On October 31, 2016, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that confirmed an employer’s right to take adverse employment action against an employee who fraudulently uses FMLA leave. In Sharif v. United Airlines, Inc., Case No. 15-1747 (4th Cir., Oct. 31, 2016), the Court upheld United Airlines decision to discharge Masoud Sharif … Continue Reading
Last week, the Fourth Circuit and First Circuit heard oral argument in two separate cases dealing with key False Claims Act (“FCA”) issues. First, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments for the interlocutory appeal in United States ex rel. Michaels v. Agape Senior Community Inc., Nos. 15-2145 and 15-2147. Second, in the … Continue reading
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The Fourth Circuit recently held, in an unpublished opinion, that the anti-retaliation or “whistleblower” provisions of the False Claims Act (“FCA”) protect an individual’s efforts to stop a contractor from violating the FCA, even when there is no “distinct possibility” of litigation. This “distinct possibility” standard was adopted prior to 2009 when the whistleblower provision … Continue Reading