Like every year that preceded it, 2018 has been a tumultuous one. We don't yet know how history will judge it, but 2018 might well be remembered as 365 days of political outrage and turmoil. It might also be remembered as the year in which the MeToo movement emerged as a force for positive change, enabling people to more effectively report and stop sexual harassment in the workplace.
We have reported many stories that relate to false claims that have allegedly been submitted to federal programs under the qui tam provision of the False Claims Act. The FCA applies to any type of government contract. Procurement fraud can harm not only taxpayers, but federal agencies or the military through unfairly depleting resources. Private businesses frequently seek contracts with the federal government to provide goods and services to government agencies.
Some are hailing the decision by University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Chancellor Beverly Kopper to step down from her position on Dec. 31. Kopper announced her resignation in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual harassment by female university employees against her husband.
Medical device manufacturers may seek to track the use and effectiveness of its products in many ways. However, the Department of Justice says that Covidien went too far by providing kickbacks for institutions that provided registry data. Authorities say that the manufacturer launched a registry to collect data regarding its mechanical thrombectomy device, Solitaire.
As one of the nation's largest retailers, Target has more than 10 stores scattered across the Milwaukee metro area. The department store chain recently agreed to pay almost $3 million to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit that claimed the company violated Medicaid prescription rules prohibiting automatic refills.
Walmart is the largest retailer in the world, so of course it has several big stores in and around Milwaukee. A new lawsuit against the discount giant states that a supervisor at an outlet told workers that an HIV-positive clerk had AIDS. The suit says the lie resulted in workplace ostracism and a significant decline in both her physical and mental health.
Though some progress has been made here over the years, black Americans living in Milwaukee make only half of what their white counterparts earn, Wisconsin Public Radio recently reported. African Americans are also 12 times more likely to be incarcerated than white city residents.