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Supreme Court Turns Down Trinity Guardrail Fraud Award Reinstatement Bid

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a whistleblower’s bid to revive a $663.4 million judgment against Trinity Industries Inc. in a lawsuit accusing the company of failing to tell a federal agency about changes made to a guardrail …

Huge Tesla Job Cut Seen as Way to Control Work Safety Concerns

Language in a confidential severance agreement Tesla Inc. is using as part of the biggest job cut in its history is likely to deter dismissed employees from going public with worker safety concerns, according to employment-law experts. A proposed severance …

Penn State Payouts on Sandusky Sex Abuse Claims Now Top $100M

Penn State disclosed Friday it recently paid out an additional $16 million to people with claims they were sexually abused by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, raising the total over several years to more than $100 million. It’s not …

Idaho Gas Station Owner Ordered to Pay Fired Worker $100,000 in Punitive Damages

A judge ordered a northern Idaho gas station owner to pay $100,000 to a former employee who was fired after reporting safety violations, including exposed wiring near water leaks and a lack of first aid equipment. U.S. District Judge B. …

Minnesota Whistleblower Settles Suit for $990,000

A Minnesota man who alerted the U.S. Department of Defense to a Humvee manufacturing change that could potentially put soldiers at risk has won nearly $1 million after settling his whistleblower lawsuit. David McIntosh lost his job at M.K. Battery …

Judge Orders State Farm to Pay $3M Damages in Katrina Whistleblower Case

A federal judge has ordered State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. to pay legal fees and damages of $3 million in a whistleblower lawsuit after a jury found the insurer defrauded the government in a policyholder claim after Hurricane Katrina. …

Fired Nurse Sues Oregon Hospital for $250K

A registered nurse who worked for three months at a Bend, Ore., hospital has sued for $250,000, contending she was fired for reporting the misdeeds of co-workers. The Bend Bulletin reports that according to the Circuit Court lawsuit, Sonia Anderson …

Fired Olympus Boss Battles Wrongful Dismissal

Michael Woodford, the former Olympus CEO, on Thursday kicks off his legal battle for wrongful dismissal on the grounds of discrimination and whistleblowing, in a UK case that will throw the spotlight back on one of Japan’s worst corporate scandals. …

Appeals Court: Whistleblower Must Pay Toyota $2.6M

A federal appeals court says a former in-house lawyer for Toyota Motor Corp. must pay the carmaker $2.6 million for disclosing confidential information. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an arbitrator’s award Friday. Dimitrous Peter Biller had accused …

Nebraska Student Loan Company Sues Former Employee

Lincoln-based student loan company Nelnet has filed a lawsuit against a former employee over his failed whistle-blower. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Nelnet filed its lawsuit on Nov. 29 in Lancaster County District Court against Rudy Vigil. Vigil sued …