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March 2018 Archives

Defective bulletproof vest whistleblower lawsuit settles for $66M

Members of law enforcement and the United States armed forces rely on bulletproof vests to preserve their lives. The Department of Justice recently announced that a fiber manufacturing company has agreed to settle a whistleblower lawsuit that alleged the company was aware that the fiber known as "Zylon" was not suited for use in bulletproof vests, yet the manufacturer continued to market and sell the fiber for use in protective vests.

ERISA: protecting workers who need disability insurance benefits

President Gerald Ford had been in office less than a month when he put his signature on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 in a Labor Day White House ceremony. Since then, ERISA has been amended a number of times to strengthen its protections of American workers.

Whistleblower ignores death threat, reports fraud and prevails

We don't know where being burned alive ranks on the list of worst possible ways to go, but it must be near or at the top. Far from Milwaukee, a mortuary worker was threatened with being cremated alive if he revealed ongoing fraud committed by his employer.

DOJ announces new task force to fight the opioid epidemic

The opioid crisis continues to make headlines - and government officials continue to take note. In late February, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the federal government is stepping up its efforts to attack the opioid epidemic through the Department of Justice Prescription Interdiction and Litigation Task Force.  The unit will use both civil and criminal legal mechanisms to gain better control over opioid prescription abuse.

Milwaukee stands with Madison, others on local employment law

On one side is the city of Milwaukee, along with the city of Madison, the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Dane County and a number of labor unions and workers' rights organizations. On the other side are business lobbyists including Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and the Wisconsin Bankers Association.

Whistleblower lawsuit involving unnecessary dental treatment for children settles

Several former employees of a chain of dental clinics brought forward evidence that the clinics were performing unnecessary dental procedures on children and billing Medicaid for the services. The whistleblowers filed five lawsuits under the False Claims Act to recover taxpayer money that was fraudulently obtained through an allegedly unlawful incentive plan, according to a statement from the Department of Justice (DOJ).

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