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D.C. Circuit Confirms: Attorney-Client Privilege Applies to Internal Investigations of Whistleblower Complaints Conducted at the...

The ability to preserve privilege for highly sensitive internal investigations conducted at the direction of attorneys is alive and well. In a closely watched decision on the scope of the attorney-client privilege as applied...more

OPM update: OPM hit with another class action suit—this one filed by a Judge

Ho hum. Another class action filed against OPM for its massive data breach. The interesting fact here? The suit’s named plaintiff is a Judge with the Social Security Administration. On Friday, August 7, Social Security...more

Hospital Chain Pays Heavy Price for Being Too Clever

Finding that Community Hospital Systems had been “too clever by half” in negotiating a global settlement agreement for seven whistleblower suits, a federal judge ordered the chain to pay the attorneys’ fees of all the...more

E.D.N.Y Denies Motion For Summary Judgment In FCA Retaliation Case Based On Finding Of Pretext

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York recently found that two former employees of Eihab Human Services (Company) raised a genuine issue of material fact as to whether they were discharged in retaliation...more

Ninth Circuit Eases Ability for Whistleblowers to Bring Qui Tam Actions

In an important development under False Claims Act (“FCA”) case law, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has expressly abrogated former precedent limiting the ability of whistleblowers to recover funds reimbursed...more

When Is An Overpayment “Identified?” The Answer Is In

In a highly anticipated ruling in Kane ex rel United States, et al. v. Health First, Inc., et al., a New York federal judge has issued the first judicial interpretation of the sixty-day overpayment return provision in the...more

Court Enforces Arbitration Agreement, Requiring Employees to Arbitrate Whistleblower Claims

We have frequently written about the increasing likelihood that courts will enforce arbitration agreements to resolve a broad range of issues arising out of the employment relationship. Recently, a federal court provided...more

Court Adopts Tough Interpretation of 60-Day Repayment Rule

New York’s Mt. Sinai Hospitals can’t seem to catch a break in its long-running battle with whistleblower Bob Kane. First, the government joined the case and wanted not just the $1,000,000 in Medicaid overpayments, but an...more

Provider Fights Back Against Whistleblower's Taking of Provider's Documents

Among the challenges for health care providers facing whistleblower lawsuits is the discovery that a whistleblower has secretly taken the provider’s documents or data. What options are available to the provider? In the recent...more

Ninth Circuit Bars Qui Tam Relator’s Whistleblower Recovery in False Claims Act Suit Over Conviction

On July 16, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s dismissal of a qui tam relator from a False Claims Act suit, holding that the False Claims Act requires dismissal of a relator convicted...more

Beware of Nurses Bearing Gifts

Alisia and David blew the whistle on their former employer, Nurses’ Registry & Home Health, for sending gift baskets and ticket events to doctors who referred patients to the home health operation. Their qui tam suit alleged...more

The Fourth Circuit Expands the Implied Certification Theory to Anti-Retaliation Claims

On January 8, 2015, the Fourth Circuit determined that, amid a circuit split, the “implied certification” theory of liability under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) was viable in the Fourth Circuit. United States v. Triple...more

West Virginia Employment Update: The Mountain State is Becoming Much More Attractive to Employers

For the past several decades, West Virginia has not fared particularly well when employers were faced with tough decisions regarding whether to close or open new facilities in the state.  One of the factors that undoubtedly...more

Supreme Court Looks to Socrates' Trial to Rule in Favor of Whistleblowers

On May 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision favoring whistleblowers in False Claims Act cases, basing its decision in part on the status of the trial of Socrates. ...more

Second-Lowest Bidder for Public Contracts May Sue Lowest Bidder Who Paid Less Than Prevailing Wages

Public agencies have little, if any, discretion when awarding public contracts because they are required to award the contract to the lowest bidder, subject to certain minimum qualifications. These limitations are designed...more

Supreme Court Decision Has Good News and Bad News for Those Facing False Claims Act Litigation

On May 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued an opinion in a federal False Claims Act (FCA) case that resolves two important procedural points litigants face: the tolling of the six-year statute of...more

Employer Antiretaliation Liability to Employees that Blow the Whistle against Former, Unrelated employers?

Does the False Claims Act’s antiretaliation provision, 31 U.S.C. § 3730(h)(1), apply to an “employer that fire[s] an employee after discovering that the employee was a whistleblower and relator in an ongoing qui tam action...more

Federal Court Rejects Challenge to Contractor Labor Posting Requirements

In 2010, President Obama issued Executive Order 13496 requiring federal contractors to post a new notice of employee federal labor rights. Among other things, the posting advised contractors’ employees of their rights to...more

Incorporation Of AAA Rules “Clearly And Unmistakably” Delegates Questions Of Arbitrability To Arbitrator

In a putative class action for denial of employment benefits brought by security contractors against their hiring firm, Blackwater Security Consulting, the court found that the governing agreements delegated the issue of...more

DOL Burdens Davis Bacon Contractors With Employee Lodging Costs

The Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB) released its long-awaited opinion in the Weeks Marine case. In that decision, ARB announced a rule that is an important development for federal government...more

Judge Endorses Extrapolation Techniques for False Claims Act Whistleblowers

In a lawsuit brought under the False Claims Act ("FCA") a federal district judge in Florida recently rejected a defendant's challenge to a statistical sampling and extrapolation methodology advanced by a qui tam plaintiff's...more

One Of EEOC’s First Transgender Lawsuits Has Settled

The EEOC announced this week that one of the lawsuits — against Lakeland Eye Clinic of Florida — has settled. The Clinic has agreed to make two payments of $75,000 to Brandi Branson, who had been the Clinic’s Director of...more

Reed Smith's Government Contracts Weekly Rundown - April 2015 #2

Here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts to get you back on track and ready for Monday....more

Petition Urges DOL To Target Contractual Clauses Discouraging Whistleblowing

The Government Accountability Project (GAP) and Zuckerman Law recently petitioned the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) to issue rules and guidance prohibiting “de facto” gag clauses in settlement and severance agreements that...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Decide If State’s Union Contract Conditioned on Appropriations

In the closing days of the March term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to wade yet again into the contentious and politicized area of public employee wages and benefits. State of Illinois v. American Federation of State,...more

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