiring agreement doesn't cover this dispute, allowing her case to resume in a lower court.
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) quoted TELG's Scott Oswald in its online coverage of a high-profile lawsuit against Bass Pro Outdoor World, which agreed to pay $10.5 million to settle an EEOC complaint that it discriminated against Black and Hispanic job applicants.
1A, a talk show heard nationally on National Public Radio, invited TELG's Dave Scher to participate in its recent one-hour segment on the limits — and consequences — of free speech in the workplace. The topic was inspired by the firing of Google engineer James Damore for a memo that criticized company efforts to help women to get ahead. The show was hosted by John Donvan, standing in for Joshua Johnson.
The Buffalo Law Journal previewed the latest edition of "The False Claims Act Today," a traveling series of seminars about the FCA that is moderated by TELG's Scott Oswald. The Buffalo event on September 19 will feature a panel discussion and practice tips from local attorneys, a federal judge, and an assistant U.S. Attorney.
The State Journal, a newspaper based in West Virginia, reported on TELG client Michael Barrick's claim that he was illegally fired by Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races after raising concerns about an illegal sports-betting ring being run by casino employees on the casino's property.
Rocket Matter's Legal Productivity blog reported on lawyers' favorite podcasts. TELG's David Scher nominated "Amicus," a podcast that follows the doings of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Law360 quoted Scott Oswald on the likely fallout of the U.S. Supreme Court's opinion in Kokesh v. SEC, which limits the agency's power to seek "disgorgement" of ill-gotten gains. Beyond making it easier for scammers to keep profits from their crimes, Scott noted, the decision also could hurt the Investor Protection Fund, which is used to reward securities whistleblowers under the Dodd-Frank Act.
MultiBriefs, a publisher of e-mail newsletters, reported on the inevitability of office romance—and how employers can minimize the trouble that sometimes follows. Its roundup quoted TELG principal David Scher, who stressed the importance of written policies and active communication.
NBC News and other major media covered an $89 million settlement between the U.S. government and Financial Freedom, the troubled reverse-mortgage provider once led by Steven Mnuchin — now U.S. Treasury Secretary. The deal was made possible by TELG client Sandy Jolley, a consumer advocate who received $1.6 million for blowing the whistle on Financial Freedom's shady practices.
Law360 reported on a case filed by TELG client Kathryn Smith, who alleges that defense giant Raytheon Co. fired her illegally after she tried to disclose higher-than-expected losses on a tsunami warning system. The article quoted extensively from Ms. Smith's complaint—and noted that she's not the only whistleblower Raytheon is battling in court.
The Washington Post was among many outlets to cover the case of TELG client Betsy Ackerson, an administrator at the University of Virginia who alleges that she is paid less because she is a woman. In addition to the Post, coverage came from The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, Va.); Law360; The Cavalier Daily (U.Va.'s student-run paper); The Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch; television stations including CBS 19, NBC 29, and ABC 13; and many outlets that carried an Associated Press report, including WTOP news radio.
Law360 interviewed TELG principal Nicholas Woodfield about a $1.1 million settlement that was reached between a group of sheet-metal workers — whom he represented — and two aircraft maintenance and repair companies that had been accused of underpaying them. Nick said the favorable result should serve as an example in similar disputes.
The Baltimore Sun mentioned TELG client Chelsea Raley and her tentative settlement with Maryland State Police: Tentative settlement reached in Maryland State Police trooper’s suit.