April 4, 2013 |
Marla Pietrowski hasn't collected a dime of the $1.7 million a Philadelphia jury awarded her last month. But the 56-year-old former administrator of a rehabilitation program for prison parolees has a message for other would-be whistle-blowers: "Don't give up, even when it looks like all is against you," she said. "Pursue what you believe is right, and in the end, it does work out. " Pietrowski hasn't received her money because on Monday, her former employer, the Kintock Group in King of Prussia, filed a motion to overturn the verdict reached March 22 in the courtroom presided over by Common Pleas Court Judge Annette Rizzo.
March 20, 2013
In the Region Comcast completes NBC deal It's final. Comcast Corp. closed on its $16.7-billion purchase of the 49 percent of NBCUniversal it didn't already own. The cable giant announced the deal in February and it did not need federal government approvals, which had been obtained when Comcast purchased the first 51 percent of NBCUniversal in early 2011. "We are excited the transaction has closed and look forward to taking full advantage of the opportunities for growth and innovation at our combined company," Comcast said.
March 14, 2013 |
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission insiders who tried to blow the whistle on patronage hires, pay-to-play contracts, and influence-peddling were routinely threatened and sometimes fired by bosses with political connections, state Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Wednesday. One of those whistle-blowers was Ralph M. Bailets, a financial officer, who said he was dismissed for complaining about $82 million in technology contracts awarded to a politically connected firm that he said charged too much and performed poorly.
February 6, 2013 |
Megan Galo, whose concerns about a Philadelphia charter school's operations helped land two of its ex-leaders behind bars, was sentenced to prison Monday for stealing money from the orthopedics practice that employed her. Galo, 48, of Abington, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to one felony count of theft by deception for stealing more than $100,000 from the Center for Advanced Orthopaedics on West Germantown Pike in East Norriton, where...
January 26, 2013 |
The Cooper Health System in Camden has agreed to pay $12.6 million to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging that it made improper payments to doctors in an effort to build its cardiology business, the U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey said Thursday. From October 2004 through 2010, local doctors were paid $18,000 to attend four meetings of the Cooper Heart Institute Advisory Board in any given year under "consulting" and "compensation" agreements, in possible violation of antikickback laws, state and federal law enforcement officials contended.
January 23, 2013 |
The Philadelphia School District says in a court filing that former Superintendent Arlene C. Ackerman did not steer a no-bid contract for surveillance cameras to a small minority firm, which contradicted a report the School Reform Commission recently adopted that said she had. In a response filed Friday to a whistle-blower's suit in federal court, the district denied that Ackerman acted improperly and alleged that the whistle blower - Francis X....
January 19, 2013 |
Former teammate Floyd Landis has targeted not only Lance Armstrong but also three of Armstrong's closest associates - his longtime manager, his closest friend, and his deep-pocketed benefactor - in the whistle-blower lawsuit that has been under judicial seal for more than 21/2 years. And Landis reserves the right to add others to the qui tam suit, which claims that Armstrong and his associates defrauded the federal government by accepting roughly $30 million in sponsorship money to bankroll a U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling team that was fueled by performance-enhancing drugs.
January 16, 2013 |
Pennsylvania State University denied defamation and wrongful-termination claims Tuesday that were lodged by a former assistant football coach who testified against Jerry Sandusky. In filings in Centre County Court, the university asked a judge to throw out a state whistle-blower lawsuit brought by Mike McQueary, arguing that any damage he endured as a result of his role as a prosecution witness was not caused by Penn State. So far, McQueary has failed to provide any evidence suggesting that Penn State officials publicly questioned his character, university counsel Nancy Conrad wrote.