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Wells Fargo Whistleblower Allegedly Fired For Reporting Foreign Exchange Violations

Wells Fargo Bank finds itself facing another whistleblower lawsuit, this time filed by the former head of the bank’s foreign exchange (FX) group who says the bank encouraged employees to “make false and misleading representations to customers, to engage in abusive sales practices, and to enrich themselves at the expense of clients.” According to The Mercury News, whistleblower Simon Fowles alleges he voiced complaints about the unlawful and unethical practices to managers at the San Francisco-based banking giant for years but that his concerns essentially fell on deaf ears. Mr. Fowles claims he warned high-level Wells Fargo executives about “significant ... Read More

Head injury risk in childrens sports a growing debate in family court

The debate about whether to let children play football due to the risk of repeated concussions which could have detrimental, lifelong consequences, has become a growing debate in divorce proceedings in family court. “You always heard it sometimes, when one parent would say ‘I don’t want him doing that because he might get hurt,’” said Allen E. Mayefsky, a leading divorce lawyer and former president of the New York chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. “Usually we thought the parent was just overprotective. Now, it’s more of a real medical issue.” That’s because scientific evidence has emerged in ... Read More

Parents Sue Flight Operators Over Grand Canyon Helicopter Crash

The parents of a man killed in a Grand Canyon helicopter tour crash last month are suing the tour operator and several individuals connected to the company over his death. Plaintiffs Phillip and Marlene Udall of Southampton, U.K. filed the wrongful death lawsuit in Nevada, seeking compensatory damages for the death of their 31-year-old son Jonathan Udall. Jonathan had gone to Las Vegas on honeymoon with his bride Ellie Milward. Both Jonathan and Ellie suffered severe burn injuries after the Airbus EC130 B4 helicopter operated by Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters crashed on Hualapai tribal land and exploded. The fiery crash ... Read More

Appeals Court Revives Defective Seatbelt Lawsuit

A federal appeals court is allowing a wrongful death lawsuit to move forward against an automotive supplier that is accused of manufacturing defective seatbelts for Mazda. The decision by a three-judge panel on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a lower court’s judgment to toss the suit against Autoliv Japan Ltd. According to Law 360, the Eleventh Circuit will allow two of the lawsuit’s three claims to proceed after finding that a manufacturer such as Autoliv can still face liability claims even when it was not “actively involved” in the design of the seatbelts it manufactured for other parties. ... Read More

Takata Whistleblowers Split $1.7 Million Award

Three whistleblowers who were instrumental in alerting U.S. authorities to the risks of Takata’s deadly airbag inflators will share an award of $1.7 million, a sum that could grow substantially larger once legislators determine the mechanics of a new auto whistleblower law passed in 2015. The whistleblowers were all former employees of Takata Corp., the Japan-based automotive supplier that manufactured tens of millions of airbags with highly unstable inflators. The dangerously defective airbags were installed in cars, trucks, and SUVs made by 19 automakers Lawyers for the three whistleblowers said the men provided extensive assistance and information that prompted the ... Read More

Hawking Sealed Whistleblower Lawsuits Gets DC Lawyer Prison Sentence

A former U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) lawyer who pleaded guilty to charges related to his stealing and selling copies of whistleblower lawsuits has been sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison. Jeffrey Wertkin, 41, left his Justice Department job in 2016 and joined a prominent Washington D.C. law firm, taking with him copies of 40 whistleblower complaints that were under seal. At the Justice Department, Mr. Wertkin worked in a division that handles civil whistleblower complaints filed under the False Claims Act. The lawsuits, filed by informants who allege fraud against federal programs and agencies, remain under ... Read More

Whistleblower Case Recovers $1.65 Million From Vermont Hospital

A whistleblower complaint filed against a Vermont hospital by one of its former administrators has ended in a $1.65 million settlement. Brattleboro Memorial Hospital agreed to pay the U.S. and the State of Vermont the sum to resolve allegations that it knowingly submitted or caused the submission of false claims to the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Amy Beth Main filed the lawsuit on behalf of the U.S. and Vermont under the whistleblower provisions of the federal and Vermont False Claims Acts. Plaintiff’s counsel told the Brattleboro Reformer that Ms. Main, an administrator in Brattleboro Memorial’s financial services department, “protested internally” ... Read More

Kansas Man Burned By Exploding E-Cigarette Sues

A Kansas man seriously injured by an exploding e-cigarette is suing the Wichita vape shop where he bought a lithium-ion battery to power the device, claiming it was unsafe to use. Like many people who use e-cigarettes, Daniel Anderson put the spare lithium-ion battery in his front pocket, along with his car keys and some coins, his lawsuit says, according to The Wichita Eagle. Contact with the other metal objects caused the lithium-ion battery to short and eventually to overheat and explode. The incident occurred on Feb. 29, 2016. A lawyer representing Mr. Anderson described the incident to The Wichita ... Read More

West Virginia’s Opioid Crisis The Focus of Congressional Investigation

The opioid epidemic in West Virginia is a focus of a Congressional investigation seeking to determine why three major opioid distributors flooded the state with more than 780 million hydrocodone and oxycontin painkillers in a recent six-year period – about 433 opioid pills for every West Virginia resident. According to The (Huntington, West Virginia) Herald-Dispatch, the U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce had mailed inquiries to drug distributors McKesson, Cardinal Health, and AmerisourceBergen looking for answers about their involvement in opioid pill dumping in the state. The inquiries, which The Herald-Dispatch says present more than 70 questions and 40 ... Read More

NTSB Reports on Deadly Grand Canyon Helicopter Crash

A sightseeing helicopter that crashed in Grand Canyon, killing three British tourists and injuring four others, drifted from its designated landing site and spun 360 degrees twice in the opposite direction of its main rotor, federal investigators said in an early report on the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is still in the fact-finding phase of its investigation, but its report on the final movements of the Airbus EC130 B4 helicopter offers some insight about the potential problems of the aircraft. The helicopter involved in the Feb. 10 crash was owned and operated by Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters ... Read More