At the end of August only a few days before Labor Day, a federal judge struck down the new rule issued by the Labor Department during the Obama administration to make more than 4 million workers eligible for time and a half overtime by setting a higher salary threshold for the overtime exemption. The Obama administration rule released in...
The National Transportation Safety Board held a hearing today concerning the Florida self-driving car accident in May 2016 that resulted in the nation's first fatality involving an auto-driving system. According to media reports, the semi-autonomous driving system had a "major role" in the crash because of "operational limitations". The NTSB said that the autopilot system did not do enough to...
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has filed an enforcement action against one of the largest precious metals fraud cases in its history. In light of that action, we thought it important to remind victims and industry professionals about the CFTC whistleblower program, which offers rewards for nonpublic information about violations of the Commodity Exchange Act. In total, the CFTC says...
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued an Early Alert in late August following disturbing reports of abuse against Medicare Beneficiaries during stays in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs). The Alert explained that an estimated 22 percent of Medicare beneficiaries experienced adverse events while at an SNF and 69 percent of these incidents could have been prevented with better...
SEC Chair Jay Clayton declared cyber security one of the top enforcement issues at the securities regulator on Tuesday, according to a Reuters article. In line with this comment, we expect that there will be an uptick in the number of rewards to whistleblowers who report cyber security problems that violate securities laws. It has been a few months since...
After a number of whistleblower lawsuits under the False Claims Act, Novo Nordisk will pay approximately $59 million to settle allegations that it minimized the cancer risk of Victoza, a diabetes medication, after the FDA required it to provide safety communications pursuant to a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) program. Congress gave the FDA the authority pursuant to the...
Whistleblowing has traditionally involved insider reports of corporate wrongdoing by employees of a business. A recent whistleblower lawsuit may signal the start of a new era in the False Claims Act as businesses begin to turn in their unethical competition to the U.S. Government in order to preserve fair competition in the marketplace (and earn a bounty for their...
Dozens of SEPTA passengers and the conductor were injured last night when a Norristown High Speed Line train crashed into a parked train car at 69th Street Station in Upper Darby after midnight. Four were reportedly critically injured but SEPTA said none of the injuries appeared life threatening. The injured were taken to eight area hospitals following mobilization for...
A study of 3,066 U.S. workers found that nearly one in five employees face a hostile or threatening environment at work. The unemployment rate may be at a 16-year low in 2017, but the study indicates everything is not well on the job front. It paints a grim picture of American employees facing sexual harassment, bullying, humiliation, and verbal...
Since the Ontario Securities Commission opened its whistleblower program to tips, at least four individuals have filed complaints against one of Canada's largest private equity firms according to the Wall Street Journal. Officials at the Ontario Securities Commission and a unit of the Toronto Police Service have inquired about the matter with the multi-billion dollar investment firm at issue. Last...
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