Whistleblower Lawyer Chicago, IL
Any whistleblower lawyer Chicago, IL can trust will tell you that whistleblowers have gotten a lot of media and Hollywood attention in the last few decades as they have become an increasingly important part of holding big companies, Wall Street, and individuals accountable under the law. If you are new to the topic, “whistleblowing” is the act of reporting someone, often your employer or former employer, for conduct that is illegal, unethical, or corrupt. A “whistleblower” is the person who reports the illegal, unethical, or corrupt activity to the appropriate party. If you think that you have observed misconduct that should be reported, call a Chicago, IL whistleblower lawyer experienced in handling whistleblowing cases to determine whether or not you qualify as a whistleblower and, if you do, how you can move forward with reporting to make sure that the illegal, unethical, or corrupt conduct you have observed comes to an end.
In the meantime, here are a few frequently asked regarding whether you could be a whistleblower:
- How do I know if I observed illegal, unethical, or corrupt conduct? This question can be difficult to answer and you may not know for sure if what you saw actually violates the law. Some more common violations include tax fraud, tax evasion, government contract fraud, healthcare fraud, Ponzi schemes, and insider trading. Note that there are many other kinds of misconduct that qualify and an experienced whistleblower lawyer in Chicago, IL can help you identify and name the violation.
- Do I have to be a current employee to report misconduct? No. In fact, you do not even have to be a former employee. As long as you observed or have knowledge of the conduct, you can be a whistleblower.
- What kind of evidence do I need to have to support my report?. Typically, you do not need any “hard” evidence such as documentation, files, or video or audio recordings to make a whistleblower report. All you need is knowledge of what happened and how to point an investigator in the right direction.
- If I participated in the misconduct, can I still be a whistleblower? Yes. Though, this can make being a whistleblower more challenging because you will like face more stringent scrutiny, it also means you may have better evidence of the misconduct and gives you a chance to help right the wrong in which you were involved.
- Can I be a whistleblower if I want to remain anonymous? This depends on the type of report you are making. Some laws protect the identity of whistleblowers in an effort to encourage reporting. In many cases, however, there is no such protection. An experienced and qualified whistleblower lawyer serving Chicago, IL can help you determine if anonymity is a possibility and, if it is not, how best to protect your job, career, and personal life when making a report.
Being a whistleblower is hard work and can be incredibly disruptive to your daily life. Nonetheless, the sacrifices you make as a whistleblower are an important part of the American justice and economic system. If you believe you may qualify as a whistleblower, reach out to Brown, LLC, at (877) 561-0000, and connect with a whistleblower lawyer Chicago, IL residents can count on today to find out more about how they can help you make your report.
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100 Million Dollar Settlement Fund for Women Injured by a New Birth Control Product
Jason T. Brown was the first attorney in the country to file a battery of cases on behalf of women who sustained blood clots, such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolisms, strokes and death from a new Birth control Product. Jason T. Brown’s prior firm was on the PSC (Plaintiff Steering Committee) and served as liaison counsel in the state mass tort action. The firm is no longer accepting new cases.
Tens of Millions in Settlements for Mass Tort Injuries and Class Actions
$7 Million Plus Settlement for Consumer Fraud
$7 Million Dollar Commercial Litigation Settlement
Millions in Settlements for Women Injured by New Generation Hormonal Product
Women who sustained blood clots from a new Generation Hormonal Product received and continue to receive compensation for their injuries. Compensable injuries include Pulmonary Embolisms (PE), Deep-Vein Thrombosis (DVT), Strokes and Death. The firm is still investigating and accepting cases.
Nationwide $3.5 Million Settlement for Wage & Hour Class Action Case
Case brought on behalf of at home call center workers who were not paid for all their time worked including boot up time, technical time and other time. Workers were told by the company that boot up time which lasted 15 minutes or more was not paid because it was considered their commute to work. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
$3.2 Million Settlement for Wage & Hour Class Action Case
Case brought on behalf of workers who were misclassified as salaried exempt from overtime. The employer led employees to believe that they had to work unlimited hours over 40 without overtime compensation even though based on their job duties it was alleged they were entitled to overtime pay.
$2.4 Million Dollar Settlement for Wage & Hour Class Action
Lawsuit was brought as a class action on behalf of workers who worked in excess of 40 hours a week and were not paid overtime. The employer was forcing them to work “off the clock” for those hours and failed to pay proper overtime compensation.
$2 Million Dollar Settlement for False Claims Act (Whistleblower Case)
“$2 Million Dollar False Claims Act (FCA) Settlement – Unnecessary Services”
A case against GenomeDx was brought alleging violations of the False Claims Act (FCA) and the California Insurance Claims Fraud Prevention Act regarding unnecessary services such as the testing of tissues that did not need to be tested. The case resulted in a $350,000 whistleblower award.
$2 Million Dollar Settlement for Truck Accident Victim
Our firm was Of Counsel to a serious truck accident case involving a trucking accident with multiple injuries.
Nationwide $1.3 Million Judgment against Future Income Payments and Scott Kohn for Consumer Fraud
Scott Kohn and Future Income Payments conspired to defraud veterans out of their hard earned pensions by offering them loans at loanshark rates and claiming it was a “purchase” not a loan.
$1.7 Million Dollar Settlement for Wage & Hour Case
Misclassified employees under the FLSA were not paid overtime for hours worked in excess of 40. Due to a confidentiality agreement specific details are intentionally omitted.
Judgment with Maximum Damages for Employment Litigation
Judgment for misclassification under the FLSA including maximum damages under State and Federal Laws, plus an incentive fee for the lead plaintiff with attorney fees paid separately. The case involved a worker who was paid a day rate regardless of the amount of hours worked per day and per week.
Class Action Jury Trial
Workers alleged that they were misclassified according to their job duties. The Defendant claimed an administrative exemption under the FLSA and state law. Misclassification cases under the FLSA are the cases most often tried due to non-monetary considerations. Jury Trial lasted three weeks. Settlement offered in lieu of appeal.
Acquittal at Trial
Despite videotaped evidence that the prosecutor alleged incriminated the defendant, Mr. Brown was able to obtain an acquittal at trial for his client. Please note, that while we, the Brown, LLC will provide consultations in defense matters, the firm spends most of its time litigating complex litigation such as class actions, mass torts and catastrophic injuries.
Judgment with Maximum Damages for Wage & Hour Dispute
Wage & Hour dispute on behalf of hourly employees who were not paid time and a half for hours in excess of 40. Employees were granted double damages for all their time with attorney fees and costs paid separately.
Million Dollar Settlement for Wage & Hour Class Action Case
Workers were compelled to come into work 15 minutes early to set up, but were not paid for their set up time. Gap issues aside, workers received double damages for the time worked for 3 years’ worth of pay with attorney fees paid separately.
This is a non-exhaustive list of prior results and successes of Jason T. Brown and the Brown, LLC. Past results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
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