Entries by Marstiller Law Firm

Medical College of Wisconsin Pays $840,000 to Settle Federal Case

The Medical College of Wisconsin paid the federal government $840,000 to resolve allegations that the college violated the False Claims Act, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Milwaukee office said Friday. The Medical College, of Wauwatosa, was alleged to have knowingly billed federal health care programs for neurosurgeries involving residents who did not receive the required […]

NYT: The Man Who Blew the Whistle

Late last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued an oblique press release announcing that it was awarding an unnamed whistle-blower $400,000 for helping expose a financial fraud at an unnamed company. The money was the latest whistle-blower award — there have been 13 so far — paid as part of the Dodd-Frank financial reform […]

D.C. Circuit Upholds Employment Regulations

Over the past year, [The National Law Review has] been tracking the uptick in executive and regulatory actions affecting the labor and employment practices of government contractors. On December 12, 2014, the D.C. Circuit upheld one of those regulations. The decision concludes the first skirmish in what promises to be a lengthy and high-stakes legal […]

Only ‘Whistleblowers’ Need Apply: District Court Concludes Simply Engaging in Protected Activity is Insufficient to Invoke Dodd-Frank Protection

Earlier this month, a district court ruled that an employee simply engaging in activity protected by the Dodd-Frank Act’s anti-retaliation provision is insufficient to gain whistleblower protection. Rather, the employee must first qualify as a whistleblower within the Act’s definition. The Court’s decision in Verfuerth v. Orion Energy Systems, Inc., No. 14-C-352 (Nov. 4, 2014), […]

Judicial Evaluations Public for First Time

For the first time, lawyers and the public are getting a look at report cards for Virginia judges. A group of 18 reports from the recently revived Judicial Performance Evaluation program was released Dec. 3 in advance of a series of judicial interviews before state legislators. The reports include survey responses from lawyers who were […]

A Bipartisan Move To Reward Whistleblowers

“In a bipartisan response to a spate of automobile industry recalls, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said Thursday they were introducing a bill to give automobile industry whistleblowers up to 30 percent of the penalties resulting from a Department of Transportation or Justice Department investigation when the penalties are $1 million […]

Eight Congressional Democrats Encourage the SEC to Deter Corporate Confidentiality Arrangements with Potential Whistleblowers

A flurry of activity has surrounded the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (the “SEC”) whistleblower program in recent months, but some members of Congress have indicated that the SEC still needs to do more to strengthen its effort. In late October, eight Democratic members of the House Committees on Financial Services and Oversight and Government […]