The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently awarded $1.9 million in damages to a Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower in a decision that clarifies several key aspects of SOX whistleblower protection and underscores the importance of providing strong protection to corporate whistleblowers. Becker v. Community Health Systems Inc., that the Rockwood Clinic violated SOX by constructively discharging Gregg Becker, Rockwood’s CFO, for his refusal to lower his projection of the company’s losses by $8 million. Rockwood is part of Division IV of a subsidiary of a subsidiary of respondent Community Health Systems Inc. (CHSI), a Tennessee-based corporation that comprises a massive group of hospital and clinic operators. Spokane attorney Mary Schultz represented former CFO Gregg Becker in what appears to be the largest damages award in a SOX case adjudicated at DOL.As CFO of Rockwood, Becker was responsible for projecting the clinic’s earnings before interest, taxes, … [Read more...] about SOX Win Shows Strong Need For Whistleblower Protections
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Has Kenneth Feinberg become such a brand unto himself—at once unique and ubiquitous as the nation’s problem solver—that a truck running over him would end forever the Feinberg Way for mass-dispute resolution? Is he sui generis? Answers vary. Feinberg’s own suffices for the moment. He seems surprised when asked, which is saying a lot given how much press he gets. Feinberg stops fidgeting for brief seconds, suddenly still in a beige leather lounge chair at one end of his long, narrow office in the Willard Office Building, barely more than a block from the White House. A broad smile quickly curls up. “That’s an interesting question,” he says. “No one seems to be doing what I’m doing.”That answer is perhaps more loaded than he intends. The role was created half for him, half by him. Feinberg has become the go-to guy for our national disasters and vexing problems, from Agent Orange to the Dalkon Shield, from the 9/11 fund to the … [Read more...] about Master of Disasters: Is Ken Feinberg Changing the Course of Mass Tort Resolution?
ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATEAfter approving a three-day continuing resolution through January 18 to buy time for debate, Congress sent a bipartisan $1.1 trillion omnibus Fiscal Year 2014 spending bill (H.R. 3547) to President Obama January 16. The measure, which the president signed the following day, funds the federal government through September, and though it includes a few energy riders, it leaves the big debates for later.The agreement gives $30.1 billion overall for Interior and environmental programs, $231 million above the enacted level for fiscal year 2013, increasing spending for national parks and avoiding deeper sequestration cuts that both parties hoped to prevent. The measure boosts the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by $299 million from post-sequestration 2013 levels. The legislation includes $34.1 billion for energy and water programs for the remainder of the fiscal year, a $777 million increase over current funding levels; $27.3 billion … [Read more...] about Energy & Environmental Law Update – Week of January 21, 2014
Prof. (Dr.) Purvi Pokhariyal has been at the helm of affairs at the Institute of Law, Nirma University since the very beginning. Professor Pokhariyal is the Director of the Institute of Law, Nirma University and Dean, Faculty of Law, Nirma University. She specializes in the area of Criminal Justice Studies, Family Jurisprudence and Constitutional Law. She teaches courses on Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR). She has been a consultant and resource person on various aspects of Legal studies for Governmental and Non-Governmental organizations.Professor Pokhariyal holds Master degree in law with specialization in Criminal Law with first rank from Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat. Professor Pokhariyal pursued her doctoral work in the area of Constitutional Law from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara. She also holds Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management, International Relations and Personal Management from Bhartiya … [Read more...] about In Conversation with Prof. (Dr.) Purvi Pokhriyal, Director Institute of Law, Nirma University
Overview of Master of Public Policy (MPP) Course Public sector in India, recently, has witnessed expansion of a wide range of services such as National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Right to Food, Right to Information, Forest Rights, National Rural Livelihood Mission, Right to education, National Rural Health Mission, Rashtriya Swasthya Bhima Yojana and others. Interestingly, these initiatives have been legitimized and supported by legal framework. While they have brought some changes, there are huge gaps in achieving the goals set by these programmes. This is largely due to lack of trained personnel in different stages of policy making, policy designing and implementation. Therefore, there is a compelling need to prepare professionals who would be able to address these development issues.Being a premier Law University, National Law School of India University (NLSIU), celebrating its 25th year, has once again taken the lead in launching Master of Public Policy, a multi-disciplinary … [Read more...] about National Law School of India University, Bangalore announces Master of Public Policy course.