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Financial Fraud

A recent article in the Roanoke Times details the explosive growth in whistle-blowing lawsuits during the pandemic, especially for financial fraud. In the fiscal year that ended September 30, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission received 6,900 tips alleging while collar crime, 31% jump from the previous 12-month record. Whistleblowing can be quite lucrative. Since

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The End of Virginia’s Medical Malpractice Cap

We may be reaching the end of Virginia’s longstanding and patently unjust limitation on damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Under Virginia law, the amount recoverable in a medical malpractice lawsuit is capped by statute.[1] It does not matter the degree of negligence, sky-high medical bills, or the pain and suffering of patients and loved

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Whistleblowers for Nursing Home Fraud

  Fraud occurs with surprising frequency in facilities with especially vulnerable patients. For this reason, nursing homes can be easy targets for Medicare and Medicaid fraud. These facilities are not under as much official scrutiny as hospitals. Nursing home residents are often unable to advocate for themselves. It is up to whistleblowers who have insight

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Defense Contractor Whistleblowers

The United States spends more on national defense than China, India, Russia, Saudi Arabia, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, and Brazil – combined.[1] For Fiscal Year 2020, the Department of Defense has a discretionary spending budget of $712.6 billion.[2] The federal government spends a significant portion of that amount on goods and

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Telemedicine and the Coronavirus

Yes they are related.  Telemedicine, or the use of remote audio-visual technology to provide medical care has been around for years.  It probably got its first start when smaller rural hospitals used remote radiologists to interpret x-rays, CTs, and MRI studies during the middle of the night or on weekends when local radiologists were unavailable. 

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Whistleblower Protection for Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Due to recent developments nationally and at the state level, Virginia workers now enjoy protection from retaliation when bringing forward allegations of sexual orientation discrimination. As we have written about previously, Virginia enacted a sweeping statute effective as of July 1, 2020 providing broad protections for Virginia workers from retaliation for protected whistleblowing activities. Specific

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Insurance Fraud

We have written before on the various attempts at fraud perpetrated by insurance salesmen. We have also handled numerous cases of egregious insurance fraud. Fraud in the insurance industry is not going away. Banner Life Insurance was recently hit with a $40.5 million settlement for fraudulently increasing the cost of insurance premiums. The case, filed

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Radiologist Loses Medical License

Why does this keep happening? A Richmond area radiologist,  Michael J. Bigg, MD, has been summarily suspended from medical practice amid allegations of repeatedly missing signs of cancer in his patients’ mammograms.  The Virginia Board of Medicine found Michael J. Bigg’s practice constituted a danger to public health or safety. Dr. Bigg owns the Allison

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Virginia’s New Whistleblower Law: Timing Is Critical

Virginia’s new whistleblower protection law, HB 798, becomes effective July 1, 2020. It provides a host of broad protections for employees who suffer retaliatory conduct by their employer. A key aspect of this law is the issue of timing. Understanding this issue is critical to the success or failure of whistleblower claims. Predictably, the business

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