Month: March 2018

Righting the Wrong of Corruption: How the False Claims Act Provides for Recovery of the Full Value of Corruptly Procured Contracts

Under the False Claims Act (FCA), the Government is entitled to recover money paid to private parties as a result of fraudulent conduct. Specifically, the Government is entitled to recover up to three times the primary damages it suffered as a result of the fraud, in addition to statutorily fixed penalties for each false claim for payment that the contractor…

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“The More the Merrier”: When Multiple Whistleblowers Jointly File a False Claims Act Case It Often Creates a Stronger Case

The federal False Claims Act — as well as state False Claims Acts — rewards the people who provide information about companies and individuals who cause federal and/or state government entities to pay these parties more than they’re entitled to receive. These statutes also permit whistleblowers to jointly bring False Claims Act lawsuits and then jointly share in the successful…

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Alexandria and Dickenson County First in Virginia to Take Legal Action Against the Opioid Industry

Posted March 14th, 2018. Lawsuits Allege Defendants’ Illegal Practices Fueled the Opioid Epidemic Throughout the Commonwealth The City of Alexandria and Dickenson County, Virginia, represented by and The Cicala Law Firm PLLC today became the first municipalities in the Commonwealth of Virginia to pursue legal action against opioid manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) for their role in creating…

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Legislative Update: DC’s Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016

As part of the national trend to pass state and local laws guaranteeing private-sector workers paid leave for family and caregiving responsibilities, Washington, DC is poised to join California, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Washington state in offering this benefit. And I’m not alone in saying: it’s about time. A study conducted by the Pew Research Center found that Americans largely…

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Evidence-Based: Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination in Medicine Are Well-Established; It’s Time to Use the Law to Cure the Profession

When will #MeToo come to medicine? While high-profile cases of sexual misconduct have rocked individual medical institutions—Yale in 2014 and 2015; USC in 2017; and Michigan State this year—the profession has escaped the level of public scrutiny sweeping entertainment, media, academia, and politics. And it’s not for lack of evidence. A study appearing in the May 2016 issue of JAMA, found that 30% of female clinical researchers…

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Sanford Heisler Sharp Adds Second Former Female Dean to Gender Discrimination Suit Against Arizona Board of Regents in Federal Court

Posted March 7th, 2018. Former University of Arizona Architecture Dean Janice Cervelli Also Alleges Significant, Pervasive Underpayment of Female Deans Relative to Male Deans at University of Arizona Amendment to Complaint Adds Allegation of Retaliation Against Professor MacCorquodale After Original Suit Filed in January For more information, contact Jamie Moss, newsPRos,201-493-1027, [email protected] (TUCSON, AZ, March 6, 2018) – Sanford Heisler Sharp…

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Sanford Heisler Sharp Attorney Qiaojing Ella Zheng Honored with 2018 YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Award

Posted March 7th, 2018. For more information, contact Jamie Moss, newsPRos,201-493-1027, [email protected] (SAN FRANCISCO, CA – March 7th, 2018) – today announced that Qiaojing Ella Zheng, Senior Counsel in the firm’s San Francisco office has been selected as an honoree by the YWCA Silicon Valley for its 2018 Tribute to Women Awards. “We are delighted that Ella has been acknowledged…

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Sexual Orientation Recognized by Second Circuit as a Protected Characteristic

Until recently, employees in New York City who wanted to file a sexual orientation discrimination case against their employer could sue under state law and the New York City Human Rights Law, but not federal law. On February 26, 2018 this changed with Zarda v. Altitude Express, Inc., —F.3d—(2d Cir. 2018). Today, in New York, Connecticut, and Vermont, as a matter…

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The Supreme Court Clarifies the Definition of Whistleblower Under Dodd Frank: What You Need to Know

Last week, the Supreme Court, by a 9-0 vote, issued an important ruling on the protections that the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform Act offers to whistleblowers. The case, Digital Realty Trust Inc. v. Somers, determined that Dodd Frank protects from retaliation only those whistleblowers who complain about corporate fraud to the Securities Exchange Commission. By contrast, the Court explained,…

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