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Supreme Court Is Poised to Endorse ‘Implied Certification’ in FCA Cases

By R. Scott Oswald Managing Principal, The Employment Law Group, P.C. If a government supplier quietly ignores vital rules but still bills taxpayers as if it had complied, can it be held liable under the federal False Claims Act — even if it never directly lies about its compliance? In today’s arguments in Universal Health Services Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, the U.S. Supreme Court heard two diametrically… [Read more]

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What’s It Like to Be a Whistleblower? An Interview with Dr. Ting

THIS POST CONCERNS A CLIENT OF THE EMPLOYMENT LAW GROUP® LAW FIRM. THE RESULTS OF ALL CASES DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PAST SUCCESSES DO NOT PREDICT OR GUARANTEE FUTURE RESULTS. Our Founding Fathers called whistleblowing “the duty of all persons in the service of the United States,” and Abraham Lincoln signed the False Claims Act to foster the practice. But while federal laws reward… [Read more]

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First Amendment Protection: The Start of a Comeback?

NOTE: A version of this post first appeared on Law360.com. The author, R. Scott Oswald, is managing principal of The Employment Law Group, P.C. With Lane v. Franks, the U.S. Supreme Court has backed off slightly from the absolutism of a 2006 decision that limited the free-speech rights of public employees — and, in the process, has created a framework that may allow more moderation in future cases. At one… [Read more]

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Supreme Court Says SOX Can Fit Almost Anyone

NOTE: A version of this post first appeared on Law360.com.  The author, R. Scott Oswald, was counsel of record on an amicus curiae brief filed in this case. In deciding Lawson v. FMR LLC, the first whistleblower case they have heard under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court agreed that the law’s ambiguous anti-retaliation provision offered two alternatives, both somewhat unappealing: Either it doesn’t protect… [Read more]

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Burrage v. U.S. — Can a Heroin Dealer Help to Clarify Whistleblower Law?

By R. Scott Oswald It’s rare for a criminal appeal — let alone the appeal of a heroin dealer’s sentence for his client’s ill-fated drug binge — to guide our understanding of whistleblower protection laws. Yet there, on January 27, was the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous judgment in Burrage v. United States, a mandatory-minimum drug case that ended up parsing the retaliation provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,… [Read more]

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DOJ Announces Its FCA Enforcement Priorities for 2024: Cybersecurity, COVID-19, and Healthcare Fraud

On February 22, 2024, Assistant Attorney General Brian M. Boynton delivered remarks at the 2024 Federal Bar Association’s Qui Tam Conference. During those remarks, Boynton announced another record year for DOJ’s False Claims Act enforcement efforts. Specifically, Boynton announced, in 2023 alone, nearly $2.7 billion was recovered under the FCA and included the resolution of 543 matters — the most FCA matters ever resolved by DOJ in a single year…. [Read more]

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Andrell Forelien

Andrell Forelien is the Human Resources manager at The Employment Law Group® law firm. With over 15 years of experience in the HR industry, Ms. Forelien is a trusted advisor in the matters of compliance, talent management, and employee relations. She is committed to staying ahead of industry trends to ensure organizations remain agile and adaptive in the ever-evolving landscape of people and work. Throughout her career, Ms. Forelien has… [Read more]

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Sirwan Zamani

Sirwan Zamani is a legal fellow at The Employment Law Group® law firm. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Zamani worked as a legal intern for Hon. Judge Lonnie Cox of the 56th District Court of Texas and worked for a local law firm in Houston, Texas. Mr. Zamani is originally from Houston, Texas, but moved to D.C. to attend the George Washington University Law School, where he received his… [Read more]

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Sienna Heard

Sienna Heard is a legal fellow at The Employment Law Group® law firm with a focus on our qui tam practice. Her duties include analyzing legal issues, assisting in investigations, and collaborating with TELG attorneys throughout the litigation process. Before joining TELG, Ms. Heard worked at Venable LLP as an associate in the labor and employment practice. In addition to her employment law work, she was active in the firm’s… [Read more]

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Justices’ Whistleblower Ruling May Reverberate Beyond SOX

Law360 (February 8, 2024, 9:47 PM EST) — The U.S. Supreme Court held Thursday that whistleblowers don’t need to show that employers displayed retaliatory intent to have a viable case under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, a ruling experts say could help workers pursuing retaliation claims under discrimination laws like Title VII keep their claims in court. In unanimously siding with whistleblower Trevor Murray, the nation’s highest court held that plaintiffs need… [Read more]

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Discrimination complaints unfold in wake of Capitol agency scandal

Five former leaders at the Architect of the Capitol have taken legal action against the agency after getting removed from their roles, in complaints that allege employment discrimination at the agency responsible for the upkeep and preservation of the Capitol Building and grounds. Taken together, they paint a picture of bitter office strife among the agency leadership as a scandal ousted former Architect of the Capitol J. Brett Blanton, with… [Read more]

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