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Monthly Archives: February 2022

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Former Panama Beach City Manager Paid More Than $130,000 In Whistleblower Settlement

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

According to a report from the Panama City News-Herald, Tony O’Rourke, the former city manager for Panama Beach, has agreed to settle a whistleblower lawsuit for in excess of $130,000 in financial relief. The lawsuit in question centered around Mr. O’Rourke’s termination in February of 2021, which reportedly occurred shortly after he filed a… Read More »

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Military Housing Contractor Pays $500,000 To Resolve False Claims Act Violation

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

On January 6th, 2022, the United States Department of Justice (DOL) announced that Hunt Companies, Inc., a real estate investment firm with a main headquarters in El Paso, Texas, has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit. The legal action was initiated by a former employee of Hunt who… Read More »

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Recently Fired South Florida City Manager Seeking Whistleblower Protections

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

According to a report from the Miami Herald, the recently-terminated city manager of Opa-Locka, Florida is seeking whistleblower protections. John Pate was terminated by the city council after less than three years on the job. The council members cited “job performance issues” as the motivating factor. Mr. Pate is now seeking protection under Florida’s… Read More »

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Qui Tam Lawsuit: A Florida Diabetic Shoe Company Pays More Than $5.5 Million To Settle False Claims Act Case

By Guttman, Freidin & Celler |

On January 12th, 2022, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Foot Care Store, Inc.—a diabetic shoe company based in Palm Beach County, Florida—agreed to pay more than $5.5 million to settle a federal False Claims Act (FCA) case. The lawsuit was filed after a whistleblower brought a qui tam claim alleging… Read More »

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