On June 11, 2018, The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in United States ex rel. Marjorie Prather v Brookdale Senior Living Communities, Inc., et al, issued a favorable ruling for Prather, the relator, in a claim brought pursuant to the Federal False Claims Act ("FCA") case.
On April 20, 2017, I wrote a blog about an oral argument at the Michigan Supreme Court that occurred on April 12, 2017, in the case of McNeil-Marks v MidMichigan Medical Center-Gratiot ("MidMichigan"). In MidMichigan, the Court of Appeals expanded the definition of a member of a "public body" under the Whistleblowers' Protection Action ("WPA"), to include Michigan licensed attorneys.
On April 12, 2017, the Michigan Supreme Court heard oral arguments on an important issue for employees and employers under The Whistleblowers' Protection Act (WPA) in the case of McNeil-Marks v MidMichigan Medical Center-Gratiot. In McNeil-Marks, the Michigan Court of Appeals expanded what constitutes a member of a "public body" under the WPA to include Michigan licensed attorneys. The Court of Appeal's expansion may be short-lived. However, if McNeil-Marks is affirmed, employees will continue to have protection under the WPA if they threaten or actually report to their attorneys a good faith belief that employers violated the law.
New remedies for trade secret holders have stolen the headlines about the Defend Trade Secrets Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on May 11, 2016. However, the new law also provides substantial whistleblower protection for employees of companies that deal with trade secrets. The whistleblower provisions of the Defend Trade Secrets Act also provide powerful incentives for employers to notify employees of these new protections.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has just released its 2014 False Claims Act Statistics. As a firm that focuses much of our practice on representing whistleblowers, known as Relators, in False Claims Act (FCA) cases, we find that the DOJ's statistics provide interesting insights into the total recoveries secured under the FCA. It also provides data on the areas of false claims yielding the largest recoveries.
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI - Patricia A. Stamler, a civil rights, employment and False Claims Act partner at Hertz Schram PC, has been named as one of "The Top Lawyers in Michigan" by Leading Lawyers as published in the 2015 Edition of Crain's Detroit Business Book of Lists recognizing her legal leadership in the areas of employment, False Claims Act and whistleblower law. Ms. Stamler has also been recognized as a "2015 Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit" in civil rights, employment law-individuals and litigation-labor and employment as published in the November/December 2014 dbusiness.