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Whistleblower Programs Booming at SEC and CFTC

The two federal regulators recently submitted their annual reports to Congress for the fiscal year that ended September 30. And, well, business is booming. In the last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission awarded more money to whistleblowers than it had in all prior years combined. Since 2012, it has awarded $326 million, and more than half Read More

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Poor Reality Winner

On Thursday, she was sentenced to over five years in prison, and I feel sorry for her. Who is she? Maybe one of the most interesting people you’ll read about. She was nine years old on September 11, 2001. She was a straight-A student growing up, and she turned down a full ride to college on an engineering scholarship Read More

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The Name of the Game is Compliance

Two more points for now on California’s Private Attorneys General Act. First, in many cases, you don’t have to prove that your employer’s violation hurt you or cost you anything. You just need a violation. For example, the Labor Code requires pay stubs to accurately itemize certain basic information. If yours don’t, it’s a violation Read More

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California’s Private Attorneys General Act

Here’s more of what we touched on last week. Under PAGA, employees can sue their employers for all labor-code violations against them and their fellow employees. To do it, you have to be a current or former employee who was affected by at least one of the violations. If so, you can sue on behalf of Read More

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Make PAGA Great Again

Say what? PAGA refers to a California law that allows employees to sue their employer for labor-code violations on behalf of all fellow employees. It means one person can sue for all violations an employer has committed, even if they only affected other people, as long as at least one affected him or her personally. It’s Read More

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SCOTUS Says You Must Tell the SEC

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court settled an important question for the SEC’s whistleblower program. That program awards you money for reporting corporate misdeeds to the Commission. It also protects you from retaliation because you can sue to recover your position, double your back pay, and accrued interest, legal fees, and litigation costs. Well, the Court said you Read More

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A Tale of Two Memos for White-Collar Cases and Whistleblowers

In the past month, the U.S. Justice Department has released two memoranda that will affect civil enforcement generally and the False Claims Act specifically. The first memo confirms that DOJ will more actively dismiss the whistleblower cases it turns down rather than let them run their course. The memo follows a surprise announcement in October Read More

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DOJ Will Clear Out Weak Qui Tam Cases

In a surprise announcement, the U.S. Justice Department says it will start moving to dismiss weak whistleblower cases brought under the False Claims Act rather than let them run their course. The announcement was made at a recent conference by the Director of Commercial Litigation for the Fraud Section of the Department’s Civil Division. I Read More

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Don’t Keep The Change, Doc

Meaning, don’t just pocket the difference when the government overpays you for healthcare goods or services. Recently, a medical group agreed to pay $450,000 to settle allegations that it refused to return $175,000 in overpayments that it received from federal healthcare programs like Medicare and Medicaid. Here’s the government’s press release. The overpayments at issue tend to happen in medical Read More

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Throwing Pitches in a Civil Case

Make that Pitchess with an extra s—as in Pitchess motions. In California, they’re how you ask a court to order the production of a police officer’s personnel file in litigation. We’ve written about them in the context of criminal cases, but the procedure’s the same in civil cases, as a court of appeal recently explained in an employment case. A Read More

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