$1 Million Jury Award to Whistleblower Affirmed by Tenth Circuit

On July 20, 2022, the Tenth Circuit affirmed a $1 million jury award to a former employee who claimed he was demoted in retaliation for reporting that his supervisor instructed him to falsify test results on a program used by the U.S. military.  Casias v. Raytheon Co., Nos. 21-1195 and 21-1205 (10th Cir. 2022). Plaintiff alleged that his supervisor instructed him to change specific data on a GPS project designed for the U.S. Air Force, which made the project appear more successful.  Plaintiff a...

State Farm Will Pay $100 Million to Feds Over Hurricane Katrina Insurance Claims

Rigsby Sisters blew whistle on State Farm over False Claims Act violations after Hurricane Katrina.
State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. has agreed to pay the federal government $100 million for potential liability over its handling of flood insurance claims after Hurricane Katrina, settling a lawsuit that two whistleblowers filed against the company more than 16 years ago. Other terms of the settlement remained confidential in the whistleblower lawsuit filed in 2006 by former claims adjusters and sisters Cori and Kerri Rigsby, who lived in Ocean Springs at the time. State Farm also agre...

Whistleblower Fired for Exposing Water Quality Issues

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — A former city of Delray Beach wastewater inspector claims in a new lawsuit that she was fired for exposing water quality issues. She already filed a complaint with the Department of Labor, and now she’s suing the city in federal court. The 29-page lawsuit claims the city of Delray Beach retaliated against Christine Ferrigan and violated her Constitutional right to free speech and the state’s Whistleblower Act. The suit names the city, city manager, and utili...

Whistleblower Awarded $2 Million for Retaliation by Kentucky Child Protection Agency

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  A jury has awarded $2 million in damages to a Northern Kentucky social services worker who alleged in a whistleblower lawsuit he suffered extensive retaliation for reporting problems at the state's child protection agency. Among his claims: Nearly 100 cases of child abuse and neglect were misplaced and languished for months, leaving some children stuck in abusive or neglectful situations with no investigation. The verdict in Boone Circuit Court comes seven years after Tim Wil...

CVS Health Prevented Access to Generic Drugs According to Whistleblower Lawsuit

Corporate greed strikes again - Whistleblower lawsuit.
A newly unsealed whistleblower lawsuit claims that CVS Health subsidiaries coordinated to prevent members from accessing generic drugs to boost profits. Alexandra Miller, who worked for CVS for several decades said the company calculated that the benefits of the alleged scheme outweighed the likelihood of getting caught. She claims that CVS' SilverScripts Part D subsidiary as well as its Caremark pharmacy benefit manager and retail pharmacies worked together to prevent access to generics, ...

Defense Contractor KBR Pays $13.67 Million Settling Whistleblower Lawsuit

Defense Contractor pays 13 Million to settle Whistleblower Lawsuit.
Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc., a Houston Texas based defense contractor agreed to pay $13.67 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that its employees accepted kickbacks while providing logistics support to U.S. Army forces in the Middle East. Kickbacks and overcharges have an inherently corrosive effect and undermine the integrity of the procurement process In 2006 a whistleblower lawsuit was filed alleging employees of the Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc., known to...

$160M Whistleblower Settlement with Mail-order Diabetic Testing Company

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"Free" glucometers, waived co-pays and claims made for dead patients. An Antioch call center whistleblower alerted the U.S. government to a bundle of Medicare false claim schemes in a suit that led this week to the largest settlement in Middle Tennessee history. It did not feel right. It was too hard of a sell, too much beat into our heads about the limited things we could or couldn't do. It just didn't feel right. So I did a little bit of reading. Greg Goodman, 59, knew something was off wh...

Health Management Whistleblower Wins Nearly $1 Million in Fees

False Claims Act whistleblower Bradley Nurkin is entitled to $959,713 in attorneys’ fees and expenses for his role in bringing about a $260 million settlement with Health Management Associates LLC for federal healthcare fraud in September 2018, a Florida federal court said. Nurkin received $15 million under the settlement involving allegations that Health Management paid kickbacks for doctor referrals and billed healthcare programs for inpatient services that should have been billed as o...

SEC Rewards $6 Million to Joint Whistleblowers

Washington D.C., Dec. 1, 2020 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an award of over $6 million to joint whistleblowers whose information and assistance led to the successful enforcement of SEC and related actions. The whistleblowers’ substantial assistance, provided to the SEC and another government agency, included submitting documents, participating in interviews, and identifying key individuals involved in the misconduct. “The whistleblowers’ information led to multipl...

Whistleblower awarded $114,000,000

Washington D.C., Oct. 22, 2020 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an award of over $114 million to a whistleblower whose information and assistance led to the successful enforcement of SEC and related actions.  The $114 million award consists of an approximately $52 million award in connection with the SEC case and an approximately $62 million award arising out of the related actions by another agency.  The combined $114 million reward marks the highest awa...