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The title may be in error: It is not a generally true statement in all circumstances. The plaintiff in the Eighth Circuit’s August 26, 2019, opinion in Tasha McNeil v.  Union Pacific Railroad Co., No: 18-2333, provided her employer, Union Pacific, with a letter from her doctor stating, “It is my professional medical opinion that Tasha MCNEIL may return to work on 9/02/2014. Please allow her only morning shifts and no overtime.” Union Pacific…
A Release is a form that we use when a personal injury case is settled.  In exchange for paying money, the insurance company wants assurance that the case is over for good and will not be brought up again.  Releases can be short or long, but all essentially say the same thing:           “In exchange for X dollars, the claimant agrees that this case is over forever.” It is important to make sure you and…
This article is a collaboration between Erica Blachman Hitchings, a member of the Whistleblower Law Collaborative LLC and Derek Adams a partner at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP.  Hitchings and Adams are both former trial attorneys at the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Fraud Section; Hitchings also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California.  Adams currently handles the defense of FCA actions and other litigation/government investigations.  A version…
Whistleblower Law Collaborative co-founder Bob Thomas sits down with CBS news’ Jim Axelrod to discuss a massive medicare genetic testing scam.  Recruiters convince seniors to submit a DNA sample for a “free” genetic cancer test. Medicare is billed thousands of dollars. But the tests are unnecessary and many patients never receive any results. Bob Thomas, a former federal prosecutor, helped explain how the labs, recruiters, and doctors work together to drive the scam.  He explained…
Calling all artists! Applications are now being accepted for the Iowa Artists on Display program sponsored by Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen P.C. Artists selected for the program are provided with the opportunity to display their works within our law firm’s public reception areas and all client conference rooms at our headquarters in downtown Des Moines throughout 2020. Launched in 2013, the program has become an exciting part of the vibrant Des Moines art scene…