Fox firm pioneers prosecution of retaliation claims under the False Claims Act (FCA) where employer is alleged to have discharged employee for opposing fraud by employer with regard to tariff payments due and owing to the U. S. Government.
On October 19, 2020, in response to an employer’s motion to dismiss the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin held that an employee responsible for tariff compliance alleging she had been terminated by her employer for telling her superiors that the company was evading federally required tariffs on its various goods based on their country of origin had stated a viable claim under the False Claims Act.
On behalf of the employee, Fox & Fox is seeking all lost back pay and benefits, liquidated damages and compensatory damages, including her legal fees and costs of suit. (Lam-Quang-Vihn v. Springs Window Fashions, LLC, Case No. 20–cv-00384-bbc). With this case and others Fox & Fox continues its aggressive approach targeting companies that defraud the U. S. Government as well as companies that retaliate against employee whistleblowers who voice their legitimate concerns about such fraud.