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October 2017 Archives

Study: Aggressive production goals lead to unethical behavior

A new study published in the journal Organization Science, says that high-pressure production goals within companies often set the stage for ethics violations and misconduct.

New York doctors get prison for $100 million Medicare fraud

Three New York-based doctors will receive prison time after pleading guilty to accepting bribes. Their sentences are the most recent development in a massive scandal that involved $100 million in Medicare payments to a specific diagnostic lab. An extensive investigation by the Department of Justice has led to the conviction of over 30 physicians, including two from Staten Island and one from Yonkers.

New whistleblower protections for federal workers pass Congress

A bill strengthening whistleblower protections for federal employees has unanimously passed the House after passing the Senate in May. It now heads to President Trump's desk for signing or veto.

Whistleblower Case Brought by Fischer Legal Group Settles for $13 Million

The Attorney General for the State of New York settled a New York State False Claims Act qui tam action, brought by Andrea Fischer, and handled by Andrea Fischer and Audrey Schechter of Fischer Legal Group, on behalf of its client whistleblower, against Port Authority food vendors.

Waymo offers to settle disruptive Uber lawsuit -- for a price

Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo recently made a settlement offer to Uber Technologies Inc. in its lawsuit over autonomous car technology. The lawsuit, which alleges Uber hired a former Waymo engineer who used Waymo trade secrets to Uber's benefit, has been in pretrial stages for months. No settlement talks are scheduled, according to Reuters sources, but Waymo still offered a way out for Uber.

Wells Fargo says it has hired back 1,780 employees after scandal

In prepared congressional testimony, Wells Fargo & Co. CEO Tim Sloan recently said that the company has rehired 1,780 employees who had quit or were fired after the bank's phony accounts scandal. Around 5,300 employees were fired after taking part in the creation of accounts without customers' knowledge. Wells Fargo says that many others quit or were pushed aside. Some were fired for blowing the whistle on illegal conduct.

Visiting Nurse Service of NY must face False Claims Act lawsuit

Visiting Nurse Service of New York, which claims to be the largest nonprofit home health agency in the U.S., will have to face a False Claims Act lawsuit, a federal judge has ruled. The company is accused of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid and also of failing to provide the care prescribed by patients' doctors.

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