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Seventh Circuit Rules Sexual Orientation Is Protected By Title VII

April 6th, 2017

Employees in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin will be the first workers in the country with the right to sue employers in Federal Court for discriminatory employment practices based on sexual orientation.  In Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 5839, (7th Cir. 2017), the en banc Seventh Circuit ruled that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination...

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U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York Recovers $3.7 Billion in Forfeitures and Civil Actions In Fiscal Year 2016

April 4th, 2017

Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced this week that the U.S. Attorney’s Office (Office) obtained recoveries of more than $1.4 billion in forfeiture actions, more than $2.2 billion in civil actions, and more than $31 million from restitution, criminal fines, and special assessments, between October 1, 2015, and September 30, 2016. The...

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Medicaid Fraud Control Units Recovered $1.8 Billion in 2016

March 24th, 2017

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released national and state-by-state data of investigations, convictions, settlements, and recoveries of Medicaid fraud by Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs) in 2016.  Medicaid Fraud Control Units operate in 49 states (all but North Dakota) and the District of Columbia, and are typically part of the state attorney general's office. In 2016, MFCUs...

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Palm Beach Dermatologist to Pay $18 Million to Settle False Claims Act Lawsuit

February 24th, 2017

According to a Department of Justice announcement, Gary L. Marder, D.O., a physician residing in Palm Beach County and owner and operator of the Allergy, Dermatology & Skin Cancer Centers in Port St. Lucie and Okeechobee, and the United States of America have stipulated to a consent final judgment of over $18 million to settle False Claims Act allegations against Dr. Marder.  Co-defendant,...

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Faruqi & Faruqi obtains Collective Certification on behalf of Aldi Store Managers

February 24th, 2017

The U.S. District Court, for the Northern District of New York, conditionally certified a collective action brought by Aldi Store Managers alleging the grocery chain misclassified them as exempt employees under the FLSA, in Griffin et al. v. Aldi Inc., No. 5:16-cv-00354.  Faruqi & Faruqi, as co-lead counsel, represents the Plaintiffs and a class of similarly-situated current and former Store...

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