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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 …

Whistleblower-law Passage Stalls in Some States

For many states, a law intended to root out corruption also has been good for the bottom line. Over the last decade, more than 20 states have passed a version of the federal anti-corruption law known as the False Claims …

Survey: Company Execs Anticipate Rise in Whistleblower Claims

Littler Mendelson, P.C. (Littler), a nationwide employment and labor law firm representing management, has released results of its National Whistleblower Survey. The firm surveyed a cross-section of senior executives, most of whom represent S&P 500 organizations, to determine how the …

Japanese Whistleblower Wins Damages in High Court

The still fledgling protection for whistle-blowers in Japan received a boost by a high court that reversed an earlier decision and rewarded damages to a worker who suffered retaliation through a transfer. The Tokyo High Court ordered Japanese camera and …

Feds Intervene in Louisiana Lawsuit over FEMA Contract

The Justice Department has intervened in a whistleblower lawsuit that accuses a New Orleans construction company of submitting forged records so it could cash in on a $28 million federal contract for work on government-issued trailers after Hurricane Katrina. A …