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January 2019 Archives

About whistleblower laws

People in Connecticut who witness wrongdoings by their employer may suffer professional and personal repercussions if they become whistleblowers. Whistleblowers who want to keep their job should understand what is at risk and what type of legal protections they may have.

Injured BNSF railroad worker awarded multimillion-dollar verdict

Railroad workers in Connecticut should know about an injury case in Lancaster County, Neb., that ended with the jury awarding an employee of BNSF Railway a multimillion-dollar verdict. The Federal Employers' Liability Act case started on Jan. 7 and ended Jan. 16.

Railway worker awarded $1.63 million in lawsuit

New York residents may be interested to learn that a former railway maintenance worker was awarded $1.63 million by a California state court jury on Jan. 10. The maintenance worker filed a lawsuit against his former employer BNSF Railway Co. after getting hurt on the job. His final payout dwarfed BNSF's pre-trial settlement offer of $50,000.

Filing FELA claims

Personal injury is a serious matter, so it is important that railroad employees living in New York be aware of the legal recourse at their disposal should they get injured at the job: filing a claim under FELA. Unfortunately, the process of filing under FELA can be a bit convoluted, making it difficult to know what's to follow. Therefore, it is worth taking the time to understand how the process unfolds.

What qualifies as a false claim under the False Claims Act?

The False Claims Act (FCA) encourages citizens to confidentially report dishonest use of governmental money and imposes consequences on those who committed the fraud. The whistleblower is protected and typically receives a share of the recovered money. However, FCA lawsuits must follow specific procedures. If you are thinking of initiating a FCA lawsuit, a good place to start is by understanding when someone may be liable for a false claim.

Appeals court blocks railroad's lawsuit against injured workers

Railroad workers in Connecticut must contend with numerous workplace hazards on the job. When accidents and injuries happen, disputes about liability could emerge as was the case when a railroad company countersued two injured employees who had filed a personal injury claim against the company. In a 2-1 decision, a state-level appeals court agreed with the lower court decision that had rejected the employer's countersuit for damages.

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