Posts Tagged ‘whistleblower’

Investigations close into whistleblower complaints about VA hospital

JACKSON — The U.S. Office of Special Counsel says investigations are closed into whistleblower disclosure about radiology and patient care practices at the G. V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson. Carolyn Lerner of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel sent a letter to the president yesterday about whistleblower complaints at several VA facilities, […] [...]

Williams, Big Tobacco whistleblower, dies at age 72

OCEAN SPRINGS — Merrell Williams Jr., a one-time Kentucky paralegal who took on Big Tobacco as a whistleblower who leaked internal documents exposing health risks and the addictiveness of cigarettes, has died in Mississippi, decades after he joined the fight that forever changed perceptions of smoking. Williams died last week of a heart attack in […] [...]

New VA director trying to recover hospital’s reputation

JACKSON — The new director of the veterans’ hospital in Jackson is struggling to change perceptions of the institution as members of Congress and a government oversight office pursue investigations into misconduct. Joe Battle stepped into a public relations nightmare when he arrived at G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery Medical Center in early 2012. Whistleblower complaints were […] [...]

State Farm appeals Katrina-related whistleblower lawsuit ruling

GULFPORT — State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. has asked a judge to void a jury’s finding that the company defrauded the government involving a policyholder claim after Hurricane Katrina. Motions filed in U.S. District Court in Gulfport also seek a new trial The verdict came in April in a whistleblower lawsuit against the Illinois- […] [...]

Hospital workers send letter to D.C., allege ‘serious wrongdoing’

JACKSON — Employees at a Veterans Administration hospital in Mississippi have reported a range of “serious wrongdoing,” including improperly sterilized instruments and missed diagnoses of fatal illnesses, an independent federal investigative agency said in a letter to the White House. The agency said the allegations raise doubt about the facility’s ability to care for veterans. […] [...]

Ex-business manager files lawsuit against Ole Miss

OXFORD — The University of Mississippi has until the end of the month to file a response to a lawsuit from a former business manager who alleges she was fired because she is black. The Oxford Eagle reports Ginger R. Walton also alleges in federal court documents that she was also fired for refusing to […] [...]

Lockheed to pay $2M in whistleblower lawsuit

HANCOCK COUNTY — Lockheed Martin Inc. has agreed to pay $2 million as part of a whistleblower lawsuit that accused several companies and individuals of rigging a contract at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, the U.S. Justice Department said Monday. The 2009 lawsuit, filed in federal court in Mississippi, claimed three current or former federal […] [...]

Whistleblower case involving State Farm to be heard

GULFPORT — U.S. District Judge L.T. Senter Jr. has declined to dismiss a whistleblower lawsuit filed against State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. State Farm had sought dismissal of the 2006 lawsuit filed by Cori and Kerri Rigsby, who alleged State Farm and its engineering firms defrauded policyholders after Hurricane Katrina. It claimed the Rigsbys […] [...]

OSHA orders bank to reinstate whistleblower

by Published: March 19,2010

Tags: banking and finance, OSHA, whistleblower

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered Tennessee Commerce Bank in Nashville to reinstate a former corporate officer and pay more than $1 million in back wages, interest, attorney’s fees, compensatory damages and other relief. The department found the bank had fired the individual in violation of […] [...]

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